Amazon continues UK expansion with new fulfilment centre in Essex
Amazon said on Thursday it plans to open a new fulfilment centre in Tilbury, Essex to support the company’s ongoing growth.
The facility, expected to open in 2017, will create more than 1,500 new permanent jobs.
“We are excited to announce that we will be opening our 13th fulfilment centre in the UK in Tilbury in spring 2017 to enable us to continue to expand our product selection, support more third party sellers including small businesses with our fulfilment expertise and meet growing customer demand in the UK,” said John Tagawa, Amazon’s Vice President of UK Operations.
The Tilbury fulfilment centre will be equipped with the latest and most advanced Amazon Robotics technology, which launched earlier this year in the UK at Amazon’s fulfilment centres in Dunstable and Doncaster. The robots help speed order processing time by moving the shelves where products are stowed, reducing the time take to pick them for customer orders.
The move comes only days after the company announced plans to launch a new fulfilment centre in Doncaster in summer 2017. The e-tailer plans to have more than 15,000 employees by the end of the year at its head office in London, three R&D Centres in Cambridge Edinburgh and London, its Customer Service Centre in Edinburgh, 12 fulfilment centres across England, Scotland and Wales, 29 delivery stations nationwide and its Fashion Photography Studio in Shoreditch.
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