Amazon said Thursday it has opened its first Triad delivery station in a 66,000-square-foot building with “hundreds of part- and full-time” workers already in place.
The delivery facility at 7929 National Service Road “empowers the last mile of our network,” an Amazon spokeswoman said.
The property has a Colfax address but is in the High Point city limits.
The landlord is an affiliate of Samet Corp. The lease was amended June 16 to reflect an initial 10-year lease with five five-year lease extensions.
Employees at the delivery station are making at least Amazon’s minimum wage of $15 per hour. Open positions are posted at www.amazon.jobs.
Connected to the facility are hundreds of delivery-related jobs, whether utilizing Amazon delivery vans or personal vehicles. Those jobs pay between $18 and $25 an hour with flexible work hours daily. For more information, go to https://flex.amazon.com/.
The delivery station is not directly connected to the Amazon Prime Now one-day delivery program, the spokeswoman said, but “does help with delivering products as quickly as possible to customers.”
ProPublica and BuzzFeed reported Oct. 11 that Amazon abruptly canceled its contracts with three major delivery firms, including Inpax Shipping Solutions, which had two operations in Durham and one in Charlotte. Altogether, more than 2,000 jobs were affected nationwide.
Inpax said in WARN Act notices to the N.C. Commerce Department that it would cease all North Carolina delivery services for Amazon by early December. The three closings in North Carolina would affect 136 employees in Durham and 64 in Charlotte.
Amazon said in a statement that the company works with a variety of carrier partners to get packages to Amazon customers and regularly evaluates partnerships.
“We have ended our relationship with these companies, and drivers are being supported with opportunities to deliver Amazon packages with other local delivery service partners,” the statement said.
In July, FedEx announced it would no longer make ground deliveries for Amazon as Amazon ramped up its Flex service.
Meanwhile, as the Winston-Salem Journal reported Oct. 4, the Amazon fulfillment center nearing construction completion in Kernersville already has a new owner.
A New York industrial real-estate group, Greensboro WH LLC, spent $110 million to buy the 1-million-square-foot center at 1656 Old Greensboro Road.
Amazon confirmed May 29 it plans to open the center in 2020 with about 1,000 full-time and full-time-equivalent employees. Amazon has signed a lease for up to 40 years.
John H. Boyd, a national site-selection expert based in New Jersey, has estimated the Kernersville fulfillment center could represent a $150 million capital investment.
Amazon has not revealed an expected opening date. Rachael Lighty, regional manager of external communications for Amazon Operations, said May 29 that the company withholds such information until it is within weeks of launching operations.
Lighty said Amazon would roll out a hiring and marketing blitz at that time. Information about working at an Amazon fulfillment center is at www.amazondelivers.jobs.