Amazon currently operates more than 75 fulfillment centers in North America and employs approximately 125,000 full-time hourly employees in the US alone.
Amazon will be adding to this list another consumer goods fulfillment center in Marshall County, Mississippi where it will open up 850 positions paying its workers $15 an hour to start. The jobs will be created over a period of three years.
Amazon will be renovating an existing 554,000 square-foot building in Marshall County located just south of the Tennessee border in the Chickasaw Trails Industrial Park in Holly Springs, Mississippi, 27 miles southeast of Memphis International Airport, Tennessee.
The key to Amazon’s success since its founding in 1994 is to have its consumer goods fulfillment centers located within a few miles of a major airport to facilitate speed in delivery service to the consumer. Amazon, through its Prime membership promises two-day delivery service and even in a few cities a two-hour delivery service.
This investment by Amazon in Mississippi has received a warm welcome by Governor, Phil Bryant, “I am proud to welcome Amazon as the newest member of the Mississippi business community. Amazon’s presence demonstrates to industry leaders around the globe that Mississippi has what it takes for companies like Amazon to remain competitive and efficiently reach their consumers from our attractive location in the Southeast US”
Amazon has also received endorsements from other entities in the areas such as the Tennessee Valley Authority which will give support to the project. Then there is the Mississippi Development Authority which will be making infrastructure improvements to area roads as well as helping in building construction.
Marshall County will also be making contributions to road improvements as well as ad valorem tax exemptions. Amazon falls under Mississippi ad valorem tax rules which state that Marshall County may give an industrial tax exemption to new enterprises for a period of 10 years.
It looks like a win-win deal all the way around. “We are excited to bring our first fulfillment center to Mississippi, creating 850 full-time jobs with a $15 minimum hourly wage,” said John Felton, Amazon’s Vice President of Global Customer Fulfillment. “We appreciate the state and local elected leaders who have supported Amazon’s entrance into Mississippi and we look forward to providing great job opportunities and an exceptional customer experience.”
Amazon has over 303 consumer goods fulfillment centers worldwide.
According Statistica, 3rd quarter reports show Amazon now employs in all areas of its business a total of 613,000 people globally. It is in second place to Walmart which employs 2.2 million people around the world.