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Amazon.com announces plan to open a fulfillment center in southeast Baltimore in 2014.

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Link: http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/baltimore-city/south-baltimore/bs-md-ci-amazon-warehouse-20131022,0,7562422.story

Link: http://phx.corporate-ir.net/phoenix.zhtml?c=176060&p=irol-newsArticle&ID=1867018&highlight=

 

This sounds great for Baltimore City, over 1,000 full-time jobs coming into Baltimore City as a result of Amazon.com opening a 1 million square foot fulfillment center in southeast Baltimore. These benefits sounds awesome:

 

 


Amazon fulfillment center jobs pay on average 30 percent more than traditional retail jobs and that doesn’t even include the stock grants that full-time employees receive. Amazon employees receive comprehensive benefits, including healthcare starting on day one, 401(k) and company stock awards. Amazon also offers full-time employees innovative programs like Career Choice, where the company will pre-pay up to 95 percent of tuition for courses related to in-demand fields, regardless of whether the skills are relevant to a career at Amazon. Since the program’s launch last summer, employees are pursuing degrees in game design and visual communications, nursing, IT programming and radiology, to name a few.

 

 

Here's Amazon.com's official statement on coming to Baltimore:

 

 

“We are proud to be bringing more than 1,000 full-time jobs with great wages and benefits to Baltimore,” said Mike Roth, Amazon’s vice president of North America operations. “These are full-time jobs that offer company stock awards, 401(k) and programs like Career Choice where Amazon will pre-pay the cost of tuition for employees to go back to school. We are grateful to the state and local elected officials who supported Amazon coming to Maryland and we look forward to being a part of the community.”

 

And here's Governor O'Malley's and Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake's official statements:

 

"I'm thrilled that Amazon is joining our community of businesses that surround the Port of Baltimore. Companies are taking note of the investments we're making in transportation infrastructure and workforce development, and they're creating jobs here," said Governor Martin O'Malley. "We know Amazon's decision was based on a solid business plan, and we look forward to working with them as they continue to expand here in Maryland."

 

“I am excited that Amazon will open a fulfillment center in Baltimore City. The fulfillment center means more than 1,000 full-time jobs with benefits for the city,” said Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake. “As Mayor, I have made growing Baltimore City’s economy a major priority. The fulfillment center presents a unique industrial development opportunity due to its location to the Port of Baltimore, as well as, its access to the city and interstate highway system. I am proud of the City's efforts, working in partnership with the State, Duke Realty and Amazon to bring this fulfillment center and jobs to Baltimore City.”

 

 

 

According to The Baltimore Sun article, it's likely that this fulfillment center will allow Amazon.com to offer same-day delivery and grocery delivery in the Baltimore-Washington metropolitan region and that most of the jobs that Amazon.com offers pay $11.50-$12.50 an hour with supervisors earning more, however the pay rate doesn't include the stock grants that full-time employees of Amazon receive.

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Great and makes sense as they can use Baltimore area to make same day delivery to Baltimore, Washington, Philly, Harrisburg as they expand their grocery services

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great news - great job baltimore city! and the state will now get the tax money its entitled to from md consumers who shop on amazon

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Only negative part is that MD residents will now have to pay a 6% tax if ordering from Amazon..At least that's what I heard onm the radio this morning.

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Great news. More reason for me to shop on Amazon.com

It's not like I needed another reason, but this would have been one if I needed one

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Great news. More reason for me to shop on Amazon.com

 

I'm still going to buy from the reputable seller with the lowest total cost.  The 6% sales tax, or lack thereof will now have to be factored in.

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Only negative part is that MD residents will now have to pay a 6% tax if ordering from Amazon..At least that's what I heard onm the radio this morning.

 

Yeah, I agree that it will really suck that I will now have to pay the 6% sales tax.

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No big plus for many Amazon shoppers.

 

Anyone who has Prime already gets fast shipping.

 

The 6% increase makes them less competitive now.  Overstock, NewEgg, etc will benefit.

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I dropped Amazon Prime because they constantly failed to deliver within two business days. Their third party local delivery services were really bad.

