As Amazon is about to kick off its Black Friday promotions, the company’s workers are bracing for what will likely be the most stressful days of the year. Whether it’s warehouse workers or delivery drivers, every link of the supply chain will be stretched to its limits, as millions of consumers around the world are itching to spend their holiday cash on what are supposedly the best deals of the year.
Amazon's revenue typically spikes by 35-60 percent in the holiday quarter compared to the rest of the year, putting an enormous strain on the company’s logistics backbone. As our chart illustrates, Amazon hires thousands of seasonal workers every year to help carry the workload across its network of fulfillment/sortation centers and customer service sites.
Despite reportedly planning to lay off 10,000 people in corporate and technology positions over the next few weeks, Amazon's seasonal hiring is expected to be on par with last year's. The company announced last month that it's bringing in 150,000 employees in full-time, seasonal, and part-time roles across its operations network in the U.S.