Amazon has already started hiring its first employees, so far mainly specialists. It is planned to hire the staff who will process customer orders in Kojetín in the second quarter of 2022. The general manager of Amazon for the Czech Republic, Michal Hamid, told ČTK.
According to Amed, Amazon will expand its product range with the help of a new distribution center in Kojetín and will support a growing number of small, independent businesses selling their merchandise through its online store. Center staff will prepare, pack and send small items to customers, such as books, electronics, and consumer goods. The operation in Kojetín will be equipped with modern technology, including robotic units.
“These specialized robots slide under product shelves, lift them and move them around the distribution center, which helps reduce the time required to process orders. At Kojeten, we will offer higher value-added work to qualified employees,” Smid said.
The American concern Amazon is the world’s largest online store, which, along with Google, Apple and Microsoft, belongs to the so-called Big Four technology companies in the world. Amazon has been operating in the Czech Republic since 2013, investing more than 26 billion kroner. The first Amazon distribution center in the Czech Republic was opened in 2015 in the village of Dubroviz. The company now employs more than 4,000 people.
The Amazon Automated Center in Kojetín will be built in a field built after the former sedimentation tanks of the sugar factory by industrial park builder Panattoni. The 52,000 square meter building will provide approximately 190,000 square feet of leasable space over four floors. The area was prepared by the Accolade Group, which is also the investor and owner of the industrial complex.
“This is a great opportunity for the whole region, especially in terms of investment and a large number of new jobs. Slovak Republic and Slovakia,” said Pavel Sovicka, General Manager of Panatoni, the Czech Republic.
The Přerov region has the highest percentage of unemployed people in the Olomouc region. In April, it was 4.3 percent, while the unemployment rate for the entire region was 3.3 percent. At the end of August, 3,741 job seekers were registered in the Perov region. Among the 21 licensed municipal authorities in the Olomouc region, Kojetínsko alone shows the fourth highest unemployment rate at 4.7 percent, which in absolute numbers is 407 job seekers.
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