Amazon.com, Inc. (Nasdaq:AMZN) said Monday it will hire 100,000 full and part-time logistics and fulfillment workers in North America as it continues to manage sizable delivery growth and gears up for what is expected to be an unprecedented peak holiday shipping season.
The Seattle-based company did not specify how many of these new hires, if any, would be seasonal workers brought in to manage peak-season activity. Amazon said that hiring for the positions has already begun in the U.S. and Canada. The minimum starting wage is $15 an hour, and in some markets the company said it is offering up to $1,000 in sign-on-bonuses.
Amazon said it will open 100 buildings this month across its fulfillment, sortation and delivery network. Executives said on the company’s last earnings call that it will increase capacity by 50% by the start of the peak season to effectively manage the demand spikes. So far this year, Amazon has opened more than 75 fulfillment, sortation centers, regional air hubs, and delivery stations in the U.S. and Canada.