 

And I always paid my sales taxes on Amazon purchases at the end of the year. Amazon is now raising their shipping prices to push more people into Amazon Prime.

 

This is a very good thing for jobs in the area where they are really needed and where there is a largely unskilled labor pool. But it will not make Amazon itself better or worse.

 

Unlike places like Home Depot and other places that cutting down on hours ~ these Amazon jobs will supposedly be full time and come with health and other benefits.

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What do you mean we now have an extra 6% sales tax to be factored in?  Are you all saying you don't voluntarily file the 6% use tax when ordering from internet sources outside the state?  

 

Ahem...   :P    ;)

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No big plus for many Amazon shoppers.

 

Anyone who has Prime already gets fast shipping.

 

The 6% increase makes them less competitive now.  Overstock, NewEgg, etc will benefit.

 

 

I've noticed more and more vendors competing more closely with Amazon pricing lately.  I checked B&H Phot for several items a few days ago and they were cheaper than Amazon on all of them.  They are in NYC and if I order early enough in the day, I have it next day, free shipping and no tax.  Newegg ships faster than Amazon's standard shipping as well.

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What do you mean we now have an extra 6% sales tax to be factored in?  Are you all saying you don't voluntarily file the 6% use tax when ordering from internet sources outside the state?  

 

Ahem...   :P    ;)

Ok that was funny

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I dropped Amazon Prime because they constantly failed to deliver within two business days. Their third party local delivery services were really bad.

 

And I always paid my sales taxes on Amazon purchases at the end of the year. Amazon is now raising their shipping prices to push more people into Amazon Prime.

 

This is a very good thing for jobs in the area where they are really needed and where there is a largely unskilled labor pool. But it will not make Amazon itself better or worse.

 

Unlike places like Home Depot and other places that cutting down on hours ~ these Amazon jobs will supposedly be full time and come with health and other benefits.

I'm actually surprised to hear that.  One of the reasons I've been a Prime member for so long is because I've not once over the last several years had them fail to deliver within two business days.

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Interesting, I wonder if they have any tax breaks from the state?

 

 

I read this from the linked article:

 

"A new warehouse will also mean that Maryland residents will start paying sales tax on Amazon purchases."

 

Soooo, good for the folks that will be working there, bad for Maryland folks who buy from Amazon (as I do).

 

 

...just noticed this was mentioned above (sorry).

 

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What do you mean we now have an extra 6% sales tax to be factored in?  Are you all saying you don't voluntarily file the 6% use tax when ordering from internet sources outside the state?  

 

Ahem...   :P    ;)

Ok that was funny

 

Not really, as apparently neither of you understand tax laws, and the fact that out-of-state (or even in-state) purchases of tangible goods for re-sale are not subject to MD sales tax.

 

Try again, lol.

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I'm actually surprised to hear that.  One of the reasons I've been a Prime member for so long is because I've not once over the last several years had them fail to deliver within two business days.

They gave a promotional credit each time ~ but that was because their tracking showed that the items arrived but their third party delivery services they use were late.

 

Their video selections on Prime are also very limited IMO as to free viewings. With their plans to increase shipping to entice more people to buy their Prime service ~ it still isn't worth it when other companies are starting to offer free shipping for orders over $25.00 unless one buys enough from them to recapture the cost of Prime.

 

But that doesn't mean that this is not a great thing for this area. It is.

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I concur with banner, I use it specifically for the free 2 day shipping, and have never had a shipment come late, even when they use their local 3rd part delivery partners.

 

In fact, I've had many things arrive overnight, faster than their 2-day promise.

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Not really, as apparently neither of you understand tax laws, and the fact that out-of-state (or even in-state) purchases of tangible goods for re-sale are not subject to MD sales tax.

 

Try again, lol.

It was a joke. Take the damn stick out of your butt once in awhile

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It was a joke. Take the damn stick out of your butt once in awhile

 

No ti wasn't a joke, it was a lame attempt at a tax evasion accusation that failed, miserably.

 

And you fell for it.

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No ti wasn't a joke, it was a lame attempt at a tax evasion accusation that failed, miserably.

 

And you fell for it.

Seek some help. Didn't you see the little smiley's at the end of his post? It was a joke stupid

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