Amazon lands in Tarragona with its first logistics center
Madrid – April 30, 2021 – Amazon announced it will open a delivery station in Tarragona, being this the first logistic center in the city. The over 9,000 square meter building – which will be located in the industrial park of Constantí – is expected to start operations in October this year, and will serve customers in the city and the surrounding areas. The delivery station will create more than 90 full and part-time permanent jobs, also fostering the creation of more than 200 indirect job opportunities for drivers working for delivery service partners. In this case, Amazon will work with four local delivery companies to help them boost their businesses while creating hundreds of job opportunities.
Delivery stations power the last mile of Amazon’s order process and help speed up deliveries for customers. Packages are shipped to a Delivery Station from neighboring Amazon Fulfillment and Sortation Centers, loaded into delivery vehicles and delivered to customers.
We are thrilled to have our very first logistic center in the city of Tarragona, which will specifically provide efficient delivery for customers, while contributing to the creation of hundreds of job opportunities with our delivery partners. This site will add to Amazon’s existing Operations network within the Last Mile in the region of Catalonia, where the company already has 3 more delivery stations in the areas of Zona Franca, Rubí and Martorelles.
The roof and siding of the new site of Amazon in Tarragona were made using high quality materials designed for optimum insulation and energy efficiency. In addition, 500sqm of photovoltaic solar panels will be installed on the rooftop producing 100 kWp of electricity, and the building will extensively use LED lighting. Moreover, a significant amount of windows and skylights will provide a good amount of natural lighting smoothly balanced, where needed, by the artificial lighting. Finally, each of Amazon’s new delivery stations is designed to meet the needs of allocating future electric delivery vehicles. Ranging from the physical layout to the electrical design, we are optimizing these spaces to offer flexibility and scale as we move closer toward putting electric delivery vehicles on the road in the future.
This site will be the company’s first logistic center in the city of Tarragona, and the ninth in the Catalan region, added to three fulfillment centers, one sortation center, one urban center (for the Amazon Fresh service) and three delivery stations – like the one to operate in Tarragona. Also in Catalonia, Amazon counts with a Seller Support Hub and a Software Development Center. For more information about Amazon’s presence in Catalonia, visit here.
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 permanent 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.
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 prioritize the safety and health of employees above all else, and so 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.
Only 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 million bottles of hands disinfectant.
Investing in Spain
Amazon’s Operations network in Spain started with the San Fernando de Henares (Madrid) Fulfilment 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), Alcalá de Henares (Madrid), and two recently announced Robotics FC in Corvera (Murcia) and Illescas (Toledo). In addition, Amazon also has three urban fulfillment centers in Madrid and Barcelona, which provide fast deliveries to its customers in these cities through the Amazon Fresh service. 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 6.8 billion euros between 2011 and 2020 in its Spanish infrastructure, shipments, salaries and benefits for employees, among others. In 2020 alone, Amazon invested 2.5 billion euros and 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.
Finally, a research requested by Amazon to the Strategy and Economics Consultancy Keystone, estimates that Amazon supply chain, including for example, Construction, Real Estate and other professional services, generated 82,000 additional jobs by the end 2019.
Amazon is guided by four main principles: Obsession with customer satisfaction over the competition, Passion for innovation, Dedication to operational excellence, and Long Term Vision. Customer reviews, 1-Click Shopping, Personal recommendations, Prime, Amazon Logistics, AWS, Kindle Direct Publishing, Kindle, Fire tablets, Fire TV, Amazon Echo and Alexa are just some of the innovative products and services introduced to the world by Amazon.