Amazon says it seeks to hire 100,000 people to offset extra demand

Posted at 1:29 PM, Mar 16, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-16 16:36:24-04

NEW YORK (AP) — Amazon said it seeks to hire 100,000 people to keep up with crush of orders amid the coronavirus shopping uptick.

The online retailer will also temporarily raise pay by $2 an hour through the end of April for hourly employees. That includes workers at its warehouses, delivery centers and Whole Foods grocery stores, all of whom make at least $15 an hour.

Amazon said this weekend that a surge of orders is putting its operations under pressure. It warned shoppers that it could take longer than the usual two days to get packages.