SEATTLE — Amazon.com on Wednesday announced its continued investment in Nevada with eight new buildings across the state to support customer fulfillment and delivery operations. The sites are expected to create more than 2,000 permanent full- and part-time jobs with a minimum $15 per hour wage and comprehensive benefits starting on day one.
The news comes on the heels of Amazon’s announcement to hire more than 100,000 seasonal jobs in the U.S. and Canada to help deliver smiles to customers this holiday season, including more than 1,000 across Nevada.
“This is welcome news for the entire state of Nevada,” said Governor Steve Sisolak. “Amazon continues to make investments to support local communities and has become a lifeline for those in our state who have experienced job loss during the pandemic. We are grateful for Amazon's decision to expand operations across Nevada, creating thousands of career opportunities for our citizens.”
Amazon broke ground in October on an 855,000 square-foot fulfillment center in North Las Vegas, creating 1,500 new full-time jobs when it opens in 2021. The site will be the second fulfillment center in the state using Amazon Robotics to help associates pick, pack and ship smaller items to customers.
The new sites also include five delivery stations that power the last mile of Amazon’s order fulfillment process, creating hundreds of permanent full-time and part-time jobs. This network of delivery stations will also offer entrepreneurs the opportunity to build their own small business delivering Amazon packages, and independent contractors the flexibility to be their own boss and create their own schedule delivering for Amazon Flex. Amazon’s new delivery stations in Nevada include:
- Henderson – Delivery Station opening in 2021
- Las Vegas – Delivery Station opening in 2021
- North Las Vegas – Delivery Station opened in September 2020
- Reno – Delivery Station opened in October 2020
- Reno – “AMXL” Fulfillment Center / Delivery Station opening in 2021. This site supports the fulfillment and delivery of large products, from televisions to couches, powered by drivers employed by Amazon’s delivery service partners or national third party carriers.
Additionally, Amazon has hired hundreds of employees to support two additional facilities in North Las Vegas, including:
- Merch by Amazon – opened in September 2020. This service enables brands, independent artists, and small businesses to upload custom content printed on demand on apparel and electronics products when ordered by customers in Amazon’s stores.
- Print on Demand – opened in October 2020. This site supports authors and publishers with Print on Demand, a service through which books are made on-demand when Amazon customers place an order. Print on Demand gives customers more selection without publishers having the upfront cost of printing for inventory.
“Amazon is proud to continue investing in the state of Nevada, where we opened our first fulfillment center in Fernley more than 20 years ago,” said Alicia Boler Davis, Amazon’s Vice President of Global Customer Fulfillment. “We’re excited to create more than 2,000 new full- and part-time jobs across the state with highly competitive pay, benefits from day one and training programs for in-demand jobs.”
Amazon currently operates 11 sites in Nevada that support customer fulfillment and delivery operations, employing more than 10,500 full- and part-time employees across the state.
INVESTING IN EMPLOYEES
On top of Amazon’s minimum $15 per hour wage, the company offers full-time employees comprehensive benefits including full medical, vision, and dental insurance as well as a 401(k) with 50 percent match starting on day one. Amazon also offers up to 20 weeks of maternal and parental paid leave and innovative benefits such as Leave Share and Ramp Back, which give new parents flexibility to support their growing families.
A job at Amazon can be a springboard to an Amazon career or other opportunities. This year, Amazon promoted more than 35,000 employees in its operations network and continues to invest in the long-term career success of employees inside and outside of the company.
In 2019, Amazon committed $700 million to providing 100,000 employees with access to upskilling programs through 2025. Amazon’s Career Choice program is uniquely designed to upskill employees who are interested in career aspirations beyond Amazon. The program pre-pays 95% of tuition for courses in 20 high-demand fields in the U.S., including Computer Support Specialist, Web Developer, Nurse, Air Craft Mechanic, Commercial Trucker, Paralegal/Legal Assistant, IT Security Assistant, and Network Technician among others. More than 30,000 associates have participated in Career Choice in the U.S., marking an investment of $59 million in tuition since the program started in 2012.
KEEPING EMPLOYEES SAFE
Amazon prioritizes the safety and health of its employees and has invested millions of dollars to provide a safe workplace. To date, the company has made over 150 significant process changes to ensure the health and safety of teams. Amazon has invested $4 billion since the first half of the year to safely deliver smiles to customers, while also protecting employees. This includes more than $800 million invested in the first half of the year on COVID-19 safety measures, with investments in personal protective equipment, enhanced cleaning of its facilities, process paths that better allow for effective social distancing, and developing its own COVID-19 testing capabilities.