The deadly virus outbreak really did hit business giants, and yes, including Amazon. The ecommerce giant is planning to transfer employees to its grocery bagging division as the need for grocery delivery is in its peak level due to the virus outbreak, according to a report by Reuters. So the warehouse staff will have the option to transfer to Whole Foods’ grocery team, also owned by Amazon. If they do so, they’ll make more money, the company said.
Amazon is using this so called labor sharing technique to other parts of its business due to extreme need. And with many Americans using grocery delivery apps and services to avoid potential exposure to the highly contagious disease, Amazon is feeling the pressure.
Amazon uses its Amazon Fresh program for grocery delivery, and also Amazon Prime Now, which delivers from Whole Foods stores.
The company has shut its Prime Pantry temporarily because of the massive traffic and orders. In a message to its workers in the states of Maryland, California, Nevada and Tennessee, Amazon said Prime Now in particular had seen a sharp jump in the number of orders placed as of late and thus new opportunities for work were now available. Safety concerns are still abundant, though, with reports of coronavirus infections coming in from at least 17 of Amazon’s warehouses.