Amazon on Monday announced it has opened three additional logistics centres in Brazil, in order to take advantage of the online shopping boom caused by the coronavirus pandemic.
The new centres are opening in the states of Minas Gerais in the south east, Rio Grande do Sul on the country’s southern border and the capital city of Brasilia in the central-western region, according to Reuters.
This will take the number of Amazon logistics centres in Brazil up to eight, expanding the ecommerce giant’s reach in South America’s largest economy.
The expansion adds 75,000 square metres of distribution space for Amazon, and will create 1,500 direct jobs, making it the retailer’s largest expansion in the country since 2012.
Amazon chief executive in Brazil Alex Szapiro noted that the new centres will allow the retailer to increase the number of cities where Amazon Prime customers can receive deliveries in two business days from 400 to over 500.
“Brazil is the country with the fastest growth in Amazon Prime subscriptions,” Szapiro told Reuters.