Amazon is hiring fewer workers this holiday season, a sign that robots are replacing them

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  1. cheryl

    cheryl I started this. Staff Member

    Amazon is hiring fewer workers this holiday season, a sign that robots are replacing them - Quartz

    Amazon is staffing up for the holiday rush with around 100,000 additional hires. As big as that number sounds, it’s actually fewer people than the e-commerce giant added in either the 2016 or 2017 holiday seasons, when it brought in 120,000 additional workers.

    Citi analyst Mark May says he thinks the reduction in seasonal hiring is strong evidence that Amazon is succeeding with plans to automate operations in its warehouses.

    “We’ve seen an acceleration in the use of robots within their fulfillment centers, and that has corresponded with fewer and fewer workers that they’re hiring around the holidays,” May told CNBC on Nov. 2. He added that 2018 is the “first time on record” Amazon plans to hire fewer holiday workers than it did the previous year.
     
  2. Indecisi0n

    Indecisi0n Well-Known Member

    Who would have thought