Amazon to hire 50,000 temp workers in India to meet surge demand

Amazon India announced that it has opened close to 50,000 seasonal roles to meet the surge in demand, this will be a variety of roles in their fulfilment centres & delivery network including part-time flexible work opportunities as independent contractors with Amazon Flex," the company said in a statement.

They will join other thousands of associates across Amazon India's fulfilment and delivery network and assist them to pick, pack, ship and deliver customers' orders more efficiently, it said.

"As India continues to maintain social distancing to fight the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Amazon India firmly believes it has a unique role to play providing a critical service for the community; to help them get the items they need for their families without leaving their homes," it said.

Akhil Saxena, VP, Customer Fulfilment Operations (Asia Pacific, Middle East and North Africa, and Latin America), at Amazon said that the COVID-19 pandemic has underlined the important role that Amazon and e-commerce can play for customers as much as for small businesses and the economy.

"We take this responsibility seriously, and we're proud of the work our teams are doing to help small and other businesses deliver to our customers through this difficult time.

"While creating these opportunities, Amazon remains committed to the health and safety of its associates, partners, employees, and customers, and has implemented a number of measures towards their well-being," the company statement said.

The company has made almost 100 significant process changes in operations for the safety of workers which include mandatory face covering, daily temperature checks in buildings, increased frequency and intensity of cleaning at all sites including regular sanitization of frequently touched areas, and awareness-building among associates on safety requirements around hand-washing and hand sanitization.

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