Almost 70 locations closed, canceled or delayed

Amazon (AMZN) intends to reduce the number of warehouses in its US real estate portfolio after rapidly expanding due to high demand during the pandemic.

At the height of the COVID pandemic, Amazon was inundated with orders as Americans turned to the retail giant for their needs as physical stores were temporarily closed to stem the spread of the virus.

Increasing demand from buyers prompted Amazon to quickly add inventory to keep up with increased orders. Amazon is now closing warehouses because demand has slacked.

As many as 71 warehouses have been closed, canceled or delayed since this week, according to supply chain and logistics consultancy MWPVL International. A total of 21 camps have already been closed, 21 new locations canceled and a further 27 facilities put on hold for various reasons.

From 2020 to 2022, Amazon’s new warehouses nearly doubled its space from 272 million square feet at the end of 2019 to more than 525 million square feet by the end of 2021, CNBC reported.

But then the pandemic eased, orders slowed, and consumers returned to brick-and-mortar stores, leaving Amazon with too much inventory. As a result, Amazon is reducing its activities, including closing fulfillment centers and last-mile delivery locations, MWPVL reported.

It is unclear how many workers will lose their jobs. CNBC reported that 190 workers recently lost their jobs in Hanover, Maryland and another 163 workers were laid off in Essex, Maryland, according to published WARN notices.

Amazon informed the news agency that all affected employees will be offered jobs at another location.

In the second quarter of 2022, Amazon cut its workforce by 99,000 people after a major hiring wave to free up workers to handle the growing warehouse workload, CNBC said. It now employs 1.52 million people, according to the news outlet.

“While we’re closing some of our older locations, we’re also improving some of our facilities and we’re continuing to open new locations,” an Amazon spokesperson told CNBC. “In fact, since 2020, we’ve added more than 350 new modern facilities to our network in the United States alone, and have dozens more facilities under construction here in the United States and around the world.”

Here is the list of Amazon warehouses that are closed, canceled or delayed according to the MWPVL in the US.

Closed Locations

  • San Leandro, California (2 locations)
  • Sonoma, California
  • West Covina, California
  • Arvada, Colorado
  • Engelwood, Colo
  • Branford, Connecticut
  • Coral Springs, Fla
  • Chamblee, Georgia
  • Louisville, Kentucky
  • Dedham, Massachusetts
  • Everett, Mass
  • Mansfield, Massachusetts
  • Milford, Massachusetts
  • Randolph, Massachusetts
  • Essex, Md
  • Hanover, Maryland
  • Bellmawr, New Jersey
  • Bethpage, New Jersey
  • New-York, New-York
  • Nashville, Tennessee

Canceled Locations

  • Bessemer, Alabama
  • Hayward, California
  • Oceanside, California
  • Salt Flats, California
  • Santa Rosa, California
  • Fort Myers, Fla
  • Crystal Lake, Illinois
  • Hoffman Estates, Illinois
  • Gaithersburg, Maryland
  • Ypsilanti, Michigan
  • Kansas City, Missouri
  • Greensboro, North Carolina
  • Wilmington, North Carolina
  • Hudson, New Hampshire (2 locations)
  • Egg Harbor City, New Jersey
  • Newark, New Jersey
  • Penitas, Texas
  • Round Rock, Texas
  • Lawrence, Wisconsin
  • Sturtevant, Wisconsin

Delayed Locations

  • Bakersfield, California
  • Cocoa, Florida
  • Miramar, Fla
  • Riviera Beach, Florida
  • Davenport, Iowa
  • Meridian, Idaho
  • Huntley, Illinois
  • Valparaíso, Indiana
  • Shreveport, Louisiana
  • Slidell, Louisiana
  • Parish of Pittsfield, Michigan
  • Enka Village, North Carolina
  • Papillon, Nebraska
  • Gates, New York
  • Hamburg, New York
  • Canton, Ohio
  • Dayton, Ohio
  • Montgomery, Ohio
  • Sioux Falls, South Dakota
  • Alcoa, Tennessee
  • Clarksville, Tennessee
  • League City, Texas
  • San Antonio, Texas
  • Marriott-Slaterville, Utah
  • Pasco, Washington (2 locations)
  • Sturtevant, Wisconsin

Amazon’s shares were trading at $127.62 in early trading on Thursday, down 93 cents, or 0.72%.

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