Amazon to rent 50,000 temp workers in India as lockdown boosts demand

Amazon to rent 50,000 temp workers in India as lockdown boosts demand

Amazon.com Inc's India unit said it might hire 50,000 temporary workers to satisfy a surge in online shopping within the country, where customers are stuck indoors for 2 months during a lockdown to fight the coronavirus outbreak.

E-commerce firms faced massive disruption within the initial days of the lockdown in India, but a slow easing of the stringent regulations has allowed them to resume large parts of their operations.

"We want to continue helping customers everywhere India get everything they have in order that they can still practice social distancing," Amazon senior executive Akhil Saxena said during a statement on the company's blog.

"(The move) also will keep as many of us as possible working during this pandemic while providing a secure work environment for them," said Saxena, Amazon's VP for customer fulfillment operations in APAC, MENA & Latam.

The temporary hires will add Amazon's fulfillment centers and as a part of its delivery network, the corporate said, making the announcement at a time when various other companies within the country are forced to chop jobs as they struggle to bridge over the health crisis.

Amazon itself has pushed its annual global Prime Day event, traditionally a summer affair, to September, the Wall Street Journal reported on Thursday.

In India, where the Jeff Bezos-led company faces stiff competition from Walmart Inc's Flipkart, Amazon earlier said it plans to make 1 million jobs by 2025.

The company also said on Thursday it plans to enter the food delivery business in India, pitting itself against well-established startups like Swiggy and Zomato.