Amazon to hire more than 70,000 seasonal employees

Tue Oct 1, 2013 12:15pm EDT

A zoomed image of a computer screen showing the Amazon logo is seen in Vienna November 26, 2012. REUTERS/Heinz-Peter Bader

A zoomed image of a computer screen showing the Amazon logo is seen in Vienna November 26, 2012.

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(Reuters) - Amazon.com Inc said it expects to hire more than 70,000 full-time seasonal employees across its order fulfillment centers in the United States, a 40 percent increase from last year.

Amazon, which has about 88,400 employees, said it has converted more than 7,000 temporary employees in the United States into full-time employees so far this year.

"We're looking forward to converting thousands more after this holiday season," said Dave Clark, Amazon's vice president of worldwide operations and customer service.

Retailers typically hire seasonal employees in the weeks leading up to the holiday shopping season to work in stores and help in distribution and fulfilling online orders.

Amazon said its seasonal employees are eligible for health care benefits.

Amazon, the world's largest online retailer, is spending billions of dollars on expansion, which has taken a toll on its earnings.

It unveiled two new high-definition tablets last week with a unique on-screen helpdesk feature it hopes will give it an advantage over devices from rivals Apple Inc and Google Inc.

(Reporting By Neha Dimri in Bangalore; Editing by Supriya Kurane)

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CountryPride wrote:
This is a call to everyone to spread the word. Boycott the commercialism of Christmas and marketing ploys like Black Friday! Stop buying! Stop driving local companies out of business and feeding the Chinese dragon! Instead, this year spend you money on a huge family feast, spend your time and your money with friends, family, food and drink and if you decide on getting a simple gift, by from a local mom and pop store if possible, make your own, or just do without.

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