500 new jobs to be created as Amazon to open first Irish fulfilment centre
It looks like Irish customers will be getting their packages a lot faster soon.
Amazon has announced plans to open its first fulfilment centre in the Republic of Ireland, creating 500 new permanent jobs to help meet demand.
The centre will open in spring 2022 and plans to provide faster delivery for customers across Ireland seven days a week, including one-day delivery on hundreds of thousands of items.
The 630,000 square foot centre at Baldonnell Business Park in Dublin will hold millions of items which will be picked, packed and shipped to customers across Ireland and the rest of Europe.
Recruitment has already begun for a range of new roles for the fulfilment centre, including engineers, HR and IT professionals through to health and safety and finance specialists and operations managers.
Meanwhile, recruitment for the Amazon teams who will pick, pack and ship customer orders will begin next year.
A second delivery station is also set to open at Northwest Logistics Park, Ballycoolin, serving customers in Dublin and the surrounding areas, creating over 20 permanent jobs.
The 83,500 square foot building is expected to be fully operational this autumn.
The first delivery station in Ireland opened last October in Rathcoole in Dublin.
Last year Amazon also announced plans to create another 1,000 permanent jobs in Ireland over the next two years bringing Amazon’s total permanent workforce in the country to over 5,000 people by 2022.
“We are delighted to be opening our first fulfilment centre in Dublin enabling us to provide faster delivery times for customers across Ireland," Stefano Perego, VP of Amazon’s Fulfilment Centre Operations in Europe.
Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment, Leo Varadkar, said on Thursday: “I welcome today’s news that Amazon will open its first Irish fulfilment centre in Dublin next spring, creating 500 new jobs.
"This, alongside the announcement of a second Dublin delivery station creating a further 20 new roles, will mean faster delivery of goods for customers all across the country and strongly underscores Amazon’s continued commitment to Ireland."