US e-commerce giant Amazon has inaugurated its latest robotics fulfilment centre, YYC4, in the Canadian city of Calgary, Alberta. 

The facility spans 2.8 million ft2 and employs more than 1,500 individuals.  

YYC4 is designed to expedite customer orders through advanced technology while providing employees with valuable skills training and career advancement opportunities. 

Amazon YYC4 general manager Sushant Jha said: “Amazon is thrilled to invest in Calgary while benefitting our employees, customers, and the community. 

“Through the ingenuity of our Amazon Robotics technology, we are creating new career paths and development opportunities. At the same time, we are delivering to customers at our fastest speeds ever with our safest, most sophisticated, and most advanced operations network.” 

With the new facility, Amazon now operates five fulfilment centres, one sortation centre, three delivery stations, and two AMXL delivery stations in Alberta. 

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Amazon Robotics fulfilment centres enable employees to work alongside automated systems and robots, improving efficiency and safety. 

The robotics technology at YYC4 includes RWC4, a robotic arm that sorts totes and constructs pallets for shipping; and Kermit, a trolley that transports empty totes and adapts its speed and route dynamically.  

These advancements not only streamline operations but also offer employees hands-on experience with cutting-edge technology. 

YYC4 learning trainer Danielle Olliviere said: “I’ve learned a lot working with Amazon Robotics. The goal isn’t just to master new technology, but to chart a whole new career path. 

“Seeing my colleagues embrace this innovation has been really inspiring for me as a learning trainer. We’re not just keeping up with the times; we’re shaping the future.” 

Earlier this month, Amazon expanded its services to South Africa with the launch of a dedicated online shopping platform.