Working with five local delivery companies to help them boost their businesses
Amazon is to open a new Delivery Station in Alicante, Spain. The over 8,000 m2 building is expected to be fully operational in summer this year, and will serve customers in the city and the surrounding areas. The delivery station will create more than 60 full and part-time, permanent jobs in addition to more than 300 opportunities for third-party drivers as Amazon’s Delivery Service Partners. In this case, Amazon will work with five local delivery companies to help them boost their businesses while creating hundreds of job opportunities.
Delivery stations power the last mile of Amazon’s order process and help speed up deliveries for customers. Packages are shipped to a Delivery Station from neighbouring Amazon Fulfilment and Sortation Centres, loaded into delivery vehicles and delivered to customers.
There are more than 9,000 SMEs based in Spain that sell on Amazon. In 2019, these SMEs exceeded €450.0 million in exports, which is an increase compared to €400.0 million the previous year. Only in the Valencia region, there are more than 1,000 SMEs selling on Amazon, being the third Spanish region with more SMEs that sell on Amazon, and exporting more than €75.0 million in 2019.
Amazon is also supporting entrepreneurs to build their own business becoming Delivery Service Partners and help delivering to customers while creating hundreds of job opportunities for local drivers.
The roof and siding of the new site of Amazon in Alicante were made using high quality materials designed for optimum isolation and energy efficiency. In addition, 500 m2 of photo-voltaic solar panels will be installed on the rooftop producing 100 kWp of electricity, and the building will extensively use LED lighting. Moreover, a significant amount of windows and skylights will provide a good amount of natural lighting smoothly balanced, where needed, by the artificial lighting. Finally, each of Amazon’s new delivery stations is designed to meet the needs of allocating future electric delivery vehicles. Ranging from the physical layout to the electrical design, we are optimizing these spaces to offer flexibility and scale as we move closer toward putting electric delivery vehicles on the road in the future.
This site will be the Company’s second delivery station in the region, joining Amazon delivery station in Paterna.
Amazon’s operations network in Spain started with the San Fernando de Henares (Madrid) Fulfilment Centre, which started operations in 2012 – a year after the launch of Amazon.es. Over the last eight years, the Company has opened fulfilment centres in El Prat (Barcelona), Martorelles (Barcelona), Castellbisbal (Barcelona), Illescas (Toledo), Dos Hermanas (Seville) and Alcalá de Henares (Madrid). In addition, Amazon also has three urban fulfilment centres in Madrid and Barcelona, which provide fast deliveries to its Prime customers in these cities through the Prime Now service. In addition, the Company has two sortation centres, located in Getafe (Madrid) and Barberá del Vallés (Barcelona), and fifteen Delivery Stations located throughout the country to strengthen their delivery services for the benefit of customers and sellers.
Amazon has invested €2.9 billion between 2011 and 2018 in its Spanish infrastructure, shipments, salaries and benefits for employees, among others. In 2020 alone, Amazon created more than 5,000 jobs, increasing its workforce to 12,000 permanent employees in Spain. In addition to these permanent jobs, Amazon hired 7,000 people to support its Operations across the country during the last Christmas season.