Amazon Recruiting Veterans for Distribution Centers

Veterans information




Like, Comment, Share

Amazon Recruiting Veterans for Distribution Centers

image for Amazon Recruiting Veterans for Distribution Centers

Image: – – Veterans Info Site

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) — At Amazon's Chattanooga distribution center, military veteran Scot Newport is using his leadership skills developed over 27 years in the Army to help run the busy distribution center during the annual holiday busy season.

"It's a very exciting time of the year for Amazon," he said.

Newport told The Chattanooga Times Free Press (http://bit.ly/XGl538 ) he joined the nation's No. 1 retailer, which has been named among the nation's top military friendly employers, because of the company's openness to veterans. He's a former U.S. Army colonel who now serves as senior operations manager for outbound shipping at the Chattanooga facility.


"It has a very robust recruitment effort for veterans," Newport said.

Veterans who have served after Sept. 11, 2001, had an unemployed rate of 10 percent in November, higher than the national average of 7.7 percent, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Amazon launched a military talent program in 2010 to recruit military veterans for its fulfillment network across the country. The program is managed by a team of military recruiters who have served in various military branches. Amazon has hired more than 600 veterans in this year alone.

Amazon spokeswoman Kelly Cheeseman said the Seattle-based company has a half dozen military recruiters who go to hundreds of job fairs. Once they are hired, the company has programs in place to support veterans making the transition from the military to the business world.

"We're thinking about the transition from the military to civilian life and we want to support them," Cheeseman said.

For Newport, his job requires him to spend his shift on the fulfillment center's floor and interacting with other workers.

"My sweet spot is leadership," Newport said, adding he formerly commanded up to 15,000 troops. "Those leadership skills are what Amazon is looking for."

___

Information from: Chattanooga Times Free Press, http://www.timesfreepress.com

 

 



 

Share on social media

Veterans Info Site uses AddThis share buttons so you can easily share your favorite content from this site to your Facebook, Twitter, and more.
To share this on social media, click on the share icons. You will be prompted to connect your social media account if you have not already.
Thank you for sharing!

 

Comments



image showing text Join Us

Help Us Help Them!

Do you have helpful information, resources, services or products for US Military Veterans and their families? You can help us to help US Military Veterans and their families by sharing that information on this website.

Join us now and share your US Military Veterans Information, resources, services and products with others who need it.

This website was created by a male military spouse as a way to help US Military Veterans and their families and this site is ALWAYS FREE to join.

Never Forget Them

image of POW flag

Please, remember our POWs and MIAs.
They still wait. Their families still wait.