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Amazon Invests in Ground and Air Operations

Amazon.com Inc. continues to invest in logistics to handle its growth and elevate delivery and fulfillment operational efficiency.

The company announced an expanded investment in Florida with six new buildings to support operations closer to customers. The new robotics fulfillment center and five new delivery stations are expected to create more than 2,000 full-time jobs in the state.

As Amazon continues to invest, the company has created more than 52,000 full-time jobs throughout the state, according to findings from its 2021 U.S. Economic Impact Report. The report also notes Amazon’s more than $18 billion investment in the state and $530 billion in the U.S. since 2010 over the last decade.

The new 630,000-square-foot fulfillment center, which is anticipated to open in Tallahassee in late 2022, will create more than 1,000 new, full-time jobs with benefits and opportunities to engage with advanced robotics. Employees at the fulfillment center will pick, pack and ship small items such as books, electronics and toys.

The five new delivery stations will power the last mile of Amazon’s order process and help increase efficiency of deliveries for customers, the company said. Delivery stations also offer entrepreneurs the opportunity to build their own business delivering Amazon packages. In addition, independent contractors gain the flexibility to be their own boss and create their own schedule delivering for Amazon Flex.

This announcement comes on the heels of an announcement a new fulfillment center in Port St. Lucie, Fla., which is set to create 500 full-time jobs. Amazon currently operates more than 50 sites in Florida that support customer fulfillment and delivery operations, including more than 10 facilities that launched in 2020.

“We’re excited to announce five new delivery stations as we continue to invest in the state of Florida,” Holly Sullivan, vice president of worldwide economic development for Amazon, said. “The new facilities not only allow us to better serve our customers across the state, it allows us to create jobs and drive opportunity within the Sunshine State. We’re proud to have created more than 52,000 jobs and invested more than $18 billion in the state over the past decade.”

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Amazon.com Inc. keeps making investments in logistics to handle its growth and keep its delivery and fulfillment operations efficient.
A rendering of Amazon’s new fulfillment center. Courtesy

Also on Thursday, Amazon announced the beginning of Amazon Air Hub operations at the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG). After more than four years of planning and construction, the Amazon Air Hub will serve as the central hub for Amazon Air’s U.S. cargo network, facilitating the rapid transport of customer packages across the country.

This $1.5 billion investment in Northern Kentucky will eventually create thousands of jobs for people from various backgrounds, including load planning, management of package sortation, and robotics technology, Amazon noted.

“We’re excited to get rolling in Northern Kentucky and we’re thrilled to employ thousands of fantastic people from the area in this next-generation, highly sophisticated facility that will connect our air cargo network for years to come,” Sarah Rhoads, vice president of Amazon Global Air, said.

The 800,000-square-foot sortation building sits on a 600-acre campus that features seven buildings, an expansive new ramp for aircraft parking and a multi-story vehicle parking structure. The sortation facility is equipped with robotics technology that helps move and sort packages, including robotic arms and mobile drive units that transport packages across the building, as well as miles of interlinked conveyors and ergonomic workstations that support a comfortable work environment for employees. The building will also feature a solar rooftop scheduled for installation over the next year, and all energy generated from the panels will feed directly into the electrical grid of the local community.

Amazon Air continues to expand globally to meet the needs of its growing customer base while investing in jobs and sustainable solutions to power its network. Amazon Air has expanded its presence in the U.S. to more than 40 locations and launched its European air hub in 2020 at Germany’s Leipzig/Halle Airport. Amazon Air has also purchased six million gallons of sustainable aviation fuel and invested in leading-edge electric ground service equipment.

Amazon has created more than 18,000 jobs in Kentucky since 2010 and invested more than $20 billion across the state, both in infrastructure and compensation for local employees. These investments have contributed an additional $18 billion to the Kentucky economy and have helped create over 49,000 indirect jobs on top of Amazon’s direct hires.