Amazon.com will build a 1 million-square-foot logistics center in Rheinberg, Germany, in the western part of the country, scaling up the online retailer’s distribution capacity in Europe.
The distribution center near Duisburg would be Amazon’s fifth in Germany and position goods along rail and highway routes near the population centers of Dusseldorf and Essen and within 120 miles of the UPS hub at the Cologne Airport.
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Industry property developers the Goodman Group will develop the facility. Construction is supposed to start this month and officials said the center will employ up to 1,000 people when completed.
“The central geographical location in Europe, access to a great employment base, and the excellent connection to all major highways as well as the good collaboration with the city of Rheinberg are the main reasons for selecting this location,” said Allan Lyall, vice president of European operations at Amazon.
Amazon got about 45 percent of its $34.2 billion in revenue outside the United States in 2010.