These layoffs are exclusively for employees in Amazon warehouses, where plots are collected and organized before being shipped anywhere in the world.
In order to meet productivity quotas imposed by the company, employees sometimes need to collect hundreds of parcels per hour, says the Technology Specialist website on the edge.
In addition, in the latest documents obtained under the US Law on Access to Information, the Web site discloses an automatic practice of monitoring employee productivity and firing in some cases.
"The Amazon system measures the productivity quotas for every employee," a letter from the US firm's lawyers said on the edge. It automatically generates warnings or interruptions related to quality and productivity, without requiring even advice from supervisors. "
This letter comes from legal documents filed during a lawsuit filed by a former employee at the Baltimore warehouse against Amazon. Since then, this employee has withdrawn his appeal. This center currently has 2,500 full-time employees.
According to these same legal documents, Amazon reportedly removed nearly 300 employees between August 2017 and September 2018 in a single warehouse for purposes of productivity shortages.
Data confirmed by the e-commerce giant. "Generally speaking, the number of employees whose jobs have ended has declined in the last two years in this distribution center, as well as across North America," a senior official said. from Amazon.
Delivery in one day
This pressure to meet certain productivity criteria is expected to increase, as the company announced this week that subscribers who subscribe to the Amazon Premier service will be able to count on the delivery in one day of several goods sold on the platform.
In recent years, the company has made some delivery of plots without having to go through distributors like Canada Post. The US giant also plans to open depot centers at two airports, in addition to expanding warehouses and aircraft.
Amazon Consumers can already count on a two-day delivery of several products sold on the site.