Amazon announced plans to expand its distribution network in Britain, creating thousands of new jobs with three new fulfilment centres being built before the end of 2014.
There will be around 2000 new permanent jobs in the three new centres and up to another 3000 temporary staff taken on each Christmas.
Amazon released the news at the time of the opening of their eighth UK fulfilment centre in Hemel Hempstead. Stretching over 450,000 square foot, the new Hemel Hempstead site has created another 600 full time jobs in addition to those at the first seven sites at Marston Gate, Doncaster, Peterborough and Rugeley in England, Dunfermline and Gourock in Scotland and Swansea Bay in Wales.
We already know that one of the next Amazon warehouses will be in Liverpool and the rapid expansion tells us two things. Amazon are growing rapidly in the UK and Fulfilment by Amazon (FBA) gives retailers the ability to leverage Amazon delivery including free shipping for their products. When you look at a map of the UK, you can also see that the expansion has gradually spreading across the country making it easier for Amazon to deliver to all addresses.
You can expect in the future Amazon and products from retailers using FBA will start to be delivered quicker. I’m betting it won’t be long before Amazon start offering same day delivery trials in the UK before rolling them out nationwide.