E-commerce companies Flipkart and Snapdeal hired almost 10,000 employees each, on contractual basis to meet the festive rush expected on back of Flipkart’s Big Billion Day sale and Snapdeal’s Unbox Diwali Sale.
Although, the flash sales concluded on October 6 but e-commerce companies are expected to witness festive rush for the rest of the year, according to industry experts.
Amazon India too hired employees on contractual basis to manage the rush during Great Indian Festival Sale.
Recruitment start-up Aasaanjobs helped in recruitment of about 2,000 delivery personnel for Amazon in Mumbai and Pune alone, Siddharth Gupta,vice president of sales and marketing at Aasaanjobs told FE. Amazon India declined to comment on the temporary jobs it created on back of the festive rush but Gupta added that Amazon has employed about 10,000-15,000 delivery executive across India in order to meet the excess demand ahead of the festive rush.
In run-up to the festive season, Amazon India had added six additional fulfillment centre to existing 21 centres and increased its footprint to 2.5 million square feet across Gujarat, Haryana, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Delhi, Punjab, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu, Telangana, and West Bengal , according to Akhil Saxena, vice president, India customer fulfillment at Amazon India.
Snapdeal said it will be creating 10,000 temporary jobs between September 15 and November 15. Majority of the workforce will be focussed on logistics and delivery and about 200 people will be stationed at the call centre during the festive season sale.
“The hiring has been the busiest in towns including Lucknow, Kolkata, and Bengaluru with the bigger fulfillment centres and those with the highest demand. We will also be offering a two week internship opportunity to college students – they will get a unique opportunity to participate behind the scenes in a fast paced environment,” Jayant Sood, chief customer experience officer at Snapdeal said.
Besides e-commerce biggies such as Amazon, Flipkart and Snapdeal, logistics companies such as Delhivery, Ecom Express and Blue Dart have also hired additional workforce to handle additional deliveries during the festive season.
Ecomm Express hired about 8,000 people and it will paying them an average remuneration of Rs 18,000 per month. Large portion of the hiring has been focused around last-mile delivery of items while some will be at the pick-up processing side of the operations.
Almost 35,000 temporary jobs will be created in logistics and delivery during the period from September to December. Gupta pegged the average remuneration at R10,000 -R14,000 per month with each delivery employee servicing about 40-50 shipments every day. Companies have also announced incentive to be given if employees are able to deliver more than the prescribed number of shipments in a day.