It’s holiday shopping time, and inflation, rising interest rates and an uncertain economy are all determining how much money people will lose. According to the National Retail Federation, holiday retail sales are expected to rise 6-8% from last year, but low-to-middle income earners are more cautious about how much they plan to spend. Additionally, e-commerce sales are expected to increase 10-12% during this year’s holiday season as Indiana continues to expand its e-commerce presence.
Amazon operates multiple fulfillment centers throughout Indiana, including a 100,000 square foot facility in Greenwood that opened less than a year ago. The facility uses robotic technology designed to help deliver items to customers’ homes within hours.
Amazon Regional Operations PR Manager Andre Woodson Jr. spoke about the facility’s role in Indiana’s growing e-commerce ecosystem in an Inside INdiana Business interview with Gerry Dick.
“This is a subday distribution center. It contains hundreds of thousands of items that we can deliver to customers in two hours or less,” Woodson said. “It’s really exciting to see the hustle and bustle behind this installation as we look forward to delivering to customers this holiday season.”
Woodson says Amazon’s presence in the Hoosier State also benefits small and medium-sized businesses.
“In Indiana alone, we have over 22,000 small and medium-sized businesses and authors who continue to sell through our marketplace and platforms to reach millions of customers around the world. So it’s just another way to have an impact on the local economy.
Amazon also has a larger 615,000 square foot fulfillment center in Greenwood, among other places. But it’s not the only e-commerce presence in central Indiana that continues to grow.
In September, international fashion retailer SHEIN announced plans to expand its 659,000 square foot Midwest distribution center in Whitestown, which opened earlier this summer, by 50%, while also building a second 550 facility. 000 square feet on the Boone County campus. The company has announced that it will double its workforce to approximately 1,400 employees by 2025.
Last month, Pennsylvania-based Radial Inc. announced it was looking to add more than 500 seasonal employees to its 700,000-square-foot e-commerce distribution center in Brownsburg.
We’ll hear more about how Central Indiana is gearing up for the holiday season at the FedEx hub at Indianapolis International Airport in Tuesday’s INside Edge Morning Briefing.