On April 16, Amazon announced that they would be making an additional 75,000 hires across the United States in an effort to “help serve customers during this unprecedented time.” This announcement comes on the heels of news that the tech giant would be filling 100,000 jobs due to increased demand.
“We continue to see increased demand as our teams support their communities, and are going to continue to hire, creating an additional 75,000 jobs to help serve customers during this unprecedented time,” Amazon said in a press statement.
With brick and mortar shops around the nation and the world largely closing due to the pandemic, the clearance in competition has made way for greater dominance for the online giant.
According to the Washington Post and GlobalData Retail, nearly one million retail workers were recently furloughed in a single week and more than 250,000 stores have been closed.
Amazon’s press statement went on to explain that it empathized with the economic hardship experienced by many during “this unprecedented time” and welcomed “anyone out of work to join us at Amazon until their past employer can bring them back.”
Amazon has also stated that it is making a $350 million global investment to increase pay for its workers during the pandemic. Amazon is not the only business that has managed to escape the fate that has befallen many as a result of the global economic downturn.
Walmart’s sales increased by 20 percent last month and the company is reportedly looking to hire 150,000 people by the end of next month, according to The Wall Street Journal.
In light of the increased moves to buy online, many wonder whether consumers will even return to shopping at stores once the pandemic has subsided.
Meanwhile, according to city real estate records, Amazon founder and chief executive officer, Jeff Bezos has recently bought a $16 million apartment adding to his $80 million in condos he already holds in New York.
The sale was reportedly very quick with a contract signed on February 25 and the sale finalized on April 7. Bezos also reportedly paid above market price for the new piece of real estate.