Amazon said on Thursday that it has invested 100 million US dollars (about 7.36 billion rupees) to open new warehouses in Mexico, including the first shipping center outside the densely populated capital area, in order to speed up delivery.
The new locations include two so-called fulfillment centers, one near the northern city of Monterrey, the other near the central city of Guadalajara, and a support building in the state of Mexico outside Mexico City.
Amazon also said that Amazon has also opened 12 distribution stations, bringing the total number of distribution stations nationwide to 27.
Monterrey and Guadalajara are the two largest metropolitan areas in the country after Mexico City.
Amazon said the new facility covers a total of 69,000 square meters (742,710 square feet) and creates 1,500 direct and indirect jobs.
Amazon currently has five operation centers, two support buildings and two classification centers in Mexico, and opened a market in Mexico in 2015.
Enrique Alfaro, the governor of Jalisco, where Guadalajara is located, said that the new local warehouse will help more small and medium-sized companies transport products faster and at lower cost.
Amazon is also working hard to enter the Brazilian market and recently opened Brazil’s fifth and largest distribution center in Brazil, covering an area of 100,000 square meters (1,076,391 square feet).
In the two largest economies in Latin America, even though Amazon is the world’s largest online retailer, it is still competing with local competitors for shoppers’ loyalty.
© Thomson Reuters 2020
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