Another Day, Another New Fulfillment Center For Amazon

Amazon Expands Latest Fulfillment Tech
A rendering of the new Amazon fulfillment center in Mississippi.

Amazon will open a new fulfillment center in Mississippi — the first such Amazon facility in the state that will feature what the company calls its “innovative robotics technology.”

The e-commerce operator has been on an aggressive fulfillment center expansion track recently, announcing various facilities in different parts of the country, including areas relatively alien to Amazon’s fulfillment presence.

Amazon’s new 700,000 square-foot fulfillment center in Madison County, Mississippi will create 1,000 jobs. Workers there will will pick, pack and ship small items to customers such as books, electronics and toys. The company launched its first facility in Mississippi in Byhalia in 2019, and a new fulfilment center this August in Olive Branch.

“Mississippi is a great state for business and gives us the opportunity to better serve our customers in the region,” said Alicia Boler Davis, Amazon’s vice president of global customer fulfillment. “We are excited for our future in the magnolia state, and for what this means for our customers as we continue to grow. We’d also like to thank local and state leaders for their strong support in making this project possible.”

Amazon’s rivals also are stepping up their own fulfillment operations and plans as the holidays approach and the pandemic continues to spark e-commerce growth.

Walmart stands as one example, debuting pop-up e-commerce distribution centers that enable the retailer to get items to customers quickly without having to build new facilities and while continuing to follow existing health and safety protocols. The flexibility of the pop-up concept allows Walmart to get items to customers quickly without having to spend time building new distribution centers and while continuing to follow existing health and safety protocols, the retailer explained.

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