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Amazon Pauses Holiday Layoff Incentive – The Information


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Amazon instituted the programme — known inside the company as Pay to Quit or The Offer — in 2014 to help quickly trim its workforce size


Amazon said on Thursday it will stop supplying retailers in China with Kindle e-readers and shut its China Kindle e-bookstore in a year's time.
China sought to play down the departure of Amazon's Kindle, saying its departure was 'normal' in the country's fast-changing market. File photo: Reuters.

 

Faced with an increasingly tight labour market, Amazon has quietly paused a longstanding programme through which it paid US  warehouse workers up to $5,000 to quit their jobs after the busy peak season, The Information has learned.

Amazon instituted the programme — known inside the company as Pay to Quit or simply The Offer — in 2014 to help quickly trim the size of its workforce, which expands significantly during the holiday season.

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George Russell

George Russell is a freelance writer and editor based in Hong Kong who has lived in Asia since 1996. His work has been published in the Financial Times, The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, New York Post, Variety, Forbes and the South China Morning Post.

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