Amazon to buy $ 120 billion from US suppliers in 2021 as expansion hits ‘peak season’
Amazon is increasing its purchases of supplies and services by 20% this year from more than 200,000 US businesses.
America’s largest e-commerce giant will purchase equipment for logistics sites, supplies for corporate offices, and services for construction, design and engineering projects, among others.
“We’re a bigger company, it’s no secret so we can have these lower prices and serve our consumers,” Holly Sullivan, vice president of global economic development at Amazon told FOX’s Susan Li. Business in an exclusive interview. “We source over 60% of the products sold on the Amazon store or in fact from small and medium-sized businesses in the United States.”
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Amazon shared the news a day after announcing a $ 1.25 billion Kentucky airline hub as well as a new robotic distribution center, as well as five delivery stations in Florida. The two investments will generate 2,000 jobs each in the two states.
“As we begin to move into what we call our peak season, we are always opening new distribution centers, but we are planning ahead several years in advance,” Sullivan said.
Amazon is one of the largest private employers in the United States, adding more than 400,000 jobs last year with more than 30,000 jobs currently available.
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“It’s everything from entry-level positions to management to software development engineers and these jobs, all of these jobs have a minimum starting salary of $ 15 an hour,” Sullivan said.
Amazon has required masks for all distribution center workers, regardless of their immunization status, but does not yet require vaccines.
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“Of course, this is a hotly debated topic,” Sullivan said. “And there are various states making different decisions on this.”
Many companies, including United Airlines, Citigroup, New York Stock Exchange, and many more, require employees to be vaccinated before returning to the office.