Amazon has announced that it will launch a new robotics warehouse in Parkland, Alberta. Amazon is well-known for its innovative use of automation and robotics to increase efficiency. This new Amazon Robotics warehouse will be one of the first automated fulfillment center in Canada, which will provide Amazon with an edge over its competitors.
The US-based mega corporation plans to employ over 1,000 locals for both full-time and part-time positions at the new location in the Town of Acheson, located just under 30km west of Edmonton.
Vibhore Arora, a regional director for Amazon in Canada, said the company is excited to expand operations and create "great, safe careers of the future for talented Albertans."
When asked about the company's choice of location, Rod Shaigec, mayor of the Town of Acheson, said "Parkland County is an ideal location for fulfillment centers. It is part of the Edmonton Metropolitan Region, offering easy access to 1.4 million customers."
Amazon has been aggressively expanding its Amazon Prime delivery service in Canada. The company already employs over 3,600 full-time and part-time warehouse workers within Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba. The company has reportedly invested over $600 million in all three provinces within the past few years.
The new Amazon robotics warehouse will allow Amazon to fulfill customer orders faster. The company has said the new robotics technology is designed to “deliver horizontal speedy fulfillment” that will help Amazon get more products in stock so customers can receive their items quicker.
The e-commerce giant will also be sourcing much of its power in Alberta from a new solar farm. Within the energy deal signed by Amazon, they have agreed to buy up to 400 MW of electricity from Travers Solar, a $700 million renewable energy project based in Calgary. The new warehouse is being developed in partnership with the California-based industrial real estate developer Panattoni.
It has not been said when exactly the warehouse will open, but it is expected to be operational by next year.