Faster deliveries are now on the table for Amazon’s Irish customers as its opens a new Dublin distribution centre.
People across Ireland could soon be getting one-day deliveries from Amazon as the e-commerce giant has opened a fulfilment centre in Dublin.
The long-awaited facility in Baldonnell Business Park, which is the company’s first Irish fulfilment centre, was announced last September.
Amazon said it would create 500 new jobs at the site, with roles for engineers, HR and IT professionals, health, safety and finance specialists and operations managers.
“We are delighted to have opened the doors of our first fulfilment centre in Dublin this week. We are focusing on welcoming our new team and preparing the site in readiness to start delivering to our customers across Ireland,” an Amazon spokesperson told SiliconRepbulic.com.
At 630,000 sq ft, the Baldonnell fulfilment centre will hold millions of items to be packed and posted across the island of Ireland as well as to Europe.
Once fully operational, the site is expected to provide faster delivery times for customers in Ireland.
Stefano Perego, VP of Amazon’s fulfilment centre operations in Europe, said when the centre was announced last year that it would allow for “one-day delivery on hundreds of thousands of items”.
Customers in Ireland have been primarily served by Amazon’s UK fulfilment centres. So as well as faster delivery times, an Irish fulfilment centre may bypass some of the extra shipping charges and logistics delays that have been brought on by Brexit.
Recruitment for the Baldonnell site is still underway and roles come with wages starting at €13.50 per hour.
Amazon has had a presence in Ireland since 2004. In 2006, it opened a customer service centre in Cork and in 2007 Amazon Web Services launched its first infrastructure region outside of the US in Ireland.
In 2020, the company said it would create 1,000 jobs in Cork and Dublin over the following two years, bringing its Irish workforce to 5,000.
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