Amazon said it hired about 200,000 full-time and part-time workers worldwide to help its holiday businesses bring their global workforce to 750,000.
Amazon said Thursday it added about 250,000 employees to handle record sales sales for the online giant.
Full-time and part-time seasonal employees have been added to Amazon’s “fulfillment network”, the company’s extensive warehouse and delivery system, which currently has 750,000 employees.
“This holiday season was better than ever thanks to our customers and employees around the world,” said Jeff Bezos, CEO and Founder.
Amazon, which was already among the world’s largest private employers behind Walmart, with more than two million employees, has increased investment as it promotes one-day delivery to most sales.
The company did not say how many of its seasonal workers will remain after the holiday season.
Amazon jobs exclude some 800 private delivery contractors employing about 75,000 drivers in the United States.
Amazon did not provide specific sales figures for the holiday season, but said it was a “record” with “billions of items” ordered worldwide, including tens of millions of Amazon-branded devices.
He said some of the best-selling products included Alexa electronics, such as the Echo Dot smart speaker, the Fire TV stick and the video-enabled Echo Show 5.
While Amazon is known for its dominant online retail service, it also has an important cloud computing platform and runs on streaming media, artificial intelligence along with grocery stores and bookstores.
It has its own mix of consumer electronics and other brands.
A major revenue guide for Amazon is the Prime Member service that includes free shipping on most items, as well as streaming videos, music and other benefits.
Amazon has sold millions of Alexa speakers for vacation
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