Amazon expands investment in metro Detroit

Five new buildings to support operations closer to customers, Inc. has announced its continued investment in the metro Detroit, US, area with five new buildings to support operations closer to customers. The sites are expected to create more than 2,000 permanent full- and part-time jobs with a minimum US$15 per hour wage and comprehensive benefits starting on the employee’s first day.

On one of the five new sites, Amazon plans to open a new 823,000 square-foot fulfilment centre in Detroit, creating 1,200 new full-time jobs when it launches in 2021. The site will be the fourth fulfilment centre in the state using Amazon robotics to help associates pick, pack and ship smaller items to customers.

The other four sites include a same-day facility, XL fulfilment centre and two sortation centres that play critical roles in the fulfilment of large products and ‘middle mile’, or the process of transporting packages between Amazon sites before last mile delivery for customers. Packages are shipped to sort centres from Amazon Air hubs, gateways and fulfilment centres to be sorted by zip code before being transported to delivery stations or last-mile delivery partners for customer delivery. In 2021, Amazon’s new fulfilment and sortation centres in Detroit include:

> Detroit – Amazon Robotics Fulfilment Centre.
> Hazel Park – Sub-Same-Day Fulfilment Centre.
> Pinnacle Park – Amazon “XLFC” Fulfilment Centre.
> Pinnacle Park – Amazon Sort Centre.
> Plymouth – Amazon Sort Centre.
> Pontiac – Amazon Robotics Fulfilment Centre.

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Amazon currently operates 10 sites in Detroit that support customer fulfilment and delivery operations, including four facilities that launched in 2020.

Since 2010, Amazon has created more than 13,500 jobs in Michigan and invested more than US$2.5 billion across the state, including infrastructure and compensation to its employees. Amazon’s investments have contributed more than US$2.1 billion in GDP to the Michigan economy and have helped create over 10,000 indirect jobs on top of Amazon’s direct hires – from jobs in construction and logistics to professional services.

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