Amazon’s Chesterfield Site Now Shipping Products

The Richmond-Times Dispatch is reporting Amazon shipped it’s first products from the Chesterfield Fulfillment Center.

Online retailer Amazon.com said Thursday that its fulfillment center in Chesterfield County shipped its first package late Wednesday.

The shipment, a pair of over-prescription shooting glasses for $8.10, went to a customer in Virginia, the company said.

The startup of the Chesterfield plant comes just a week after another new Amazon distribution center in Dinwiddie County shipped its first product — a Crock-Pot slow cooker for $19.99 — to a customer in Michigan.

Amazon said about 750 people have started work at the Chesterfield fulfillment center in Meadowville Technology Park, while about 250 are working at the plant in Dinwiddie Commerce Park.

The company said it expects to hire more people for seasonal jobs at both sites to help fill orders during the holiday season.

Amazon has been taking job applications at the website www.workatamazonfulfillment.com. On Thursday, the site did not list any open jobs in Virginia, but a company spokeswoman said the site will be updated as openings become available.

The Meadowville fulfillment center has 1.1 million square feet of space and ships packages that range from auto parts and consumer electronics to office supplies and books, the company said.

The Dinwiddie plant is 1 million square feet and ships larger items.

Amazon announced plans to open both plants in December. The $135 million investment is expected to create 1,350 jobs.

Richmond Times-Dispatch – October 5, 2012

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