Kaiserslautern, February 8, 2022. Amazon today announced the opening of a new German fulfillment center in Kaiserslautern, Rhineland-Palatinate, which is scheduled to start operations in autumn 2022. With this new fulfillment center, Amazon will create more than 1,000 permanent jobs within the first year of operation, offering high quality employment along with highly competitive wages and benefits from day one. Amazon continues to develop its fulfillment center network to meet customer demand, expand its product selection and support a growing number of independent small German businesses selling on Amazon Marketplace using “Fulfillment by Amazon” warehousing and delivery.
"We are pleased that we can continue our growth in Germany with Amazon's third fulfillment center in Rhineland-Palatinate in Kaiserslautern in order to be able to respond even better to the needs of our customers. We have all kinds of jobs for all kinds of people, and will create 1,000 roles within the first year of operation", says Gregory Bryan, Regional Director Operations Amazon Germany. "Wherever we are located, we create high quality, competitive and safe jobs as well as great career opportunities for people in the region."
In Kaiserslautern, Amazons offers a diverse range of opportunities for people starting their career or returning to employment. There are jobs to be filled from shipping employees (without formal qualifications) to a large number of specialist positions (professionals in the areas of health management, human resources, IT, logistics, occupational safety, procurement, technology and training). Interested parties can find out more and apply at the following link: www.amazon.jobs.
Dr. Klaus Weichel, Lord Mayor of the City of Kaiserslautern: "Amazon's settlement is worth its weight in gold for Kaiserslautern because it complements our job portfolio in the right place, both quantitatively and qualitatively. That is why we were very happy to support the company from the very beginning. Welcome to Kaiserslautern and good luck at the new location!"
Peter Weißler, Chairman of the Management Board of the Kaiserslautern-Pirmasens Employment Agency: "With the opening of the Amazon fulfillment center in Kaiserslautern, the upswing in mail order with warehouse logistics in the western Palatinate continues. The industry opens up career prospects for many people, including chances and development opportunities for the unskilled. With the settlement of Amazon, the positive development on the regional labor market will continue.”
Edith Zeiter works in the Amazon fulfillment center in Frankenthal: “I have been working at Amazon in Frankenthal since the start of operations in 2018 and have not regretted it. As a slightly older employee, it is not so easy to get a job. But at Amazon, this has never been an obstacle. Today, I work as an instructor and train new employees, which gives me a great pleasure."
Amazon employees in logistics receive a very competitive wage package. In Kaiserslautern, the converted entry base wage will be 12.22 Euros gross per hour. After 12 and 24 months at Amazon, the wage increases automatically. After 24 months, employees earn an average of around 2,750 Euros gross per month. This includes restricted stock units and other extras. Amazon employees also benefit from other additional benefits such as special remuneration for overtime, life and disability insurance, contributions to the company pension scheme and the "Career Choice" program, in which up to 95 percent of the course fees and literature costs for recognized further training courses are covered up to a maximum of 8,000 euros per employee. Specialists and executives earn correspondingly more.
Amazon has created over 28,000 permanent jobs in Germany, over 20,000 of them in logistics alone. In addition to these direct jobs, tens of thousands of indirect jobs have been created in Germany. Amazon works with numerous transport partner companies and many German small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) that use Amazon's technology, services or logistics network to grow their business by selling their products on Amazon. Amazon offers small and medium-sized German companies that sell on Amazon the opportunity to reach millions of customers across Europe more easily than ever before.
Amazon prioritizes health and safety and employs health and occupational safety experts at all German fulfillment centers. The company has invested millions of Euros to provide a safe workplace, including comprehensive COVID-19 measures. Therefore, elaborate concepts, which have been endorsed by health authorities and governmental officials throughout Germany, will come into place in Kaiserslautern from day one. These concepts include adapted cleaning and disinfection intervals, mask requirements, distancing requirements, regular testing and vaccination offers.
As a company, Amazon is committed to a sustainable future and is working on several projects to protect the environment. As co-founder of the Climate Pledge Amazon has made a strong commitment to reach the objectives set in the Paris Agreement by 2040 – 10 years earlier than the Paris Agreement’s target of 2050. This commitment to eliminate carbon emissions includes among other things an order for 100,000 fully electric delivery vehicles from Rivian – the largest order for electric delivery vehicles ever –, an investment of 100 million dollars in reforestation and an increased usage of sustainable energy.