Amazon.com Inc. (AMZN) will open two new fulfilment centres in Hamilton, Ont. and Ajax, Ont., creating 2,500 jobs as the e-commerce behemoth continues to expand its reach in Canada.
The Seattle-based company announced Wednesday that it will open the two new fulfilment centres by 2021, bringing its total fulfilment centres in Ontario to 10. Across Canada, Amazon will operate 16 fulfilment centres, facilities where goods purchased on its website are stored, picked, packed and eventually shipped to customers.
The company touted the creation of 2,500 full-time jobs with the opening of the two fulfilment centres. Approximately 1,500 employees will work at the Hamilton facility, working alongside Amazon’s automated robots to pick, pack and ship small items, such as electronics and toys. Another 1,000 employees will work in Ajax assisting in packing and shipping larger items, such as bicycles and patio furniture.
"We're thrilled to continue expanding our operations in Ontario with our newest fulfillment centres in Hamilton and Ajax," Sumegha Kumar, Amazon Canada’s director of Canadian Customer Fulfillment Operations, said in a statement.
"We've had great success with the talented workforce in Ontario, and we look forward to creating an additional 2,500 full-time jobs with competitive pay and benefits starting on day one."
Local politicians based in Hamilton and Ajax also offered statements thanking and welcoming Amazon to their communities.
More to come.