Amazon to add more than 100,000 jobs in U.S. hiring spree

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By Jeffrey Dastin and Emily Stephenson

NEW YORK/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Amazon.com Inc on Thursday said it will create more than 100,000 jobs in the United States, from software development to warehouse work, in its latest move to win over shoppers by investing in faster delivery.

The world's largest online retailer will grow its full-time U.S. workforce by more than 50 percent to over 280,000 in the next 18 months, it said in a press release.

Amazon is spending heavily on new warehouses so it can stock goods closer to customers and fulfill orders quickly and cheaply. The new hires, from Florida to Texas and California, will be key to the company's promise of two-day shipping to members of its Amazon Prime shopping club, which has given it an edge over rivals.

At least 16 new U.S. fulfillment centers are in the works for this year and next, said Marc Wulfraat, president of logistics consultancy MWPVL International Inc. Some mark Amazon's first expansion into population centers like Houston, he said.

Amazon declined to comment on where it would hire the most, whether for fulfillment work or corporate roles.

"We view this as a positive signal ... of the current trajectory of Amazon's businesses, as well as management's confidence," Baird Equity Research analyst Colin Sebastian said in a note.

"While there may be some 'political capital' involved with the timing and details of Amazon's announcement," he added, "we suspect there is little, if any, shift of employment at Amazon from international locations to the U.S."

President-elect Donald Trump has made job creation in the United States a cornerstone of his agenda. Last week, Ford Motor Co reversed plans for a $1.6 billion factory in Mexico and said it would add 700 jobs in Michigan after receiving criticism from Trump.   Continued...

 
Amazon boxes are seen stacked for delivery in the Manhattan borough of New York City, January 29, 2016.    REUTERS/Mike Segar/File Photo