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Amazon to open Bristol distribution centre

Amazon is planning to open a new distribution centre in Bristol next year, creating 1,000 new jobs.

It will recruit for roles including operations managers, engineers, HR and IT specialists.

Permanent employees will earn upwards of £7.65 an hour, which will increase over their first two years of employment to £8.15 an hour or more.

Stefano Perego, director of UK customer fulfilment at Amazon, said: “There are several factors we consider when deciding on where to place a new fulfilment centre, and Bristol offers fantastic infrastructure and talented local people.”

Amazon will be operating its three new distribution centres in Tilbury, Doncaster and Daventry by the end of 2017.

It said the Bristol jobs are in addition to the 5,000 jobs the firm is creating this year, bringing its total UK workforce to 24,000 by the end of 2017.

Amazon currently has 13 distribution centres in the UK.

The news comes as Amazon is rolling out pickup points in the US, where shoppers can access items two minutes after ordering them.

The initiative underscores Amazon’s move into bricks-and-mortar retail.

The free service comprises a selection of essentials such as “personal care” items, food and drink, as well as electronics, including Amazon devices Echo, Fire TV and Kindle.

The pickup locations, which are fully staffed, are located at five college campuses including the University of California at Berkeley and in Westwood, Los Angeles.

Amazon student programs director Ripley MacDonald said: “As shopping [behaviours] continue to evolve, customers consistently tell us that they want items even faster.

“While Instant Pickup is available at select pickup locations today, we’re excited about bringing this experience to more customers soon.”

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