Amazon Aims to Hire 1,200 for Minnesota Holiday Season
E-commerce giant Amazon on Thursday joined the chorus of retailers crying out for tens of thousands in additional staffing to assist during the holiday sales frenzy.
The Seattle-based company said it would look to fill more than 120,000 positions across 35 states, including Minnesota. More than 1,200 of those full- and part-time jobs—or roughly 1 percent of the total—are Minnesota-specific openings, according to Amazon spokesperson Shevaun Brown.
Most of the openings are at Amazon’s fulfillment center in Shakopee. Other openings are for its sortation site in Eagan and to pick, pack, and ship customer orders for its quick delivery Prime Now service (based in Minneapolis).
Hourly pay varies by position, but ranges from $12.75 to $17, according to Amazon’s job listings.
“Last year, thousands of holiday positions were transitioned to regular, full-time roles after the holidays,” Amazon noted in its announcement, “and the company expects to continue that trend this year.”
Who else is hiring?
Also announcing its holiday hiring plan Thursday was discount retailer JCPenny.
The company, which hopes to hire nearly 40,000 more workers for its 875 stores around the U.S., said approximately 500 of those seasonal hires would be at Minnesota locations. Among the openings are jobs as cashiers, beauty consultants and “replenishment specialists.”
Big box retailers like Macy’s and Target unveiled last month their plans to hire 80,000 and 100,000 workers, respectively, for the upcoming holiday season. Neither company broke that down in state-by-state numbers.
Meanwhile, Richfield-based electronics retailer Best Buy is expected to increase its hiring efforts. According to spokesman Matthew Smith, “We hire seasonal employees at nearly all of our stores and distribution centers for the holiday season.”
Smith added that current part-time employees are first offered the chance to work additional hours before stores and distribution centers look to hire someone new.
In the run-up to the holidays, shippers are also making efforts to increase their workforce. Fed Ex said it expects to hire 50,000 seasonal workers, while UPS is aiming for 95,000 additional staffers.
More than 1,600 of UPS’s seasonal openings will be for the Minneapolis area, it said in a release. Over half of those openings, the shipper noted, would be for driver helpers, with the remaining jobs being for package handlers and drivers.