Archive for May, 2017

Did Amazon create more Jacksonville warehouse jobs?

Saturday, May 27th, 2017

Amazon recently opened several more fulfillment centers and may also be creating more Jacksonville warehouse jobs.

Over the past five years, Amazon created over 150,000 jobs in the United States, growing its workforce here from 30,000 employees in 2011 to over 180,000 at the end of 2016. The company has plans to create an additional 100,000 full-time, full-benefit jobs in the U.S. over the next 18 months. These new job opportunities are for people all across the country and with all types of experience, education and skill levels—from engineers and software developers to those seeking entry-level positions and on-the-job training. Many of the roles will be in new fulfillment centers that have been announced over the past several months and are currently under construction in Texas, California, Florida, New Jersey and many other states across the country.

“Innovation is one of our guiding principles at Amazon, and it’s created hundreds of thousands of American jobs. These jobs are not just in ourSeattle headquarters or in Silicon Valley—they’re in our customer service network, fulfillment centers and other facilities in local communities throughout the country,” said Jeff Bezos, Amazon Founder and CEO. “We plan to add another 100,000 new Amazonians across the company over the next 18 months as we open new fulfillment centers, and continue to invent in areas like cloud technology, machine learning, and advanced logistics.”

Examples of states where Amazon has created thousands of jobs and will continue to hire even more in the coming months and years:

Washington – Amazon now has over 40,000 employees at corporate offices and fulfillment centers in its home state. Once the current expansion of Amazon’s Seattle headquarters is complete, the company will have more than 30 buildings covering over 10 million square feet in the city’s downtown core.

Texas – Since 2013, Amazon has launched seven new fulfillment centers in Texas, with an eighth under construction in Houston. The current fulfillment centers located in Dallas, Fort Worth, Haslet, Coppell, Schertz, and San Marcos, employ more than 10,000 full-time associates, and the new Houston location will create more than 1,000 new full-times roles. Amazon also employs more than 500 associates in Austin at its corporate office and has openings for hundreds more.

California – Amazon Operations has created more than 14,000 full-time jobs in California since 2012 and announced four new Golden State fulfillment centers in 2016. Combined, those sites will bring over 4,000 new jobs to local communities such as Sacramento and Tracy. Amazon also has over 3,000 corporate employees across the state in a variety of businesses, including Amazon Web Services, Amazon Studios, Amazon Lab126 and more.

Illinois – Amazon currently operates five fulfillment centers in Edwardsville, Joliet and Romeoville, with another four fulfillment centers under construction in Monee, Aurora and Waukegan. More than 7,000 full-time jobs will be created in Illinois when construction is complete later this year.

Kentucky – Amazon employs more than 10,000 full-time employees across 11 sites in Kentucky and plans to bring more than one thousand new jobs to the state this year. The company recently completed a multi-million dollar renovation of its 17-year-old fulfillment center inCampbellsville.

Florida – Amazon has created more than 4,000 full-time jobs in Florida since 2013. Two new fulfillment centers were recently announced in Jacksonville, increasing the company’s presence to nine locations, including fulfillment and sortation centers and Prime Now Hubs. The new fulfillment centers will bring Amazon’s workforce in the Sunshine State to over 6,500.

New Jersey – Amazon currently employs more than 11,000 employees in New Jersey across seven sites. The company has plans to add additional fulfillment centers in the Garden State that will create 2,500 additional full-time jobs.

Center creates warehouse jobs in Jacksonville

Monday, May 8th, 2017

A new Amazon fulfillment center will create more warehouse jobs in Jacksonville.

Amazon plans to open a second fulfillment center in Jacksonville. The facility will add more than 1,000 full-time jobs with benefits starting on day one.

“We’re excited to further expand our presence in the state with this new fulfillment center in Jacksonville,” said Akash Chauhan, Amazon’s vice president of North American operations. “Florida has been an ideal location to help enable superfast shipping speeds to customers and a source of exceptional talent for Amazon. We’re proud to be creating great jobs with benefits for Floridians.”

