Amazon Logistics today announced it will open a 175,000-square-foot delivery station that will be designed to streamline last-mile services and speed up deliveries for customers in metro Detroit.
Delivery stations enable Amazon Logistics to supplement capacity and flexibility to Amazon’s delivery capabilities. The facility, which is being renovated, will be located at 33600 Mound Rd. (northeast corner of Mound and 14 Mile roads). It is expected to open by year’s end.
The delivery stations also offer entrepreneurs the opportunity to build their own business delivering Amazon packages, as well as independent contractors the flexibility to be their own boss and create their own schedule delivering for Amazon Flex.
Additionally, the online merchant said it will create hundreds of full- and part-time jobs at the station, paying a minimum of $15 per hour and offering a variety of benefits packages starting on day one, to independent contractors who can be their own boss, create their own schedule, and make great pay delivering packages as an Amazon Flex Driver.
In addition to hourly wages, the company offers full-time employees benefits, which include health, vision, and dental insurance from day one, a 401(k) with 50 percent company match, up to 20 weeks paid parental leave, and Amazon’s innovative Career Choice program, which pre-pays 95 percent of tuition for courses in high-demand fields.
Since the program’s launch four years ago, more than 25,000 employees have pursued degrees in game design and visual communications, nursing, IT programming, and radiology, and more.
“Obviously Sterling Heights represents a significant customer base for Amazon, which certainly influenced their decision to select our city as the site for this delivery station,” says Michael Taylor , mayor of Sterling Heights.
“But the skilled workforce we enjoy here was also a major contributing factor. Our skilled labor in southeast Michigan, particularly in Sterling Heights, is second to none. We are delighted Amazon has chosen Sterling Heights as home to one of the first delivery stations in the county.”
In addition, Amazon has pledged to invest over $700 million to provide upskilling training for 100,000 U.S. employees for in-demand jobs. Programs will help workers from all backgrounds access training to move into highly skilled roles across the company’s corporate offices, tech hubs, fulfillment centers, retails stores, and transportation network, or pursue career paths outside of Amazon.