Amazon announces new fulfilment centre in Staten Island, 2,250 new jobs to be created
Amazon has announced plans for a new 855,000-square-foot fulfilment centre in Staten Island, New York, in a move that will create 2,250 new, full-time jobs with opportunities for employees to engage with advanced robotics.
Amazon employees at the Staten Island fulfilment centre will work alongside robotics to pick, pack and ship customer items such as household essentials, books and toys.
“We are excited to bring our first fulfilment centre to New York and work alongside the state’s incredible workforce,” said Sanjay Shah, Amazon’s Vice President of Customer Fulfilment.
“The support of local leaders has been instrumental in our ability to come to New York, and we are grateful for the welcome we’ve received to bring thousands of new jobs with benefits starting on day one.”
The facility will feature innovative technology such as Amazon Robotics that will assist employees in fulfilling customer orders.
“We’ve been talking about the West Shore of Staten Island as our borough’s ‘Jobs Coast,’ and today that talk becomes reality in a big way. In fact, this project will be the biggest single job creator in our borough’s history,” said Staten Island Borough President James S. Oddo.
The Staten Island project is being developed by Matrix Development Group.
In related news, Amazon has unveiled its plans to build a second North American headquarters, with New York installed as one of the early favourites.
Many cities will be hoping to secure the construction grounds for the new headquarters due to the significant economic benefits that it will undoubtedly bring.
Amazon expects to invest over $5bn into the project, with the end product expected to see the employment of 50,000 workers.
With Amazon estimating its investments at $38bn in Seattle, the location of its current headquarters, from 2010 through 2016, the company can confidently predict that every dollar that it invests into its new headquarters, labelled ‘HQ2’, will generate a significant amount of income for the host city’s overall economy.
In its press release, Amazon specified that it is looking to locate its building in a metropolitan area with a population of over one million people, including a strong a stable business sector and a pool of creative and technical talent.
The early front-runners for the new Q are New York, Atlanta, Chicago, and San Francisco.
ASCM: Supply chain pay gap closes in under 40s
The pay gap between men and women working in supply chain under the age of 40 has finally reached parity, according to the Association for Supply Chain Management’s latest annual Supply Chain Salary and Career Report.
The gender pay gap in this age group had been narrowing over the past two years, the ASCM’s previous surveys show, and in 2021 has closed entirely. Women report a median salary of $81,000 annually, while men earn a median annual salary of $79,000. Across all age brackets, men report a median salary of $82,000 and women $80,000.
Other highlights from the ASCM report
- 95% of supply chain professionals kept their job through the pandemic
- The typical starting salary for a supply chain professional is $60,000
- 48% of supply chain professionals now work from home
- 88% of survey respondents find supply chain a fulfilling career path
But there is still work to be done in closing the divide in those over the age of 40. Older men are still earning far more than their female peers, with a discrepancy of between $12,000 and $23,000 annually. ASCM’s report does not definitively conclude why this disparity remains, but says women who began their careers several decades ago may have started out on lower salaries. They may also have missed out on steady wage increases and career development after taking time away from work to have and raise families.
It is also likely that the pay gap in over 40s is affected by a lack of women in executive leadership positions. A recent Gartner study found that, while women now represent 41% of the supply chain workforce - a five year high - only 15% of executive level positions are held by women. That figure is a decline of two per cent on 2020.
Supply chain’s racial pay gap remains
For the first time, ASCM’s annual survey also looked into the pay gap between ethnicities, finding that the median salary for black professionals was 12% less than their white peers, and Latinos earned on average 14% less. That represents a divide of between $9,000 and &10,000 in real terms. Asian professionals earned a median salary of $80,000, compared with the $83,000 for white professionals.
Abe Eshkenazi, the ASCM chief executive, said reporting on and acknowledging lingering wage disparity was not enough: “Supply chain organisations must lead the way by creating environment where diverse talent is valued, included and developed. The need for supply chain professionals has never been greater, so now is the time to expand the aperture to include diversity of thought, influence and input — particularly for women and people of colour.”
Read the full report: ASCM 2021 Supply Chain Salary and Career Report