Amazon continues investing in Spain with a new high-tech robotics fulfillment center in the region of Murcia
Madrid, March 22, 2020 – Amazon today confirmed its commitment to the Murcia region with the announcement of a future high-tech robotic fulfillment center in the area. The company moves ahead with its investment in the Murcian region by confirming the arrival of what will become Amazon’s second facility in the region, joining a last mile delivery station launched in 2020 barely 200 meters away.
With over 160,000 square meters, the future site will be located in the municipality of Corvera. Situated next to the airport and approximately 20 km away from the city of Murcia, this new site will be equipped with advanced Amazon Robotics technology focused on the health and well-being of the employees.
This facility will be the fourth Amazon robotics site in Spain, joining two robotics fulfillment centers in El Prat (Barcelona) and Dos Hermanas (Seville), as well as one robotic sortation center in Barberá del Vallés (Barcelona). This new fulfillment center will be used by Amazon to stock and manage sortable products, supporting Amazon operations in Spain and across Europe.
“We are proud and excited to further invest in the Region of Murcia with a new high-tech robotic fulfillment center in Corvera, a site that will play a key role for our operations in the southeast region of Spain and ultimately, in southern Europe”, stated Fred Pattje, Director of Amazon Customer Fulfillment in France, Italy and Spain.
Candidates can already apply for Amazon’s new open positions
Amazon has already started the recruiting process for a wide range of positions for this fulfillment center, focusing on roles such as Engineering & Maintenance Technicians, Logistics Operators, Operations Leads, Occupational Nurses, IT Support Engineers, Automation Engineers, and many others. Candidates may apply for any of the aforementioned jobs at the following link: https://www.amazon.jobs/en/locations/murcia-spain
Working at Amazon
Amazon is a great place to work with highly competitive pay, training programs and industry-leading benefits from day one for its workers. Among some of these benefits is the Career Choice program, through which the company supports employees in accessing adult training in their field of choice, financing 95% of tuition and associated fees up to an amount of €8,000 over four years.
Carlos Sánchez, sortation associate at Amazon delivery station in Murcia, highlighted his positive experience: “My first day at Amazon was very exciting, after all, this is joining a world-class company, and I was looking forward to new challenges and experiences. The work environment at Amazon is phenomenal, our managers always care for us, showing that the company cares too”.
Indeed, Amazon has been recognized with the Top Employer 2021 certification, which validates the quality of the work environment and human resources programs offered to Amazon employees in Spain. The Top Employer certification highlights Amazon’s initiatives to enable employees to start and develop their careers in a fulfilling work environment. More info here.
The company prioritizes the safety and health of employees above all else, and Amazon committed $11.5 billion in 2020 on COVID-related initiatives to help keep its employees globally safe and to get items to customers. This includes an investment of over $1.2 billion on measures like temperature checks, masks, gloves, enhanced cleaning and sanitation, testing in some countries and more.
In Spain, since the beginning of the pandemic Amazon has purchased more than 39 million pairs of gloves, over 17,9 million of face masks, over 74 million units of disinfectant wipes and 12,7 a million liters of hand disinfectant bottles for the usage of employees and partners.
Amazon’s support to local SMEs
Amazon is further expanding the size of its Spanish fulfillment center network to meet increasing customer demand, expand its product selection, and support a growing number of independent small businesses (SMEs) using Fulfillment by Amazon warehousing and delivery.
There are more than 9,000 SMEs based in Spain that sell on Amazon. In 2019, these SMEs exceeded 450 million euros in exports, which is an increase compared to 400 million euros the previous year. Only in the Region of Murcia, there are more than 200 SMEs selling on Amazon, and exporting more than 10 million euros in 2019.
Investing in Spain
Amazon’s operations network in Spain started with the San Fernando de Henares (Madrid) fulfillment center, which started operations in 2012 – a year after the launch of Amazon.es. Over the last eight years, the company has opened fulfillment centers in El Prat (Barcelona), Martorelles (Barcelona), Castellbisbal (Barcelona), Illescas (Toledo), Dos Hermanas (Seville) and Alcalá de Henares (Madrid).
In addition, Amazon also has three urban fulfillment centers in Madrid and Barcelona, which provide fast deliveries to its Prime customers in these cities through the Prime Now and Fresh services. In addition, the company has two sortation centers, located in Getafe (Madrid) and Barberá del Vallés (Barcelona), and sixteen delivery stations located throughout the country to strengthen their delivery services for the benefit of customers and sellers.
Amazon has invested 2.9 billion euros between 2011 and 2018 in its Spanish infrastructure, shipments, salaries and benefits for employees, among others. In 2020 alone, Amazon created more than 5,000 jobs, increasing its workforce to 12,000 permanent employees in Spain. In addition to these permanent jobs, Amazon on-boarded 7,000 people to support its Operations across the country during the last Christmas season.
To learn more about Amazon’s economic impact and logistics network in Spain, click here.