|Amazon.com To Open Georgia Distribution Center To Meet Rapid Growth|
Customers to benefit from faster shipping times, greater availability
SEATTLE, June 8, 1999--/PRNewswire/-- As part of its efforts to continually enhance service to customers, leading online retailer Amazon.com has obtained a highly mechanized distribution facility in McDonough, Georgia, that will allow the company to reduce standard shipping times to customers in key markets in the Southeastern United States.
The Georgia facility is the fifth new Amazon.com distribution center to be announced this year and means that by the busy 1999 holiday shopping season, Amazon.com will have more than 3.5 million square feet of space at seven distribution centers nationwide-more than 10 times the distribution center floor space the company had in 1998.
Amazon.com's Georgia distribution center will play an integral role in the company's overall global logistics strategy and is part of the company's effort to develop a significant distribution infrastructure to meet long-term growth and provide Amazon.com customers nationwide and around the world with fast, reliable shipping that comes directly from the company.
The 800,000-square-foot Georgia facility will be the largest Amazon.com distribution facility to date and will allow Amazon.com, the Internet's No. 1 video, No. 1 music, and No. 1 book retailer, to increase significantly the number of books, CDs, videos, and other products kept on hand for immediate shipment to customers.
The result of Amazon.com's leasing of the McDonough facility is that customers in such places as Nashville, Birmingham, Atlanta, and New Orleans will receive their orders much faster, thanks to greater availability, quicker processing, and shorter delivery times.
"With the addition of the Georgia distribution center to our supply chain network, we continue to deepen our inventory for fast, reliable shipments by a team of dedicated Amazon.com professionals," said Jimmy Wright, Amazon.com Inc.'s chief logistics officer. "At Amazon.com, our distribution center associates are the last people to touch orders before they reach our customers -- that's why we do our own shipping. When it comes to our customers, we don't take any chances."
The McDonough facility gives Amazon.com distribution capability that will help the company better serve its customers. Located in Georgia, approximately 20 miles south of the Atlanta airport, Amazon.com will be the facility's first tenant. The facility will be leased by Amazon.com and is expected to begin operations by the end of the third quarter of 1999. Terms of the lease were not disclosed.
Amazon.com expects its McDonough facility will employ more than 500 people within a few months of operation.
McDonough Open House
In May 1999, Amazon.com announced that it had leased a 570,000-square-foot distribution center in Campbellsville, Kentucky and a 600,000-square-foot distribution center in Lexington, Kentucky. The Campbellsville facility will be expanded to approximately 770,000 square feet this year. In April 1999, the company announced that it had leased a facility that will be expanded to more than 750,000 square feet in Coffeyville, Kansas. In January 1999, the company announced that it had obtained a 322,560-square-foot facility in Fernley, Nevada, outside Reno. In November 1997, the company opened a 202,000-square-foot center in New Castle, Delaware, outside Philadelphia. The company's Seattle distribution center has 93,000 square feet of space.
The McDonough distribution center will be operated by Amazon.com.gadc, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN).
Amazon.com's subsidiaries operate two international Web sites: www.amazon.co.uk in the United Kingdom and www.amazon.de in Germany. Amazon.com's subsidiaries also operate PlanetAll (www.planetall.com), a Web-based address book, calendar, and reminder service, and the Internet Movie Database (www.imdb.com), the Web's comprehensive and authoritative source of information on more than 150,000 movies and entertainment programs and 500,000 cast and crew members dating from the birth of film in 1892 to the present. An Amazon.com subsidiary also operates LiveBid.com (www.livebid.com), the sole provider of live-event auctions on the Internet.
In addition, Amazon.com has invested in leading Internet retailers that are improving the lives of customers by making shopping easier and more convenient. They are: drugstore.com, a complete online provider of health, beauty, wellness, and prescription drug products, at www.drugstore.com; Pets.com, the largest pet supply company on the Internet and a valuable source of free information for pet owners, at www.pets.com; HomeGrocer.com, the first fully integrated Internet grocery shopping and home delivery service with operations in Seattle and Portland, Oregon, at www.homegrocer.com.
This announcement contains forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties that include, among others, Amazon.com's limited operating history, anticipated losses, unpredictability of future revenues, potential fluctuations in quarterly operating results, seasonality, consumer trends, competition, risks of system interruption, management of potential growth, risks related to auction services, and risks of new business areas, international expansion, business combinations, and strategic alliances. More information about factors that potentially could affect Amazon.com's financial results is included in Amazon.com's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including its Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 1998 and Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended March 31, 1999.
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