Amazon expands distribution network out West

Amazon is bolstering its fulfillment operations in California.

The online giant is opening a 1 million-sq.-ft. fulfillment center in Stockton, California — it’s second in the city. The location will employ more than 39,000 associates who will pick, pack and ship items, such as patio furniture, bikes, outdoor equipment and rugs.

Amazon also operates fulfillment facilities in Central and Northern California, including in Fresno, Newark, Patterson, Sacramento, Tracy and Vacaville. Since entering California six years ago, Amazon has invested over $19 billion in the state, including investments in infrastructure and employee compensation.

The company also estimates that its direct investments in California contributed an additional $15 billion to the state’s economy from 2011-2017, and generated an additional 50,000 indirect jobs on top of the company’s direct hires. Meanwhile, more than 175,000 small and medium-sized businesses in California sell on Amazon, according to the e-retailer.