Those locations are in Breinigsville, Pennsylvania; Middletown, Delaware; Chattanooga and Murfreesboro, Tennessee; Charleston and Spartanburg, South Carolina; Patterson, San Bernardino and Tracy, California; Chester, Virginia; Phoenix, Arizona; Coppell, San Antonio and Haslet, Texas; Hebron, Kentucky; and Indianapolis and Jeffersonville, Indiana.
The company already has more than 20,000 employees spread across three dozen U.S. "fulfillment centers," as it calls them. It plans to open another five facilities this year; last year, it opened 20.
While the company framed the news in terms of job creation, the interesting angle to all this is a continued focus on Amazon's now-signature strategy: "To hell with today's profit, let's destroy the competition and rake it in later."
Which is why, as Bloomberg's Danielle Kucera points out, Amazon's warehouse expenses have more than doubled during the past three years. The company is trying to put fulfillment centers closer to consumers; it values faster delivery times and reduced shipping costs over the cost of building and staffing additional facilities.
Another key driver: the broader network allows Amazon to better serve Prime members, who pay $79 per year for unlimited two-day shipping.