Local businesses can become Amazon supply partners

Amazon, which is opening a massive facility in Davenport in a few months, is looking for local businesses to be supply partners.

Businesses across the region interested in providing the goods and services Amazon needs to keep its internal businesses running in the Quad Cities and across its network now can register to be a supply partner. 

“At Amazon, we look at suppliers who want to become partners on our road to being earth’s most customer obsessed company,” Kennedy Oates, vice president of Global Procurement at Amazon, said on the Amazon website.

Supply partners fuel the indirect supply chain by providing non-inventory goods and services to Amazon, such as packaging, professional services, equipment, information technology, construction materials and services, and maintenance, repair and operations. According to Amazon’s Supplier Connect website, the company seeks supply partners that have a passion for innovation, demonstrate social responsibility, value diversity and inclusion, and are committed to a sustainable future.

Visit supplierconnect.amazon.com for more information on becoming a supply partner.

Construction on the 2.9 million-square-foot Amazon Robotic Fulfillment Center in northwest Davenport is underway and expected to open in early fall. Approximately 30 companies in the region are serving as vendors and providing construction goods and services. The fulfillment center is expected to employ more than 1,000 workers from across the region. Hiring is expected to begin this summer. The project will have an annual $148 million economic impact in the region.

Amazon spokeswoman Caitlin Polochak said in December that starting wages for the local positions will be $15 an hour. Job descriptions can be found at aboutamazon.com.

“We are excited to continue our investment in the state of Iowa and look forward to creating 1,000 new, full-time jobs,” Ms. Polochak said when the project was announced back in July. 

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