Morrisons creates 1,000 new jobs for Amazon tie-up
Written by Rother Radio News on 30/09/2020
Morrisons is creating 1,000 new jobs to fulfil online orders for its services on Amazon.
It is the latest supermarket to hire extra workers to meet the demand for grocery home shopping, which has seen an increase during the pandemic.
The announcement comes a day after the stock market value of Ocado, the online grocery specialist, overtook that of Tesco for the first time.
Morrisons said it was hiring extra staff to pick and pack customer orders from more than 50 stores, covering most major UK cities and many towns.
Britain’s fourth biggest supermarket, which was behind its larger rivals in setting up online delivery operations, has instead entered into partnerships with Ocado and Amazon.
Its tie-up with the US tech giant, through the Prime subscription service, offers shoppers the ability to place orders for delivery in around 30 minutes.
The new positions announced on Wednesday will allow more such orders to be placed.
Morrisons revealed earlier this month that it had taken on 45,000 temporary staff to cope with extra demand as the pandemic gathered pace, with 25,000 still in post of whom 6,000 had now been made permanent.
The pandemic has accelerated a shift from supermarket shopping trips to online deliveries – helping boost prospects for Ocado.
It now delivers food for Marks & Spencer in the UK, in addition to its tie-up with Morrisons, while also selling its technological know-how to supermarkets worldwide.
Ocado’s market share in the UK is just 1.4% but its share price has more than doubled this year while the major supermarket chains – which have had to spend millions making their stores COVID-compliant – have slumped.
Tesco, which is the biggest of them with a 26.8% share of the market, saw its value slip to £21bn on Tuesday as Ocado climbed to £21.6bn, overtaking it for the first time.
© Sky News 2020