Milano, April 13 2021 – Amazon announced today the opening of three new delivery stations in Vicenza, Treviso and Riese Pio X (Treviso province). The new facilities are expected to open next fall to service residents in Vicenza, Treviso and surrounding areas, confirming once again Amazon’s commitment to investing in the Veneto Region.
In fact, Amazon has already ushered in 550 new full-time jobs to Veneto, thanks to its fulfilment center in Castelguglielmo / San Bellino, (Rovigo province) and two fully-operational delivery stations located in Verona and Vigonza (Padua region).
With the opening of the three new sites, Amazon Logistics expects to fill 60 new full-time positions while continuing to work with local delivery firms to further expand its logistics network, working to improve delivery capabilities and satisfy the ever-growing customer demand across the region. Amazon expects that courier firms will hire 180 full-time staff.
Gabriele Sigismondi, Head of Amazon Logistics in Italy, remarked: “In such difficult times as these, we’re thrilled to be able to bring in 240 new full-time jobs thanks to the opening of these warehouse operations. Amazon, alongside our delivery service suppliers, strives to make sure our staff comes first; offering them not only a safe, modern and inclusive workplace and competitive wages, but also excellent opportunities for career growth. The ongoing pandemic has had a tremendous impact on all of us, and we’re quite proud to have been on the front lines when it came to providing essential services to our customers, so people can order and receive the items they need most at their homes or businesses, while we do our best to protect the health of our personnel and that of our suppliers.”
The Company is now accepting online applications for managerial, technical and support staff positions. Candidates can log onto www.amazon.jobs to apply. Warehouse staff recruitment will be announced shortly.
Incoming delivery center staff will be hired at the fifth tier as per the Transport & Logistics CBA and will receive a base pay of €1,550/month – one of the highest pay grades in the industry – along with benefits which include discounts for purchases made on the Amazon.it platform and private health insurance. Amazon also offers employees additional growth opportunities, including its successful Career Choice program which covers 95% of expenses for fees and materials for anyone who wants to continue lifelong learning by taking courses.
Delivery couriers will be hired at the G1 level as per the national Transport & Logistics CBA, with starting salaries for full-time staff set at €1,644 gross pay/month plus a €300/month extra pay to cover travel to/from the warehouse.
Each new delivery station will be built with an eye to environmental sustainability, designed with the utmost quality insulation standards and energy efficiency. Amazon has committed to their Climate Pledge, founded by the Company along with Global Optimism, working to reach zero CO2 emissions by 2040, a full ten years ahead of the Paris Accord goals.
The Vicenza delivery station will cover an area of 7,900 square meters and serve city residents and the surrounding suburbs. The new center will bring in 20 full-time jobs at first, while courier companies are expected to hire around 90 full-time delivery staff.
Designed for maximum energy efficiency certification as established by the BREEAM board, the site roofing will provide for optimal insulation and hold photovoltaic panels generating 117,25kWp of electricity. The BMS (Building Management System) monitors all electronics utilized throughout the facility, guaranteeing a constant energy conservation. In addition, the facility will be outfitted with 48 electric vehicle charging units geared toward zero emissions fleets. Charging totems for electric cars in the parking lot will also be installed.
The Treviso-based delivery station will serve those customers in and around the Treviso area, and is expected to bring in initially around 20 full-time jobs, along with 40 full-time courier staff for firms making deliveries on behalf of Amazon Logistics.
The over-5000 square meter, the new structure has been designed to BREEAM specifications with the goal of attaining a rating of “Very Good”. Quality materials aimed at energy efficiency will be used for both insulation and electricity generated by photovoltaic panels (65kW). LED lighting will contribute to energy conservation as well, while an improvement of 20% in terms of lighting with respect to similar warehouses will come from natural light sources –skylights and windows with triple-glass panes – extending along the sides of the facility. The site will also employ a BMS (Building Management System) which monitors all electronics utilized throughout the facility, maintaining constant energy conservation.
The Riese Pio X (Treviso province) site will serve customers around the Treviso outskirts from its 4,500 square meter facility. The center is expected to bring in about 20 full-time jobs initially, along with around 50 full-time delivery drivers.
The Riese Pio X center is designed with best practices in terms of operations and building codes. The roof will hold 380 square meters of photovoltaic panels, generating roughly 72kWp of electricity, while LED lighting will be used throughout. Skylights and windows will bring in natural light to offset artificial lighting sources. A BMS (Building Management System) will monitor all electronics utilized throughout the facility, maintaining constant energy conservation. The grounds will support a number of electric vehicle charging stations as Amazon continues its stride toward zero emissions.
In anticipation of each new delivery station, Amazon opens its doors to promising entrepreneurs who wish to carry out ‘last mile’ deliveries as members of its Delivery Service Partner program. Aspiring business people can launch and operate their own courier companies, relying on their nearest Amazon delivery station for developing a client base. Businesses can take advantage of an extensive package of services offered to delivery firms, including economic benefits and technologies along with Amazon Logistics expertise to help get them started.
Amazon has also launched a dedicated program to help create greater gender balance across the logistics sector, setting aside a 500,000-euro fund for women-owned businesses. Interested candidates can look into what incentives and other benefits earmarked to cover start-up costs and operations are included in the program by visiting www.logistics.amazon.it .
Amazon Investments in Italy
Amazon has invested over 5.8 billion euro in since its arrival in Italy in 2010, creating over 9500 full-time jobs, 2600 of them in 2020 alone across 40 sites throughout Italy. In 2020, the Company opened two new state-of-the-art fulfillment centers in Castelguglielmo/San Bellino (Rovigo) and in Colleferro (Rome). 2021 will see a fulfillment center openings in Novara and Cividate al Piano (BG) along with another sorting center near Modena’s Spilamberto town with the aim to create more than 2000 jobs in three years. Amazon has opened a number of distribution hubs and sorting centers across Italy over the last few years, including two additional urban distribution hubs opened in Milano and Rome serving Amazon Prime Now and Fresh customers as well.
On top of these investments in its Italian logistics network, in 2013 Amazon inaugurated its Customer Service center in Cagliari, alongside its expanded Milanese corporate headquarters. Amazon moved to its new corporate offices (17,500 square meters) in the emerging business district of Porta Nuova in 2017. The Company also opened a Development Center for research on speech recognition and natural language understanding to support the Alexa voice recognition technology.
Above and beyond full-time employment opportunities that Amazon continues to bring with it, the Company continues to support entrepreneurs and business people looking to open their very own online store, either by bringing an existing business online, or those desiring simply to expand their business offering. The Company offers various options for businesses on its platform: from Marketplace for direct sales to customers, to utilizing the Amazon Logistics network for stocking and delivery of items through its FBA program (Fulfillment by Amazon). Italian companies selling merchandise through the Amazon.it portal have generated over 25,000 jobs, surpassing € 500 million in exports in 2019.