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Amazon expands distribution fleet in California


Amazon is bolstering fulfillment efforts in the Golden State.

The online giant will open an 855,000-sq.-ft. fulfillment center in Fresno, California. The new facility will specialize in handling smaller-sized items such as books, electronic devices and children’s toys.

The Fresno facility will be the fifth warehouse in the state’s Central Valley. Amazon currently operates three fulfillment centers in Tracy and Patterson, and a fourth facility under construction in Sacramento.

Amazon also has six other California-based distribution centers. These facilities reside in San Bernardino, Redlands, Moreno Valley, Rialto, Eastvale and Newark.

“We are very excited to expand our network into Fresno and throughout the San Joaquin Valley as a region,” said Akash Chauhan, Amazon’s VP of North American Operations.

“There are several factors we consider when deciding on where to place a new fulfillment center,” Chauhan added. “Most importantly, we look to see where we can improve Prime benefits with faster shipping speeds for customers, and where there is a dedicated workforce that can raise the bar of our operational excellence. We know we’ll find talent in abundance in Fresno to join the Amazon team.”

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