Daily dispatch, March 18: Amazon says it’s hiring 100,000 workers in delivery arm amid virus outbreak

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Trucking news and briefs for Wednesday, March 18, 2020:

Amazon intends to hire 100,000 people globally to address ramp-up in business amid COVID outbreak
Amazon on Monday announced intentions to hire 100,000 workers globally to help fulfill a surge in demand for online orders in the wake of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, the company said in a blog post on its website.

The company says the mix of full- and part-time jobs will be in the company’s fulfillment and delivery arm. “We also know many people have been economically impacted as jobs in areas like hospitality, restaurants, and travel are lost or furloughed as part of this crisis. We want those people to know we welcome them on our teams until things return to normal and their past employer is able to bring them back.” The company also says it will raise pay by $2 an hour for its fulfillment jobs at least through April.