SEATTLE – Amazon.com plans to open its first fulfillment centre in Little Rock, Arkansas.
The new centre, which is anticipated to launch in 2021, will create over 1,000 new full-time jobs.
In the new 825,000 square-foot fulfillment centre, Amazon employees will work alongside Amazon robotics to pick, pack and ship small items to customers such as books, electronics and toys.
Amazon is also planning a new 85,000 square-foot delivery station which is expected to launch in late 2020. Packages are transported to delivery stations from Amazon fulfillment and sortation centres, and then loaded into vehicles for delivery to customers.
The City of Little Rock’s Board of Directors gave final approval for a sale of 80 acres at the Port of Little Rock to Amazon during its meeting on April 7, 2020. This after the Little Rock Port Authority Board of Directors made a similar approval at their specially called meeting earlier that day.
The acquisition gives the company exclusive control for the development of the site.
“We’re delighted to be building out our network of operations in Little Rock, Arkansas,” said Alicia Boler Davis, Amazon’s vice-president of global customer fulfillment.