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EcommerceBytes-NewsFlash, Number 2534 - May 03, 2011 - ISSN 1539-5065    2 of 4

Amazon Ramps Up Staffing for Fulfillment Centers

By Kenneth Corbin
EcommerceBytes.com
May 03, 2011




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Leading online retailer Amazon is hanging out the "Help Wanted" sign at its fulfillment centers around the country, as it looks to add positions with a range of responsibilities in at least 14 locations.

Amazon spokeswoman Michele Glisson said the company has more than 100 management positions it is currently looking to fill across its expanding roster of logistical facilities.

"There are a wide range of positions - everything from area managers, who manage teams of associates working in the facilities, to technical support and safety managers," Glisson told AuctionBytes. "As a result, specific position qualifications vary, based on the roles."

Last week, Amazon issued news releases advertising positions in fulfillment centers in six states. The company said the vacancies are spread across the operations, human resources, technical support and safety divisions of its fulfillment center workforce.

The hiring ramp-up continues Amazon's expansion of its domestic infrastructure to support an ever-expanding online retail empire. Last week, the company reported first-quarter net sales of $9.86 billion, a 38 percent increase over the same period last year. It added 13 fulfillment centers worldwide last year and plans to add at least another 9 centers in 2011 - five in North America and four international.

Amazon is advertising positions in its fulfillment centers in Las Vegas and Fernley, Nev., Phoenix and Goodyear, Ariz., New Castle, Del., Coffeyville, Kan., and four locations each in Kentucky and Pennsylvania.

Glisson declined to comment on the salary range Amazon is offering for its fulfillment center managers, but said the company is casting a wide net in its search for new workers and not hewing to a specific skill set.

"We're looking for smart people to join Amazon, and in many cases, we'll look creatively at how candidates can best apply their skills within the company," she said.

Amazon is accepting applications at its online career center here.

About the Author
Kenneth Corbin is a freelance writer based in Washington, D.C. He has written on politics, technology and other subjects for more than four years, most recently as the Washington correspondent for InternetNews.com, covering Congress, the White House, the FCC and other regulatory affairs. He can be found on LinkedIn here .

About the author:

Kenneth Corbin is a freelance writer based in Washington, D.C. He has written on politics, technology and other subjects since 2007, most recently as the Washington correspondent for InternetNews.com, covering Congress, the White House, the FCC and other regulatory affairs. He can be found on LinkedIn here.

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