Amazon opens its first delivery center in Belgium

A month after launching its Belgian Amazon site, the American e-commerce giant opened its first delivery center in Antwerp on Thursday. The proximity to the port and the large number of consumers in the area were the decisive factors.

For the moment, the delivery center is still calm, “but this will soon change as Christmas approaches”, says Eva Faict, manager. Amazon sells some 180 million products in more than 30 categories and “absolutely wants to establish a strong relationship with Belgian brands as well”. For now, the Americans are behind their competitors Bol and Coolblue in our country.

Amazon’s new delivery center is located in the Blue Gate business park, south of Antwerp, and currently employs 43 people. This will be done in the future through permanent contracts combined with interim contracts. There are also around 200 drivers working for courier companies.

The center receives parcels from major sorting centers in France, Germany and other countries. In Antwerp, they are then sorted and then delivered by subcontractors to customers in the region.

During the inauguration, Prime Minister Jan Jambon (N-VA) highlighted the efforts already made by our country to attract e-commerce. “But improvements are still possible, for example with regard to night work”, said Mr. Jambon. Alderman Koen Kennis, also present at the inauguration, insisted that we must continue to combine online and physical purchases.

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