Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN) announced that it will open three new fulfillment centers in New Jersey.
The online retailing giant said on Friday that it plans to create more than 2,500 new, full-time jobs at three additional fulfillment centers in Cranbury Township, Edison, and Logan Township.
Amazon in New Jersey
Amazon has been operating in New Jersey since 2012. The company has seven facilities in the state with more than 13,000 full-time employees. Its existing facilities are located in Avenel, Carteret, Florence, Logan Township and Robbinsville.
“Our ability to expand in New Jersey is the result of two things: incredible customers and an outstanding workforce,” Akash Chauhan, Amazon’s vice president of North American Operations, said in a statement. “We are excited to continue growing by creating an additional 2,500 full-time roles at new fulfillment centers across the state.”
Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN) said that it will set up a more than 900,000-square-foot fulfillment center in Cranbury Township and a one million-square-foot fulfillment center in Logan Township. The two centers will be used to pick, pack and ship larger customer items such as music equipment, sports gear, and patio furniture, the e-commerce giant said in the statement.
The third project will be a 900,000-square-foot fulfillment center in Edison where the company plans to process smaller customer items such as books, toys, and kitchenware.
“We applaud Amazon for investing in several expansions throughout New Jersey and for creating greater opportunities for our high-quality workforce,” Governor Chris Christie said in a prepared statement. “Amazon’s action should encourage even more employers to benefit from all New Jersey has to offer.”
The online retailing giant said it offers full-time employees healthcare, 401(k), and company stock awards, in addition to “competitive hourly wages.” The Career Choice available to the company’s full-time workers covers pre-payment of up to 95% of tuition for “courses related to in-demand fields, “regardless of whether the skills are relevant to a career at Amazon,” the online retailing giant said.
In other news, Amazon is looking to build a floating warehouse that would house small items. A patent awarded to the company shows an airborne fulfillment center that would carry items sold through the company’s online marketplace. The airborne fulfillment center would be capable of flying at altitudes of 45,000 feet or more, according to the patent.
Furthermore, Amazon might be thinking about becoming a full-fledged cargo firm. The online retailing giant plans over 200 daily flight from the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport. The company is reportedly building a $1.49-billion cargo hub at the airport.
Meanwhile, shares of Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN) have been performing well so far this year. The stock is up nearly 20% year-to-date.