BUSINESS

Amazon Prime Could Soon Include Housecleaning

The project is still in the experimental phase, but the company is hiring in Seattle

BUSINESS
Amazon will soon invade every part of your life — Photo Illustration: Diana Quach
Nov 09, 2016 at 11:07 AM ET

We’ve already welcomed so many of Amazon’s products into our homes, it only makes sense that the next step would be inviting their actual employees through our doors. And soon we may be able to do that, if two recent job postings are any indication the online retailer is looking to hire people for an experimental housekeeping service.

The listings, which were published in mid-October and spotted by the Seattle Times, seek “home assistants” that would do things like laundry, picking up around the house, and put away the shopping. It was first stated that these employees would be offering “timesaving assistance to Amazon Prime members,” though the ads have since been stripped of Prime mentions.

While you can already use the retail behemoth as a marketplace for finding independent contractors, this would be different — these people would work directly for Amazon. So far the jobs are only for people in the Seattle area, which suggests the company is testing a pilot program to see if there is actually demand for this kind of Prime perk.

There’s every reason to think people will eat this up, given how dependent we’ve all become on Amazon Prime for so many other things — books, music, TV shows, news updates from our Echo speakers, and, of course, unlimited free two-day shipping. So it’s probably only a matter of time before all we have to do is say, “Alexa, clean the house,” and a squad of ultra efficient workers descends and start vacuuming.