Amazon.com just announced that it will start hiring to fill 7,000 new jobs across 13 states, expanding its customer service staff and warehouse workers who fill orders.
The company is looking to grow by 5,000 full-time jobs in its U.S. distribution centers, where nearly 20,000 workers now pack and mail customer orders. As the world’s largest online retailer, Amazon has focused intensely on order fulfillment, a strategy that should help increase business, but may continue to hold down profit margins. The company recently announced that it had lost money in the second quarter, even though revenue itself grew.
Distribution center jobs will be opening Phoenix; Middletown, Del.; Patterson, San Bernardino and Tracy, Calif.; Indianapolis and Jeffersonville, Ind.; Hebron, Ky.; Breinigsville, Pa.; Charleston and Spartanburg, S.C.; Chattanooga and Murfreesboro, Tenn.; Coppell, Haslet and San Antonio, Texas and Chester, Va.
The timing will help provide strong press for Amazon, with President Obama planning to visit the Chattanooga later this week.
In addition, the company will increase its customer service force by 2,000, including full-time, part-time and seasonal positions.
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