Two major retailers have announced plans to hire thousands of workers at e-commerce fulfillment centers.
Online seller Amazon said it needs to fill thousands of temporary job openings in Coffeyville, Kansas, to provide much needed support through the holiday shopping season, according to the Wichita Business Journal.
The company said the hourly jobs will include multiple shifts and are in the areas of picking of merchandise, packing and shipping and receiving. Amazon said it is also looking to hire thousands of temporary jobs at fulfillment centers in Nevada, Indiana and Kentucky.
The retailer said it hired more than 4,700 temporary workers as full-time employees during the past year.
Meanwhile, Bed Bath & Beyond said it will create as many as 900 full-time jobs over the next four years in Georgia with the opening of its new $50 million fulfillment center in Pendergrass, according to the Atlanta Journal Constitution.
Chris Cummiskey, commissioner of the Georgia Department of Economic Development, told the news agency that the jobs will bring a much needed economic boost to the region.
"With unemployment in Jackson County around 10 percent, I’m confident that these jobs will have a near-immediate impact for the county and surrounding areas, particularly in this tough job market," Cummiskey added.