2018 started with a list of 20 contenders. Today the cities most talked about to win the prize of the Amazon HQ2 range from Atlanta to Raleigh to Austin. But despite the cost of living and other oft-touted drawbacks, perhaps D.C. will prevail.
Although eliminated from the list of headquarter location contenders, ground is being broken on a 2.4M sq. ft. Amazon DC in Las Vegas. They have decided to add a fourth warehouse in AZ near to the Las Vegas Motor Speedway. This new DC will be the largest of the four in the area. It will employ 1000 or more full-time employees and is expected on line in 2019. This warehouse will be a three-story industrial facility with 2,400,000 square feet of space. As a result, Amazon secures additional capacity for the pick and pack of those iconic packages filled with toys, books, and electronics.
Strong e-commerce growth drives the pick and pack and ship
It comes as no surprise that Amazon tops the Internet Retailer Top 500 list. The 2017 overall internet retail year-over-year sales increase at 16% was the highest ever. At the same time, it is estimated that US consumer sales by Amazon grew by 30% to nearly $190B. As a result, the Internet Retailer assessment shows that the Amazon growth figures for US sales represent fully 70% of all online sales growth. See all the details in this issue of Internet Retailer Magazine.
In other developments…
Amazon has launched Hub by Amazon to better serve apartment dwellers. This new solution will declutter lobbies and reduce property staff workload. Likewise, these Hubs will eliminate the need for scheduling of pick-ups and better secure these deliveries.
And they are offering a new possible solution to the problem of the ‘last mile.’ Amazon has announced that they will provide “technology and operational support to individuals with little to no logistics experience.” Their hope is that small businesses will emerge who are able to handle the ‘last mile’ of their package deliveries. To veteran groups alone, they have committed $1M in support of this new initiative. While they face increased charges from the USPS and are taking flak for increased Prime memberships, Amazon continues to innovate in e-commerce.