The logistics center that the distribution giant Amazon has in the Valencian Community, located in the Castellón town of Onda, has been inaugurated this Monday after little more than a month since its launch. According to company sources, the plant is currently operating at 20-25% of its capacity after a week of prime week in which they have had a rebound in activity, with the possibility of reaching 80,000 shipments per day.
This is how the center started, in an area of 58,000 square meters, built on a plot of 200,000 meters. The one in Onda is one of the three logistics centers that the company dedicates to sending large packages, along with those in Illesas (Toledo) and Alcalá de Henares (Madrid), and one of the largest in terms of storage capacity, with space for two million products.
The director of Amazon Customer Fulfillment in France, Italy and Spain, Fred Pattje, has attended the inauguration of the center during which the firm wanted to highlight the relationship of the distribution giant with Spanish SMEs. Currently, there are more than 12,000 small and medium-sized Spanish companies that sell their products on Amazon. Of these, 1,500 are Valencian SMEs.
The start-up of the plant has 350 permanent employees, although forecasts suggest that they add up to 500. In addition, Pattje has maintained its commitment to create, throughout 2022, a total of 2,000 jobs in the country, increasing its workforce up to a total of 20,000 permanent employees and placing it within its commitment to reach 25,000 permanent employees by 2025. With these data, Amazon will be among the top 10 private companies with the largest number of employees in Spain, according to the same director of Amazon in Spain.
Fred Pattje has described this center as a “strategic point” for Amazon’s operations in Spain and has referred to the “long relationship” with the Valencian Community, which began in 2017 with the opening of the company’s first logistics station in Paterna . Since then, Amazon has opened two more logistics stations, in Alicante and Picassent, as well as an Amazon Fresh center in Valencia.
For his part, the president of the Generalitat, Ximo Puig, has stated that the “stability and confidence” generated by the Community is the “key to attracting large investments” and has highlighted that Amazon’s commitment is added to those recently announced by “the largest companies in the world” such as Volkswagen, Ford or HP, while insisting that “we must go deeper into this path to get the big ones to come and benefit everyone” because of the “traction effector” of the same .