Amazon adding more fulfillment capacity
Amazon is filling in one of the last holes in its supply chain with its newest fulfillment center.
The retailer plans to open a fulfillment center in Bessemer, Ala. -- creating 1,500 full-time jobs with benefits. In addition to a current sortation center located in Mobile, Ala., this would make it the second Amazon facility to be located in Alabama.
Opening a more than 885,000-square-foot facility will enable new employees to work with new innovative technology that was created by Amazon Robotics to help employees complete jobs efficiently and effectively.
“We are thrilled to bring our first fulfillment center to the state of Alabama, creating more than 1,500 jobs,” said Mark Steward, Amazon’s Vice President of North American Customer Fulfillment. Those joining the workforce at the new fulfillment center will pick, pack, and ship small items to customers.
Full-time employees at the new fulfillment center will receive competitive hourly wages, health care, 401(k) and company stock awards effective on the first day of the job. Amazon also offers employees access to innovative programs like Career Choice, where they offer to pre-pay up to 95 percent of tuition for courses related to progressive fields. These include game design and visual communications, nursing, IT programming and radiology, and much more.
“Amazon’s investment in our community is a big win for the Birmingham region. This state-of-the-art facility will be able to accommodate an expanding workforce and a changing economy as Amazon continues to prepare for its future,” said Lee Smith, Chairman of the Birmingham Business Alliance.