Amazon opens robotics warehouse in Calgary that will create 1,500 jobs

A new type of Amazon fulfillment center has opened in the Calgary area: the state-of-the-art Amazon YYC4 warehouse features artificial intelligence technology, robotics and 1,500 new jobs.

Premier Danielle Smith acknowledged the growing presence Amazon Canada has in Alberta – this is the 11th operations site the company has opened in less than ten years.

“This new facility not only shows Amazon’s commitment to improving the way the world does business and how companies can more efficiently serve their customers by investing in cutting-edge technologies as well as their workers,” Smith said in Friday’s opening ceremony. .

“It also affirms the confidence that businesses have here in Alberta. “Both as a center of innovation and a place where companies can grow and prosper.”

With the opening of the 2.8 million square foot warehouse located just off Stoney Trail in southeast Calgary’s East Shepard industrial area, Amazon Canada now operates five fulfillment centers, one sortation center, three delivery stations and two AMXL delivery stations in Alberta.

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A few months ago, Amazon opened a similar robotics warehouse west of Edmonton, in Parkland County. That site employs 2,000 people and uses automated stations to improve safety and ergonomics, including ROBIN, a robotic arm that responds to its environment in real time.

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At Amazon Robotics fulfillment centers, employees work alongside automated systems and robots to pick, pack, and ship customer orders.

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The company said the result is that customer orders are fulfilled more quickly.

Calgary Mayor Jyoti Gondek said the new Amazon warehouse is a clear sign of Calgary’s growing prominence on the world stage.

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“Calgary is now the fastest growing city in Canada. We are home to the second youngest population in the country. And we are the third most diverse city in this nation,” Gondek said.

“By creating more than 1,500 jobs at these facilities, Amazon is ensuring Calgarians have access to more employment opportunities.”

Amazon said its robotic technology used at YYC4 includes RWC4, a large robotic arm that sorts containers by destination and builds pallets for shipping, and Kermit, a cart that focuses on towing empty containers throughout the facility and can adjust its speed. and route as needed.

Amazon YYC4 general manager Sushant Jha said the new technology will grow the business and create more jobs with greater benefits for employees.

“This is where we enlist the help of robots that work alongside our associates, making their jobs safer and more inclusive and allowing them to develop a career.”

Jha says once the new center is fully operational, it will employ about 7,500 people in Alberta.

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