Morrisons is hiring more than 1000 new permanent staff to help it meet skyrocketing demand for online orders through Amazon Prime Now.
After dramatically expanding its partnership with Amazon in August, seeing its entire range of goods sold via the ecommerce giant’s website for the first time, Morrisons is now embarking on a recruitment frenzy to meet demand.
The grocer is recruiting over 1000 new permanent ‘Customer Assistant – Pick and Pack’ staff in 50 stores across the UK to help fulfil orders made via Amazon.
“At Morrisons, we’re doing everything we can to ensure everyone can order our great value food and have it delivered to their doorstep,” Morrisons head of Amazon Hannah Horsfall said.
“We’re looking for team players, with good customer service skills that can play their full part in helping to feed the nation.”
These new employees will be tasked with picking orders placed on Amazon, before packing them in a dedicated area and handing them to Amazon Flex delivery drivers, who will deliver orders the same day.
The partnership represents a further push into the UK grocery market for Amazon, which announced plans to scrap grocery delivery charges for its Prime customers in the UK in July, a move analyst’s believe will cause “major disruption” in the market.
It is also a major win for Morrisons which will be keen to cash in on the seismic shift in UK grocery shopping habits to online services during lockdown.
While other grocers have struggled to increase their delivery logistics networks at a pace that could match demand, Morrisons will now have Amazon’s formidable network at its finger tips and millions of customers to access online.