Amazon has announced its plans to open a new fulfilment centre in Auburndale, Florida and another fulfilment centre in DeSoto County, Mississippi. This comes after a similar project was announced for Channahon, Illinois.
Both fulfilments centres are to be more than 1m sq ft and are set to create more than 500 jobs in each centre. The new centres will have capabilities to pick, pack and ship large customer items, such as sports equipment, pet food, bicycles, kayaks, patio furniture and other large household goods.
The Florida centre is being developed by ProLogis whilst the Mississippi project is being developed by Hillwood Investment Properties.
“Mississippi has proven itself to be a great place for Amazon to do business and gives us the opportunity to better serve our customers in the region. We are also excited to join the Auburndale community and create more than 500 new, full-time jobs with industry-leading pay and benefits at our newest fulfilment centre in the state,” said Alicia Boler Davis, Amazon’s vice President of Global Customer Fulfilment.
Amazon has pledged to invest over $700m to provide upskilling training for 100,000 US employees for in-demand jobs. All associates will go through hours of safety training and have access to continuing education opportunities through Amazon’s upskilling programmes such as Career Choice.
Amazon’s fulfilment network supports many businesses of all sizes through its Fulfillment By Amazon offering, and many of those local organisations are based in both states.
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