Amazon to build new fulfilment centre in Tennessee, US

WCN Editorial Team 28 Jan 2020 NORTH AMERICA BUILDINGS

Online retailer Amazon announced that it is building a new fulfilment centre in Memphis, Tennessee.

The 855,000ft² Shelby County fulfilment centre will create nearly 1,000 new jobs.

The employees at the fulfilment centre will work alongside new robotics technology to pick, pack and ship smaller customer items, such as books, electronics and consumer goods.

Currently, Amazon has operates several fulfilment and sortation centres in Tennessee including Charleston, Chattanooga, Lebanon, Memphis, Murfreesboro, and Nashville.

Nashville is also a Prime Now Hub and several other facilities support last-mile delivery operations across the state.

The company is also in the middle of building a new corporate office in Nashville, where tech and management functions for its retail operations division will be housed.

Amazon regional operations director Rob Packett said: “Tennessee is a great state for business and Amazon is proud to continue our growth and investment with our newest fulfilment centre in Shelby County. We are proud to call Tennessee home and are grateful for the strong support we have received from state and community leaders.

“We look forward to creating great jobs, with industry leading pay and benefits that start on day one, in a safe, innovative workplace for residents across the region.”

Amazon is claimed to have invested over $6.5bn in Tennessee into local fulfilment centre infrastructure in the state and had created thousands of jobs since 2010. The company’s investments are claimed to have contributed an additional $4.5bn in the state’s economy.

Tennessee Governor Bill Lee said: “Amazon’s decision to create 1,000 new jobs in Memphis is a testament to Tennessee’s position as a leader in the logistics industry. Across Tennessee, Amazon employs 6,500 Tennesseans, and that number continues to grow.

“I am proud to see Amazon make this considerable investment in Memphis and expand the job opportunities for our residents in West Tennessee.”

Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development commissioner Bob Rolfe said: “This is a big win for Memphis and Shelby County. For years, Amazon has been a tremendous partner, and we are pleased to welcome its sixth fulfilment centre to Tennessee.

“Today’s announcement reaffirms that Tennessee’s strong workforce, quality of life and pro-business environment are attractive to the world’s leading businesses and brands.”

In December 2019, the company announced plans to open a new fulfilment centre in Deltona, Florida.

The fulfilment centre, with over one million ft² of space, will pick, pack and ship large customer items such as sports equipment, patio furniture, fishing rods, pet food, kayaks, bicycles, and larger household goods. The centre is expected to create nearly 500 new jobs.


Image: Amazon employee at a fulfilment centre. (Credit: Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development)

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