Amazon recently broke ground on a brand new 855,000-square-foot fulfillment center in Memphis, TN. Apparently this plan has been in the works for some time but yesterday was the official, ground-breaking (literally) announcement. While this news, alone, tends to be striking, Amazon expects to invest $200 million in the project which, they say, will create more than 1,000 full-time positions. This is in addition, of course, to the 1,500 full-time associates already located in the Memphis area. As a matter of fact, Amazon operates fulfillment centers in Chattanooga, Lebanon, Murfreesboro, and, of course, Nashville.
Tennessee Governor Bill Lee is enthusiastic about the plan. He has said, “We are deeply grateful for your commitment and investment These aren’t just numbers, but people’s lives that will be impacted in a profoundly positive way by what your company has done.”
Amazon regional director of operations, Robert Packett, notes that this will be the first robotic fulfillment center in the state. This means that associates who work there will utilize Amazon robotic technology to pick and pack and ship the smaller-sized items to members: things like books and electronics and other consumer goods
Packett goes on to say, “We think Memphis is a great location. We have a great opportunity to service the entire central region of the United States, but also the Southeastern US. One of the goals that we try to do is delight our customers with great selection and great prices, but also with speed and how quickly we can get [products] to our customers. Memphis is very well-located, so it’s definitely a factor we took into account.”