Jobs boost as online giant Amazon opens distribution hub in New Hythe Business Park, Larkfield


The new warehouse will mean parcels will be transported to Larkfield and sorted, before being delivered to people’s homes.

Amazon’s delivery station will be based at the New Hythe Business Park, off College Road and will open later this month.

 

The new warehouse roles will mainly be order pickers – who source the products ordered online.

The new site is also expected to generate more jobs across the county.

Amazon says it will work with nine independent companies from Kent who will be tasked with delivering parcels seven days a week.

These firms are expected to employ extra drivers if they want to work with Amazon – and a total of 140 new roles could be on offer.

It is part of a new strategy by the firm to open a series of small, regional distribution depots under the brand Amazon Logistics to speed up deliveries and take on Britain’s high street chains. The station will be the 16th in the country.

It comes as some good news for New Hythe and Aylesford which were served a blow when nearby Aylesford Newsprint fell into administration in February, costing more than 230 jobs.

The company used to produce an average of 400,000 tonnes of recycled paper every year, and was one of three mills of its kind in the country.

Jamie Stephenson, UK director for Amazon Logistics, said: “We’re helping independent local delivery companies to grow their businesses by providing state-of-the-art technology to deliver Amazon orders.”

Also commenting, Anita Oakley, Leader of the Lib Dem Group on Tonbridge and Malling Borough Council and Larkfield South Borough Councillor, said: "Great news that Larkfield, with its extensive road links to the rest of the country, has attracted such a major player as Amazon to the area.  I am sure it will provide excellent opportunities for high quality jobs and complement the range of forward looking jobs provided on the Kings Hill estate. This is good news for everyone seeking local employment."

Amazon, which has attracted criticism over wages and working hours, says it has invested over £1 billion at its operations across the country and workers employed at the centre will earn an average of £7.39 per hour.


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