New Delhi: Amid the ongoing pandemic, the Indian e-commerce giant Flipkart has announced its annual "Big Billion Days" sale where the company offers up goods at reduced rates in the lead up to the big festivals observed in the country. After making the announcement, Flipkart revealed that the sale will create 70,000 direct as well as lakhs of indirect seasonal jobs across the country.
Talking to media, Amitesh Jha, Senior Vice-President, Ekart, and Marketplace, Flipkart, said that the company is focused on creating impactful partnerships that offer great consumer experience while creating additional opportunities for progress of the entire ecosystem as it scales for the Big Billion Days (BBD).
Jha added that by generating employment and enabling the company's sellers to scale their businesses during this time, the company is doing its part to drive growth in the industry and the economy.
The direct job opportunities created by Flipkart shall include delivery personnel, pickers, people at the packaging facility as well as sorters.
Additionally, the e-commerce behemoth said that it also aims to help facilitate lakhs of indirect employments with the increase in demand.
50,000 grocery stores are also being brought on board for last-mile delivery which will support the loads during the festive season, it said.
Meanwhile, the persons who have been recently hired by the e-commerce giant are being trained through classroom and online training to ready them for the busy festive season.
The workforce that has been recently hired includes customer service, delivery, installation, etc.
For its seller partners, it is offering training for warehouse management, packaging, etc.
This assumes special significance against the backdrop of the economic downturn that the economy has taken owing to the spread of the coronavirus.
Even though vacancies have started to pick up, the demand for jobs is way more than the supply.
It is pertinent to mention here that the number of salaried jobs lost due to the COVID-19 pandemic from April to August stood at 21 million from with more than 3.3 million jobs lost in August and about 4.8 million in July, according to the data released by the Centre for Monitoring Indian Economy (CMIE).