Amazon opens fulfillment center for larger items in Olive Branch
Amazon on Sunday, Aug. 16, opened its new fulfillment center in Olive Branch, the e-commerce company’s second operations facility in Mississippi, company officials announced Monday. The 1 million-square-foot building at 11505 Progress Way is Amazon’s fourth facility to open in the Memphis area, with two more facilities under construction. The new fulfillment center will ship products to customers across Mississippi and the region On the morning of the facility’s first day, employees received training and then received the operation’s first item: A Tri-Pod Deer Feeder. Workers will use high-tech equipment to pick, pack and ship larger items such as sports equipment, patio furniture, fishing rods, pet food, kayaks, bicycles and larger household goods. By contrast, the Amazon robotics sortation center under construction in Frayser/Raleigh will handle smaller items. The Olive Branch fulfillment center is equipped with COVID-19 safety measures and best practices to keep employees safe, company officials said in a release. Amazon has implemented more than 150 process changes in response to the virus, including physical distancing, temperature checks, masks and gloves. Amazon is spending $800 million worldwide to carry out protective measures for employees against COVID-19. The company also recently spent almost $5,000 to provide 555 DeSoto County School students with back-to-school items. To learn more about working at an Amazon fulfillment center, visit amazon.jobs.