Amazon looks northward with latest fulfillment center plans

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Amazon looks northward with latest fulfillment center plans

By Dan Berthiaume - 09/23/2019
Amazon is using robotic technology to help ensure it can keep up with orders in Canada.

The e-tail giant plans to open a new fulfillment center in the Scarborough section of Toronto, Ontario. Associates at this robotics facility will pick, pack, and ship small items to customers ranging from toys and baby products to small electronics.

Amazon expects the 1-million-square-foot facility to create more than 600 full-time jobs. Broccolini is developing the project in partnership with owner Manulife Investment Management

This will be Amazon’s 12th fulfillment center in Canada, and seventh in Ontario, alongside existing Ontario operations facilities in Brampton, Mississauga, Milton, Caledon, and Ottawa. Amazon currently employs more than 4,000 full-time associates in Ontario, and an additional 1,000 employees at its two Toronto tech hub locations.

“We’re excited about our growth in Toronto, which gives us the opportunity to better serve our customers in the region,” said Vibhore Arora, director of regional operations of Amazon Canada. “The Greater Toronto Area has a talented workforce, and we are committed to providing the area with job opportunities that have great pay and benefits.”

In total, Amazon says it employs more than 10,000 people working at fulfillment centers, corporate offices, development centers, and other facilities throughout Canada in Ontario, British Columbia, Alberta, Manitoba, and Quebec. In 2018, Amazon announced plans to create more than 6,000 new jobs across Canada.