A day before holding its second annual Prime Day shopping event, Amazon announced plans for yet another fulfillment center, this one in Kansas City, Kansas.
The Amazon Prime program was started as a membership program to get free, fast shipping on Amazon goods. A growing network of fulfillment centers around the country and around the world are helping fuel the program, not to mention new benefits such as Prime Video. Many people see Prime Day as Amazon’s way to gain more members to the program, which now costs $99/year.
The new facility, the second large-sized fulfillment center Amazon has announced within a span of four months, will create over 1,000 full-time roles. In addition to the new fulfillment center in Wyandotte County and the upcoming facility in Edgerton, Amazon has existing Kansas facilities in Lenexa.
Amazon employees at the 855,000-plus-square-foot Kansas City fulfillment center will pick, pack, and ship smaller customer items, such as books, electronics and toys.
Amazon has announced a good number of new fulfillment centers in the US this year, including New Jersey, California, Kansas, Texas, and Illinois, as well as Georgia.
“We are thrilled to continue investing in Kansas, proud of our ability to create great jobs, and most importantly, excited to better serve our customers throughout the Midwest,” said Akash Chauhan, Amazon’s vice president of North American operations. “Together with the addition of the Kansas City and the Edgerton fulfillment centers, there will be 2,000 new Amazon jobs in Kansas and none of this would be have been possible without the support we’ve received from state and community leaders.”