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Amazon to open new fulfilment centre in West Jordan, Utah

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Amazon has announced plans to open a new fulfilment centre in West Jordan, Utah creating more than 800 full-time jobs starting at $15 an hour with comprehensive benefits starting on day one. Amazon currently employs more than 2,000 full-time associates throughout the state of Utah. The new facility is expected to employ more than 800 associates.

“We’re excited to open a new, state-of-the-art fulfilment centre in West Jordan and to continue innovating in a state committed to providing great opportunities for jobs and customer experience. Utah has a talented workforce, and we are very excited to grow employment beyond the more than 2,000 associates already serving customers in the state,” Alicia Boler Davis, Amazon’s vice president of global customer fulfilment said in a press release.

Amazon employees at the more than one million-square-foot fulfilment centre will pick, pack, and ship large customer items, such as sports equipment, patio furniture, fishing rods, pet food, kayaks, bicycles, and larger household goods. All associates will go through hours of safety training and have access to continuing education opportunities through Amazon’s upskilling programmes such as Career Choice. In this programme, the company will pre-pay up to 95 percent of tuition for courses related to in-demand fields, regardless of whether the skills are relevant to a career at Amazon. Since the programme’s launch, over 25,000 employees have pursued degrees in game design and visual communications, nursing, IT programming and radiology, to name a few.

On top of Amazon’s $15 minimum wage, the company offers full-time employees comprehensive benefits including full medical, vision, and dental insurance as well as a 401(k) with 50 per cent match starting on day one. The company also offers up to 20 weeks of maternal and parental paid leave and innovative benefits such as Leave Share and Ramp Back, which give new parents flexibility with their growing families.

Amazon’s fulfilment network supports hundreds of thousands of businesses of all sizes worldwide through its Fulfilment by Amazon offering, and many of those local organisations are based right here in Utah. There are more than 26,500 authors, small and medium-sized businesses, and developers in Utah growing their companies and reaching new customers on Amazon products and services. According to a report released last year, Utah has more small- and medium-sized businesses per capita selling their products on Amazon than any other state in the nation. (GK)

Fibre2Fashion News Desk – India


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