EAST NORRITON — Every mile counts when an Amazon package is on its way, but that last mile will soon make the biggest difference in our area.
In Amazon.com Inc. terms, East Norriton and Conshohocken will serve as crucial links in the company’s “last mile” efforts in getting packages from delivery stations to customers’ doorsteps.
Both the East Norriton and Conshohocken locations will receive tractor-trailer loads of boxes and envelopes filled with merchandise that was loaded at Amazon fulfillment centers to be transferred into those famous vans that will carry them on their “last mile” to their destinations.
“I’m happy to see a new business in this location,” East Norriton Supervisor Jamilla Winder said of Amazon, which recently announced plans to take over the former Walmart, 53 W. Germantown Pike, sometime this year. “Given the pandemic there are more people shopping through Amazon. This is our new reality and we hope Amazon’s presence in our community benefits our residents.”
The Conshohocken location will be at 1103-1113 Ridge Pike, Conshohocken.
The Philadelphia sites include 2900 Grant Avenue and 700 Ramona Avenue.
Between its seven new “last mile” delivery stations opening in the Philadelphia region this year, Amazon is promising to create more than 1,000 jobs while greasing the wheels of the delivery process.
In a press release Amazon noted that the full and part-time jobs will pay a starting wage of at least $15 per hour, while providing comprehensive benefits from the first day on the job, including full health insurance with dental, vision and prescription drug coverage.
Three new Amazon delivery stations also opened earlier this year in Bensalem, Levittown and Philadelphia. Each of these sites facilitates Amazon’s “last-mile delivery” capabilities, the release noted.
Amazon Logistics’ new delivery stations will ultimately join the state’s seven existing delivery stations, with Amazon operating more than 250 delivery stations in the U.S.
Just as importantly for local business, the release explained that the delivery stations combined will empower more than 40 small businesses via Amazon’s Delivery Service Partner Program, creating hundreds of full time driver jobs. For independent contractors who want the flexibility to be their own boss and make their own schedule, there are also driver opportunities for Amazon Flex participants.
Each of Amazon’s new delivery stations will be designed to meet the needs of the company’s electric delivery vehicles. Ranging from the physical layout to the electrical design, the release noted that the spaces will be optimized to offer flexibility and scale as Amazon moves closer toward putting 10,000 electric delivery vehicles on the road in 2022.
“A rising tide lifts all boats, and new career opportunities bring increased prosperity to local neighborhoods. By creating more than 9,000 good jobs in Pennsylvania last year, Amazon was able to support the communities of not only its employees, but of neighboring cities and towns as well,” noted Andre Woodson, Amazon Spokesperson.