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Amazon opens robotics fulfilment centre in Calgary

Employees work alongside automated systems and robots
Jillian Morgan, female, digital editor for Canadian Grocer
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Amazon Robotics technology. Photography courtesy Amazon

Amazon opened a new robotics fulfilment centre in Calgary Friday (May 24).

The 2.8 million square-foot facility, YYC4, employs more than 1,500 staff who work alongside automated systems and robots to pick, pack and ship customer orders.

Amazon Robotics technology used at YYC4 includes RWC4, a large robotic arm that sorts totes by destination and builds pallets for shipping, and Kermit, a trolley that focuses on towing empty totes throughout the facility and can adjust its speed and route as needed.

The e-comm giant now operates five fulfilment centres, one sortation centre, three delivery stations and two AMXL delivery stations in Alberta.

"Amazon is thrilled to invest in Calgary while benefitting our employees, customers, and the community," said Sushant Jha, General Manager at YYC4. "Through the ingenuity of our Amazon Robotics technology, we are creating new career paths and development opportunities. At the same time, we are delivering to customers at our fastest speeds ever with our safest, most sophisticated, and most advanced operations network."

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