Amazon announces $100 million logistics investment in Mexico

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MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Amazon.com Inc said Thursday it has invested $ 100 million to open new warehouses in Mexico, including its first shipping centers outside the populated capital region, with the aim to offer faster deliveries.

New sites include two so-called distribution centers – one near the northern city of Monterrey and another near the central city of Guadalajara – as well as a support building in the state of Mexico, just outside Mexico City.

Amazon also opened 12 delivery stations, bringing its total to 27 nationwide, he said.

“Building a strong infrastructure network allows the company to stay closer to customers than ever before, and thanks to this it is possible to offer fast deliveries,” Amazon said in a statement.

Monterrey and Guadalajara are the two largest metropolitan areas in the country after the vast region of Mexico City.

The new facilities total 69,000 square meters (742,710 square feet) and create 1,500 direct and indirect jobs, Amazon said.

Amazon in total now operates five fulfillment centers, two support buildings and two classification centers in Mexico, where it launched its marketplace in 2015.

Enrique Alfaro, the governor of the state of Jalisco which is home to Guadalajara, said the new local warehouse would help more small and medium-sized businesses ship their products faster and more cheaply.

Amazon is also striving to break into Brazil, where it recently opened its fifth and largest distribution center in the country, with 100,000 square meters (1,076,391 square feet).

In both countries, which are Latin America’s largest economies, Amazon competes with its local competitors to retain shoppers, despite being ranked as the world’s largest online retailer.

Reporting by Daina Beth Solomon; Editing by Amy Caren Daniel

Original © Thomson Reuters

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