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Amazon preparing for Christmas rush with 1,000 seasonal hires

Amazon Australia wants to onboard around 1,000 workers to man its logistics and fulfilment centres during the upcoming holiday season.

While the bricks-and-mortar retail sector, at least in NSW, could be open as soon as 11 October, stores in other parts of the country are likely to remain shut until later in the month. And, given the changes in shopping behaviour seen in the last two years, retailers and logistics providers, including Amazon, are preparing for a greater emphasis on online shopping this year.

Amazon Australia’s director of operations Craig Fuller stressed, however, that these positions could be a path to more permanent employment.

“We’re pleased to offer job opportunities across the country at a time when they are needed most,” said Fuller.

“These are opportunities for motivated, enthusiastic people from all backgrounds and we look forward to welcoming them to our sites around Australia as we head into the holiday season.”

Amazon isn’t the only logistics player beefing up its operations ahead of the upcoming holiday period, with Australia Post having recently stating it is recruiting for 1,600 new positions in order to keep up with expected demand – a level of demand delivery facilities are struggling to keep up with.

Australia Post was recently forced to shut down its e-commerce collection service for a few days in order to work through the backlog of deliveries after 500 of its staff members were put into self-isolation.

“At the moment, everyday feels like Christmas,” Australia Post executive general manager people and culture Sue Davies said.

“We’re on the lookout for people to join us and help deliver and process record volumes across the country.”

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