Amazon Investment In Kitchener Creates Great Opportunities
The City of Kitchener is excited to welcome Amazon and its new delivery station, set to open this fall in a repurposed 120, 000 square foot leased building at 100 Shirley Ave. The investment will create hundreds of new jobs including full-time, part-time, and driver positions, all with competitive hourly wages, and those numbers are expected to grow heading into the holiday season.
“We’re pleased that Amazon has chosen the City of Kitchener and continues to expand its investment in the Region through the establishment of another delivery station. As a global player in 21st century retail, Amazon’s new delivery station will create both new permanent job growth as well as small business opportunities for local entrepreneurs interested in establishing delivery businesses,” said Kitchener Mayor Berry Vrbanovic.
Delivery stations power the last mile of Amazon’s order fulfillment process. Packages are transported to delivery stations from Amazon fulfillment and sortation centres, and then loaded into vehicles for delivery to customers. In addition to the jobs created, the delivery station will offer entrepreneurs the opportunity to build their own small business delivering Amazon packages, and independent contractors the flexibility to be their own boss and create their own schedule delivering for Amazon Flex.
“This is another example of a global company recognizing the value of being in Kitchener, the Region, and the Toronto-Waterloo Innovation Corridor,” says Cory Bluhm, Executive Director of Economic Development, City of Kitchener. “Amazon joins a growing list of multinational tech companies investing in the local ecosystem, further diversifying employment opportunities for our workforce.”