New Amazon fulfilment centre coming to Bolton
Amazon today announced plans to open a new robot operated fulfilment centre in Bolton in 2018. The use of robots doesn’t mean that Amazon won’t need staff however so they are to begin recruitment for 1,200 new, full-time permanent jobs.
Doncaster was the first UK Amazon fulfilment centre to be outfitted with robots and it’s becoming the norm due to the speed at which items can be picked and the higher density of goods that can be stored in a facility.
The investment in a new fulfilment centre in Bolton will take the total number of permanent jobs Amazon has created in the North West of England to more than 3,500.
“Our ability to expand in the North West of England is the result of two things: incredible customers and an outstanding workforce. We are thrilled to begin recruitment for 1,200 new permanent roles in Bolton with competitive wages and comprehensive benefits starting on day one.”
– Stefano Perego, Amazon’s Director of UK Customer Fulfilment
Amazon will need a diverse workforce for the new Bolton warehouse including operations managers, engineers, HR and IT specialists. The team at Amazon in Bolton who will pick, pack and ship customer items such as books, toys and kitchenware will be recruited in 2018 and people interested in applying for jobs at Amazon should visit myamazonjob.com
Last year Amazon announced that it would open fulfilment centres in Daventry, Doncaster, Warrington and Tilbury in 2017, creating more than 3,500 new permanent full time jobs. The Daventry site opened in February while Doncaster, Warrington and Tilbury have recently started their operations.
The demand for more Amazon fulfilment centres is driven by their phenomenal growth and it’s worth noting that over half the products sold on Amazon are supplied by third party sellers and not Amazon Retail. Many of these third parties do however use FBA to enable customers to order using Amazon Prime and so the companies warehousing requirements are growing at an ever more rapid pace.
Well Warrington (MAN2) is taking 11+ days from delivery to check goods in, clearly it is not ready to cope with the seasonal rush.