Amazon opens centre in California whilst spending on COVID safety measures

Amazon has announced its new fulfilment centre in Beaumont, California is open for business. The 640,000 sq ft fulfilment centre currently employs more than 1,000 full-time associates who pick, pack and ship small items such as books, electronics, school supplies and home goods. Since 2010, Amazon has created more than 91,000 jobs in California and invested more than $50bn across the state, including infrastructure and compensation to employees in the state.

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, Amazon is trying to keep its employees safe. Across its operations, Amazon has invested more than $4bn from April to June on COVID-19 safety measures. This includes spending more than $800m on safety supplies such as masks, hand sanitizer, thermal cameras, sanitizing wipes, gloves, adding disinfectant spraying in buildings and procuring COVID testing supplies, along with redeploying team members from their typical roles to perform safety-related tasks and audits at sites around the world like “social distancing ambassadors” to team members helping with temperature checks. Amazon’s teams are adjusting rapidly implementing policy changes on a daily, and sometimes hourly, basis to support its employees and customers. The company is reinforcing protocols through a variety of channels to ensure all its associates understand and abide by its safety procedures.

Source: Amazon