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Amazon to Build New Fulfillment Center in UK

Amazon announced it will build a new fulfillment center in the UK in Dunstable, north of London. The news comes after company had announced plans for a new fulfillment center in New Jersey earlier this week.

The Dunstable warehouse will be 310,000 square feet, creating 500 permanent new jobs. Amazon expect it will begin fulfilling customer orders this fall – apparently in time for at least part of the all-important holiday shopping season.

Amazon has invested well over 1 billion pounds in its UK Operations to date, and the new facility will be the ninth in the UK. Existing fulfillment centers are located in Doncaster, Dunfermline, Gourock, Hemel Hempstead, Marston Gate, Peterborough, Rugeley, and Swansea Bay and, together, they employ over 7,000 permanent employees.

John Tagawa, Director of UK Operations at Amazon, was quoted in the announcement. “Over the last two years, we have added well in excess of 2,000 new employees to our UK workforce and we are delighted to be able to create a further 500 permanent jobs at our new Dunstable centre. We look forward to our Dunstable centre playing an integral role in providing a first class shopping experience for customers across the UK, Europe and the world.”

Amazon offers tours of some fulfillment centers, visit AmazonFCTours.co.uk for more information on its Public Tours Program.

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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.