- Justine Browning |
Amazon is set to open a fulfillment center in Bessemer, Alabama - which will create 1,500 full-time jobs with benefits. The facility will be the second in the state, as the online retailer currently runs a sortation center in Mobile, AL. The undertaking now accounts for one of the largest economic development projects to hit the area.
“We are thrilled to bring our first fulfillment center to the state of Alabama, creating 1,500 full-time jobs,” said Mark Stewart, Amazon’s Vice President of North America Customer Fulfillment in a statement. “Alabama has a talented workforce and we look forward to making a positive economic impact in a state where we are committed to providing great job opportunities and an exceptional customer experience.”
Those working at the establishment will carry out tasks alongside technology developed by Amazon Robotics. Items will be packaged and shipped from the center - including books, clothing, appliances and other items.
The news comes following the online giant’s revenue reaching 49.9 billion dollars in the first quarter, rising 40 percent from last year as well as the brand expanding via several avenues - most notably fashion.
This week, Amazon launched Prime Wardrobe, a subscription service in which users receive wardrobe pieces based on their preferences that they can try before they buy. The feature is expected to cement the company’s growth in the fashion market.