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EcommerceBytes-NewsFlash, Number 2580 - July 06, 2011 - ISSN 1539-5065    4 of 4

Amazon to Open Second New Fulfillment Center in Indiana

By Ina Steiner
July 06, 2011

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Amazon.com announced plans to open an approximately 900,000-square-foot fulfillment center in Plainfield, Indiana, its fourth in Indiana that will bring its total footprint in the state to more than 3 million square feet.

Amazon currently operates two fulfillment centers in Whitestown and Plainfield, and recently opened a new facility in Indianapolis. The company said it employs thousands of people in these facilities.

"We're hiring hundreds of people to work at our two new Amazon facilities in Indiana," said Dave Clark, vice president, Amazon North American Operations. "We're expanding in Indiana because Governor Daniels and other state officials have demonstrated their commitment to Amazon jobs and investment."

The new facility is expected to be complete this summer. Amazon has also announced plans for new fulfillment centers in Washington State, South Carolina and Tennessee, in addition to expanding an existing fulfillment center in Phoenix, Arizona.

The company also announced it was hiring several hundred full-time jobs with comprehensive health care benefits for its Breinigsville, Pennsylvania fulfillment center, and said it was "committed to growth in Pennsylvania because Governor Corbett and other state officials have demonstrated their commitment to Amazon jobs and investment."

Such language appears to be aimed at governors who may be considering signing nexus sales tax legislation such as the one California recently passed. Amazon pulls operations out of states that pass laws requiring out-of-state retailers to collect sales tax in the state if they deal with in-state businesses, including participants in affiliate programs such as the ones run by Amazon.com and Overstock.com.

About the author:

Ina Steiner is co-founder and Editor of EcommerceBytes and has been reporting on ecommerce since 1999. She's a widely cited authority on marketplace selling and is author of "Turn eBay Data Into Dollars" (McGraw-Hill 2006). Her blog was featured in the book, "Blogging Heroes" (Wiley 2008). Follow her on Twitter at @ecommercebytes and send news tips to ina@ecommercebytes.com.

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