Ex-gun­ner aims for records as he takes over at Ama­zon cen­tre

New site man­ager for ful­fil­ment cen­tre as sig­nif­i­cant in­vest­ment is un­der way

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Business - By Paul Grin­nell paul.grin­nell@jpress.co.uk Twit­ter: @PTPaulGrin­nell

The new boss of the Ama­zon’s rapidly grow­ing ful­fil­ment cen­tre in Peter­bor­ough is aim­ing to break records. And Lee Shep­herd(45) is likely to be spot on tar­get.

For Mr Shep­herd, who was re­cently ap­pointed site man­ager of the 500,000 sq ft-plus cen­tre, which at peak times em­ploys 2,000 staff, is aformerWar­ran­tOf­fi­cer­with the Royal Ar­tillery.

He said: ”I left the mil­i­tary af­ter 22 years and de­cided I wanted to go into man­age­ment.

“So I joined Ama­zon and started as an area man­ager at the ful­fil­ment cen­tre.

“I have been here from day one - since the cen­tre opened in­Ju­ly2010when­it­wasalarge empty ware­house.”

Over the last six years, Mr Shep­herd has over­seen ev­ery depart­ment in the cen­tre and prob­a­bly has an un­ri­valled knowl­edge of its in­ner work­ings.

He said: “It was an empty shell whenI­cameinand­started to put the tape on the floor and be­gan to bring it up to the stan­dard we have to­day.

“It gives me a great sense of pride to see what we have achieved.”

Mr Shep­herd takes over the cen­tre at a time of sig­nif­i­cant in­vest­ment at the cen­tre.

Work is cur­rently un­der­way to ex­pand the cen­tre’s pick­ing tower, where as the name sug­gest, prod­ucts re­quested by cus­tomers - and Ama­zon of­fers more than 150 mil­lion­prod­ucts- are“picked” for pack­ing and dis­tri­bu­tion.

Other im­prove­ments in­clude cre­at­ing more and brighter break out ar­eas for staff and more park­ing for peak times,

Mr Shep­herd said: “I want to achieve big­ger and bet­ter things each year.”

Lee Shep­herd is the new site man­ager at Ama­zon ful­fil­ment cen­tre

The busy ware­house floor at Ama­zon

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