West Deptford. The ACY1 Center opened in September 2018, becoming Amazon’s first fulfillment facility in South Jersey to be enhanced by the use of robots.
With a footprint of 655,000 square feet on 60 acres just east of I-295, the building totals some 1.7 million square feet on three floors. An estimated 12 miles of conveyor belts move products and packages from stocked shelves through packing to shipping. Inventory is stacked on high shelves on the second floor, where 300-pound robots – capable of carrying 1,300 pounds each – efficiently locate items and deliver them to employees for packing. Associates often work alongside the robots, allowing employees to learn new skills and helping to create a more efficient process to meet customer demands. On-site classrooms are used for continuing education programs offered by Amazon to employees.
Amazon is committed to being a “good neighbor” in ways beyond job generation. In 2019, the company reported that it donated more than $45,000 to charities and schools in New Jersey, including: a $10,000 donation to West Deptford High School to support its STEM program; an in-kind sneaker donation for the high school’s annual Operation Blessing, which provides clothing, shoes, toys and holiday meals to families in need; and a $15,000 STEM donation to the Camden Dream Center. Roberto Miller, general manager of the West Deptford fulfillment center, further notes there are more than 31,000 charitable organizations in the state that Amazon customers can support by shopping on Amazon Smile.
Amazon is one of the largest private employers in New Jersey, with some 16,000 workers around the state. Additional seasonal employees are typically hired during the holidays. The company estimates its New Jersey investments have created an additional 27,000 indirect jobs on top of its direct hires.
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