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A New Kind of Amazon Warehouse: Sortation Centers

Word leaked late last year that Amazon was partnering with the USPS on Sunday deliveries in certain markets, and in May, Amazon said it had already delivered millions of packages since it began Sunday deliveries.

Now the company is explaining how it’s able to deliver on that promise.

Amazon is using “sortation centers” to help it offer Sunday delivery. The Seattle Times got a tour of one of the new sortation centers in Kent, Washington, escorted by Amazon’s Vice President of North America Operations Mike Roth.

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While Amazon generally delivers packages from one of its fulfillment centers through one of several carriers or delivery specialists, it will now send some packages to a sortation center. The Seattle Times explained:

“Amazon workers, then, sort all the packages by ZIP codes, place them on pallets and deliver them to local post offices – for now, the new sortation centers will deliver only to U.S. Postal Service offices – by 6 a.m. to 8 a.m. to arrive in that day’s mail.”

Roth told the newspaper Amazon has sortation centers in Atlanta; Dallas; Houston; Phoenix; Avenel, N.J.; Hebron, Ky.; and San Bernardino, Calif., and he said by the end of the year, Amazon will have more than 15 sortation centers in the U.S.

See the full story in the Seattle Times.

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Ina Steiner is co-founder and Editor of EcommerceBytes and has been reporting on ecommerce since 1999. Send news tips to ina@ecommercebytes.com.


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