Amazon Invests Over $9 Billion in Capital Projects and Announces Plans to Expand in the Tampa Bay Area
SEATTLE, WA - Is it even possible for Amazon’s colossal status to be elevated? It seems as though this is more than possible as the e-commerce behemoth recently unveiled the results of an impressive second quarter. Multiple growth opportunities allowed for the retailer to meet and even exceed some of its goals. With a $9 billion investment and a new state-of-the-art fulfillment center in the works, there’s no telling how far the company will go.
“This was another highly unusual quarter, and I couldn’t be more proud of and grateful to our employees around the globe,” said Jeff Bezos, Amazon Founder and CEO. “Even in this unpredictable time, we injected significant money into the economy this quarter, investing over $9 billion in capital projects, including fulfillment, transportation, and AWS.”
In addition to this massive investment, Amazon recently announced it will open a new fulfillment center in Temple Terrace, Florida. The new facility, which is anticipated to launch in 2021, will create 750 new full-time jobs, according to a press release. Amazon currently operates seven fulfillment and sortation centers in the state in Jacksonville, Davenport, Orlando, Miami, Ruskin, and Lakeland.
“We’re excited to be growing our operations in Florida, and we are excited to open a new fulfillment center in Temple Terrace,” said Alicia Boler Davis, Vice President of Global Customer Fulfillment. “Amazon is committed to providing great jobs with industry-leading pay and benefits, starting on day one, in a safe, innovative work environment. Amazon is grateful for the continued support we’ve received from local and state leaders, and we look forward to creating over seven hundred jobs for the Temple Terrace community.”
Temple Terrace Acting Mayor Andrew Ross added, "The City of Temple Terrace is very excited to welcome Amazon as our newest corporate citizen. Amazon’s presence in our amazing city will bring more jobs and opportunities for residents and those throughout the region.”
Amazon’s new operations facility will span more than 600,000 square feet on the ground floor. Employees at the site will work alongside innovative technologies to pick, pack, and ship smaller customer items such as books, electronics, small household goods, and toys. In addition, Amazon will hire for roles in human resources, operations management, safety, security, finance, and information technology.
Amazon is also planning a new delivery station in Lutz, FL, that will power Amazon’s last-mile delivery capabilities to speed up deliveries for customers in Pasco County. Delivery stations enable Amazon Logistics to supplement capacity and flexibility to Amazon’s delivery capabilities. The Lutz delivery station is also anticipated to open in 2021.
Amazon’s delivery stations offer entrepreneurs the opportunity to build their own business delivering Amazon packages, as well as independent contractors the flexibility to be their own boss and create their own schedule delivering for Amazon Flex. Amazon has more than 150 delivery stations in the U.S.
So, while I can’t tell you all that lies ahead for this aggressive company, you can rest assured that more Amazon news will be coming your way in no time.