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Powell's Books rehires over 100 employees after surge of online orders

The CEO, Emily Powell, said in a community message that the book retailer was working to keep folks employed.

PORTLAND, Ore. — Powell's Books announced on Friday that over 100 employees were working again to fulfill online orders from Powells.com. 

Powell's CEO Emily Powell said in a community message, "Thank you, from the bottom of our hearts, for your incredible and unwavering support. Your kind words, messages of encouragement, ideas for perseverance, and orders for books have taken our breath away."

Powell said that orders may be slow as they take the necessary precautions to keep everyone healthy. 

Powell's also said that while they don't know what the future holds, they will keep fulfilling orders and keep their booksellers employed and on health insurance.

Powell's included donation links to the Oregon Community Foundation COVID-19 Fund, to BINC (the Book Industry Charitable Foundation helps booksellers experiencing financial distress), and to the ILWU Local 5.

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