Amazon will open two new fulfillment centers in Kansas, the retailer’s latest logistical expansion.
The new fulfillment centers, which Seattle-based Amazon expects to open in 2021, will together create more than 1,000 new full-time jobs.
“We’re excited to continue our growth and investment across Kansas so we can better serve our customers throughout the state,” said Alicia Boler Davis, Amazon’s VP of global customer fulfillment. “We are grateful for the strong support we’ve received from local and state leaders, and we look forward to ingraining ourselves in the communities in which we serve.”
In both of the new 1 million-square-foot fulfillment centers — located at 9700 Leavenworth Road in Kansas City, Kansas, and at 7130 North Broadway Avenue in Park City, Kansas — Amazon associates will work to pick, pack and ship bulky or larger-sized customer items such as patio furniture, outdoor equipment or rugs.
In addition to the two new fulfillment centers, Amazon plans to open a new delivery station in Wichita, Kansas, which is expected to launch later in 2020.
Amazon also said it has pledged to invest more than $700 million to provide upskilling training for 100,000 U.S. employees for in-demand jobs. The programs will help Amazon employees from all backgrounds access training to move into jobs across the company’s corporate offices, tech hubs, fulfillment centers, retail stores and transportation network, or pursue career paths outside of Amazon.
According to Amazon, it operates more than 185 fulfillment centers measuring more than 150 million square feet of space around the world, the majority located across North America and Europe. Earlier this year, Amazon revealed plans to open 1,000 delivery hubs in the United States, a move that would bring products closer to consumers and help ensure quicker shipments.