Amazon ramps up investment in Europe

Amazon is continuing to extend its interests in Europe with the planned opening of its first reverse logistics centre in Slovakia.

The new centre is located near Sered and is scheduled to open in Q3 of 2017, just in time for the peak season. It is 60,000 square metres in size.

According to Amazon this follows on from the establishment of a new corporate office in Bratislava.

In other Amazon news, the online giant has also announced it is to open a multilingual service centre in Barcelona this summer, that will support its business in Italy, France and Spain.

“Every day, we are seeing how businesses in Southern Europe are rapidly embracing the opportunities of e-commerce to expand internationally,” said François Saugier, Vice President Amazon Marketplace Europe. “We want to be the best partner for European businesses of all sizes and the new service centre in Barcelona will provide them with first rate training and support to succeed in the new digital economy.”

This builds on the investment that Amazon has already made in Spain. According to Amazon, “Since the launch of Amazon.es in 2011, Amazon has created over 1,000 permanent jobs in the country, both in its corporate offices and across its growing fulfillment network, which now includes two Fulfillment Centers in San Fernando de Henares (Madrid) and Castellbisbal (Barcelona) as well as two additional urban logistics facilities dedicated to Prime Now, Amazon’s ultra-fast delivery service. The company is also building a new 60,000 sqm new facility in El Prat de Llobregat (Barcelona), which will create an additional 1,500 jobs by 2019.

“Since the end of 2015 Amazon also operates a Tech Hub in Madrid, a software developer center where currently over 100 engineers work on designing new features and functionalities for the 5 Amazon European websites as well as supporting Amazon Business, the B2B marketplace of Amazon.”
 
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