An Amazon delivery man carries a package (File photo)

Amazon to hire 100,000 to help meet virus-related order spike

An Amazon delivery man carries a package (File photo)

Amazon.com Inc. will hire 100,000 people — and give US workers a $2 an hour raise in an effort to meet crushing demand from customers placing online orders for household essentials rather than going to crowded stores.

A Samsung phone displays the Amazon.com app. (File photo)

Amazon has had difficulty meeting demand triggered by the coronavirus outbreak. The company warned customers March 2 that orders were backlogged since demand outstripped its delivery capacity, and a technical glitch on Sunday further delayed orders from Whole Foods Markets and other Amazon services.

“As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, Amazon and our network of partners are helping communities around the world in a way that very few can — delivering critical supplies directly to the doorsteps of people who need them,” Amazon executive Dave Clark said Monday in a blog post.

Employees pull carts containing online orders at the Amazon.com Inc fulfilment centre in Robbinsville, New Jersey. (Photo: Bess Adler/Bloomberg)

“Getting a priority item to your doorstep is vital as communities practice social-distancing, particularly for the elderly and others with underlying health issues. We are seeing a significant increase in demand, which means our labor needs are unprecedented for this time of year.”

— Bloomberg