Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN) will build its second fulfillment center in Colorado. The new site, to be built in Thornton, will be the first warehouse in the Centennial State where Amazon will use robotics.
The investment will create more than 1,500 new ‘associate roles’ at the 855,000-plus square-foot fulfillment center, the online retailer said in a statement.
“We are excited to continue growing in Colorado with the new Amazon Robotics fulfillment center in Thornton,” Akash Chauhan, vice president of North American Operations at Amazon, said. “This facility will utilize Amazon Robotics, vision systems, and more than 20 years’ worth of software and mechanical innovations. We are grateful for the support we have received from state and local leaders who have helped make this project possible.”
At the Thornton facility, employees will work alongside advanced robots to pick, pack, and ship smaller customer items such as books, electronics, and toys.
“The City of Thornton is extremely excited Amazon chose to locate this state-of-the-art facility in Thornton. Amazon’s commitment to the communities where their fulfillment centers are located is impressive,” Thornton Mayor Heidi Williams said. “They will be the largest employer in Thornton and represent the cutting edge of innovation in the e-commerce market. This highlights what a great location Thornton is for Fortune 500 companies and will continue to advance Thornton’s employment center in the northern part of the City.”
Fulfillment by Amazon
Fulfillment by Amazon provides storage, packaging, and shipping service to sellers on Amazon.com. The service lets businesses and sellers store products in the retailing giant’s fulfillment centers and the company handles picking, packaging, shipping, and customer support. The online retailer has built a large fulfillment network in the world to support sellers as well as its own brands.
Meanwhile, shares of Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN) closed down 1.37% on Monday. The stock is up more than 28% so far this year. During the last 12 months, the online retailer’s share price has surged over 34%.