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Amazon announces 5th logistics center in Brazil with extraordinary expansion of e-commerce

Companies in the sector are striving to expand logistics structures and cope with increased demand

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  • Located in Cajamar, metropolitan region of São Paulo, the new center has more than 100,000 square meters;
  • Amazon says it offers around 30 million products in Brazil, including items from small and medium companies on its marketplace.

Amazon announced on Thursday the inauguration of its fifth and largest logistics center in Brazil, in the wake of the expansion of e-commerce with social isolation measures to contain the Covid-19 pandemic.

Located in Cajamar, in the metropolitan region of São Paulo, the center covers more than 100,000 square meters and, according to the company, will help with plans to serve more customers with fast deliveries.

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“Amazon is excited to expand logistics operations in the São Paulo region, generating additional jobs and increasing our capacity to handle the extraordinary growth we have registered in Brazil”, said in a note the head of Amazon in Brazil, Alex Szapiro.

The center is Amazon’s fourth in the Greater São Paulo area. It also has another one in Brazil, in Pernambuco, which serves the Northeast region.

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The movement of Amazon, which says it offers around 30 million products in the country, including items from small and medium companies, happens simultaneously to efforts by companies in the chain to expand their logistics structures to cope with the increased demand for e-commerce.

In August, logistics company Sequoia, specializing in ecommerce, requested registration for an initial public offering (IPO) and listing on B3.

Mercado Libre hired 60 trucks and will seek another 90 by the end of the year to help in the delivery of orders, while seeking to cope to the significant increase in operations and rely less on others.

In April,  Via Retail announced the purchase of startup ASAPlog, specializing in logistics solutions and carrier connection over long distances.