Amazon to Open Two New Delivery Stations in Hampton Roads
Combined with the robotics fulfillment center and import processing facility announced in March, these operations facilities will bring more than 1,700 new jobs to the region
Amazon is excited to continue its investment in the Commonwealth of Virginia with the addition of two new delivery stations in Hampton and Norfolk, creating more than 200 full- and part-time jobs. Both stations are expected to open in 2021 and will power Amazon’s last-mile delivery capabilities to speed up deliveries for customers in Hampton Roads. Earlier this year, Amazon announced the launch of two new, state-of-the-art operations facilities in Hampton Roads- a multi-story robotics fulfillment center in the City of Suffolk, creating 1,000 new jobs, as well as a 650,000-square-foot processing center (cross-dock) in the City of Chesapeake, which will bring 500 new jobs. Both operations are anticipated to launch in 2021. Combined, these four new Amazon operations facilities will create more than 1,700 new jobs with industry-leading wages and comprehensive benefits from the first day of employment.
The delivery station in Norfolk will be located on Sewells Point Road. In Hampton, Amazon Logistics purchased the long-vacant Kmart on Mercury Boulevard with plans to convert the building into a delivery station.
“This is a really great day for the City of Hampton,” said Mayor Donnie Tuck. “To have this long-vacant eyesore being turned into an Amazon center, with new jobs, is beyond fantastic.”
Chuck Rigney, the city’s Economic Development Director, said his team has been working with Amazon’s representatives for the past year on the project. “Amazon strongly believed in the site and worked very closely with our Hampton team on an incredible site plan that is going to transform the landscape, literally, along this stretch of Mercury Boulevard,” Rigney said.
Delivery Stations power the last mile of Amazon’s order process and help increase efficiency of deliveries for customers. Every day at Amazon, incredible employees come together to deliver magical experiences for customers. At the company’s two newest delivery stations in the Commonwealth, employees will load packages that are received from neighboring Amazon fulfillment centers and sortation centers into vehicles to get delivered to customers.
“We are excited to continue to invest in the Hampton Roads area with two new delivery stations that will provide efficient delivery for customers and create hundreds of job opportunities,” said Courtney Johnson Norman, Amazon Spokesperson. “The new delivery stations represent Amazon’s unwavering commitment to safety, technological innovations and skilled teams who are obsessed with delivering for our customers.”
Amazon is a great place to work with highly competitive pay, comprehensive benefits and training programs for in-demand jobs. On top of Amazon’s $15 minimum wage, the company offers full-time employees industry-leading benefits, which include health, vision and dental insurance from the first day of employment, 401(k) with 50 percent company match, up to 20 weeks paid parental leave and access to Amazon’s innovative Career Choice program, which pre-pays 95% of tuition for courses in high-demand fields. Since the program’s launch, more than 30,000 employees have pursued degrees in game design and visual communications, nursing, IT programming and radiology, to name a few. In addition, Amazon has pledged to invest over $700 million to provide upskilling training for 100,000 U.S. employees for in-demand jobs. Programs will help Amazonians from all backgrounds access training to move 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.
“We have been working with Amazon for many months to bring this investment to Norfolk and are excited that they also continue to invest in the region,” said Kenny Alexander, Mayor of Norfolk. “We look forward to working with them to assist in their efforts to hire from the surrounding community.”
“We are excited that Amazon has made a commitment to invest in Norfolk and create jobs for our residents,” said Jared Chalk, Director of Economic Development of Norfolk. “We look forward to working with them to assist in their efforts to hire from the surrounding community.”
Delivery stations also offer entrepreneurs the opportunity to build their own business delivering Amazon packages, as well as independent contractors the flexibility to be their own boss and create their own schedule delivering for Amazon Flex. To learn more, visit www.logistics.amazon.com and https://flex.amazon.com/.
Amazon leverages its scale for good and makes investments to support communities. The company’s presence in Virginia means more than just the jobs provided within the four walls of its facilities. In addition to great jobs inside the building, the company has created thousands of jobs in construction and services.
Since 2010, Amazon has created more than 18,500 jobs in Virginia and invested more than $20.6+ billion across the state, including infrastructure and compensation. These investments have contributed an additional $17.5 billion to the Virginia economy and have helped create more than 52,100 indirect jobs on top of Amazon’s direct hires – from jobs in construction and logistics to professional services. In addition, more than 48,000 independent authors and small and medium businesses in Virginia are selling to customers in Amazon’s store, creating thousands of additional jobs across the state.
In Virginia, Amazon currently operates more than 10 fulfillment and sortation centers and delivery stations in Ashland, Chester, Clear Brook (Frederick County), Petersburg (Dinwiddie County), Richmond, Springfield, and Sterling. In addition to the company’s Arlington headquarters, Amazon also has 13 Whole Foods Market locations across the state and three Prime Now Hubs in Virginia Beach, Richmond, and Springfield.