Amazon has announced plans to open its first fulfillment center in Istanbul in autumn 2022. The site will be based in Istanbul and will create 1,000 new jobs during the first year, creating good quality jobs for local communities while providing customers with fast and reliable delivery. Amazon is investing more than 100 million dollars in the new site that will help meet growing customer demand in Turkey.
Launching the fulfillment center demonstrates Amazon's commitment to Turkey and will also support an increasing number of small independent businesses selling on Amazon, growing their sales both in Turkey and abroad.
Ahmet Burak Dağlıoğlu, President of Investment Office of the Presidency of the Republic of Turkey, said: “As we always emphasize, Turkey is in the focus of international investors thanks to its unique strategic location, production capabilities, wide talent pool, logistics infrastructure, and liberal and business-friendly investment environment with its strong, durable and fast-growing economy. With this value proposition, our country is a regional center for the activities of international investors in many fields including R&D, design, production, logistics, education, and management. Amazon’s investment decision for its first logistics base in Turkey, which prioritizes sustainability and green transformation and creates employment, has been an embodiment of this agenda. This investment is very important for our country’s ever-developing logistics infrastructure under the leadership of our President, and for our e-commerce sector, which has gained momentum in both supply and demand during the pandemic. This will also further strengthen our e-commerce sector both in the domestic market and in the global arena. As the Investment Office of the Presidency, we are pleased to share this investment decision with the public, which we have followed through since the beginning and supported by working closely with the Amazon team, both on the field and during the bureaucratic processes. I would like to express my gratitude to the Amazon team for trusting and investing in our country.”
“We are delighted to be opening our first fulfillment center in Istanbul, demonstrating our commitment to the people and communities of Turkey. We are thrilled to bring in 1,000 new jobs offering competitive wages, excellent benefits and a modern, safe and engaging work environment,” said Stefano Perego, Vice President of Operations for Amazon Europe. “Diversity and inclusion are an essential part of our business, and we recruit people with all types of experience and education, offering valuable opportunities for professional growth.”
Recruitment for the new Amazon fulfillment center, based in the Tuzla Municipality of Istanbul, has started for a range of new roles, including engineers, HR and IT professionals through to health & safety and finance specialists, and operations managers. Recruitment for the Amazon teams who will pick, pack and ship customer orders will begin in the coming months. Local carrier partners working with Amazon will be responsible for making sure those items reach customers wherever they are, whenever they want them.
Safety is integral to everything at Amazon - every day, in every operation, across every country. Facilities are designed to be safe workplaces that enable people to excel. The company collects and analyzes data to proactively reduce and eliminate safety risks, and innovates and invests to continuously reinforce safety in our operations. At Amazon safety performance is possible because of the drive and commitment of operations employees and our 8,000 safety professionals, who are dedicated to using the science of safety to solve complex problems and establish new industry best practices.
Above and beyond the employment opportunities that Amazon continues to create, the company is investing in the success of its small and medium business (SMB) selling partners. Amazon is continuing to innovate to enable them to grow their business by reaching hundreds of millions of customers, establish their brands, grow sales, and create jobs, with many using Fulfillment by Amazon warehousing and delivery. Amazon invested more than $18 billion in selling partner success last year and launched over 250 tools and services to help them manage and grow their businesses on Amazon. Globally SMBs sell more than 50% of everything purchased in our store and account for about 60% of sales.
As part of Amazon’s commitment to be net-zero carbon across its business by 2040, the building launches powered 100% by electricity, including its heating and hot water systems, avoiding the use of fossil fuel combustibles (natural gas) and with energy efficiency as a top priority. Heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) is controlled by a building management system (BMS) that ensures a comfortable working environment for employees at the same time as reducing unnecessary energy consumption.
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In 2019, Amazon co-founded The Climate Pledge – a commitment to be net-zero carbon across our business by 2040, 10 years ahead of the Paris Agreement.
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