The e-tail giant revealed on Tuesday that two additional centers will open and start operations next fall. Located in Torrazza Piemonte, in the Piedmont region, and in Casirate, on the outskirts of Bergamo, in the Lombardy region, respectively, the units are expected to employ as many as 1,600 workers total, within three years of the launch.
The company invested 150 million euros for the unit located in the Piedmont region, which will serve as a fulfillment center. The hub will cover 645,834 square feet and will create 1,200 new jobs; it will be equipped with Amazon’s robotics technology, which will enable products to move through the hub to the employees’ working station.
According to Fred Pattje, Amazon’s operations director for Spain and Italy, the new logistics hub “is a strong evidence of Amazon’s commitment to Italy. We are looking forward to creating 1,200 permanent jobs, offering competitive wages, highly attractive benefits, a great working atmosphere and broad career development opportunities,” said the executive.
Sergio Chiamparino, president of the Piedmont region, warmly welcomed the new center, stating that this “is a further confirmation that the Piedmont is a region worth investing in, a place that is home to innovation and skills, an environment of choice for large operations to major multinational companies.”
The Casirate unit instead will serve as a warehouse. The building will span over 365,972 square feet and will employ 400 new workers over a three-year stint. The company did not provide details on the investment for this unit.
The new logistics centers aim to strengthen the company’s presence in Italy and to support Italian SMEs selling on Amazon. In addition, the e-tail giant plans to offer the new employees competitive salaries within the logistics business and to provide workers with several benefits, including discounts, private health insurance and paid, four-year training programs.
Pattje also highlighted that “2018 marks the eight-year anniversary of Amazon beginning to create jobs in Italy,” expressing his enthusiasm for the additional plants’ jobs opportunity.
Amazon, which debuted in Italy in 2010 and has invested more than 800 million euros in the country, already operates a logistic center in the Emilia-Romagna region, which recently saw its employees protesting during Black Friday and on Dec. 20th.
Other plants in Italy include the urban logistic hub in Milan dedicated to the Amazon Prime Now service and the logistics centers in Passo Corese, about 25 miles far from Rome, and in Vercelli, in the Piedmont region.