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Elaine Sutton
• Friday, 27 November, 2020
• 26 min read

“There are now over 20,000 Texan Amazonian working for us in the state –and we're excited to be creating an additional 1,000 full-time jobs in Pflugerville with Amazon's industry leading benefits, and minimum starting wage from $15 an hour.” Added Mayor Victor Gonzales: “We are proud that Amazon has chosen Pflugerville for a distribution center increasing employment opportunities, while contributing $250 million to the tax base and set the stage for continued growth along the Pecan Street and SH 130 corridor,” he said.

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At the new 820,000-square-foot fulfillment center employees will work alongside Amazon robotics to pick, pack and ship small items to customers such as books, electronics and toys, officials described. Construction is expected to be completed by July 2021 and will be paid to the city out of Pflugerville Community Development Corp. encumbered funds in fiscal years 2021 and 2022.

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She added that Amazon has already had a positive impact on the Pflugerville community, particularly during the early construction phase when the project generated sales tax and paid permit fees that have offset the significant declines from other city revenue sources due to the coronavirus pandemic, contributing to the city's current 15.7 percent year-over-year growth in overall sales tax from fiscal year 2019. Programs will help Amazonian from all backgrounds access training moving into highly skilled roles across the company's corporate offices, tech hubs, fulfillment centers, retail stores, and transportation network, or pursue career paths outside of Amazon, officials added.

“This economic development project brings a significant capital investment, new technology and needed employment to our diverse and skilled workforce which is a comprehensive win for all.” Since 2010, Amazon has invested more than $10.5 billion into its local fulfillment center infrastructure and through compensation to thousands of employees in the state, company officials noted.

Amazon is guided by four principles: customer obsession rather than competitor focus, passion for invention, commitment to operational excellence, and long-term thinking. Hometown pride and quality of life are top priority, with residents enjoying the beautiful Lake Pflugerville, an elaborate trail system, shopping areas, new restaurants, and the community's many parades and festivals.

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CDC funds, which are 4B money generated from a half-cent of the city's sales tax revenue, can also be used to construct needed infrastructure such as roads, utilities, and drainage, as well as the development of parks and recreation projects. Online retail giant Amazon is again expanding its Central Texas presence, with plans to add more than 600 tech-focused jobs at its hub in North Austin, the company told the American-Statesman.

“ Amazon is once again exhibiting its confidence in the Austin region’s ability to provide an innovative community and talent pipeline that helps fuel success by creating 600 new jobs at the Domain,” Clarisse Bosch, Austin Chamber of Commerce senior vice president of economic development, said in a statement. One of the world’s largest companies, with a market value approaching $900 billion, Amazon ’s branches reach throughout Central Texas.

The expansion will strengthen an Austin hub that is already among Amazon ’s largest locations in the United States and Canada. The company said new hires here will be focused in the software and hardware engineering, research science and cloud computing divisions.

Greg Abbott said that with Amazon's expansion in Austin, “Texas will continue to chart a path toward greater economic prosperity.” Amazon ’s Austin's growth is part of an effort set in motion years ago and not related to the company’s recent pullout of a planned headquarters site in New York, Deeper said.

Amazon will not receive any financial incentives from the state or from local governments to open the new facility, according to the Greater Austin of Chamber of Commerce. As one of the world’s largest companies, with a market value approaching $900 billion, Amazon's tentacles reach throughout Central Texas.

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Besides its presence at the Domain, at the six Whole Foods stores here and the warehouse in San Marcos, Austin is home to one of Amazon ’s bookstores and has been a site for new delivery and shopping projects by the company. In January 2018, Amazon named Austin as one of 20 finalists for its $5 billion-second headquarters project, which the company had announced in September 2017, spurring a more than yearlong public search.

Amazon eventually chose to split the development between New York’s Long Island City and Arlington, Va., which offered the company billions in combined incentives. Amazon decided to kill its plans for New York after backlash over the incentives offered by the city and state.

Editor's note: An earlier version of this article stated that Amazon employs 3,000 workers at its San Marcos warehouse, according to the Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce. Amazon has transformed online shopping by making the delivery process fast, cheap and relatively painless for consumers.

The company began adding new locations at a rapid pace in 2005, according to MW PVL International, a supply chain and logistics consulting firm. Within the last two decades, Amazon fulfillment centers have popped up in almost every corner of the U.S., as the company has pushed to bring items closer to customers to enable faster deliveries.

