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Amazon plans for second Jacksonville DC

BY Deena M. Amato-McCoy

The Sunshine State will gain another Amazon fulfillment center.

On the heels of its recent announcement to open a new warehouse in Jacksonville, Fla., the retail giant is planning to open a second facility in the same city, and employ an additional 1,000 workers. Jacksonville’s first fulfillment center was announced six months ago.

Employees at the newly-announced one million-sq.-ft. fulfillment center in Jacksonville will pick, pack and ship large items like household decor, sporting equipment and gardening tools. The initial facility, which was announced in July, will cater to the picking, packing and shipping of small items, such as books, electronics and consumer goods. Associates will work alongside innovative technologies to fulfill customer orders.

These two facilities join a fleet of Florida-based warehouses announced over the past three years, including four fulfillment centers, two sortation centers, as well as Prime Now hubs in Miami, Tampa and Orlando, the company said.

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When it comes to overstoring, China’s the champ

BY Al Urbanski

U.S. real estate developers and brokers coping with epic changes in the retail landscape can take some solace from the fact that, when it comes to overstoring, America’s got nothing on China.

A list of cities with the most shopping center space under construction from CBRE Research had Chinese cities occupying 11 of the top 12 spots, led by Chongqing with 39.8 million sq. ft. being built. Shenzhen (38.7 million) and Chengdu (37.6 million) weren’t far behind.

By way of contrast, the top U.S. city on the list, New York, had but 8.6 million sq. ft. of retail space under construction.

The Wall Street Journal quoted Hong Kong-based developer Hang Lung Properties as saying that rents at their centers dropped 2% in the six months ended last June.

Top Cities For Retail Under Construction (millions of square feet)

1. Chongqing, China: 39.8

2. Shenzhen, China: 38.7

3. Chengdu, China: 37.6

4. Shanghai, China: 34.4

5. Wuhan, China: 26.9

6. Nanjing, China: 23.6

7. Guangzhou, China: 21.5

8. Shenyang, China: 20.4

9. Tianjin, China: 19.3

10. Beijing, China: 18.2

11. Bangkok: 18.2

12. Hangzhou,China: 10.7

CBRE Research


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Amazon fulfillment service grew more than 50% during holiday season

BY Deena M. Amato-McCoy

The Amazon Marketplace, an online mall that that allows third-party sellers to reach customers around the world, hit big milestones during the holiday season.

The amount of merchandise that the marketplace’s Fulfillment By Amazon (FBA) service shipped during the holiday season worldwide grew more than 50%. The increase was based on the “millions of items” that Prime members ordered from sellers in the Seller Fulfilled Prime program, a service that offers free two-day or next-day shipping. On Cyber Monday alone, sellers worldwide received orders for more than 28 million items, the company said.

Amazon Marketplace hit a number of milestones for 2016, including:

• FBA delivered more than 2 billion items worldwide.

• Active sellers worldwide using the FBA service grew more than 70%.

• Outside the U.S., FBA units shipped grew more than 80%.

• Using the FBA service, Amazon sellers from more than 130 different countries around the world fulfilled orders to customers in 185 countries.

• The Seller Fulfilled Prime program added more than 6 million new items that are now Prime eligible across the U.S., U.K., France, Germany and Japan.

• Sellers on Amazon that reached $100,000 in sales grew by 30%.

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