Amazon.com, Inc. announced that it plans to open a new fulfillment center in Braselton, Georgia. The new 600,000 square-foot fulfillment center will create more than 500 new full-time jobs. The online retailer currently has more than 1,500 full-time employees at its existing facilities in the state. The company’s new fulfillment center in Braselton will process large items like sporting equipment and gardening tools.
“This facility will create hundreds of new jobs with competitive pay and great benefits starting on day one. From the local community to state leadership, we appreciate the tremendous support from elected officials for this project and we look forward to growing in the Peach State,” Akash Chauhan, vice president of Amazon’s North America Operations, said in a statement.
Earlier this month, the e-commerce company announced that it will open two new fulfillment centers in Edwardsville, Illinois. The two facilities will create more than 1,000 full-time jobs.
At the end of last month, the e-commerce giant announced a second fulfillment center in Joliet, Illinois, and two new warehouses in California. The new 700,000 square-foot facility in Joliet will create more than 2,000 full-time jobs. The company’s existing facility in the city has 1,500 full-time employees. In California, the company is launching new fulfillment centers in Tracy and Eastvale, where more than 1,500 new full-time jobs will be created. The e-commerce company’s seven existing centers in the Golden State are located in Tracy, Patterson, Moreno Valley, Redlands, Rialto and San Bernardino. It also operates sortation centers in Newark and San Bernardin.
Feds Approves Amazon Cloud To Handle Sensitive Government Data
In other news, Amazon said its cloud service received a federal certification to handle sensitive government data. Amazon Web Services GovCloud (US) Region got a provisional authority to operate from the Joint Authorization Board (JAB) under the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP) High baseline.
The baseline is a standardized set of security requirements for cloud services, including over 400 security controls. It gives government agencies the ability to leverage the AWS Cloud for highly sensitive workloads, including personal identifiable information, sensitive patient records, financial data, law enforcement data, and other controlled unclassified information.
The new FedRAMP High baseline is mapped to National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) security controls, which classify data as “High” if a compromise would severely impact an organization’s operations, assets, or individuals.
Video Investment Paying Off
Amazon’s investment in video is paying off. The website is now the third biggest video streamer by traffic in North America, followed by Alphabet’s YouTube and Netflix. Jeff Bezos and the online retailer have been honing in on Netflix over the past year. With investments in new content and technology, the online retailer wants to be the big dog when it comes to online video. And it may be close to achieving that.
According to a new semiannual report Global Internet Phenomena Report from Sandvine, the online retailer’s video service accounted for 4.3% of downstream Internet traffic throughout the peak evening viewing hours in North America. The website’s rise in video traffic stems from its critically-acclaimed and highly popular original content, such as “Man in the High Castle,” “Mozart in the Jungle” and “Transparent.” This content has helped Amazon compete with Netflix’s immensely successful shows, like “House of Cards” and “Orange is the New Black.” Of course, Amazon continues to trail the 35.2% of traffic that Netflix imbibes and YouTube’s 17.5%. The retail juggernaut is ahead of iTunes (2.91%), Hulu (2.68%) and SSL-other (2.53%).
Shares of Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN) were up 1.62% during the after-hours trading. The company’s stock has gained nearly 9% during the past six months.