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Amazon primp? Housekeepers wanted in Seattle

The company posts job openings for Amazon Assistants, an unannounced program to offer its customers help with tidying up around the home.

Amazon Home Services already provides housekeeping, but through local merchants, not directly through Amazon.

Amazon may be looking to hire a few housekeepers to spruce up its Prime members' homes.

The e-retailer put up two job postings on an Amazon website last month for Amazon Assistants in its hometown of Seattle. The program, which the company has not announced, would send housekeepers employed by Amazon to help with "tidying up around the home, laundry, and helping put groceries and essentials like toilet paper and paper towels away," according to the postings.

The Seattle Times first reported the job postings Monday.

The program points to a new focus on selling services for Amazon, which dominates online retail. Amazon already offers housecleaning through its Home Services program, which also connects customers to local plumbers, painters and electricians. Amazon Assistants appears to be different because the housekeepers would be hired by Amazon, not a local business.

Amazon typically tests out new concepts in its hometown and it's unclear whether Amazon Assistants will ever reach the market. The company didn't respond to a request for comment.