Amazon opens distribution plant in Tijuana; contrast neighboring wooden houses

The 32 thousand square meter building had an investment of 21 million dollars and will come into operation during September.

Mexico City, September 5 (SinEmbargo / AP) .- Amazon, headquartered in Seattle, installed its ninth Distribution plant on Mexico and second in the north of the country, which is located in the Real Estate Management and Services Group (RMSG) industrial park, in the Del Río Alamar area, in Tijuana, Baja California.

The building extends over 32 thousand square meters and will come into operation during the month of September.

In agency photographs Darkroom The contrast is shown: the plant of the company turned into one of the four richest in the world in the middle of wooden houses and tarpaulins in the neighboring low-income neighborhood.

The Tijuana City Council explained that this new distribution center will result in significant savings in costs and delivery times of products in Tijuana and the next day in the cities of Mexicali, Tecate, Ensenada and Playas de Rosarito.

And he said that at the same time it will offer new job opportunities to Tijuanans, initially generating 250 new jobs, which may be increased with the operation of this company.

The transnational company, Amazon, installed its ninth distribution plant in Mexico. Photo: Omar Martínez, Cuartoscuro.

“As part of the actions promoted to attract investment to our city, the Municipal Government, through the Secretariat for Economic Development (Sedeti), supported the management of procedures to finalize the opening of this important company, which will contribute to the economic reactivation and the well-being of families, ”said the Municipal President, Karla Patricia Ruiz Macfarland.

Recently, the Secretary of Economic Development (Sedeti), Gabriel Camarena Salinas, accompanied the supervisor of Amazon’s work, María Cortez, on a tour to verify the progress of the facilities in which an average of 21 million dollars were invested .

According to the Municipal President, the arrival of Amazon in Tijuana contributes to the economic recovery that is being activated in the different productive sectors, achieving stability in employment.

At the same time, he said, it gives evidence of the financial balance in which the City is located and ratifies the qualifications of the highest credit quality for the investment, established by the companies HR Ratings and Fitch Ratings, ensuring the creation of jobs, its growth. and the economic stability of the citizens.

This is its ninth distribution plant in Mexico and its second in the north of the country. Photo: Omar Martínez, Cuartoscuro.

Earlier this month, Amazon announced its desire to hire 55,000 more people around the world, 40,000 of them in the United States. The internet sales giant said it is seeking people for a variety of positions in technology and corporate positions.

While other companies cut staff during the COVID-19 pandemic, the opposite happened at Amazon: its payroll was inflated at a time when millions of people were confined to their homes and had no other option but to buy products online. Just last year, Amazon hired 500,000 people.

Amazon currently has 1.3 million employees worldwide, making it the second largest private employer in the United States after Walmart, which is also hiring more people and reported hiring another 20,000 for its Walmart and Sam’s Club stores to order. to dispatch shipments and operate lift tractors.

Amazon employees at the company’s Goodyear, Ariz., Facility on Dec. 17, 2019. Photo: Ross D. Franklin, AP, File.

Like Walmart before, Amazon is coming under fire for its working conditions. The attempt to unionize Amazon workers failed in Alabama months ago, but activists promise to persevere in their efforts. The Teamsters, one of the largest unions in the United States, announced in June that it will step up its efforts to unionize Amazon staff, accusing the company of underpaying, imposing unfair labor demands and refusing to offer job security.

Amazon indicated last Wednesday that the contracts respond to the vertiginous growth of its businesses, such as data storage in the cloud and sending satellites into space to make the internet service more accessible.

Amazon pointed out that the open positions in the United States are distributed in the 220 stores that the company has in the country.

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