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Contxto – Spanning over 100,000 meters and equivalent to 18 soccer fields is Amazon’s latest Mex3 Amazon Distribution Center in Mexico State’s Tepotzotlán municipality. The multinational corporation says that this is its largest Amazon facility in Latin America, located 40 km from Mexico City.
To ensure growth in Mexico’s nascent eCommerce industry, the Mex3 Amazon Distribution Center will create jobs and improve the country’s customer-oriented services, according to Luis Correa Curiel, director of operations of Amazon Mexico.
“We want to be the most customer-centric company that exists,” said Correa. “With this new warehouse here in Mexico State where we store millions of products, we will generate 1,500 jobs in this space.”
Located within the Prologis Park Grande industrial center, this marks Amazon’s third distribution center in Mexico State. Two other centers were already operating in the Cuautitlán Izcalli municipality, according to Reuters.
While officials recently held the inauguration ceremony for Mex3, this space has reportedly been operating since May 2018.
“When you have a building this big, you don’t start all at once,” added Correa. “We’re going to see how it goes, and make changes, according to the needs of the customers.”
Economic and technological gains
State officials have invited Amazon with open arms due to the expected economic advantages.
“This investment is welcome and speaks very well of this company (Amazon) that has been characterized by breaking paradigms and that is why it has been listed as one of the five most important companies in the world,” said Alfredo del Mazo, the governor of Mexico State.
Mexico State Economic Development Secretary Enrique Jacob Rocha also praised Amazon for investing in this center. From his perspective, he believes this proves the area’s potential to become a logistics hub.
“Amazon trusted us since they got here in 2015, with their two centers in Cuautitlán Izcalli, and now in Tepotzotlán,” said Rocha. “This is an important investment for Mexico State, which has been growing as a center for logistics.”
Governor Mazo takes this proposition even further with his promotion for emergent technology. In collaboration with Amazon, he hopes Mexico can adapt to future technological demands for economic prosperity.
“Innovation is the main source of growth,” said Mazo. “In the next few years the internet of things, biotechnology, nanotechnology, are technologies that will be increasingly familiar.”
In 2018, Amazon reigned supreme in Mexico’s e-commerce industry for the second consecutive year with 36.54 percent of the market share. Compared to competitors, Mercado Libre only secured 35.26 percent while Walmart held 15.38 percent.