Amazon is looking to hire 100,000 employees to keep up with demand

Andrew Cummings
March 17, 2020

In an online petition, some workers said the measures fell short, demanding paid sick leave for people without access to testing and diagnosis - as well as longer paid sick leave for those who are older 0r immunodeficient.

With shoppers around the country stocking up on essential items as government officials continue to urge residents to stay home amid the coronavirus outbreak, the world's leading online retailer is warning customers of dwindling supply stocks and slower delivery times.

Amazon is out of stock on a number of household staples and popular items, according to the company's COVID-19 response page.


On Friday, Amazon issued an update on how the coronavirus is impacting the company's ability to provide shoppers with all of their deliveries in a timely manner. However, the service told us to expect our delivery on Thursday.

Yesterday, the flood in online orders also sparked a technical glitch in Amazon's systems, which caused delays in Prime Now, Amazon Fresh, and Whole Foods.

The company wrote that it's "working around the clock" to make sure products are available and that orders can be delivered. On Amazon's own website, numerous items from top brands offering hand sanitizer, disinfectant wipes and masks, along with toilet paper, have mostly been sold out. On Monday, The Wall Street Journal reported the the e-commerce giant is planning to hire an additional 100,000 workers to address the surge in demand.


"We also know many people have been economically impacted as jobs in areas like hospitality, restaurants, and travel are lost or furloughed as part of this crisis", Clark said in the blog post.

In addition, the company has been instituting more cleaning at Amazon warehouses.

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US workers will receive an additional $2 per worked hour beyond the company's $15 minimum wage, Amazon said.

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