Amazon will open its 13th fulfillment center in the UK next year, announcing this week it would open a new warehouse in Doncaster. This is the first FC opening announced after the country voted to leave the EU as part of Brexit, a development that has spooked some companies who use the UK as a launching pad to the rest of the European Union.
And that’s not the only issue with Brexit – Amazon relies on low wage – often immigrant workers – to staff its fulfillment centers, and Brexit means a curtailment of immigrants, according to CNBC.
Last month, Amazon UK Country Manager Doug Gurr said it was “business as usual” when he was asked about the impact of Brexit.
So far this year, Amazon has announced new fulfillment centers in Manchester and Leicestershire, which adds to its existing ten fulfillment centers in the UK, including two in Doncaster and one each in Dunfermline, Dunstable, Gourock, Hemel Hempstead, Milton Keynes, Peterborough, Rugeley and Swansea Bay.
The new Doncaster location in iPort announced on Wednesday will open in summer 2017 “to meet growing customer demand in the UK,” and will create 500 new permanent jobs. Amazon’s existing Doncaster fulfillment centers opened in 2010 in Balby Carr Bank and in Water Vole Way in autumn 2015.
Amazon is also slated to open a brand new London office in 2017 with a capacity for 5,000 people.
Update 8/18/16: The Doncaster FC will actually become Amazon’s 14th in the UK, as it announced today it will open a new FC in the Spring of 2017 ahead of the Doncaster opening. Stay tuned for more information about the new Tilbury, Essex fulfillment center opening next year.