On Thursday, February 6th, 2014, a foundation stone for the emerging investment Bielany Wrocławskie Amazon was buried solemnly. The logistics center to be built there is expected to start operating in the second half of 2014, around 2 thousand people will be employed there. In addition, during the holiday season, the company plans to hire up to 3 thousand temporary workers there. Not only store staff will be needed, but also computer scientists, programmers and business analysts.
This is just part of Amazon's investment in Wroclaw. The U.S. giant is planning to open another logistics center right next to the one just created. Its launch is planned for 2015. Each of them will be occupying an area of about 95 thousand sqm., or about 13 football pitches.
According to company Amazon’s board, the key reasons for the decision on the location of logistics centers in Poland were: its location in the center of Europe, access to a great employment base and its close connection with the country's key markets.
- With great joy we begin to invest in Poland - says Timothy Collins, Chief Operating Officer of Amazon in Europe. - This day marks the beginning of long-term relationships between us and the community of Kobierzyce, Wroclaw and Lower Silesia. We are grateful for all the support we have received from them. Thanks to this, the investment worth millions of dollars, has become a reality.
The halls near Wroclaw will be built next to a road junction at Nowa Wieś connecting highway A4 with motorway Ring Road Wroclaw, that is A8. International developer group Goodman deals with the construction of the first one. The group specializes in constructing logistics centers. Amazon will rent the entire surface of the warehouse. In turn, the second center will be built by Panattoni Europe.
- Amazon Centres are to be constructed in strategic locations for the local logistics market - says Robert Dobrzycki, Managing Partner for Europe at Panattoni Europe. - This is a big and important trade not only for the development industry, but also for the Polish economy. Certainly this is a market event. Distribution centers for Amazon is historically largest contract in the real estate market in Poland
This year similar large logistics center is to be built in Poznan as well. All three Polish centers will be integrated into the European network of the Amazon. Initially they will serve orders from Germany, and ultimately will serve customers from all over Europe. Another two similar centers are going to appear in the Czech Republic.
Amazon is an American company based in Seattle, which leads the world's largest network of selling. It is one of the pioneers in electronic sales. It started in 1994 and at the beginning of its existence Amazon was an online bookstore. Soon its range broadened, among others, for such items as: DVD, music, computer equipment, electronics, furniture, food products and many others. Amazon agencies operate in Canada, the United Kingdom, Germany, France, China, Japan, Italy, Spain and Brazil. Since August 2013, Amazon is also an online auction house.