Amazon is to open a new fulfilment centre in Tilbury, Essex, in 2017 which will create over 1,500 new permanent jobs.
The news of yet another major new fulfilment centre in the UK comes in addition to the centre already announced earlier this month, which will open in in Doncaster in summer 2017, creating 500 new jobs.
Amazon says the new Tilbury facility will meet increasing customer demand, by expanding its product selection of more than 150 million items. It is good news for the growing number of independent small businesses selling on Amazon.
The increasing number of distribution centres means Amazon can deliver on its plans for Same-Hour Prime deliveries. Prime Members are three times as likely to buy through Amazon than non-members. Amazon has invested more than £4.6 billion in the UK economy to build and run its UK business since 2010; to support its ambitious delivery plans.
Amazon already operates ten fulfilment centres in the UK: including two in Doncaster and centres in Dunfermline, Dunstable, Gourock, Hemel Hempstead, Milton Keynes, Peterborough, Rugeley and Swansea Bay. This year two new fulfilment centres are expected to open, in Manchester and Coalville, Leicestershire.