US-based Amazon is planning to open a for a new 750,000ft² fulfillment centre in Romeoville, Illinois, US.

The proposed centre will pick, pack and ship large items to various customers, including big-screen televisions, sports equipment or kayaks.

Amazon North America operations vice-president Akash Chauhan said: “Expanding our footprint in Illinois brings hundreds and hundreds of full-time jobs with competitive pay and great benefits starting on day one to the state.”

“Expanding our footprint in Illinois brings hundreds and hundreds of full-time jobs with competitive pay and great benefits starting on day one to the state.”

The company noted that it provides competitive hourly wages and a comprehensive benefits package, including healthcare, company stock awards other benefits to its full-time employees.

Amazon has also launched innovative programmes such as Career Choice for its employees and more than 7,000 employees across ten countries have so far pursued degrees in game design and visual communications, nursing, IT programming, radiology and others under the programme.

Romeoville mayor John Noak said: “We have very few vacancies, so we were fortunate that they found an existing building that met their needs.

“Amazon continues to have a major impact on our regional economy. We look forward to this partnership, as e-commerce is an important sector in our future growth.”

Amazon recently announced its plans to open its seventh fulfillment centre in Texas, US.

To be opened in Houston, the centre will create 1,000 full-time jobs.

The company currently employs more than 10,000 full-time hourly associates at its five operating fulfillment centres in Texas.