Amazon Registration Event 23 Jun 2017

Amazon Regional Career Day 6 23 17

In order to facilitate online registration in the region for those without online access,  CareerSource Northeast Florida  Resource Centers will designate computers for Amazon registration only and designated staff will be on hand to support the event. Our Resource Centers are located throughout the Northeast Florida region and will provide easy access for those without online access to register at   Please refer to Amazon Regional Career Day above link for details. confirms second Jacksonville center; two facilities will bring 2,700 jobs

By Karen Brune Mathis, Managing Editor

A few minutes after midnight, Inc. confirmed what had been expected since July: It will open a second fulfillment center in Jacksonville that will add more than 1,000 jobs to the regional economy.

Employees at the 1 million-square-foot center in Cecil Commerce Center in West Jacksonville will pick, pack and ship large items like household decor, sporting equipment and gardening tools.

The 86-acre site already is being cleared at 13333 103rd St. in West Jacksonville.

Legislation shows the two centers will create 2,700 jobs and receive $26.7 million in taxpayer incentives.

“We think it’s a home run,” said district City Council member Doyle Carter this morning.

He said the Cecil center will draw workers from the Westside as well as Baker, Clay and Bradford counties. That means they will be buying gas and products in Duval, generating tax revenue for Jacksonville.

He also expects the two Amazon centers to “open a lot more doors” to introduce major companies to the area’s industrial parks.

Carter said companies are noticing Jacksonville and like its lifestyle.

“They found out how good Jacksonville is and how we have a great workforce,” he said.

Multiple centers mean larger investment

The prospect of a second center emerged as the Seattle-based e-commerce retailer announced July 27 it would open its first in Northwest Jacksonville at 12900 Pecan Park Road.

JAXUSA Partnership President Jerry Mallot said then that might not stop at just one fulfillment center in Jacksonville.

Signs strengthened in October when council approved $8.3 million in incentives for Project Velo and were confirmed in November when a building-permit application identified Amazon as the tenant at a project under development at Cecil.

Mayor Lenny Curry said in the Amazon news release this morning the development at Cecil is a “tremendous asset for our city.”

“I am looking forward to Amazon’s expanding presence in our city and contributions to its continued economic development and growth,” he said.

The Northwest Jacksonville facility is under construction and expected to open this fall. The 1,500 workers will pick, pack and ship small consumer items such as books, electronics and consumer goods.

Council approved $18.4 million in incentives for the facility. has opened multiple locations in several U.S. cities.

Aaron Bowman, senior vice president of JAXUSA Partnership and a council member, said in the release that landing a second facility in such a short amount of time “further solidifies the JAX region as a place of unlimited opportunity, fueled by possibilities.”

Together, the two centers represent a promised investment of $315 million — $200 million for Northwest Jacksonville and $115 million for Cecil.

During the past three years, the company has announced multiple facilities in Florida, including four fulfillment centers and two sortation centers, as well as Prime Now hubs in Miami, Tampa and Orlando.

It employs more than 4,000 workers in the state, the release said.

Mike Grissom, executive vice president of Enterprise Florida Inc., said the company has been one of the state’s best job creators since it announced its first project three years ago.

“This most recent project in Jacksonville is another great win for Florida and we thank Amazon for their continued investment and job creation,” Grissom said.

To qualify for the incentives, 500 of the 1,500 Northwest Jacksonville workers will be paid an average of $50,000 a year, while 325 of the 1,200 Cecil employees will make an average of $50,675.

Both centers will hire more workers for seasonal work during the holidays.

The bulk of the jobs are expected to pay $12 to $15 an hour, or about $25,000 to $31,000 a year.

As the Cecil Commerce Center land is being cleared, the city is reviewing a permit application for the building.

Although Amazon hasn’t said when the Cecil facility will open, Mallot said he expects it would be at the same time as the Northwest Jacksonville center.

That would be in time for the 2017 holiday season.

