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July 29, 2013

Amazon to add ‘hundreds’ of jobs locally

7,000 jobs being added nationwide

JEFFERSONVILLE — Hundreds of full-time, permanent positions are being added to Amazon.com Inc.’s Jeffersonville distribution center.

Amazon.com Inc. announced Monday that it will be hiring 7,000 employees in 13 states for fulfillment and customer service positions. About 5,000 of those full-time jobs will be added at the company’s U.S. distribution centers, which employ about 20,000 workers at present, according to an Amazon.com news release.

Amazon Spokeswoman Kelly Cheeseman said that “hundreds and hundreds” of jobs will be coming to distribution centers in Jeffersonville and Indianapolis, but could not offer a definitive figure.

According to Amazon.com’s career center, the hourly pay rate for the positions at the fulfillment center in Jeffersonville is $11.

“These positions are permanent positions,” Cheeseman said.

Amazon has created thousands of jobs across its distribution center and customer service networks in recent years. In the last year, Amazon opened eight “fulfillment” centers in the U.S., resulting in thousands of new jobs being added to communities nationwide, according to the release.

Amazon opened its 1-million-square-foot center in Jeffersonville in October, and three months later the company announced its plans to expand into the remaining one-third of the building that was, in January, unused space.

Greg Walsh, general manager of the Jeffersonville center, said in January that the Jeffersonville center employed more than 1,100 workers.

Aside from Jeffersonville and Indianapolis, distribution center jobs are available in Phoenix; Middletown, Del.; Patterson, San Bernardino and Tracy, Calif.; Hebron, Ky.; Breinigsville, Pa.; Charleston and Spartanburg, S.C.; Chattanooga and Murfreesboro, Tenn.; Coppell, Haslet and San Antonio, Texas; and Chester, Va.

The remaining 2,000 jobs Amazon is hiring for are customer service associates, and are not jobs being added to the Jeffersonville facility.

The 2,000 jobs in customer service, including full-time, part-time and seasonal help are available in Winchester, Ky.; Grand Forks, N.D.; Kennewick, Wash., and Huntington, W.Va. Work from home positions are available in Oregon, Washington and Arizona, according to the release.

The world’s largest online retailer has been spending heavily on order fulfillment, a strategy meant to help the business grow, but one that has also weighed on profit margins, according to an Associated Press report. The company said last week that it lost money in the second quarter, even as revenue increased.

The price per share for Amazon [Nasdaq: AMZN] closed down $5.91, or 1.9 percent, to $306.10.

GET TO WORK

• You can apply for fulfillment center jobs at Amazon online at amazonfulfillmentcareers.com

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