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Amazon to Open Fifth Fulfillment Center in California

Amazon will open a fifth California fulfillment center, it announced on Thursday. It will use the new center to ship large items such as big-screen televisions and kayaks.

The new 700,000 square-foot fulfillment center will be located in Redlands, California. Amazon’s other California warehouses are located in San Bernardino, Moreno Valley, Patterson and Tracy. It opened the first FC in the state less than 2 years ago, and has expanded its presence to nearly five-million-square-feet.

“My Council colleagues and I are very excited that Amazon has chosen the City of Redlands to locate their new fulfillment center. And we are looking forward to the hundreds of new local jobs it will create,” said Redlands Mayor Pete Aguilar in a statement. “Amazon is among the innovative and successful companies that have recognized our City’s attractive, business-friendly atmosphere, ideal location and skilled and diverse labor force. We are looking forward to Amazon taking its place as a valued member of our business community.”

During Amazon’s post-earnings call last month, the company’s CFO Tom Szkutak said its investments in fulfillment was one factor contributing to the company’s second-quarter losses. Amazon had at that point announced the addition of 6 new Fulfillment Centers (net) and 15 or more “Sortation Centers.”

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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.