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Amazon Builds Second New England Sortation Center

Connecticut is the home of a 1-million square foot Amazon Fulfillment Center in Windsor, and now is getting a Sortation Center in Wallingford as well. A company spokesperson told the New Haven Registerthat a 173,000-square-foot facility will open in the coming months.

The Wallingford Sortation Center is the second in New England – Amazon operates one outside of Boston, Massachusetts as well.

The Seattle Times first wrangled details about Amazon Sortation Centers last year, revealing the facilities as midway points between the company’s Fulfillment Centers and the mail stream.

Packages are received from Fulfillment Centers at the Sortation Centers, whereupon Amazon workers sort them by ZIP code, place them on pallets and deliver them to the shipping carrier. As the Seattle Times explained, “the facilities enable Amazon to hold on to packages much farther down the delivery chain.”

Fox Connecticut said in June the Fulfillment Center in Windsor was expected to be operational by late September, and the New Haven Register said Amazon would not reveal the date of the Wallingford Sortation Center opening.

Amazon recently told analysts recently the company had ended last year with 109 Fulfillment Centers around the world and 19 U.S. Sortation Centers – referred to by company executives as Sort 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.