By Neil Nisperos, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 03/30/16 – 10:47 AM PDT |

SAN BERNARDINO >> Amazon is planning to add more than 1,000 jobs to the region, announcing Wednesday that it will build a second fulfillment center in the city.

The warehouse will be the company’s seventh in the state, and third Amazon-related operation in San Bernardino, where the company launched its first California fulfillment center in 2012.

“San Bernardino has proven to be an important part of Amazon’s growth in California, and we are proud to continue creating jobs and helping support the economy here in the Inland Empire,” said Akash Chauhan, Amazon’s vice president of North American operations, in a statement.

“Over the past 31/2 years, we have not only built a network of top-notch fulfillment centers across the state, but we’ve also provided continuing education classrooms on-site, generous paid parental leave benefits and leadership growth for associates in addition to competitive wages.”

Amazon currently counts more than 12,000 full-time employees at its six California fulfillment centers and plans to create more than 1,000 more full-time positions in the new San Bernardino facility.

Outside of San Bernardino, Amazon’s other California fulfillment centers are located in Tracy, Patterson, Moreno Valley, Redlands and Rialto. Amazon also has a sorting facility in San Bernardino.

Amazon employees at the new 1.1 million-square-foot San Bernardino facility will pick, pack and ship smaller items, such as books, electronics and toys, similar to the kind of products shipped from the existing San Bernardino fulfillment center. The Redlands site handles the larger items, such as appliances.

Jay Prag, professor of economics and finance at the Drucker School of Management at Claremont Graduate University, said Wednesday the expansion of fulfillment centers by Amazon in the region is consistent with the growing popularity of online shopping over the past several years.

“From personal observation, I was in a major shopping mall yesterday, and it’s struck me that it was empty,” Prag said. “People aren’t shopping in the traditional brick-and-mortar stores unless they have a specialty.”

Prag said the addition of another Amazon center is another win for the Inland Empire economy.

“We will have retail jobs lost and distribution jobs gained, so that will be positive and negative,” Prag said. “I think it’s a net win because we got distribution jobs for the whole country because of our location relative to the ports. There will be more distribution jobs gained.”

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