Amazon's Bezos warns 'Coronavirus will get worse before it gets better'

Andrew Cummings
March 25, 2020

"Like all businesses grappling with the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, it is not easy as supplies are limited, but we are working hard to keep employees safe while serving communities and the most vulnerable", the company said.

According to him, Amazon has changed its logistics, transportation, supply chain, purchasing, and third party seller processes to prioritize stocking and delivering essential items like household staples, sanitizers, baby formula and medical supplies.

Amazon has expanded its paid time off policy or employees who contract COVID-19 and is also providing cash grants equal to about two weeks pay to workers who aren't eligible for PTO.

Amazon is offering paid time off for thousands of warehouse employees after workers pushed for the benefits.

He said that "When our turn for masks comes, our first priority will be getting them in the hands of our employees and partners working to get essential products to people."
The company, which has almost 800,000 workers worldwide, most of whom work in its warehouses, has faced criticism for harsh working conditions, insufficient bathroom breaks and difficult-to-attain goals. People are depending on us. Your efforts are being noticed at the highest levels of government, and President Trump earlier this week thanked this team profusely. Bezos added that they are considering hiring 100,000 people from restoren and bar workers who lost their jobs in this context.

Amazon, though, is struggling to get workers all the protection it wants them to have. He also mentions that the company is looking to hire over 100,000 new workers and points to who he thinks should fills these roles-the recently laid off waiters, cooks, and bar tenders.

And despite the spread of the coronavirus in Amazon's USA warehouses, it will likely find workers for the new posts, said Elaine Kwon, founder of e-commerce management and software firm Kwontified and a former Amazon manager.

Bezos said the company is ensuring everything from increasing the frequency and intensity of cleaning to adjusting the company's practices in fulfilment centers to ensure the recommended social distancing guidelines.

On Saturday, Amazon announced that the company is raising overtime pay for associates working in its USA warehouses as the world's largest online retailer tries to meet the rapidly growing demand for online shopping from consumers stuck at home during the coronavirus outbreak. Last week, Amazon said it would raise pay for warehouse workers and delivery drivers by $2 per hour through the end of April.

Bezos also said that the company has ordered "millions" of face masks for its warehouse workers to utilize down the line.

There is no instruction manual for how to feel at a time like this, and I know this causes stress for everyone. I know that we're going to get through this, together.

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