Amazon Canada has announced that it will be opening a new fulfilment centre supported by its own robotics technology in October this year.
The site will be located south of London, Ontario in Southwold and is expected to employ 1,000 full-time staff.
Named YXU1, the site will be equipped with order-picking robotics that will support warehouse workers to fulfil orders and ship ‘up to 750,000 items’ a day.
“We’re thrilled to have Amazon join our community,” said Grant Jones, mayor of Southwold Township.
“We are very much looking forward to the positive economic and social impact the opening of the Amazon fulfilment centre will bring to our area. The revitalisation of the site offers new opportunities for our local residents and region for years to come.”
An Amazon spokesperson added that the automated robots will operate from the backend of the site on a computer log-check and will “assist the workforce in getting the products to them so an associate can pick the item from a bin, or take the product away so the associate can stow it into a bin and the robot can take it away”.