Amazon will open local delivery stations this month in Colonie and later this year in the town of Florida.
The Colonie facility will specialize in oversize items such as couches and televisions, and will employ about 50 people. The Florida facility will have a full- and part-time workforce numbering in the hundreds.
Both are part of Amazon’s expansion into last-mile delivery — getting the merchandise the last few miles from distribution hub to final destination point — and will go online as Amazon starts operating a brand-new 1 million-square-foot distribution center in southern Rensselaer County.
The town of Florida facility will make use of the former Cytech Hardwoods building at 1785 Route 5S, just southwest of Amsterdam on a stretch of road that has become home to several similar facilities in the last two decades. Target and Dollar General operate warehouses there, Beech-Nut has its production facility there, and Hill & Markes has a warehouse/office building there.
The Colonie facility makes use of an existing space at 30B Post Road, also a light-industrial area. Neighbors range from the U.S. Postal Service regional sorting center to a trampoline park to a supplier of industrial gases.
The Schodack warehouse sits on Route 9 near an Interstate 90 exit and also near the sprawling Hannaford supermarket distribution center.
Amazon is actively seeking more than 1,000 employees at the Schodack site, the majority of whom will be working in physically demanding picking, packing and shipping jobs. The company pays a minimum wage of $15 per hour and offers benefits from day one.
In a news release, the company indicated the Colonie and Florida jobs would offer the same compensation.
The new facilities in Colonie and Florida also offer opportunities for non-employees to get into logistics — the transport and delivery of goods.
Amazon has been rapidly increasing its role in the delivery of the items it sells, acquiring a fleet of dozens of jets and tens of thousands of trucks as it increasingly dominates e-commerce. The strategy gives the e-commerce giant, among other things, better control of delivery times, and was in place before the COVID-19 crisis boosted the already-booming online retail sector.
As Amazon grows its own workforce through increased sales and increased distribution/delivery, it is also using non-employee drivers. Amazon delivery stations work with independent companies serving as delivery service partners and work with individual drivers through Amazon Flex.