Amazon opens first Belgian delivery centre
Ecommerce giant Amazon is opening its first logistics centre in Belgium. The location is planned for the end of this year. Amazon recently opened a site in the Netherlands and announced plans for German expansion.
The news was shared by Belgian newspaper De Standaard. Amazon’s first Belgian logistics centre will be located in Antwerp. It is planned to be ready at the end of 2022. According to the company, the new location aims to meet the growing demand and expand their delivery network capacity.
Parcels from France and Germany
The fulfilment centre is located in business park Blue Gate Antwerp and will be managed by Amazon itself. The new location will sort parcels from big delivery centres in France and Germany. These will be sorted and then shipped to Belgian customers.
“Amazon will continue to work closely together with local couriers.”
The building should be operational in late 2022 and is planned to create 50 jobs. In addition, more than 200 chauffeurs from local couriers will deliver parcels, the company says.
Director Robert Viegers from Amazon Logistics Europe: “Since Amazon has started in Belgium it has built a trusting relationship with different couriers in the country and will continue to work together closely with these partners.”
Amazon also mentions investing in innovations for shipping. For example, customers can see how many stops the chauffeur has before arrival. They can also use ‘photo on delivery’ to ensure a parcel is delivered correctly.
Locations in the Netherlands and Germany
In the summer of last year, Amazon opened their first logistics hub in the Netherlands. The company also announced plans for 8 new delivery centres in Germany in the first half of 2022.