Amazon deliveries

Amazon is offering aspiring entrepreneurs an opportunity to start their own businesses as delivery partners.

NASHUA — Amazon’s first delivery station in New Hampshire is now employing nearly 400 workers at its new Gate City location.

The 62,000-square-foot facility at 10 State St. is one of the newest in the Amazon network, according to David Galante, senior regional leader with Amazon Logistics.

“We are constantly evaluating our fulfillment network to ensure best customer selection, convenience and the ability to respond to demand,” said Galante. “The opening of this delivery station in Nashua enables us to deliver to customers in the area even faster.”

The warehouse building, on a 4.5-acre parcel, had been vacant for several months until Amazon opened its delivery station last October. This week, a grand opening was held at the center, which is now accepting packages from larger warehouse facilities from throughout New England.

“There are currently more than 380 part-time and full-time employees, in addition to creating hundreds of additional work opportunities for independent contractors and small businesses who deliver packages on behalf of Amazon,” Galante said of the Nashua facility.

The new Amazon center joins more than 100 delivery stations already in operation across the country. Thousands of packages are delivered daily from the Nashua site.

There are currently four Delivery Service Partners serving the Nashua delivery station, employing hundreds of local drivers, Galante said.

“Delivery Service Partners will get delivery volume from Amazon, access to the company’s sophisticated delivery technology and discounts on a suite of assets and services including discounted vehicle leases and comprehensive insurance to keep startup costs low,” he said.

Amazon will take an active role in helping interested entrepreneurs start, set up and manage their delivery business, according to Galante, who said successful owners can earn between $75,000 and $300,000 in annual profit operating 20 to 40 delivery vehicles.

Amazon has a long-term lease for the State Street property, which is owned by 1987 Tamposi Limited Partnership. There are currently 17 loading dock doors in the warehouse, but only a handful are currently being used.

As part of its grand opening celebration this week, Amazon also partnered with Marguerite’s Place, a local nonprofit that provides women and children with transitional housing and other services. Amazon donated $10,000 worth of supplies to Marguerite’s Place to help provide food, shelter and basic needs to local families.

Monday, October 14, 2019