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Amazon to open new fulfillment center in Kansas City, US

E-commerce firm Amazon has unveiled plans to open a new 855,000ft² fulfillment center in Kansas City, US.

The new facility is expected to create around 1,000 full-time jobs in the region.

The new center will pick, pack and ship smaller customer items such as books, electronics and toys.

Amazon has existing Kansas facilities in Lenexa, in addition to the new fulfillment center in Wyandotte County and the upcoming facility in Edgerton.

Amazon North American operations vice president Akash Chauhan said: “We are thrilled to continue investing in Kansas, proud of our ability to create great jobs, and most importantly, excited to better serve our customers throughout the Midwest.

“Together with the addition of the Kansas City and the Edgerton fulfillment centers, there will be 2,000 new Amazon jobs in Kansas and none of this would be have been possible without the support we’ve received from state and community leaders.”

Kansas governor Sam Brownback said: “Strategically located in the middle of the country, Kansas is an ideal home for businesses looking for a skilled workforce and pro-growth environment.”

Separately, Amazon has signed an agreement with the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign to open a new pick up location.

The new 2,200ft² facility in the Illini Union Bookstore on the UIUC campus will pick up and return Amazon orders ranging from course materials and everyday essentials to tech devices.

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