Coupang Commences Hiring of 3,200 New Employees in Changwon

  • Coupang signs employment MOU with Changwon City and the Ministry of Employment and Labor’s Changwon District Office to create new jobs for local residents
  • Company to actively hire women and the elderly to address employment gaps
  • Thousands of new local jobs are created every time Coupang adds a new fulfillment center; company has established over 100 centers nationwide to date

Apr. 15, 2021 – Coupang today announced plans to hire 3,200 employees in
Changwon, the company’s latest step towards its goal of creating 50,000 new
jobs in Korea by 2025. Under the MOU signed with Changwon City and the Ministry
of Employment and Labor’s Changwon District Office, the company will prioritize
the hiring of local residents in its ongoing commitment to promote regional job
creation and development.

investment approach has been fairly unique in the Korean logistics industry, as
the company has focused its resources on regions relatively lacking in
logistics infrastructure as opposed to denser metropolitan areas. Coupang has
adopted this approach in order to support balanced regional development in
Korea, which it views as fundamental to the long-term growth of both the
company and the country.

date, the company has built over 100 independent fulfillment centers in over 30
cities across the nation, with each new Coupang fulfillment center creating
thousands of jobs for local residents. The company has also been actively
hiring women and the elderly to address employment gaps often present in such
regions. In 2020 alone, the company directly created nearly 25,000 new jobs,
and announced investment plans to build seven new regional fulfillment centers
totaling one trillion won.

has a proven record of investing deeply in local communities,” said Changwon
Mayor Sung-moo Huh. “We look forward to working with Coupang to create
thousands of good jobs in our city, develop our local infrastructure using the
company’s innovative technology, and establish the foundations for long-term
mutual growth.”

Yoo, the Ministry of Employment and Labor’s Changwon District Director, said,
“While the labor situation has been difficult due to the ongoing pandemic, we
expect the operation of Coupang’s Jinhae Fulfillment Center to create many new
jobs.” He added, “Our district office will work proactively with Coupang to
create more jobs in Jinhae, which has been designated as an employment crisis
area, and also work towards revitalizing the economy and stabilizing employment
for workers.”

hiring announcement comes just one week after the company announced its MOU to
invest over 300 billion won to build three fulfillment centers in the South
Gyeongsang Province, including two in Changwon. It has already launched the
process to hire around 100 local residents by early next month to prepare for
the opening of the Coupang Jinhae Fulfillment Center, and is expected to finish
hiring 3,200 employees in Changwon by next year.

“We are very pleased to announce that we have begun hiring Changwon
residents so soon after our MOU announcement last week,” said Myung-kyu Kim,
Coupang’s Senior Director of Logistics Policy. “Coupang’s establishment of
logistics infrastructure paves the way for the creation of good jobs, and we
will continue prioritizing local residents in our hiring to support regional economies
even as we improve our services for customers.”

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