Texas figures prominently in Amazon’s plans for expanding its fulfillment infrastructure.
Amazon, which recently announced it will open a fulfillment center in Missouri City, Texas, in 2021, intends to open two new fulfillment centers and a new delivery station in San Antonio, Texas. Since July 2020, Amazon has also revealed plans to open Texas-based supply chain hubs in Pflugerville and Waco during 2021.
The new operations facilities will together create over 1,500 new full-time jobs. In the new one-million-sq.-ft. fulfillment center, expected to open in 2021, Amazon associates will work to pick, pack, and ship bulky or larger-sized customer items such as patio furniture, outdoor equipment, or rugs. Additionally, in the new 750,000-sq.-ft. robotics fulfillment center, expected to launch in 2022, Amazon associates will work to pick, pack and ship smaller customer items such as electronics, books and toys.
Amazon is also planning a new 350,000-square-ft. delivery station in San Antonio. Delivery stations power the last mile of Amazon’s order fulfillment process. Packages are transported to delivery stations from Amazon fulfillment and sortation centers, and then loaded into vehicles for delivery to customers. The delivery station, expected to commence operations in 2021, will utilize independent contractors to deliver packages.
“We’re thrilled to be able to continue our growth throughout the San Antonio area,” said Alicia Boler Davis, Amazon VP of global customer fulfillment. “Amazon is a great place to work with highly competitive pay, benefits from day one, and training programs for in-demand careers. We’re grateful for the support we’ve received from local and state leaders and look forward to creating over 1,500 new, full-time jobs for the San Antonio community.”
Since 2010, Amazon says it has created more than 43,000 jobs in Texas and invested more than $16.9 billion across the state, including infrastructure and compensation to its employees. According to Amazon, its investments have contributed more than $18.8 billion in GDP to the Texas economy and have helped create over 49,000 indirect jobs on top of Amazon’s direct hires – from jobs in construction and logistics to professional services. More than 116,000 independent authors and small and medium businesses in Texas are selling to customers in Amazon’s store.