Amazon plans to open its ninth warehouse in Florida, in Miami, an 800,000-square-foot facility that will give its 1,000 full-time workers "opportunities to engage with Amazon Robotics in a highly technological workplace." The robots will "assist employees in fulfilling customer orders."
The facility will stock "small items" such as books, electronics and toys and will be located near Opa-locka Executive Airport at the Carrie Meek International Business Park, a public/private partnership involving the Carrie Meek Foundation and Foundry Commercial, which is offering at least some new jobs through training provided by the foundation.
Governor Rick Scott noted "the important role of Enterprise Florida and local economic development agencies" in helping Amazon come to the area. County Commissioner Barbra Jordan thanked "all the characters involved over the past several years that helped make the Amazon deal possible."
Amazon has an estimated 30,000 robots in its warehouses that were developed by Kiva Systems, the robotics company it bought in 2012 and renamed Amazon Robotics in 2015.