Amazon is planning to open a new fulfillment center in New Jersey. The 1 million square-foot fulfillment center will be located in Carteret, bringing Amazon’s total footprint in New Jersey to more than 2.5 million-square-feet.
Amazon went into the New Year with 109 Fulfillment Centers, and last year it announced it would be closing two of its oldest warehouses this year. In August, Amazon disclosed it would close its 750,000-square-foot warehouse in Fernley, Nevada, to be replaced by a new warehouse complex in Reno. And in October, Amazon said it would be closing its 915,000-square-foot center near Coffeyville, Kansas.
During the company’s first-quarter earnings conference call last month, analysts asked Chief Financial Officer Tom Szkutak for more information about Amazon’s Fulfillment Centers and Sortation Centers, but he had little to say.
During the call, however, he did say that Amazon continued to invest in the Prime platform, including category expansion, new fulfillment centers, video content and original content, Prime Instant Video, devices, and Prime Now, and he used the terminology, “feed the Prime platform.”
The new Carteret warehouse will join an existing fulfillment center in Robbinsville, New Jersey, which employs thousands of full-time employees and shipped its first item in July 2014.
Amazon’s vice president of North America operations Mike Roth said in a press statement, “We’re excited to open a new, state-of-the-art fulfillment center in Carteret, creating hundreds of full-time jobs that offer wages 30 percent higher than traditional retail stores and include comprehensive benefits on day one, bonuses and stock awards. New Jersey is a great state to do business and we are happy to be expanding there to serve customers in the region.”