SOUTH BEND — Amazon Logistics announced plans on Tuesday to open an Amazon delivery center in South Bend sometime later this year.
In a news release, Amazon Logistics said it expects to speed up deliveries in the South Bend area by offering small businesses and independent contractors work in making those deliveries. The center would be the third Amazon delivery center in Indiana.
The announcement coincides with a document filed recently with the Indiana Department of Homeland Security, and others filed with the South Bend Building Department, suggesting an Amazon delivery center near the South Bend International Airport, on the city’s northwest side.
The state document says the Amazon Delivery Center would be located in a warehouse at Adams and Mayflower roads, as part of a Great Lakes Capital business park. The Amazon facility would fill 84,200 square feet of the building and employ 103 people.
Documents filed with the city also suggest Amazon has plans for South Bend.
Located near South Bend International Airport, the distribution facility was built as a “spec,” or speculative site, by Great Lakes Capital, with the hopes of attracting tenants.
In an interview late last year, Great Lakes Capital managing partner Ryan Rans said the 210,400-square-foot warehouse was “mostly leased.”
“We expect any day to have confirmation that we have it 100 percent leased,” Rans said in November.
The warehouse is one of three distribution facilities at Great Lakes Capital’s business park, which is adjacent to Holladay Properties’ Ameriplex at Interstate 80/90 that already holds FedEx, Pepsi and ChasePlastics distribution facilities.
Amazon has multiple Fulfillment Centers near Indianapolis; they are typically larger than the distribution centers and are used to store, package and ship thousands of products.
The company also signed a lease to open a “Receive Center” in Greenwood, Ind., which is expected to employ 1,250 people, according to the Indianapolis Business Journal.
In other cities, Amazon has gradually rolled out centers as a way to streamline order deliveries. In the Denver area, an 80,000-square-foot delivery center was unveiled late last year, according to the Denver Post.
The delivery centers allow Amazon to circumvent the need for some packages to go through traditional carriers, such as the U.S. Postal Service, UPS and FedEx. Instead, more than 75 centers across North America are used as hubs for contract delivery drivers.
Those drivers can perform tasks that traditional parcel services don’t, such as in-home delivery for customers.
In Tuesday’s release, Amazon Logistics said it would offer local business and independent contractors the ability to increase Amazon’s “last-mile delivery capabilities” in order to speed up deliveries for South Bend-area customers.