By Neil Nisperos, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 11/24/15 – 4:51 PM PST |

RIALTO >> Online retail giant Amazon quietly began warehousing operations out of its sixth California-based e-commerce fulfillment center in Rialto earlier this month.

The company has leased 880,000 square feet of warehousing space at the Prologis Rialto I-210 Distribution Center, 2496 W. Walnut Ave. Amazon’s large fulfillment centers throughout the country are where online orders are boxed and shipped to customers, often with same-day delivery.

When the facility is fully operational early next year, Amazon will begin fulfilling large-item orders, such as appliances and television sets, from the center for its customers.

Until then, the Rialto fulfillment center is providing warehousing support for the other fulfillment centers in the Inland Empire during the busy holiday season and employs 300 workers, said Ashley Robinson, an Amazon spokeswoman.

When fully operational, the center should employ several hundred workers, Robinson said, though she could not provide a specific number.

The Rialto center comes on the heels of a growing Amazon logistics platform in the Inland Empire. Since 2012, Amazon has built warehouses in San Bernardino, Moreno Valley and Redlands, bolstering an already booming warehousing industry in the region.

“It’s a good thing to have a facility like that,” said Greg Lantz, economic development manager. “We already had an existing distribution facility so, for the most part, Amazon is going to be a large employer for the city. … This is a good distribution center for the region and Amazon continues to expand and they’re going to try to get into the same-day deliveries to have more and more of these facilities in the general region to supply increasing demand for Internet sales.”

Two other California-based Amazon fulfillment centers are located in Tracy and Patterson, in Northern California.

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