Amazon.com Inc, the world’s largest e-commerce company by market share, on Thursday announced the opening of its latest order-fulfillment center in Kunshan, Jiangsu province.
The company expects to double the total area of its fulfillment centers in China next year to compete with its domestic rivals in the world’s largest Internet market.
The new center, the largest in the country and situated near Shanghai, occupies a space of more than 120,000 square meters, making it the company’s largest fulfillment center outside the United States.
The total area of Amazon’s fulfillment facilities in China was only 14,000 sq m in 2004, when it bought the Chinese company Joyo.com. That has now been increased to 400,000 sq m.
According to Onetto, Amazon hopes to provide Chinese customers with even faster delivery times than those seen in the US, because of the intense competition from Chinese e-commerce websites such as Taobao.com and 360buy.com.