Amazon announced that a new fulfilment centre in Daventry, Northamptonshire, will open in 2017, creating more than 300 new permanent jobs next year.
Amazon is increasing the size of its UK fulfilment centre network to meet increasing customer demand, expand its product selection of more than 150 million items and support the 40% growth last year in the number of independent small businesses selling on Amazon Marketplace using Fulfilment by Amazon warehousing and delivery.
“We look forward to welcoming 300 new recruits to the Amazon team with competitive wages and comprehensive benefits starting on day one,” said John Tagawa, Amazon’s Vice President of UK Operations. “The new site in Daventry will enable us to continue to expand our product selection, support more third party sellers including small businesses with our fulfilment expertise and meet growing customer demand in the UK.”
Daventry fulfilment centre will be the third Amazon Fulfilment Centre in the Midlands area joining Amazon’s existing site in Rugeley in Staffordshire, and Coalville fulfilment centre in Leicestershire.
Amazon has invested more than 4.6 billion pounds in the UK economy to build and run its UK business since 2010. Across the UK, Amazon plans to have more than 15,500 permanent employees by the end of this year at its UK Head Office in London; three Development Centres in Cambridge, Edinburgh and London; its Customer Service Centre in Edinburgh; 12 fulfilment centres across England, Scotland and Wales; more than 30 delivery stations nationwide; the Fashion Photography Studio in Shoreditch, and to run the Amazon Web Services (AWS) UK Data Centre Region. Amazon will open a brand new London office in 2017 giving total capacity for 5,000 people.
Amazon has twelve fulfilment centres in the UK, including one in Coalville, two in Doncaster and one each in Dunfermline, Dunstable, Gourock, Hemel Hempstead, Manchester, Milton Keynes, Peterborough, Rugeley and Swansea Bay.
Amazon announced earlier this summer it will also open a new fulfilment centre in Doncaster in 2017, creating 500 new full-time permanent jobs, and a new fulfilment centre in Tilbury, Essex, creating more than 1,500 jobs.
Note: this is a shortened version of Amazon’s press release.