ONLINE retail giant Amazon has delivered Peterborough an early Christmas present – in the form of 170 jobs.
ONLINE retail giant Amazon has delivered Peterborough an early Christmas present – in the form of 170 jobs.Amazon has announced it is set to open a temporary fulfilment centre (distribution warehouse) at Kingston Park, next to the Fletton Parkway in the south of city, within a matter of weeks.
It means city workers are set to play an integral role in fulfilling the millions of orders the company hopes to receive during the busy Christmas period.
And the timing of the news, just days after new figures showed there had been a rise in city people claiming Jobseeker's Allowance, has not been lost on business leaders..
The 500,000 sq ft centre will begin processing customer orders in October and will be operational throughout the Christmas period and into the New Year.
As part of this expansion 170 temporary jobs are expected to be created, with adverts already out for warehouse operatives to work 40-hour weeks.
Arthur Valdez, vice president of UK operations for Amazon, said: "This new temporary fulfilment centre will provide more capacity, more flexibility and more resource, ensuring that we continue to deliver to the high standards that our customers expect from us.
"Our goal was to find a centre in a great location with a strong local workforce and Kingston Park in Peterborough offered us just that."
City MP Stewart Jackson said it was great to see a company of such international renown pick Peterborough.
He added: "It's great they have chosen the site to take advantage of our fantastic transport links.
"This is great news for the city."
And John Bridge, the chief executive of Peterborough's chamber of commerce, said the news would provide a psychological boost to the city in the run up to Christmas.
He said: "This will help a lot of people who feared they would be out of work at Christmas.
"This move again highlights the attraction of our skilled local workforce and strong logistical links.
"Any number of jobs, whether they are temporary or not, is great and a positive sign that Peterborough is still attracting businesses of all sizes to the city."
Amazon.co.uk currently has four permanent fulfilment centres in the UK in Glenrothes and Gourock in Scotland, Swansea Bay in Wales and Marston Gate, near Milton Keynes, in England.
However, a spokesman said today that the Peterborough site, at this stage, would only be temporary.