Delivering Excellence: Amazon Fulfillment Centers

Delivering Excellence: Amazon Fulfillment Centers


Columbia, SC / Spartanburg, SC / Lakeland, FL
3,047,928 square feet

After multiple years of exponential sales growth, online retailer, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN) needed to increase the efficiency of their order fulfillment network, particularly in the booming Southeastern United States. Existing buildings could not handle the massive amount of employee parking required to operate their distribution centers, so Amazon needed to find a partner to assist them with their first greenfield development of their new fulfillment center prototype. At the conclusion of their search process, which spanned at least twelve states, they identified South Carolina as a favorable location to service their supply chain requirement of delivering orders directly to consumers.

Johnson Development Associates leveraged its market knowledge and local relationships to help Amazon’s site selection team identify a location near the intersection of I-26 and I-77, and create a game plan to successfully transform the wooded site into a new fulfillment center of over one million square feet. In late December of 2010, Amazon gave JDA the green light to develop the facility in Lexington County’s Saxe Gotha Industrial Park. This project created over 1500 new jobs and more than $100 million of investment into South Carolina’s economy.

JDA’s selection as the developer for this project is reflective of its professionalism, experience and reputation. The success of the project for all parties, as well as the high quality product that was delivered led to the ongoing relationship that JDA has maintained with Amazon, as JDA has since been selected to develop fulfillment centers for Amazon in Lakeland, Florida and Spartanburg, South Carolina. These additional facilities also exceed one million square feet and have contributed similar job and investment levels to the respective communities. All three projects were delivered on time and under budget, creating additional value for both our client and investors, and establishing JDA as one of the nation’s preeminent providers of e-commerce fulfillment space.

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