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Amazon seeks to hire 100,000 workers to keep up with surge in orders

Amazon seeks to hire 100,000 workers to keep up with surge in orders Photo: WDIO/MGN

Created: March 17, 2020 11:05 AM

NEW YORK (AP) - Amazon said Monday that it needs to hire 100,000 people across the U.S. to keep up with a crush of orders as the coronavirus spreads and keeps more people at home, shopping online.

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The online retailer will also temporarily raise pay by $2 an hour through the end of April for hourly employees, who work at its warehouses, delivery centers and Whole Foods grocery stores.

Amazon said this weekend that a surge of orders is putting its operations under pressure. It warned shoppers that it could take longer than the usual two days to get packages.

It also said it was sold out of many household cleaning supplies and is working to get more in stock.

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