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Amazon hiring temp workers to handle winter spike in online shopping

Posted on April 13th, 2015 Read time: 1 minutes

This past winter was not kind to the Northeast, and as a result of people being stuck at home in front of their computers, online sales spiked. Weather.com reported that the winter of 2014-2015 was the snowiest on record for Boston, which received at a total 110.6 inches of snow throughout the season. According to FierceMobileRetail, on Feb. 2, the Northeast accounted for 24.6 percent of all online sales in the U.S., an increase of 24.9 percent from Jan. 26. Due to the weather's influence on Internet purchasing, IBM is referring to the recent uptick in sales as "climate commerce."

To handle the increase in online sales, Amazon announced that it is looking for thousands of temporary workers at shipment centers in Indiana and Kentucky. Many of these positions are temp-to-hire.

Amazon also recently announced that in return for tax breaks levied by the Economic Assistance Coordinating Council in Massachusetts, the company will be adding 500 permanent jobs and as many as 2,000 seasonal and part-time jobs in the state, according to The Boston Globe {Always capitalize T in "The" if it's part of a newspaper's name}.

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