Prague, September 8th, 2015 - Amazon today opened its first fulfillment center in the Czech Republic, in Dobrovíz. The new site will be an important part of the company´s European Fulfillment network, open just in time for the holiday season. The Centre will support Amazon in meeting its growing customer demand across Europe. In the new fulfillment center, Amazon plans to create up to 2,000 permanent jobs, plus an additional 3,000 seasonal jobs between now and 2018 - in order to cover peak times during the holiday season.
Amazon offers its associates competitive wages with an excellent benefit package, including a bonus of up to ten percent, subsidized hot meals, five weeks of vacation, supplementary pension saving plan, and life and disability insurance. Amazon will also secure a free of charge transport for employees from Prague and several outlying communities in Central Bohemia and Usti regions. The company also offers full-time employees innovative programs like Career Choice, where the company will pre-pay up to 95 percent of tuition for courses related to in-demand fields, regardless of whether the acquired skills are relevant to a career at Amazon.
"Today is a very special day for Amazon. We are opening our first Amazon fulfillment center in the Czech Republic and will be creating 2000 permanent and 3,000 seasonal jobs over the next three years. These are excellent jobs with competitive wages and a number of benefits including supplementary pension savings plan, life and disability insurance, free of charge transport to work and much more," said Steven Harman, Director Operations, Amazon Europe and added: "We appreciate the support of the state and local leaders who have helped us to make our sites a reality. I would like to say thank you to our amazing team in the Czech Republic - for their support and huge engagement".
The official Opening Ceremony took place on 8 September 2015 in Dobrovíz. The event was attended by Ms. Jaroslava Jermanová, 1st Vice-Chairwoman, Chamber of Deputies of the Parliament and Mr. Jan Mládek, Minister of Industry and Trade.
"I am pleased that Amazon, an important global company with a tradition going back more than 20 years, has successfully launched their operations in the Czech. With the creation of thousands of long-term and seasonal jobs, this project will positively influence employment in the Central Bohemia region as well as in the surrounding regions. Particularly people from the Ústí region will appreciate these jobs since the economic situation there is worse than in other Czech regions," said Jan Mládek, Minister of Industry and Trade.
"This project is important not only for Dobrovíz, but for the whole Central Bohemia region. Amazon showed an open and transparent approach thanks to which we were able to establish an effective communication and great cooperation. Amazon is not just an important employer in Dobrovíz, they also support the town of Dobrovíz with other projects and contribute to making the lives of Dobrovíz' citizens more active, creative and happy," said Jana Krupičková, Mayor of Dobrovíz.
"We are honored to be the developer of the biggest and the most important logistics building built in the Czech Republic since 1989. All works went according to schedule and we were able to finish the building in only 12 months, which I'm very pleased with. The construction of necessary infrastructure in surrounding municipalities is also ongoing. The Dobrovíz ring road will be finished on schedule, by
the end of 2015," said Pavel Sovička, managing director of Panattoni Europe for the Czech Republic and Slovakia.
The hiring process of full-time associates has already finished - during the first phase Amazon hired 1,500 permanent employees. Amazon is now looking for temporary Associates to help the company handle the holiday peak season that starts during September. Interested job seekers can submit their application for these positions currently open through Amazon's agency partner Adecco. Information is available on www.pracevamazonu.cz. They can obtain necessary information also on the toll free number 800 100 500.
The 95,000 square meter Czech fulfillment center is part of Amazon's European fulfillment network and will help Amazon handle current and future customer demand, as customers continue to respond to Amazon's great selection of products and services. The new center will ensure that Amazon customers enjoy fast and reliable delivery across Europe. The modern, state of the art facility features employee amenities such as air conditioning and a canteen.
Amazon.com opened on the World Wide Web in July 1995. The company is guided by four principles: customer obsession rather than competitor focus, passion for invention, commitment to operational excellence, and long-term thinking. Customer reviews, 1-Click shopping, personalized recommendations, Prime, Fulfillment by Amazon, AWS, Kindle Direct Publishing, Kindle, Fire tablets, Fire TV, Amazon Echo, and Alexa are some of the products and services pioneered by Amazon.