Amazon continues US facilities expansion

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Operations have commenced at the new Amazon Air Hub at Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG). After more than four years of planning and construction, the facility will serve as the central hub for the company’s US cargo network.

The 800,000ft sortation building sits on a 600+ acre campus that features seven buildings, an expansive new ramp for aircraft parking, and a multi-story vehicle parking structure. The sortation facility is equipped with robotics technology that helps move and sort packages, including robotic arms and mobile drive units that transport packages across the building; miles of interlinked conveyors; and ergonomic workstations that are claimed to support a comfortable work environment for employees.

The building will also feature a solar rooftop scheduled for installation over the next year, and all energy generated from the panels will feed directly into the electrical grid of the local community.

Amazon Air says it has expanded its presence in the USA to more than 40 locations and launched its European air hub in 2020 at Germany’s Leipzig/Halle Airport. It has also purchased 6,000,000 gallons of sustainable aviation fuel and invested in the latest electric ground service equipment.

Concurrent to the opening of its Air Hub, the company has also confirmed investment in a new robotics-equipped fulfilment center and five delivery stations in Florida.

The new 630,000ft fulfilment center, which is anticipated to launch in Tallahassee, Florida, in late 2022, will create more than 1,000 new, full-time jobs with benefits and opportunities for employees to engage with advanced robotics. The five delivery stations, meanwhile, will serve the last mile of Amazon’s order process and the company says will help increase efficiency of deliveries for customers.

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