He said the first center uses more complex robotics for the smaller products while the second will be a more traditional center for the larger items and simpler to build.

Fort Worth-based Hillwood Investment Properties, the master developer at Cecil, will buy the land from the city for $8,819 an acre, or more than $758,000.

Hillwood is developing AllianceFlorida at Cecil Commerce Center.

The Conlan Co. is the contractor for both Jacksonville Amazon centers.

The multilevel Northwest Jacksonville center has a base footprint of 855,000 square feet and a total size of about 2.4 million square feet.

Those centers could draw employees from Northwest Jacksonville as well as north into Nassau County as well as west into Baker, Carter said.

Amazon also intends to operate a 63,000-square-foot delivery station in the Alta Lakes Commerce Center, nine miles east of the Pecan Park Road facility. No job count has been announced for that operation.

Attracting a workforce

Amazon says full-time employees receive competitive hourly wages and a comprehensive benefits package, including health care, 401(k) and company stock awards starting on Day One.

The company said it also offers employees programs like Career Choice, where it will prepay 95 percent of tuition for courses related to in-demand fields, regardless of whether the skills are relevant to a career at Amazon.

Since the program’s launch four years ago, more than 7,000 employees in 10 countries have pursued degrees in fields such as game design and visual communications, nursing, information technology programming and radiology.

The company also recently announced a commitment to hire 25,000 military veterans and spouses in the U.S. during the next five years and train 10,000 in cloud computing.

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The company did not specify the number of jobs that will be created at Cecil, although the legislation says 1,200.

That would tie for the second-largest jobs announcement in the city’s history, according to JAXUSA Partnership figures.

JAXUSA, the economic development division of JAX Chamber,   said in July the 1,500 jobs at the first Amazon center represented the single largest job announcement in the city’s history.

It said the second largest number was 1,200 jobs announced by Citi in 1998 and Bank of America in 1997.

Even at “more than 1,000” jobs, the Cecil figure ties for better than third. Deutsche Bank announced 1,000 jobs in 2008 and Prudential did in 1997.

Candace Moody, vice president of CareerSource Northeast Florida, said this morning the group is putting together a strategy to make sure prospective employees understand what the jobs entail.

“We hope to get a chance to meet with the company to talk about a strategy of recruiting, especially young people,” she said.

Moody said a company that needs a lot of employees with a high school education is important, especially in Northwest and West Jacksonville.

“The jobs are going into just the right place, right in the sector that needs the economic boost,” she said.

Moody expects the company will attract employees from outside Duval County, but questions how far they would want to commute to make $12 an hour as gas prices rise.

Still, she said, “I do think we will find there are a lot of people who are very interested in these jobs.”


Second Amazon Center to Open in Jacksonville

Transportation & Logistics Industry News & Updates

(Courtesy Florida Times-Union)

Amazon will build a second, 1 million-square-foot Jacksonville distribution center on the city’s Westside in the Cecil Commerce Center, according to plans submitted to the city of Jacksonville.

It’s the mystery “Project Velo” that city officials identified as a prospect for the city in September, which they said at the time would employ 325 people to start, but could eventually hire up to 1,200. Plans call for the facility to open in 2019.

It’s also the second announcement of an fulfillment center for Jacksonville since July; the first one, under construction on the Northside, is expected to employ about 1,500 people and be open late next year.

Read the full story here.

Job Opportunity: Amazon – Regional Linehaul Sourcing Specialist

Job ID: 441995


Amazon’s Linehaul Execution team is seeking a highly skilled and motivated sourcing specialist to assist in the tactical management and execution of Amazon’s Linehaul movements flowing into and out of our North American Fulfillment Centers, Sort Centers and our associated fulfillment network. This is an exciting opportunity to join a new team in a huge growth area for Amazon.

