Amazon.com, Inc., announced on Thursday that it will be creating more than 100,000 jobs in the United States. The positions to be opened will be from software development to warehouse work. This is Amazon’s newest move to win over more shoppers by investing in faster delivery service. Amazon is now the world’s largest online retailer, and certainly the largest as well in the United States. Still, the online retailer wants to increase its full time American workforce by more than 50 percent to over 280,000 over the next 18 months, according to a recent press release. Amazon is spending heavily on new warehouses so it can stock goods and products closer to customers and fulfill order deliveries quickly and cheaply. The new hires, from Florida to Texas and California, will be the key to the company’s promise of two-day shipping to members of its Amazon Prime Shopping Club, which has given it an edge over its closest competitors. At least 16 new U.S. fulfillment centers are in the works for this year and next, according to Marc Wulfraat, president of logistics consultancy MWPVL International, Inc. Many people are already anxious and awaiting the opening and expansion into population centers like Houston.
Amazon declined to comment on where it would hire the most, whether for fulfillment work or corporate roles. Still, the company views their move as a positive signal towards the current trajectory and focus of Amazon’s businesses, as well as the top management’s confidence. This is according to Baird Equity Research analyst Colin Sebastian. While there may be some “political capital” involved with the timing and details of Amazon’s announcement, many analysts know that there is little, if any, shift of employment at Amazon from international locations to the American mainland. President-elect Donald Trump has made job creation in the United States a priority of his government. Last week, Ford Motors reversed plans for a $1.6 billion factory in Mexico and said it would add 700 jobs in Michigan after receiving criticism from Trump.
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A spokesman for Trump’s transition team gave the president-elect partial credit for Amazon’s planned hiring spree. The president-elect was reported in all media mainstreams to have met with heads of several tech companies last month and urged them to keep their jobs and production inside the United States. Amazon has been recently reported to have a grueling work culture and has come under fire for operating stifling-hot warehouses and not recording workers’ injuries. The company also is bleeding brick-and-mortar retailers of more jobs than it has created, according to the Institute for Local Self-Reliance. Amazon is an even lower-paying employer than other warehouse operators, according to the institute’s Co-Director Stacy Mitchell. Amazon said it has a focus on safety, conducting millions of checks each year and requiring safety training for workers. It said employee pay is highly competitive and benefits are the same for warehouse workers and executives in the United States.