In a new blog post, the Seattle tech giant said it had a “record holiday season”, & quot; the largest ever small business growth and community donations & quot;. It delivered more than 1.5 billion toys, home products, beauty and personal care products and electronics. < / P > < p > third party sales in Amazon’s market grew by more than 50% year on year worldwide. The company has “digested” more than $5 billion in operating costs for independent sellers this year, and previously said it would delay to June 1 to raise annual performance fees due to the epidemic. < / P > < p > the development of the third-party sector and Amazon’s support for independent sellers come at a time when Amazon is facing antitrust scrutiny from legislators and former Amazon sellers, who claim that the company has abused its role as a market arbiter. On December 1, Amazon said that from Black Friday to online Monday, sales of independent enterprises increased to US $4.8 billion, up 60% year-on-year. < / P > < p > Amazon is likely to release its fourth quarter financial data next month. As part of its record third quarter results, Amazon said it expects fourth quarter revenue to be between $112 billion and $121 billion. This will grow 28% to 38% year-on-year, and is Amazon’s first quarter to exceed $100 billion. That’s just over $96.1 billion in the third quarter. < / P > < p > according to the MasterCard SpendingPulse data, from November 1 to December 24, the sales volume of us e-commerce increased by 47.2% year on year. Online sales accounted for 19.7% of total retail sales, up from 13.4% last year. As e-commerce surges, thousands of small businesses are closing down due to the new crown crisis. < / P > < p > to help meet demand, Amazon has recruited a lot, adding 400000 full-time and part-time jobs this year, up 100000 in October alone. Last quarter, it broke the 1 million mark for the first time. As of September 30, the company employed 1.13 million people worldwide, up 50% from the same period last year. Wal Mart has more than 2.2 million employees, and the latter is the largest retailer in the United States. < / P > < p > Amazon is also spending a lot of money to fulfill its delivery promise and help protect workers during the epidemic. Amazon’s chief financial officer, Brian olsavsky, said in October that the company will increase its delivery capacity by 50% this year and spend $30 billion on capital expenditure, which is the cost of purchasing and operating fixed assets such as warehouses and distribution stations. A large part of it will be used in the company’s operations. < / P > < p > Amazon has been building its own logistics network over the past few years, buying airplanes, trucks and more warehouses. The company seems to have avoided any major delivery delays this holiday season. The Washington Post reported that the U.S. Postal Service suffered “extensive delays” this month. < / P > < p > at the same time, Amazon’s transportation costs are soaring as it aims to accelerate delivery to more than 150 million prime members. In the third quarter, Amazon spent $15 billion on freight, up 57% year-on-year. Its annual transportation cost is likely to exceed $50 billion. < / P > < p > Amazon’s delivery service partner is a small business plan launched two years ago to strengthen the company’s logistics network. Since February, Amazon has collectively employed 75000 new drivers. < / P > < p > Amazon also said that during the holiday season, it delivered more than 8 million items to other delivery locations, including Amazon physical retail stores and Amazon hub locations. < / P > < p > Amazon’s cost of covid-19 this year has reached $7.5 billion, and it is expected to generate another $4 billion of covid-19 related costs in the fourth quarter. The cost calculation includes the funds spent to help protect the safety of employees, the extra wages paid to workers, and so on. It also takes into account the productivity losses caused by Amazon’s process changes, such as adding more new employees or enforcing social distance rules in the warehouse. Global Tech