Amazon Expanding California Presence

Amazon.com continues to expand its presence in California’s Central Valley with plans to open its first fulfillment center in Fresno.

This will be Amazon’s fifth location in the area with three operating fulfillment centers currently operating in Tracy and Patterson, and a fourth facility under construction in Sacramento. Other Amazon California customer fulfillment facilities are located in San Bernardino, Redlands, Moreno Valley, Rialto, Eastvale and Newark.

Amazon employees at the 855,000-square-foot fulfillment center will specialize in handling smaller-sized items such as books, electronic devices and children’s toys.

“We are very excited to expand our network into Fresno and throughout the San Joaquin Valley as a region,” said Akash Chauhan, Amazon’s vp/North American operations. “There are several factors we consider when deciding on where to place a new fulfillment center. Most importantly, we look to see where we can improve Prime benefits with faster shipping speeds for customers and where there is a dedicated workforce that can raise the bar of our operational excellence.”