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Amazon to open 7th UK fulfilment centre

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Online retail giant Amazon has confirmed that it will be creating 700 new jobs in the UK with a distribution centre based in Rugeley, Staffordshire.

The 700,000 sq ft packing warehouse will be the seventh ‘fulfilment centre’ that the US based e-tailer has opened in this country, as works to meet increasing customer demand for its services.

It’s increased investment in its fulfilment centres is reportedly due to rising consumer interest in its Kindle e-readers and also to help the e-tailer push its new product lines.

Last year Amazon announced that it was moving in to selling food, principally for bulk deliveries, and the firm is also reportedly working on plans to enhance its fashion offering.

Artur Valdez, Vice-President of Operations at Amazon.co.uk, said: “The centre at Rugeley will play an important role in fulfilling orders for customers in the UK, Europe and all over the world.”

Rugeley’s fulfilment centre is expected to be operational in September and to be fully staffed by the end of the year.

This is the second UK-based centre to be announced by the company this year, following the confirmation of a one million sq ft building in Dunfermline which is expected to be finished by the end of 2011 and create 750 jobs.

Valdez added: “We have a busy Christmas coming up and look forward to assembling a team of talented people who will play their part in ensuring that customers receive the millions of items that will be ordered over the festive season.”

Published on Monday 11 July by Editorial Assistant

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