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Posted at: Oct 10, 2018, 12:42 AM; last updated: Oct 10, 2018, 12:42 AM (IST)HIRING SCENE

Hiring on a festive high

Hiring on a festive high

Hiring is on a high in the e-tail space ahead of the festive season rush. E-tailers usually hire thousands of temporary workers in delivery and support roles to handle the high volume of orders during the festive sale.

Like in offline retail, e-commerce companies see a significant jump in sales during Dussehra and Diwali. The September-November period typically generates a majority of the annual sales of these companies, which prepare months in advance for the sale event.

As many as 20 million people are expected to shop on various e-commerce platforms during the festive sale next month, translating into sales of around $3 billion for players like Amazon and Flipkart, according to a report by research firm RedSeer.

E-commerce major Flipkart has added 30,000 jobs in its supply chain and logistics operations, ahead of the festive sale where the Walmart-backed company will compete head-on against rival, Amazon. Amazon India, on the other hand, said it has created over 50,000 seasonal positions across its network of fulfilment centres in the country this year ahead to meet the increased demand during the festive season.

Flipkart, which will hold the fifth edition of its Big Billion Days (BBD) sale from October 10-14, also expects its seller partners to have added over five lakh indirect jobs at their locations.

The seasonal hiring by Flipkart is spread across the entire supply chain -- from warehouses, to mother hubs, and delivery hubs. The additional indirect jobs created at seller locations are in packaging and warehouse management.

Snapdeal will hold its 'Mega Diwali Sale' from October 10-14, while ShopClues' sale is slated between October 10-November 7.

Flipkart said all the hired personnel have undergone training in supply chain process for their respective function, and are trained to handle hand-held devices, PoS machines, scanners, various and mobile applications.

As a result, these employees become future ready to work in tech-driven supply chains, food-tech and other allied industries, it added.

The company has added total of 16 ‘flex’ fulfilment centres and 15 mother hubs to its supply chain infrastructure, while the capacity at existing facilities has also been expanded. — PTI

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