Amazon have today announced plans to open a new fulfilment centre in Rugby and begin recruitment for 400 new permanent jobs.
The company is increasing the size of its UK fulfilment centre network to meet increasing customer demand, expand selection and enable SMEs selling on Amazon Marketplace to scale their businesses.
Stefano Perego, Amazon’s Director of UK Customer Fulfilment said: “We are delighted to expand our operations in the Midlands where we already have a dedicated workforce of more than 2,500 people at fulfilment centres in Rugeley, Coalville and Daventry.
“We are thrilled to begin recruitment for 400 new permanent roles in Rugby with competitive wages and comprehensive benefits starting on day one.”
Amazon has started recruiting for a range of new roles for the fulfilment centre, including operations managers, engineers, HR and IT specialists.
Recruitment for the Amazon team in Rugby who will pick, pack and ship customer orders will begin in the coming weeks.
Mark Pawey, MP for Rugby said: “I was very pleased to learn that such a substantial and well known business such as Amazon had chosen Rugby for their new fulfilment centre and that in time it will provide 400 permanent jobs, and opportunities, for local people.
“The decision demonstrates the ever increasing strength of our thriving local economy and the confidence that business has in our area.”
Rugby will be the fourth Amazon fulfilment centre in the Midlands and joins centres in Coalville and Daventry which opened in 2016 and Rugeley which opened in 2011.
In addition, the first dedicated UK receive centre will open in Coventry in 2018 and act as a central hub to receive and sort millions of products sold on Amazon.co.uk each year. Recruitment for Coventry has begun and will create 1,650 permanent jobs.
In addition to Rugby, Amazon has announced plans to open three further new fulfilment centres in 2018 in Bristol, Bolton and Coventry.