Delivering Excellence: Amazon Fulfillment Centers

Delivering Excellence: Amazon Fulfillment Centers


Columbia, SC / Spartanburg, SC / Lakeland, FL / Mobile, AL / Baltimore, MD
3,655,445 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 new greenfield developments for fulfillment and sortation centers.

In 2010, Johnson Development Associates leveraged its market knowledge and local relationships to help Amazon’s site selection team identify a location in Columbia, SC and create a game plan to successfully transform the wooded site into a new fulfillment center of over one million square feet. This project created over 1,500 new jobs and more than $100 million of investment into South Carolina’s economy.

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 in Lakeland, Florida and Spartanburg, South Carolina, a sortation center in Mobile, Alabama, and a sprinter van parking facility in Baltimore, MD. All completed projects have been 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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