Amazon to open centre outside city
Distribution centre and HQ2 are separate plans: Company
It’s not HQ2, but Calgarians will be able to board the Amazon job train as the e-commerce giant will be opening a fulfilment centre in Rocky View County, near Crossiron Mall.
The facility, expected to be completed in 2018, will create 750 jobs in receiving, shipping, inventory, support and more. It will be Amazon’s seventh fulfilment centre in Canada.
“Our associates will fulfil customer orders ranging from aviator sunglasses to zebra costumes,” said Glenn Sommerville, director of operations, Amazon Canada. “And we’ll be able to do so at even faster shipping speeds.”
Yes, this means some Ama- zon orders may reach Calgarians in less time than before.
This fulfilment centre is the result of connections created by Calgary Economic Development and Rocky View County. Amazon promises it will be competitive wages, with benefits.
Sommerville also said Amazon supports employees by helping to pay for their schooling — regardless of whether the degree is related to their current Amazon job.
“We want to be a good neighbour, a good employer, and a good economic driver for the region,” Sommerville added. He hopes to use local suppliers when possible as well.
Amazon themselves will see some of the lowest corporate taxes in all of Canada.
They’ve leased a 42-acre site, and the facility will encompass about six city blocks in size. The location was chosen out of a need to meet customer demand in Western Canada.
“The last few years have not been easy,” said Premier Rachel Notley. “The drop in oil prices hit us hard, but underscored that we need to do more to diversify our economy and create new jobs. And that’s what today is all about.”
It remains to be seen if the fulfilment centre will help or hinder Calgary’s bid for Amazon’s second headquarters. Notley indicated, at the very least, it indicates that Amazon is aware Calgary is a player in the game.
At the same time, Ashley Robinson, spokesperson for Amazon operations, said the fulfilment centre and HQ2 are two very separate issues, with a different set of demands and priorities.
Amazon is expected to make its decision about HQ2 in 2018.
our associates will fulfil customer orders ranging from aviator sunglasses to zebra costumes. And we’ll be able to do so at even faster shipping speeds.
Amazon is opening a large distribution centre just north of calgary in Balzac, and it’s expected to create 750 full-time jobs.