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E-Commerce Giant Amazon Plans To Hire 1 Lakh Full, Part-Time Staff Across U.S. Amidst Coronavirus Pandemic

In the U.S., Amazon will be adding an additional $2 per hour worked through April from its current rate of $15/hour or more, depending on the region, 2 pounds per hour in the UK, and approximately 2 euros per hour in many EU countries

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Amazon said it is seeing a significant increase in demand, which means its labour needs are "unprecedented for this time of year". VOA

Amazon plans to hire 100,000 new full and part-time staff across the US in its fulfilment centres and delivery network as more and people are relying on online deliveries for their daily needs due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Amazon said it is seeing a significant increase in demand, which means its labour needs are “unprecedented for this time of year”.

“We also know many people have been economically impacted as jobs in areas like hospitality, restaurants, and travel are lost or furloughed as part of this crisis. We want those people to know we welcome them on our teams until things return to normal and their past employer is able to bring them back,” Amazon executive Dave Clark wrote in a blog post on Monday.

The online retail giant said it will also increase the hourly pay of warehouse and delivery workers in the US, Europe, and Canada.

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Amazon plans to hire 100,000 new full and part-time staff across the US in its fulfilment centres and delivery network as more and people are relying on online deliveries for their daily needs due to the coronavirus pandemic. Wikimedia Commons

In the U.S., Amazon will be adding an additional $2 per hour worked through April from its current rate of $15/hour or more, depending on the region, 2 pounds per hour in the UK, and approximately 2 euros per hour in many EU countries.

“This commitment to increased pay through the end of April represents an investment of over $350 million in increased compensation for hourly employees across the U.S., Europe, and Canada,” Clark said, adding that it has taken measures to promote social distancing in the workplace and taken on enhanced and frequent cleaning to keep people healthy.

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The number of coronavirus infections in the US climbed to nearly 4,000 with more than 65 people dying of the disease. (IANS)

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Amazon Plans To Unveil Full-Fledged Cloud Gaming Platform

Amazon may launch an early version of its cloud gaming platform sometime this year if things are in order in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic

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Amazon may launch an early version of its cloud gaming platform sometime this year if things are in order in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. VOA

Amazon is reportedly working on a full-fledged cloud gaming platform under the code name Project Tempo, similar to Google’s Stadia and Nvidia’s GeForce Now.

The retail giant has been working on a game called Crucible ever since 2014 and along with that game, the company is going to bring another game called New World, which will be a multiplayer online game and will fit perfectly in the multiplayer game genre, reports The New York Times.

“The big picture is about trying to take the best of Amazon and bringing it to games,” the report quoted Mike Frazzini, Amazon’s vice president for game services and studios as saying.

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Amazon is reportedly working on a full-fledged cloud gaming platform under the code name Project Tempo, similar to Google’s Stadia and Nvidia’s GeForce Now. Wikimedia Commons

“We have been working for a while, but it takes a long time to make games, and we’re bringing a lot of Amazon practices to making games,” Frazzini added.

When it comes to cloud-based gaming, Amazon will have to compete with Microsoft and Google. Both of them already have their feet firmly planted in the space, Microsoft with Project xCloud and Google with Stadia.

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Amazon may launch an early version of its cloud gaming platform sometime this year if things are in order in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. (IANS)