Amazon has announced plans for a new robotics-equipped mega-warehouse in Warrington – but has not said where in the town.
The development, which mirrors at new larger fulfilment centre in Tilbury, comes as the online retailer increases the size of its UK fulfilment centre network to meet increasing customer demands, expand selection and enable SMEs selling on Amazon Marketplace to scale their business.
Warrington is one of four new fulfilment centres that Amazon will open in 2017. Last year Amazon announced that it would open fulfilment centres in Daventry, Doncaster and Tilbury in 2017, creating more than 2,300 new permanent full time jobs. The Daventry site opened in February while Doncaster, Warrington and Tilbury will begin their operations in the autumn.
Warrington and Tilbury fulfilment centres will be equipped with advanced Amazon Robotics technology. The robots slide under a tower of shelves where products are stowed, lift it and move it through the fulfilment centre.
Amazon currently has 12 fulfilment centres in the UK, including Doncaster, Coalville (Leicestershire), Daventry, Dunfermline, Dunstable, Gourock, Hemel Hempstead, Manchester, Milton Keynes, Peterborough, Rugeley and Swansea Bay.