Amazon to open fulfilment centre in Texas continuing $400m state investment
Amazon has announced plans to open a...
Amazon has announced plans to open a fourth Texas fulfilment centre in Dallas, USA. Since launching its first fulfilment centre in Texas, Amazon has created over 3,500 full-time jobs, invested more than $400 million in the state, and continues to grow its operations to meet customer demand. Amazon’s other Texas fulfilment centres are located in Coppell, Haslet, and Schertz.
Mike Roth, Amazon’s Vice President of North America Operations, said: “We are proud to continue creating hundreds of new full-time jobs in Texas that offer wages 30 percent higher than traditional retail stores and include comprehensive benefits on day one, bonuses and stock awards.
“Our growth in Texas has been a team effort between the amazing workforce in the state and the incredible support we have received from local communities.”
Amazon employees at the 500,000 square-foot Dallas fulfilment centre will process smaller items, such as books, electronics and consumer goods.
Dallas County Commissioner John Wiley Price said: “It is great news that Amazon has decided to open another facility in the DFW region that will create hundreds of good full-time jobs. The announcement of this new facility demonstrates to me that Amazon plans to be a long-term partner, for the community and we are proud that they continue to invest in our economy.”
In addition to competitive wages, Amazon offers hourly employees innovative programs like Career Choice, where the company will pre-pay up to 95 percent of tuition for courses related to in-demand fields, regardless of whether the skills are relevant to a career at Amazon. Since the program’s launch, employees are pursuing degrees in game design and visual communications, nursing, IT programming and radiology, to name a few.
Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings said, "We are thrilled that Amazon chose Dallas as the location for its new fulfilment centre. The company has been innovative in not only the level of technology it uses to get packages to our doorsteps, but also in its ability to create quality jobs for a diverse community throughout North Texas.”
The project is being developed in a joint venture between Clarion Partners and Trammell Crow Company.
Amazon.com opened on the World Wide Web in July 1995. The company is guided by four principles: customer obsession rather than competitor focus, passion for invention, commitment to operational excellence, and long-term thinking. Customer reviews, 1-Click shopping, personalized recommendations, Prime, Fulfillment by Amazon, AWS, Kindle Direct Publishing, Kindle, Fire phone, Fire tablets, and Fire TV are some of the products and services pioneered by Amazon.
To learn more about working at an Amazon fulfilment centre, visit www.workatamazonfulfillment.com.
Gartner: CEOs Want Their CSCOs to Focus on Cost and Digital
Chief Supply Chain Officers (CSCOs) will be expected to double their efforts in cost optimisation and digital transformation if they are to best support the short and long-term growth of their businesses, according to CEOs surveyed by Gartner.
The research and advisory firm surveyed 199 top executives from supply chain intensive industries between July and December 2020. It found that, perhaps unsurprisingly, the pandemic has shifted the focus dramatically away from undefined innovation projects towards concrete goals to bring resilience and control to their value chain.
Around a fifth (17%) of business leaders said they want their supply chain chiefs to gain greater control over spend and cost saving, while 16% believe they should dedicate their efforts towards supply chain resiliency - both in response to the impact of the pandemic.
“CEOs are tasking their CSCOs to focus on navigating through the ongoing disruption and ensure business continuity,” said Thomas O’Connor, Senior Director Analyst with the Gartner Supply Chain practice. “This includes dealing with pandemic-related lockdowns in key markets, supply chain shortages – as seen in the semiconductor industry – and challenges with the global flow of goods and increasing distribution costs.”
Supply Chain Digital Transformation Must be More Targeted
With 60% of those surveyed expecting an economic boom by the end of 2022, CEOs are also tasking CSCOs with redefining their transition to digital. The majority of respondents (80%) indicated they would be increasing year-on-year incitement in technology, but will aim to move away from nebulous digital transformation projects, instead focussing on targeted initatives.
CEOs said they need their supply chain chiefs to identify where and how digital can best support the business within the context of their specific industry or organisation. Areas most commonly cited were ecommerce/ebusiness (16%), customer interactions (9%), data analytics (9%) and customer experience (7%).
CSCOs must Prepare for Pandemic’s Impact on Business Change
More than two thirds of executives surveyed by Gartner said the pandemic had been a pivotal moment in realigning their business, with 79% expecting the outbreak to leave a lasting and transformational impression on the behaviour of society, and their organisation and individuals.
“Already, a range of companies have committed to social responsibility and sustainability goals – a huge integration challenge for supply chain leaders that manage global networks,” O’Connor added. “This means supply chain leaders need to establish metrics and goals for themselves and their partners, and ensure their targets are met across the whole value chain.”
This represents an enormous challenge for CSCOs, who will be at the forefront of managing and defining the evolution of their own organisations, as well as those of their supply ecosystem and partners throughout the value chain.