Working Backwards from the Customer Drives Amazon’s Relentless Forward Momentum

30 Apr 2021


If it seems like Amazon opens a new facility every other day, that’s about right.

From New Year’s Day 2020 until early 2021, Site Selection’s Conway Data Projects Database tracked 180 Amazon facility investments worldwide. Those projects join a global portfolio that as of December 31, 2020, was closing in on 475 million sq. ft., which equates to more than 10,893 acres or 17 square miles — just a smidgen smaller than the country of San Marino in Italy, and about half the size of Bessemer, Alabama, where Amazon fulfillment center employees recently voted not to join a union.

A new year hasn’t slowed the pace of Amazon projects. Among the latest:

  • 3,000 more jobs at the company’s tech hub in Boston;
  • A new last-mile facility in Bakersfield, California, and a new delivery station in Slidell, Louisiana, a state where the company is building fulfillment centers at the former Evangeline Downs racetrack and at a former mall in Baton Rouge

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