Amazon doubled down on that effort last April when it announced it would shorten Prime's two-day free shipping plan to one day. Amazon's fulfillment center network is just one of several ways it has become a growing player in the logistics and shipping industry, taking on the likes of FedEx and UPS.

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Amazon is an American technology company that has a multinational presence with offices and facilities around the world. The company is based in Seattle, Washington, United States, and has 750,000 total employees.

Amazon's global headquarters are in more than 40 owned and leased buildings spread across Seattle's adjacent South Lake Union, Denny Triangle, and Downtown neighborhoods. The first 14 buildings Amazon occupied in South Lake Union were developed primarily by Vulcan, Inc. from 2008 onward, the first 11 of which were acquired from Vulcan in 2012 at a cost of $1.16 billion.

The company was previously headquartered in rented space within the Pacific Medical Center, located in the city's Beacon Hill neighborhood, from 1998 to 2011. Amazon is currently building a new four towers, four low-rise, complex in Seattle's Denny Triangle neighborhood to serve as the primary headquarters, though it will retain many of the earlier purchased buildings to house its more than 45,000 corporate employees in the Seattle area.

The plan for the new campus, designed by BBJ and named “Rufus 2.0” after a dog who was part of the company in its early days, was approved by the city of Seattle in 2012 and construction began the year after. The first of the towers, nicknamed Doppler, opened on December 14, 2015.

On November 13, 2018, Amazon announced that it would divide the planned HQ2 between New York City and Northern Virginia. On February 14, 2019, Amazon canceled its plan for the HQ2 location in New York City.

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Amazon is also in the process of building a retail hub of operations centers in Nashville, Tennessee. On August 21, 2019, Amazon opened its largest campus in the world at Nanakramguda in Hyderabad, India.

It is the first Amazon -owned campus located outside the United States and features the single largest Amazon -owned building in the world. The 9.5 acre campus houses over 15,000 employees.

Amazon plans to build a major campus in Bellevue, Washington, a suburb of Seattle, that will host 15,000 employees by 2025. The company opened its first Bellevue office in 2017, marking a return to the city since the company was founded there in 1995.

The Bellevue campus will include the 43-story Bellevue 600 tower, which is planned to be the tallest building in the city and the tallest to be developed by Amazon. While much of Amazon's software development occurs in Seattle, the company employs software developers in centers across the globe.

Most of the stores are located inside the United States, but Whole Foods also operates stores in Canada and the United Kingdom. In addition to Amazon Lockers, Amazon has around 30 staffed pick-up points in the United States and over 800 independent ones in India.

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The US locations have large sets of Amazon Lockers and an area for customers to make returns. The India locations are in existing retailers and have customers wait for a store employee to retrieve their package.

The company also operates 33 Treasure Trucks in the United States and United Kingdom, which serve as pick-up points for one deal per day that customers can order using the Amazon app. Amazon fulfillment centers are large facilities with hundreds of employees, sometimes thousands.

Employees are responsible for five basic tasks: unpacking and inspecting incoming goods; placing goods in storage and recording their location; picking goods from their computer recorded locations to make up an individual shipment; sorting and packing orders; and shipping. A computer that records the location of goods and maps out routes for pickers plays a key role: employees carry hand-held computers which communicate with the central computer and monitor their rate of progress.

A picker may walk 10 or more miles a day. In newer fulfillment centers, items are stored on pods and brought to pickers by robots (Amazon Robotics).

In the United Kingdom initial staffing was provided by Randstad Holding and other temporary employment agencies. In the United States, many workers are hired as Amazon employees and granted shares of stock or sign-on bonuses, while others are offered temporary seasonal positions.

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“When we have permanent positions available, we look to the top performing temporary associates to fill them,” said an Amazon spokesperson. Amazon acquired Diva Systems, a warehouse automation company, in 2012.

Amazon fulfillment centers can also provide warehousing and order-fulfillment for third-party sellers, for an extra fee. Third-party sellers can use Fulfillment by Amazon (FBA) to ship for other platforms as well, such as eBay or their own websites.

On March 20, 2021, Amazon agreed to remove metal detectors from its warehouses after a warehouse worker tested positive for COVID-19 In addition to removing metal detectors, Amazon also agreed to enact a “6 feet rule,” which will enforce a six-feet distance between warehouse employees. United States This list includes Amazon fulfillment centers and sortation centers, but excludes other types of Amazon warehouses such as Amazon Logistics delivery stations, Prime Now warehouses, or Amazon Fresh warehouses.

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