LEXINGTON, Ky. — Amazon on Monday launched its new delivery station on Newtown Pike in Lexington and provided a sneak-peek tour to elected and community officials.
Company officials and Lexington leaders participated in a ribbon-cutting ceremony, which included remarks from Clinton Caudill, Amazon’s senior regional manager, and concluded with a tour of the 141,000-s.f. delivery station that utilizes Amazon’s latest technologies.
The new delivery station will employ hundreds of full- and part-time workers, Caudill said, and the company is still hiring delivery station employees. The station increases the efficiency of Amazon’s last-mile delivery capabilities to customers in the Lexington region.
Thousands of products are transported daily from Amazon fulfillment and sortation centers to the delivery station, where they are sorted according to delivery routes and then loaded onto trucks and other delivery vehicles, Caudill explained. The new station joins the state’s two existing delivery stations. Amazon operates more than 250 delivery stations in the U.S.
The Lexington delivery station is equipped with electric vehicle charging stations to help Amazon meet its goal to put 10,000 electric delivery vehicles on the road in 2022.
Amazon has invested more than $20 billion in the state since 2010, creating 18,000 full- and part-time jobs as well as some 49,000 indirect jobs that are linked directly to its presence. In Kentucky, Amazon operates 10 fulfillment and sortation centers, two delivery stations, one customer service center, two Whole Foods Markets, and the $1.5 billion Amazon Air hub that launched operations in August at the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG).
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