Online retailing giant Amazon is strengthening its Sunday delivery service with the opening of a new depot in Peterborough, which could help create more than 200 jobs.
The Amazon Logistics delivery station will operate from an 87,600 sq ft warehouse in Southgate Way, Orton Southgate, close to junction 17 of the A1(M).
The centre will directly employ 20 people but it will also be working with 10 independent delivery companies in the area, which together will hire more than 250 drivers to deliver parcels in west and north Cambridgeshire.
It will be Amazon’s second operation in Peterborough. The e-commerce company already employs about 1,000 people at its fulfilment centre at Kingston Park, in Fletton.
The Peterborough station will open in a few weeks and is one of 17 delivery stations run by Amazon Logistics to deliver its parcels every day of the week, including Sundays.
Jamie Stephenson, UK Director for Amazon Logistics, said: “Amazon Logistics adds capacity and flexibility to Amazon’s delivery network, enabling us to meet the delivery needs of customers. We are also helping independent local delivery companies grow their businesses by providing state of the art technology to deliver Amazon orders.”
Amazon says Sunday deliveries have grown by more than four times in the last year.
The unit has been leased by asset managers London-based Clearbell Capital and it is understood Amazon will pay £3.99 per square foot for the unit.
Manish Chande, senior partner at Clearbell, said: “With this letting we have been able to help solve the last mile conundrum that many retailers have been faced with as retail habits shift.”