“Six months after announcing a major fulfillment center in Jacksonville, Amazon is again choosing Jacksonville as the site of another facility that will create an additional 1,000 new jobs, bringing the company’s announced footprint in Jacksonville to 2,500 jobs,” said Aaron Bowman, senior vice president of JAXUSA Partnership. “Landing a second facility in such a short amount of time further solidifies the JAX region as a place of unlimited opportunity, fueled by possibilities.”

During the past three years, Amazon has announced multiple facilities in Florida including four fulfillment centers, two sortation centers as well as Prime Now hubs in Miami, Tampa and Orlando. At the new 1-million-square-foot fulfillment center in Jacksonville, employees will pick, pack and ship large items like household decor, sporting equipment and gardening tools.

Governor Rick Scott said, “Amazon’s decision to continue investing and creating jobs in our state is great news. I look forward to celebrating the many new job opportunities Amazon will bring to Jacksonville families and their continued success across Florida.”

 

 

Home Improvement store recruits for customer service jobs in Jacksonville

Tuesday, May 2nd, 2017

The Home Depot is recruiting big for customer service jobs in Jacksonville.

The company will be hiring for more than 80,000 positions in stores and distribution centers for its spring selling season.

Opportunities are available at The Home Depot’s nearly 2,000 U.S. stores, as well as 75 distribution facilities. They include customer service and sales, lot associates, freight and receiving, store support and cashier positions. The company’s Merchandising Execution Team – responsible for setting merchandising displays and ensuring products are customer-ready – also is hiring this spring.

The time Home Depot associates accrue during their seasonal assignments generally applies to eligibility for benefits if they transition to a permanent position with the company. Part-time and full-time permanent hourly associates at The Home Depot qualify for profit sharing, tuition assistance, 401k and a discounted stock purchase plan.

The Home Depot is the world’s largest home improvement specialty retailer, with 2,278 retail stores in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, 10 Canadian provinces and Mexico. In fiscal 2016, The Home Depot had sales of $94.6 billion and earnings of $8.0 billion. The Company employs more than 400,000 associates.

 

 

 

 

Grants to help Jacksonville jobs

Tuesday, May 2nd, 2017

A new round of grants from the Labor Department may give Jacksonville jobs a boost.

The U.S. Department of Labor announced the availability of approximately $5.7 million in grants in the sixth round of its Workforce Data Quality Initiative.

The initiative increases understanding at the state level about how education and workforce development programs complement each other and, as a result, promotes greater efficiency.

The department plans to award approximately three grants – with a maximum $1 million award – to eligible State Workforce Agencies, or SWAs. The grants will provide for the development or enhancement of a state workforce longitudinal administrative database. These databases include information on programs that provide training and employment services. They are useful in that the databases track the same type of information on the same subjects at multiple points in time.

In addition – and for the first time – the department plans to award one grant with a maximum amount of $2.7 million to an eligible SWA for the integration of the state’s case management system, performance reporting, and/or fiscal reporting systems with the state’s longitudinal database.

Grantees will be expected to use their longitudinal databases to conduct research and analysis aimed at determining the effectiveness of workforce and education programs and to develop tools to better inform customers about the benefits of the publicly funded workforce system.

The department’s grants are open to eligible SWAs nationwide to improve the quality and availability of workforce data. Grantees will be expected to achieve multiple goals during the three-year grant period. These goals include:

  • Developing or improving state workforce longitudinal databases with individual-level information.
  • Enabling workforce data to be matched with education data to create longitudinal data systems.
  • Improving the quality and breadth of the data in the workforce data systems.
  • Using longitudinal data to provide useful information about program operations.
  • Analyzing the performance of education and employment training programs.
  • Providing user-friendly information to consumers, in the form of scorecards or integrated digital platforms, to help them select the training and education programs that best suit their needs.
  • Integrating performance, fiscal, and case management systems with the longitudinal database.