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Amazon is opening a fulfillment center in Kansas

March 28, 2016 02:09 PM
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Amazon.com Inc.’s fulfillment reach continues to grow.

Amazon, No. 1 in the Internet Retailer 2015 Top 500 Guide, will be opening a new 800,000-square-foot fulfillment center at Logistics Park Kansas City in Edgerton, Kan., about a 40-minute drive outside of Kansas City, Mo. An Amazon spokeswoman declined to specify when the fulfillment center will open but says “we plan to move quickly.” The facility will eventually have 1,000 employees.

“The quality of the Kansas workforce and our central location in the heart of the nation contributed to their decision to locate in Logistics Park Kansas City,” Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback said.

According to supply chain consulting firm MWPVL International, this fulfillment center will be Amazon’s first in the state of Kansas. MWPVL’s data shows Amazon currently operates 75 large-scale fulfillment centers across the United States spanning over 59.1 million sq. ft., with plans to eventually open 11 more facilities comprising 8.1 million sq. ft.

This will not be Amazon’s first foray into Kansas, however. The retail giant owns and operates a sortation center in Lenexa, about 25 miles northeast, which according to MWPVL’s data opened in 2014 and encompasses 260,700 square feet. It is one of 26 such sortation centers Amazon operates in the United States, according to MWPVL, to sort parcels for last-mile delivery by the U.S. Postal Service. Amazon also operates 43 facilities for its Prime Now 2-hour delivery service and another 16 delivery and sortation centers. MWPVL defines those delivery and sortation centers as "smaller facilities that are typically in the 60,000 to 100,000 sq. ft. range" which are mostly used "to unload merchandise from incoming containers and prepare outbound loads for local last mile delivery to the customer."

This also isn’t the first time this month Amazon has made headlines for its fulfillment operations. Last week, Amazon sued its former vice president of operations, Arthur Valdez, to prevent him from joining Target Corp. (No. 16 in the 2015 Top 500) as the retailer’s new executive vice president and chief supply chain and logistics officer. You can read Amazon’s lawsuit against Valdez in its entirety here.

 

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