Posted on: 16 October 2016 By: Ray

Amazon, the giant Seattle-based internet retail trader has announced several developments in France. Amazon France is one of the ten existing national retail trading websites. Amazon France announced on October 4 the plan for its fifth, largest French distribution centre at Bowes, near Amiens. The new premises will be completed by 2017 and should generate 750 jobs, of which 500 directly on site. The new premises will measure 107,000 m²

Amazon, the giant Seattle-based internet retail trader has announced several developments in France. Amazon France is one of the ten existing national retail trading websites.

Strategic North-West location

This is welcome news for Amiens, which recently lost its role as capital of the Picardie region, closing some local government services due to the merger of Picardie with neighbouring Nord Pas de Calais region.  The city also suffered from the loss of tyre-manufacturer Goodyear, leading to 1000 controversial layoffs.

Explaining the choice of Amiens, Amazon France manager Ronan Bolé told AFP “Like Douai, Amiens is in the centre of Amazon’s European operations, which cover dozens of sites in Germany, Britain…. The Amiens site is a good strategic and geographical opportunity”.

The French internet retail market

Amazon France separately announced (10 October) the recruitment of 6,500 temporary staff for the seasonal holiday period.

Amazon France’s four current distribution centres are in Saran (Loiret, Centre) – 90,000 m², opened in 2007-, Montélimar – (Drôme, South-East close to Provence) 40,000 m², opened in 2010 -, Sevrey (Saône et Loire )- 40,000 m², opened in 2012 – and Lauwin-Planque (Nord) – 90,000 m², opened in 2013. The latter, located near Douai, will be extended by 30,000m² for sorting operations which will result in 250 more jobs.

Since 2010, Amazon says it has invested « more than 1.5 billion euros in France to develop its activity », which employs about 3,600 people in the country. Amazon has a site devoted to business-to-business sales – Amazon business (ex-Amazon supply). Join Europages to stay in touch with European B2B trade.


More information

Les Echos 5 October

Boursorama 10 October

Amazon and employment in France

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