Meet some of the Amazon women making sure Amazon boxes arrive with what people need


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Meet some of Amazon women stepping up in this critical time

Meet some of Amazon women stepping up in this critical time

 April 21, 2020

Let's meet some of the women at Amazon who are helping to ensure that Amazon boxes arrive to customers throughout the pandemic.

They're working in Amazon's operations network and are making sure customers can get what they need while the pandemic makes sheltering in place a matter of both personal and public health.

Longtime Amazonians and brand-new employees are on the job, as the company welcomes people temporarily out of work due to COVID-19's toll on industries such as hospitality, restaurants, and travel.

Amazon has filled 100,000 new jobs since March 2020, plus they're recruiting 75,000 more to help meet customer demand and assist existing employees fulfilling orders for essential products.


Maria Lopez in Katy, Texas

Maria Lopez (pictured above), a single mother of five who has been at Amazon for two years, wonders how she'd be making ends meet if she worked somewhere that needed to shut down during the pandemic.

"I am really excited that Amazon is a company that is allowing its doors to stay open for me to come in and work," she says. "I appreciate the extra time that they're offering to us."

In her quality assurance role at the fulfillment center in Katy, Texas, Maria works to make sure associates are healthy and safe, and customer orders are picked and packed correctly. She says it feels more important than ever during the crisis "to make sure we're getting essential goods out to our customers".


Katie Smith in Robbinsville, New Jersey 

Katie Smith Amazon

Katie Smith' was laid off from her job in the food industry and she was already struggling to get back on her feet. Then Covid-19 hit, bringing hiring in her field to a standstill. When she learned about Amazon's job openings, she took the opportunity to apply.

She now helps manage inventory as it comes into the fulfillment center in Robbinsville, New Jersey. She's reassured by the safety procedures in her new workplace.

"When you walk in, they take your temperature, and if you're outside for a break and come back in, they take it again. And they're passing out masks for us at the front door," she says.

Katie is happy to play a part in delivering for customers during the outbreak. "I love it," she adds. "I couldn't have asked for a better job."


Darby Griffin in Haslet, Texas

Darby Griffin Amazon

The Amazon fulfillment center in Dallas in Texas is a sizable departure from Darby Griffin's preschool classroom where she previously worked.

With school closed during the outbreak, Darby started working at Amazon as an inbound associate, helping manage new inventory.

"It was a surreal moment after I got my badge and I walked into the building," she recalls. "It suddenly hit me, that I was moving into a new chapter of my life. I've only ever worked with kids, so this was a big change."

Darby is hopeful she'll be able to return to the pre-school but her new role at Amazon is helping to bridge the gap financially, and she’s confident it’s the right fit.

"I chose Amazon because I have friends that work for Amazon and they love it," she comments.


Many opportunities available at Amazon

In addition to creating many new jobs in the operations network, Amazon is investing $500 million globally to increase pay for its teams during the coronavirus pandemic.

Apply now or learn more about how Amazon is supporting its employees, customers, and communities.

 

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