Amazon Opens New Logistics Centre In Madrid

26 July 2017 – Expansión

Amazon has announced the inauguration of a new logistics depot in Getafe (Madrid), which will see the creation of around 80 direct jobs next year. This centre will allow Amazon “to operate in Spain with greater capacity and flexibility and whereby offer faster deliveries to its clients and a better service to businesses who sell their products on Amazon and use its logistics network”, according to the

Moreover, Amazon has introduced new software for the distribution companies that work with it so that they can optimise their delivery times through route recommendations and, for example, by factoring in speed limits and daily traffic patterns.

The company led by Jeff Bezos may be planning to open a logistics macro-centre in Toledo and two more facilities in Madrid, which would create a network of 25 warehouses spread all over the country. For the time being, Amazon’s logistics network in Spain includes the San Fernando de Henares centre (Madrid) and a centre in Castellbisbal (Barcelona) dedicated to Amazon Pantry, as well as two urban centres in Madrid and Barcelona to serve its Prime Now users.

Original story: Expansión (by M. Juste)

Translation: Carmel Drake

Amazon Negotiates Rental Of 13,000 m2 Office Space In Barcelona

27 February 2017 – Expansión

The distribution giant Amazon is preparing to make its debut in the 22@ technological district of Barcelona. The company is negotiating the rental of 13,000 m2 of office space in the future Luxa building, which is being promoted by the Castellví group. If the agreement is signed, it will represent the latest chapter in the company’s recent offensive to expand its presence in Cataluña.

Sources close to the negotiations indicate that the agreement between the two parties may be signed within the next three weeks. Meanwhile, spokespeople for Amazon and Castellví have declined to comment on the information.

The Luxa building is going to be split into two units: the main section will have a surface area of 9,920 m2, whilst the second building will add another 6,494 m2 of space. Between the two, there will be almost 17,000 m2 of office space, which means that Amazon will occupy 75% of the total.

The likely arrival of Amazon in 22@, which was revealed by the website Ejeprime, confirms the boom times that the area is enjoying. Another recent high-profile operation involved the technology company Schibsted, which last week announced its plans to move into an office building promoted by the real estate firm Colonial.

In recent months, Amazon has made a strong commitment to Cataluña. The company led by Jeff Bezos will open a 60,000 m2 logistics centre in El Prat de Llobregat (Barcelona) in the autumn, following a €200 million investment. And a few months ago, the giant inaugurated another logistics centre, measuring 28,000 m2, in Castellbisbal (Barcelona). Meanwhile, at the beginning of last year, the firm opened a collection point in el Eixample.

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Translation: Carmel Drake