Thursday, October 8, 2020

Amazon to Open 1 Million-Square-Foot Fulfillment Center in South Jersey

by Linda Moss Costar

Amazon plans to debut what will be its 16th fulfillment center in New Jersey in time for the holiday season next year, a more than 1 million-square-foot facility in Salem County in the southern part of the Garden State.

The project in Carneys Point represents another expansion of the e-commerce giant in New Jersey, where the Seattle-based company has already invested more than $14 billion. The planned state-of-the-art fulfillment center will create 800 full-time jobs.

Amazon currently operates 15 fulfillment and sorting centers across the state in Avenel, Burlington, Carteret, Cranbury, Edison, Florence, Logan Township, Robbinsville, Teterboro and West Deptford.

It's no surprise that Amazon is increasing its footprint in New Jersey. The company has seen a boost in its online business because of the pandemic, with more people turning to e-commerce to shop, and it needs to be able to quickly ship to those customers. And in general New Jersey's industrial market has seen record demand, because of the state's location in the center of a densely populated region.

Amazon recently launched its Cranbury center, creating more than 1,000 jobs. That 953,595-square-foot building at 343 Half Acre Road houses both a sorting center, which sorts packages before they are transferred to a delivery station or last-mile delivery partner for final delivery to customers, and a fulfillment center, which will handle extra-large items such as couches.

As part of its New Jersey expansion, Amazon is also opening three additional sorting centers across the state throughout October. Two of these sites are in Burlington and one is in Edison, creating hundreds of full- and part-time jobs, according to Amazon.

"For more than a decade, the Garden State and its incredible workforce have been vital to our ability to provide great selection, competitive prices and the Prime services we know our customers love," Alicia Boler Davis, Amazon's vice president of global customer fulfillment, said in a statement. "We are excited to create thousands of new job opportunities — with great pay and great benefits — and remain committed to driving a positive economic impact in the community."

Amazon employees at the Carneys Point facility will pick, pack and ship large items. The company also said it plans to hire employees for human resources, operations management, safety, security, finance and information technology.

"This fulfillment center will help our township and Salem County with hundreds of jobs and tax revenue, and will help our small business owners recover from the pandemic," Carneys Point Mayor Kenneth Brown said in a statement. "We look forward to a strong and lasting partnership with Amazon."

The e-tailer already has more than 34,000 full- and part-time employees in New Jersey. Since 2010, Amazon said it has invested more than $14.5 billion across the state, including infrastructure costs and compensation to its employees, which has contributed more than $14.7 billion to the state's economy and helped create more than 30,000 indirect jobs on top of Amazon's direct hires.

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