Amazon UK to open £500m robotics warehouse

Amazon has said that it plans to build a new robotics fulfilment centre in Northampton.

The e-commerce giant said that the new £500 million facility will create 1,400 new jobs at launch, with this number expected to rise to over 2,000 within three years of operation.

The fulfilment centre is set to start managing customer orders in 2026.

The new building will include three floors of Amazon robotics where products will be stowed and customer orders picked using advanced technology.

“The East Midlands is an important region for Amazon, with more than 6,000 small- and medium-sized enterprise selling partners, and I am delighted to confirm our ongoing commitment with this £500 million investment in a new, state-of-the-art fulfilment centre in Northampton," said Neil Travis, Amazon regional director. "The new site will create more than 2,000 new jobs, taking our total workforce in the East Midlands to more than 10,000 full and part-time roles, and our investment in the region to more than £4 billion since 2010."

The move comes as Amazon reveals it has invested over £56 billion in the UK since 2010.

The company said that the new building will provide a wide range of job roles including engineers, HR and IT professionals through to health & safety and finance specialists, as well as the team members who pick, pack and ship customer orders.

Louise Wall, Northamptonshire Chamber of Commerce chief executive, said: “Amazon’s investment in Northamptonshire will create thousands of new jobs in one of the most advanced buildings of its type in the world. This is a significant endorsement of the strategic location of the SEGRO Logistics Park Northampton and the importance of our region’s role in the UK logistics industry.”

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