Amazon gears up to deliver biggest Christmas ever

Amazon plans to create 1,000 permanent jobs across the UK, on top of 2,500 roles announced in January, in preparation for the festive season.

The new appointments will bring the total number of full time permanent employees to more than 15,500 by the end of this year. Recruits will work at the company’s UK head office in London; Research and  Development (R&D) centres in Cambridge, Edinburgh and London; the customer  service centre in Edinburgh; fulfilment centres and delivery stations across  the UK; the Fashion Photography Studio in Shoreditch, and the Amazon Web  Services (AWS) UK Region, due to be in place by early 2017.

Amazon UK country manager Doug Gurr said: “We are creating thousands of new jobs to continue to deliver the experience our customers know and love during the festive season and beyond.

The online retail giant also announced that its ultra-fast delivery service Prime Now is celebrating its first year. Prime Now is a mobile app available to Prime members and offers one-hour delivery on more than 15,000 items for £6.99, or delivery at no extra charge within a choice of two-hour, same-day delivery slots between 8am and midnight, seven days a week.  

Since launching in London last June, Prime Now has spread across the capital and beyond to Birmingham, Newcastle, Manchester, Leeds, Liverpool, Portsmouth, South Yorkshire and Surrey.  It is now available to more than 30% of the UK population.  

Doug Gurr said: “One year ago we reinvented fast delivery with the launch of the Prime Now app. We’ve delivered on our promise to roll out [the service] quickly and we’re continuing to invest to bring ultra-fast delivery to more and more of the UK.”


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