- 22 February 2016
- Transport / Logistics Services
As part of its plans for seeming world domination and reflecting its success in UK e-commerce, Amazon has announced plans to open a 1 million square foot fulfilment centre in Coalville, Leicestershire.
The new centre is expected to create 500 jobs in the next three years. Amazon has started recruiting for a number of positions there including HR, IT, operations managers, engineers, and associates.
Their focus will be dealing with orders at the fulfilment centre at Mountpark Bardon, that should be operational ahead of the 2016 peak season.
This is part of the online giant’s wider plans to invest heavily in the UK. It is expected to create 2500 additional permanent jobs in the UK this year, and this will increase its total employee numbers to 14,500 by the end of the year. Amazon has invested £4.6bn in the UK since 2010 to help build and run its booming business here.
Amazon UK operations vice president John Tagawa said: “We are excited to create 500 new permanent jobs over three years in Leicestershire with competitive wages and comprehensive benefits starting on day one.
“Amazon has a dedicated and enthusiastic workforce who play a crucial role in delivering a first rate level of service for our customers and we look forward to recruiting people from Leicestershire and the surrounding area.”
Currently Amazon has 10 fulfilment centres in the UK. Two are in Doncaster, one each in Dunfermline, Dunstable, Hemel Hempstead, Milton Keynes, Peterborough, Rugeley Gourock, and Swansea Bay.
Though some commentators say that Amazon is annoying its investors through such rapid expansion and minimal profits, the company seems fixed on its trajectory. As long as there isn’t any financial crisis and it doesn’t have to retreat, when it does make returns these should be comparable to Google and Amazon for those worried investors of today.