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Amazon Continues to Gear up for Holiday Shopping

Amazon continues to gear up for this year’s holiday shopping season, announcing it will hire 13,000 people in the UK for seasonal positions. The company also recently announced it would hire 80,000 seasonal workers to staff its U.S. fulfillment and sortation centers.

Amazon is also creating 1,000 new permanent jobs at its eight large UK fulfillment centers, and yesterday,¬†the Guardian¬†newspaper reported that Amazon had responded to a union’s campaign for better working conditions in that country.

Amazon’s Director of UK Operations John Tagawa said that on the busiest day in the run up to Christmas last year, Amazon customers ordered 4.1 million items. “The thousands of seasonal associates who join us at this time of year play an integral role in helping us deliver an exceptional experience for our customers during this incredibly busy time,” he said.

The UK marketplace also revealed that Sunday delivery is now available in seven cities; more than a million products in Amazon’s European fulfilment centers outside the UK are available for Two-Day delivery to the UK; and Amazon’s network of pick-up points has continued to expand including new Amazon Lockers in tube stations and Birmingham Airport.

Amazon will announce its third-quarter earnings later this week.

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Ina Steiner is co-founder and Editor of EcommerceBytes and has been reporting on ecommerce since 1999. She's a widely cited authority on marketplace selling and is author of "Turn eBay Data Into Dollars" (McGraw-Hill 2006). Her blog was featured in the book, "Blogging Heroes" (Wiley 2008). Follow her on Twitter at @ecommercebytes and send news tips to ina@ecommercebytes.com. See disclosure at EcommerceBytes.com/disclosure/.