Reuters Wire Service – January 12, 2017
by Jeffrey Dastin and Emily Stephenson
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Amazon.com Inc on Thursday said it will create more than 100,000 jobs in the United States, from software development to warehouse work, in its latest move to win over shoppers by investing in faster delivery.
The world’s largest online retailer will grow its full-time U.S. workforce by more than 50 percent to over 280,000 in the next 18 months, it said in a press release.
Reported to have a grueling work culture, Amazon 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,” said 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.
It did not immediately comment on its impact on brick-and-mortar jobs.
The company’s shares rose 1.8 percent to $813.64.
(Reporting by Laharee Chatterjee in Bengaluru, Jeffrey Dastin in New York and Emily Stephenson in Washington; editing by Saumyadeb Chakrabarty and Dan Grebler)