News Article Accolade Amazon Czech Republic industrial Panattoni Europe
by Property Forum | Industrial

Internet retailer Amazon has opened its new robotic distribution centre in Kojetin, Přerov region, where it plans to employ up to 2,000 workers. This is Amazon's second distribution centre in the Czech Republic, but the new one is equipped with the most advanced robotic technology, the Czech News Agency (ČTK) reported.

The four-storey robotic distribution centre in an industrial park on the outskirts of Kojetín was built for Amazon by Panattoni. The logistics centre required an investment of more than CZK 5 billion (€210 million) and the project was financed by Accolade Group. The total area of the hall exceeds 187,000 sqm, with a floor plan of 51,000 sqm. The height of the building exceeds 27 metres where the stair shafts lead. 

Special robotic units will facilitate the work of employees in the new logistics centre in Kojetin. "This is Amazon's second distribution centre in the Czech Republic, but the first to be equipped with the latest robotic technology that supports employees in their tasks when processing customer orders," Noah Zyla from Amazon told ČTK. "Amazon's investment in Kojetin is further proof of our commitment to the Czech Republic, as we will create up to 2,000 new permanent jobs here once fully operational," added Michal Šmíd, Amazon's CEO for the Czech Republic.

Amazon is the world's largest online retailer and, together with Google, Apple and Microsoft, is one of the so-called Big Four technology companies in the world. Amazon has been operating in the Czech Republic since 2013 and has invested over CZK 26 billion (€1.093 billion). Amazon's first distribution centre in the Czech Republic was opened in 2015 in Dobrovíz. The company now employs over 4,000 people in the country.