US-based e-commerce retailer Amazon has announced an investment of more than $100m to develop its first fulfilment centre in Istanbul, Turkey.
Scheduled to open later this year, the facility is intended to address the increasing customer demand in the country.
The Istanbul fulfilment centre is expected to generate 1,000 jobs for local communities during its first year of operations while supporting ‘fast and reliable’ delivery.
The company has started recruiting for a range of roles, including engineers, human resources (HR) and information technology (IT) professionals, at the facility.
Amazon Europe operation vice-president Stefano Perego said: “We are delighted to be opening our first fulfilment centre in Istanbul, demonstrating our commitment to the people and communities of Turkey.
“We are thrilled to bring in 1,000 new jobs, offering competitive wages, excellent benefits and a modern, safe and engaging work environment.”
Amazon said that the fulfilment centre demonstrates its commitment to Turkey and will allow many small independent retailers to expand both their domestic and international sales.
In line with its commitment to become net-zero carbon by 2040, the facility will be powered entirely by electricity, including its heating and hot water systems.
Turkish Presidency Investment Office president Ahmet Burak Dağlıoğlu said: “This investment is very important for our country’s ever-developing logistics infrastructure under the leadership of our President, and for our e-commerce sector, which has gained momentum in both supply and demand during the pandemic.
“This will also further strengthen our e-commerce sector both in the domestic market and in the global arena.”
Amazon recently opened its first same-day fulfilment centre in Massachusetts, US, which can make deliveries ‘within hours’.
Amazon Prime members in the Greater Boston area can order from up to three million items marked ‘Today by’ and ‘Overnight by’, before receiving deliveries within three to five hours.