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Amazon.com CEO Jeff Bezos tells NBC's Today Show they're trying to put people back to work this holiday season. (AP file photo)

Amazon's CEO Jeff Bezos optimistic for holiday season

Black Friday is a week away and some shoppers couldn't be more excited.

The same is true for Amazon.com CEO Jeff Bezos, who tells NBC's Today Show they're trying to put people back to work this holiday season.

"At Amazon, we're getting ready to hire 50,000 seasonal people to help us with the peak holiday selling season. It think it's going to be a record selling season for us. Knock on wood."

Bezos says he's not concerned about other companies, such as Walmart, which is opening on Thanksgiving and offering same day shipping for customers.

"We've always been in a hyper competitive industry. E-commerce even from its ever beginning has always been hyper competitive. That's good for customers and it's even good for companies that embrace that dynamic," Bezos said.

Check out Amazon's holiday toy guide

KIRO Radio's Seth Keller contributed to this report.


Stephanie Klein, MyNorthwest.com Editor
Stephanie joined the MyNorthwest.com team in February 2008. She has built the site into a two-time National Edward R. Murrow Award winner (Best Radio Website 2010, 2012).
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