Amazon opens Linden delivery site — announces locations for five more

E-commerce giant, N.J.’s largest private employer, has signed leases in Bordentown, Cranbury, Delran, Edison, Lawrence Twp.

Amazon announced it has opened a delivery site in Linden and signed leases for five additional delivery stations in the state — building on its status as the state’s largest private employer.

Amazon, which employs just under 50,000 residents, said Wednesday it has signed leases for delivery stations in the following locations:

  • 2473 Old York Road, Building 1, Bordentown;
  • 343 Half Acre Road, Cranbury;
  • 400 Delran Parkway, Delran;
  • 1115 King Georges Post Road, Edison;
  • 10 Princess Road, Lawrence Township.

The Cranbury facility, which will be an “AMXL” facility, is scheduled to open in the spring. The other four facilities are slated to open in the summer. AMXL facilities are able to handle oversized products, such as rafts, televisions and furniture.

The Linden delivery station is one of 18 standard stations Amazon has in the state. It also has three AXML stations. The Linden site also is one of five sites the company previously has announced, with the others being in Lodi (opening in early spring), Carlstadt (spring), Edison (summer) and Teterboro (summer).

Amazon also has 15 sortation and fulfillment centers in the state, with plans to open a 16th this fall in Carneys Point in Salem County.

“We are excited to continue to invest in the state of New Jersey with new delivery stations that will provide efficient delivery for customers and create hundreds of job opportunities for the talented workforce,” Amazon spokesperson Emily Hawkins said. “These new delivery stations represent Amazon’s unwavering commitment to safety, technological innovation and skilled teams who are obsessed with delivering for our customers.”

Amazon has more than 250 delivery stations in the country. The company feels they offer entrepreneurs the opportunity to build their own business delivering Amazon packages, as well as independent contractors the flexibility to be their own boss and create their own schedule delivering for Amazon Flex.

Delivery stations are intended to power the last mile of order process and help speed up deliveries for customers. Packages are shipped to a delivery station from neighboring Amazon fulfillment and sortation centers, loaded into delivery vehicles and delivered to customers.

The 326,200-square-foot Linden delivery station at 1800 Lower Road will create more than 70 full and part-time associate jobs, all paying at least $15.75 per hour. In addition, the station will create hundreds of driver opportunities for Amazon’s Delivery Service Partners and Amazon Flex drivers.

Linden Mayor Derek Armstead said he was thrilled to welcome Amazon.

“We are delighted to have Amazon be a part of the Linden community,” he said. “Amazon will play a critical role as we attempt to recover in this COVID environment from job loss. We’d like to thank Amazon for collaborating with the city of Linden on this project in efforts to continue to drive the city’s economic recovery.”

In celebration of the launch, the station leadership team led a virtual read-along for more than 95 students at Linden School #4. Each student received an Amazon swag bag filled with a book, crayons, stickers, snacks and a face mask.

Amazon also contributed money to local charities.

Last year, Amazon donated $1.4 million to more than one dozen food banks, food pantries and other organizations in New Jersey working to combat food insecurity, including Community FoodBank of NJ, the Food Bank of South Jersey, Newark Working Kitchens, Table to Table and Franklin Food Bank.

Each of Amazon’s new standard delivery stations is now designed to meet the needs of its electric delivery vehicles. Ranging from the physical layout to the electrical design, these spaces are being optimized to offer flexibility and scale as the company moves closer to putting 10,000 electric delivery vehicles on the road in 2022.