Flipkart is planning to hire over 10,000 temporary staff to ramp up its delivery and logistics service to meet the festive demand. This move by Flipkart comes as part of the preparations being made by e-commerce companies as they gear up for the festive season. E-commerce companies will introduce offers to boost their sales. Flipkart’s chief administrative officer Nitin Seth said that the company’s hiring plans are in line with its business goals and that it continues to hire talent in key strategic areas. Flipkart’s rival Snapdeal is also planning a creation of 10,000 temporary jobs at the company between September 15 and November 15. Most of the positions at Snapdeal would be in logistics to ensure smooth deliveries.
“With the festive season coming in, we are confident that Big Billion Days (sale) will be bigger and better than before this year. In addition to having the new capability of alternate delivery model, we are looking at hiring more than 10,000 temporary staff in logistics and last mile across the country,” Flipkart chief administrative officer Nitin Seth said. This will be done to meet the massive demand that Flipkart expects during the festive season, he added.
Asked about reports of the company laying off 800 people, Seth answered in the negative. “We completely and unequivocally deny any layoffs at Flipkart in the coming months… This is completely false and baseless. There are no plans for layoffs in any team in the coming months,” he added. In July, Flipkart had sacked some of its “under-performing” employees. While the company had refused to comment on the number of layoffs, sources had said the number ran as high as 1,000.