Amazon pauses 18 warehouses in a 12 states, bringing total site closures to over 40


After expanding its fulfillment network during the pandemic, Amazon has delayed or canceled the launch of over a dozen warehouses across the country, a company spokesperson confirmed.

Amazon’s distribution center in Cocoa, Florida, won’t operate until at least some time next year, Florida Today, a USA TODAY Network site, reported this week.

Earlier this month, the freight industry trade publication FreightWaves reported that Amazon had canceled or delayed plans for opening at least 16 warehouse facilities in 12 states this year.

The company confirmed the accuracy of those numbers to USA TODAY. The Cocoa location is in addition to the sites the publication reported.

“Amazon so far this year has canceled, closed, listed for sublease or put on hold more than 25 delivery stations and fulfillment centers across the U.S. and has delayed opening 15 more, according to MWPVL data,” the Wall Street Journal reports.

Amazon closes or pauses more new sites

Amazon declined to answer questions from USA TODAY regarding how many new jobs were slated to open in the facilities that will no longer open this year or how jobs would be affected by a company pause in site openings.

The company also would not answer questions about whether it will continue paying property taxes on the sites or how local and state subsidies used to attract Amazon to each area would now be affected.

“In total, Amazon has canceled, closed, delayed or put on hold more than 40 centers across the country, according to supply chain consultancy MWPVL International,” FreightWaves reports.

Amazon didn’t say whether it plans to reopen all of its paused sites and launch them at a later date.

“We weigh a variety of factors when deciding where to develop future sites to best serve customers,” Amazon spokesperson Alisa Carroll said in an email.

“We have dozens of fulfillment centers, sortation centers and delivery stations under construction and evolving around the world. It’s common for us to explore multiple locations simultaneously and adjust timetables based on needs across the network,” Carroll said.

Carroll declined to answer questions about whether recent unionization efforts at its facilities had affected decisions to pause or cancel site openings.

Nuk baby bottles sold on Amazon recalled over high lead levels

A baby bottle manufacturer recalled a product sold exclusively on Amazon due to its high levels of lead.  Last week, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced the NUK baby bottles were being recalled because the markings on the outside of some bottles contained lead with levels higher than the federal limit.  “The markings on the outside of the bottles contain … Continue reading Nuk baby bottles sold on Amazon recalled over high lead levels

US home prices to plunge ‘substantially’ on ‘cratering’ demand: economist

US home prices are on the cusp of a major correction due to “cratering” demand among cash-strapped buyers, a prominent economist warned in a note to clients on Tuesday. Ian Shepherdson, a chief economist at Pantheon Macroeconomics, noted that single-family home listings have surged by 40% in the last four months even as unit sales … Continue reading US home prices to plunge ‘substantially’ on ‘cratering’ demand: economist

Bitcoin dips below $24K for first time since 2020 as Binance halts withdrawals

Bitcoin dipped below $24,000 for the first time since 2020 as Binance, the world’s biggest cryptocurrency exchange stopped users from withdrawing bitcoin early Monday. Binance founder and CEO Changpeng Zhao blamed the “temporary pause” on “a stuck transaction causing a backlog” in a tweet at 8 a.m. on Monday. Zhao initially said the clog would … Continue reading Bitcoin dips below $24K for first time since 2020 as Binance halts withdrawals

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.