MONTREAL – As more and more consumers shop online, Amazon is expanding its footprint in Quebec by specifying its investment intentions, which will cover a total of five sites and which should create more than 1,000 jobs.
A few weeks after inaugurating a sorting center in Longueuil, a southern suburb of Montreal, the American multinational announced on Tuesday that it will open another later this year in Coteau-du-Lac – its largest in the province with an area of over half a million square feet.
These sites will be added to three delivery stations, which constitute the last step in the process surrounding the shipment of orders.
“Our new facilities will help us meet the growing demand for excellent products and faster delivery times from customers,” said Jean-François Héroux, site manager for Amazon Canada in a statement.
The latter was not available for interviews. By email, a spokesperson for the company did not want to quantify the extent of the investments made by Amazon in the province.
Amazon inaugurated its first “operations center” in Quebec last July in the Montreal borough of Lachine. About 300 employees work there.
Without fanfare, the activities of the first Amazon sorting center in Quebec had started in Longueuil in a complex of approximately 200,000 square feet.
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More than 1,000 people are expected to work in these two futures centers, according to Amazon, which referred to “competitive compensation” of $ 16 an hour for full-time employees, a “group RRSP”, an allocation plan equity and performance bonuses.
Regarding the delivery stations, the activities of the first two will start later this year in Laval and Lachine. A third delivery station will also see the light of day on Île Jésus territory next year. No details were provided with regard to the deadlines surrounding the start-up of the various sites.
The multinational has dangled “hundreds of full-time and part-time positions”.
During a telephone interview, the director general of the Conseil québécois du commerce de commerce, Stéphane Drouin, was not alarmed to see Amazon increase its physical presence in the province, stressing that the web giant was already present in line.
“It is certain that Amazon represents a significant competition for Quebec retailers,” he said. For Quebec retailers, this forces them to continue to implement new practices. ”
Charles de Brabant, executive director of the Bensadoun School of Retail Management at McGill University, concurred, in an interview, arguing that a physical presence of Amazon in Quebec was virtually inevitable.
Few companies have benefited as much from the health crisis as the American giant, which therefore takes the opportunity to increase its footprint, explained the expert.
“I’m looking at the glass half full for Quebec and from the point of view of the economy, there is job creation”, said Mr. de Brabant, stressing that the multinational had already been singled out. in the past in terms of employment relationship.
The survival of many traders who did not accelerate their transition to online sales was already threatened before the health crisis, he added. Their fate is not necessarily attributable to the addition of sorting centers and distribution stations by Amazon, said de Brabant.
Julien Arsenault, The Canadian Press