An ideal candidate has a background in transportation and excellent business development skills. This job will require exceptional communication and interpersonal skills while having the ability to work independently in a high pressure environment and exercise sound judgment where clear guidelines may not exist. The successful candidate will be proficient at recruiting and sourcing transportation functions.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
· Proactively monitor Linehaul activity to identify, address, and prevent potential issues.
· Sales and Business development to expand Amazon’s transportation reach
· Continual, tactical communication with external customers (Carriers, Vendors/Suppliers) and internal customers (Retail, Finance, Software Support, Sort Centers, Fulfillment Centers).
· Ability to pull data from numerous databases (using Excel, Access, SQL and/or other data management systems) and to perform ad hoc reporting and analysis as needed.
· Develop performance metrics to assist with driving business results.
· Lead initiatives to identify and sell transportation initiatives.
· Must be able to systematically escalate problems or variance in the operating plan to the relevant owners and teams and follow through on the resolutions to ensure they are delivered.
· Work within various time constraints to meet critical business needs, while measuring and identifying activities performed and ensuring service requirements are met.
· Excellent communication, both verbal and written as you will be required to convey updates on issues, operational status and business drivers during shift changes as needed throughout the activity cycle and during daily/weekly reviews.


· A completed Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited university, or 2+ years Amazon work experience
· 3+ years of Driver, Independent Contractor or Fleet Owner recruiting experience.
· MS Office experience required, with advanced level in Excel (v-lookup, pivot tables, macros, etc.)
· Knowledge of Lean and Six Sigma methodologies
· Must be able to work weekend and night shifts as needed, as this team provides tactical support to Amazon’s fulfillment and sort center network 24 hours /7 days week


· Degree in Logistics, Transportation or related field
· 5+ years of Driver, Independent Contractor or Fleet Owner recruiting experience.
· Familiar with various types / sizes of transportation equipment (tractors, trailers).
· Demonstrated success working with carriers and or brokers.
· Understanding of US DOT regulations.
· Expertise in MS Access and SQL
· Proficiency in Lean and Six Sigma
· Experience in manufacturing, transportation, customer service, and/or distribution environments
· Data management & data quality control experience with experience pulling and analyzing large sets of data
· Demonstrated experience using data to drive root cause elimination and process improvement
· A self-starter who loves data and who enjoys spotting the trends in it!

Amazon is an Equal Opportunity-Affirmative Action Employer – Minority / Female / Disability / Veteran / Gender Identity / Sexual Orientation.


Amazon: Largest Jobs Announcement in JAX History

(From the JAX USA Partnership announcement July 26, 2016)

The wait is over! It’s official, Amazon will invest $200 million to build an international, state-of-the art fulfillment center in Jacksonville that will create 1,500 jobs. This is the single largest jobs announcement in our history and further supports our strategy of targeting top global companies.

Amazon will occupy an 850,000 sq. ft. footprint of a multi-story building that will total approximately 2.4 million sq. ft. of space. The company plans to be operational by the 2017 holiday season. The company will begin hiring employees six months prior to opening. Additionally, Amazon will be contracting about 2,000 people to build the new facility. The fulfillment and distribution center will be located in Northwest Jacksonville, an area the Chamber and City have been focusing on to reinvigorate growth.

Landing an international distribution facility would not have been possible without Mayor Lenny Curry, the Jacksonville City CouncilKirk Wendland and the Office of Economic Development, and Enterprise Florida. The Mayor and city officials provided accelerated permitting and competitive tax incentives, and the City Council unanimously approved this project in April.

Nat Ford and the Jacksonville Transportation Authority played a major role in the success of this project as well. JTA is building a transportation center that will connect people from surrounding neighborhoods to the 1,500 jobs the company is creating.

We have been working with Amazon and encouraging the company to consider Jacksonville for more than seven years, including a visit to the Seattle headquarters to meet with company executives. Our focus paid off. Through this process, Aaron Bowman, JAXUSA’s senior vice president of Business Development, coordinated nearly a dozen meetings and site visits with company representatives and site consultants to finalize the deal.

This is an incredible win for Northeast Florida and solidifies Jacksonville as a region of wide open opportunity where anything is possible.