Amazon.com Inc. (AMZN:US), the world’s largest e-commerce company, will hire 6,000 permanent employees in three new logistics centers in Poland to build capacity for further expansion in Europe.
The Seattle-based company plans to open two centers near Wroclaw in southwestern Poland and one facility near the city of Poznan, 150 miles east of Berlin, Amazon said in a statement today. The Poznan and one of the Wroclaw centers will open in August 2014, while the second Wroclaw logistics hub will start operations in mid-2015. In addition to full-time employees, as many as 9,000 temporary staff could be employed at peak periods.
Poland’s central location in Europe, proximity to Amazon’s European clients and access to a skilled workforce were among the reasons for Amazon’s investment decision, Tim Collins, director of retailer’s European operations, told reporters at news conference in Warsaw. Amazon won’t close any of its existing European logistic infrastructure, he said.
The three sites will be integrated into the network of 25 centers in Europe as part of an expansion strategy to serve customers in every European country, including Russia and Ukraine, Collins said. He declined to disclose the value of Amazon’s planned investment, saying only it would be in the “hundreds of millions of euros.”
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