Amazon is expanding its operations team in the US by 25 percent, after the company announced that it will hire an additional 5,000 staff âto meet growing customer demand.â
Currently Amazonâs fulfillment businessÂ has 20,000 employees that manage various aspects of its operations, including business analysis, inventory management, customer delivery and engineering processes.
The company hasnât broken down the hiring spree by specific positions, but it says there are roles within its fulfillment network â such as picking, packing and shipping customer orders â across 17 centers. It will also hire 2,000 full-time and part-timeÂ customer service representatives.
âWeâre hiring more than 5,000 people to join our team and help us continue to innovate and serve our customers,â Dave Clark, VP of worldwide operations and customer service at Amazon, said in a statement.
Amazon has more than tripled its staff over the last three years, and the companyâs payroll currently counts 97,000 employees across all divisions. Thatâs well ahead of Google and just 2,000 short of Microsoftâs full-time employee roster, underlining Amazonâs emergence as a modern day tech giant.
While last weekâs Q2 2013 financial results disappointed â coming in at a net loss of $7 million, despite sales revenue increasing 22 percent year-on-year to $15.7 billion â CEO Jeff Bezos âdoesnât concern himselfâ with Amazonâs quarterly progress or the reaction of investors and Wall Street, according to a recent report from BusinessWeek.
News of the expansion comes days beforeÂ President Obama is scheduled to visitÂ Amazonâs fulfillment center in Chattanooga, Tennessee.
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