Amazon to create 'hundreds' of jobs with new Belfast delivery centre

  • Amazon has announced it will open a new delivery station in Belfast later this year to meet increasing customer demand.

    The premises will be built over 8500 square metres in Channel Commercial Park, to replace the current nearby operation which opened in 2018 as a temporary facility, while Amazon secured a site to meet its longer-term needs.

    Amazon Logistics is the official name for Amazon’s delivery service, and the company said this new station will increase its number of permanent employees from 25 to more than 40.

    Packages are shipped to the delivery station from Amazon fulfilment and sortation centres and loaded onto vehicles to get delivered to customers.

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    Eight delivery companies provide services to Amazon in Belfast using more than 130 drivers who collect parcels from the delivery station and deliver them to Amazon customers in the Belfast area. 

    This will increase to more than 200 drivers when the new delivery station opens.

    Amazon said it is investing in “transport infrastructure and innovation to increase supply chain capacity and provide customers with faster delivery options.”

    Through pick-uplocations such as Amazon Locker, customers can now track where their packages are and how many stops the driver has left before the package arrives.

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    The firm’s Photo on Delivery platform can show customers that their package was delivered safely, to be of particular use to those not at home when items are delivered.

    Amazon added that “technological developments such as intelligent route planning support the associates working at the delivery station and the drivers who deliver parcels to customers.”

    Kerry-Anne Lawlor, country director for Amazon Logistics said: “We are excited to open a delivery station in Belfast where Amazon’s 20+ years of operational expertise, technology advancements and investment in transportation infrastructure is enabling faster delivery for customers than ever before seven days a week.”

    Source: Written from press release

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