Amazon to open fulfillment center near Minneapolis

Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN) announced it will open a fulfillment center in Shakopee, Minnesota. The 820,000 sq. ft. distribution center will create more than 1,000 full-time jobs.

To help the e-commerce retailer speed up shipments to Prime members, the fulfillment center will pick, pack and ship small items to customers. The location will also incorporate Amazon's robotics program to help with orders. Earlier this month, Amazon announced it would launch same-day delivery in 14 U.S. cities.

"We're excited to become a member of the Shakopee community and create more than 1,000 full-time jobs that offer competitive wages and comprehensive benefits, on day one, that include health insurance, 401(k), bonuses and stock awards," said Mike Roth, Amazon's VP of North America operations. "We look forward to serving as a catalyst for new growth in the area by working with local businesses and collaborating with local and state elected officials who have been so supportive of Amazon entering the region."

Along with competitive wages and benefits, Amazon offers hourly employees a program known as Career Choice, where it prepays 95 percent of school tuition costs for courses related to in-demand fields, whether or not those skills are relevant to Amazon.

The new fulfillment location will be close to Target's (NYSE:TGT) headquarters in Minneapolis, upping the competition in the area for online orders. Amazon's news comes just days after Target announced it would cut more than 140 jobs at its headquarters.

For more:
-See this Amazon press release

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