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Amazon wants you: Seasonal hiring begins for distribution, sorting centers

Workers fill orders and prepare packages for mailing at the Amazon fulfillment center in Kent on Nov. 17, 2014. Amazon is hiring thousands of workers to handle the holiday rush in 2015.
Workers fill orders and prepare packages for mailing at the Amazon fulfillment center in Kent on Nov. 17, 2014. Amazon is hiring thousands of workers to handle the holiday rush in 2015. Staff file, 2014

Amazon.com, the world’s largest online retailer, says it plans to hire 100,000 seasonal workers including thousands in the Puget Sound area to staff its distribution and sorting centers during the holidays.

The Seattle-based company didn’t say how many temporary employees will be hired to work in the company’s Washington locations other than to say it will total “thousands” of workers. Amazon has large fulfillment centers in Sumner, DuPont, Kent and Bellevue to go with its downtown Seattle headquarters.

“We’ve hired more than 25,000 full-time associates across the U.S. in recent months and we’re looking forward to adding 100,000 seasonal employees for the upcoming holiday season,” said Mike Roth, Amazon’s vice president of North America operations. “Following last year’s holiday season, tens of thousands of seasonal employees found regular, full-time roles with Amazon. We’re excited to grow our team by finding great talent through our seasonal hiring efforts in addition to creating new full-time jobs that offer comprehensive benefits starting on day one.”

According to the retailer’s job recruitment pages online, fulfillment center associates make up to $13.75 an hour while fulfillment center team leaders can earn up to $14.50 an hour.

Fulfillment center associates pick, box, wrap and address merchandise ordered by online buyers with the help of computerized robots and machines that locate the merchandise in the distribution centers, prepare address labels and ensure the boxes are correctly routed. At sortation centers, workers sort parcels destined to be delivered by the U.S. Postal Service. Those Amazon employees sort packages for the post office that will deliver them and send them out via a fleet of trucks to those post offices at night.

Those interested in working at Amazon can fill out applications at workatamazonfulfillment.com.

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