Amazon has a 50k fulfilment centre staff shortage

Amazon has announced it has a supply chain and fulfilment centres staff shortage. The online giant says it has “more than 50,000 roles available to fill across its U.S. fulfilment network”.

The online retailer and logistics company has released a statement saying that it is opening 10 of its fulfilment centres across the mainland US on the 2nd August from 0800 to noon local time for Amazon’s first “Jobs Day”.

John Olsen, Vice President of Amazon’s Worldwide Operations Human Resources, commented: “On August 2, we are excited to host interested candidates to come learn more about the technology we utilize in our operations, see our dedicated onsite classrooms, meet employees and, if interested, apply for a job at our site and receive an on-the-spot job offer.”

Amazon said that it is “hiring for tens of thousands of full-time opportunities at its fulfilment centres across the U.S. for employees who will pick, pack and ship customer orders”.

The company added: “More than 10,000 of these opportunities will be part-time jobs at the company’s sortation centers throughout the US.”

As discussed earlier on today at Apex Insight, Amazon is not the only logistics firm to have a shortage of staff – DHL has reported on a global problem of a shortage of supply chain professionals across the board. This is largely due to the sector having a PR problem, though the likes of Jeff Bezos actively looking for fulfilment centre robot technology doesn’t exactly make people think of such work as a ‘job for life’…

 
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