Amazon to build new UK fulfilment centre, investment in the country hits £6.4bn
Amazon is to open a new fulfilment centre in Rugby, United Kingdom, taking the e-commerce giant's investment in the country since 2010 up to £6.4bn.
The centre, Amazon's 17th in the UK, will add 400 permanent jobs in the West Midlands - a region where it already employs 2,500 workers at bases in Rugeley, Coalville and Daventry.
£6.4bn has been spent by Amazon in the country over the last eight years, focussing on research and development, head office and fulfilment and logistics infrastructure.
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Amazon will recruit for a variety of different roles at the centre, including operations managers, engineers, HR and IT specialists.
"We are delighted to expand our operations in the Midlands where we already have a dedicated workforce of more than 2,500 people," said Stefano Perego, Amazon’s Director of UK Customer Fulfilment.
"We are thrilled to begin recruitment for 400 new permanent roles in Rugby with competitive wages and comprehensive benefits starting on day one."
Recruitment has also begun for its Coventry UK receive centre, the first of its kind in the UK. It will act as a central hub to receive and sort millions of products sold on Amazon.co.uk each year, creating 1,650 jobs.
New Capgemini Engineering brand fuses digital and physical
With the aim of helping the world’s largest innovators to engineers the products and services of tomorrow, Capgemini has merged its tech and software capabilities with its engineering and R&D practice, the digtial and physical to form a 52,000-strong Capgemini Engineering brand. A move that builds on its acquisition a year ago of engineering giant Altran for over $3 billion.
R&D is the new battlefield
“Today’s leading organisations understand that Engineering and R&D is fast-moving and ever-evolving,” says Aiman Ezzat, CEO, Capgemini. “As a result, an end-to-end partnership with clients is need for developing, launching, managing and modernising breakthrough products.”
Enter Capgemini Engineering. A new brand that unites a unique set of strengths from across Group, bringing together the world-class engineering and R&D capabilities of Altran with Capgemini’s own digital manufacturing expertise.
According to William Roze, CEO of Capgemini Engineering, R&D is the “battlefield” and subsdquently “must be connected and data-driven to optimise innovation and accelerate development”. In answer to this, Capgemini Engineering will offer services to address this need and to “harness the power of data to foster innovation, create new customer experiences and deliver new sources of value".
Merging the expertise of the Group
With this new endeavour, Altran’s capabilities are brought to the fore, a year on from its acquisition, perfectly complementing “the Group’s already well-established portfolio of business offerings and supporting our leadership position in intelligent industry”, says Ezzat.
In fact, just in January 2021, leading global management and strategy consulting firm Zinnov ranked Capgemini as the top of its Leadership Zone for its global Engineering, Research and Development services, pinpointing how as a Group it boasts the largest global delivery network with a presence across all major engineering hubs.
With its 52,000 engineers and scientists and a presence in all major engineering hubs worldwide, the global business line’s services cover three key domains: product and systems engineering; digital and software engineering; and industrial operations.
This is the second time Capgemini has combined various practices to form an integrated powerhouse. Capgemini Invent – a strategy and business transformation consultancy was formed in 2018 by combining Capgemini’s consulting, digital and creative units.