Report: Amazon Hiring 100,000 Temporary Workers to Cope With Coronavirus-Related E-Commerce Surge

In an attempt to cope with the increased volume of online commerce in the wake of the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus pandemic, (NASDAQ: AMZN) plans to hire an additional 100,000 workers. Those new employees will be utilized for the company's considerable warehouse and delivery operations.

A report in The Wall Street Journal quoted a memo the newspaper obtained, in which Amazon's senior vice president of operations Dave Clark wrote that "[w]e are seeing a significant increase in demand, which means our labor needs are unprecedented for this time of year." 

Amazon employee picking products at a fulfillment center.

Image source:

The article did not state which Amazon locations would absorb the expanded workforce, and to what degree. Those new personnel will benefit from the company's temporary salary raises for warehouse and delivery workers; in the U.S. this bump will be $2 per hour. Similar hikes are to be enacted for such employees in various locales outside of this country.

Amazon, a perennial top stock in the retail sector, is a frequent go-to option for an everwidening range of goods. According to data from eMarketer cited by the Journal, the company is responsible for 39% of all online shopping in this country.

Still, the rapid spread of the coronavirus caught most of the world unprepared, not least in the U.S. Since many bricks-and-mortar businesses have been at least provisionally closed, demand for online commerce has sharply increased. Because of this sudden spike, Amazon has struggled in particular to deliver its grocery orders to customers in a timely manner.

Amazon's stock declined by over 5% on Monday.

10 stocks we like better than Amazon
When investing geniuses David and Tom Gardner have a stock tip, it can pay to listen. After all, the newsletter they have run for over a decade, Motley Fool Stock Advisor, has tripled the market.*

David and Tom just revealed what they believe are the ten best stocks for investors to buy right now... and Amazon wasn't one of them! That's right -- they think these 10 stocks are even better buys.

See the 10 stocks


*Stock Advisor returns as of December 1, 2019


John Mackey, CEO of Whole Foods Market, an Amazon subsidiary, is a member of The Motley Fool's board of directors. Eric Volkman has no position in any of the stocks mentioned. The Motley Fool owns shares of and recommends Amazon. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy.

The views and opinions expressed herein are the views and opinions of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Nasdaq, Inc.


More Related Articles

Info icon

This data feed is not available at this time.

Sign up for the TradeTalks newsletter to receive your weekly dose of trading news, trends and education. Delivered Wednesdays.