Most of us appreciate the appearance of cardboard shipping boxes outside our front doors, particularly during a global health crisis. It’s now a given in today’s world that online shopping and sophisticated shipping of those goods generally makes our lives easier. This isn’t likely to wane post-pandemic, and such steady demand is a major reason Amazon Logistics recently inked lease agreements for a second facility in Gainesville. According to an Amazon spokesperson, the new Amazon delivery station in Gainesville will target what’s known as “last mile” service, or ensuring your package is delivered more quickly than it might be with current resources.
Even better? If you’re an Oakmont resident seeking an active gig, or know someone who is, the new Amazon delivery station in Gainesville means hundreds of part-time and full-time jobs. It’s another sign of Gainesville’s robust economy and the area’s residential and business growth.
Here’s what you can expect from the new Amazon delivery station in Gainesville.
It expands Amazon’s existing Gainesville footprint
If you’ve lived in Oakmont for a while, you might know that Gainesville’s first Amazon delivery station came online near the end of 2018. It’s located at Airport Industrial Park on the city’s east side.
The new delivery station will be located at 2121 Northwest 67th Place, off Northwest 22nd Street, on Gainesville’s north side. Amazon officials hope to open it by the end of 2020.
Curious how the process works? Amazon packages ordered by customers arrive at delivery stations from the company’s warehouses. As of this writing, there are seven Amazon warehouses in Florida. Those in Jacksonville, Lakeland and Ocala are closest to Gainesville.
Amazon offers several different job opportunities
Even if you’re not in the job market, you might know someone who is, such as an Oakmont neighbor’s teenager, or someone eager to tackle a side hustle or a new career.
Part-time and full-time jobs (at $15 per hour) were to be available, including positions at the second delivery station, and delivery and driver jobs.
Interested in how present-day Amazon delivery jobs work?
One gig is an Amazon delivery service partner. These folks are part of 20-to-40-person teams who deliver packages in the blue Amazon vans. Another gig is an independent contractor. These folks participate in a program called Amazon Flex and they’re true independent contractors who work on their schedules and use their personal vehicles to make deliveries.
The second Amazon delivery station doubles the company’s resources in Gainesville and the Alachua County area. The ability to utilize employees and contractors to deliver packages — from two stations rather than one — helps your packages reach your Oakmont doorstep sooner.
In other words, they’re not stuck on a shelf in one of those now-familiar blue vans while other packages get delivered first. Thanks to the new Amazon delivery station in Gainesville delivery station, a larger workforce helps speed up the “last mile” of your package’s journey.
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