Amazon in Tracy now open
by Michael Langley
Oct 04, 2013 | 14702 views | 9 9 comments | 58 58 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Business at Amazon.com Inc’s new fulfillment center on Chrisman Road began this week with 300 employees, who will be joined by several hundred more by the end of the month. It opened two weeks ahead of schedule.  Glenn Moore/Tracy Press
Business at Amazon.com Inc’s new fulfillment center on Chrisman Road began this week with 300 employees, who will be joined by several hundred more by the end of the month. It opened two weeks ahead of schedule. Glenn Moore/Tracy Press
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The Amazon.com Inc. fulfillment center at 1555 N. Chrisman Road is now open.

Tracy City Manager Leon Churchill announced the opening to the City Council at the regular council meeting Tuesday, Oct. 1.

On Wednesday, Oct. 2, Amazon welcomed employees with an orange carpet at the entrance and a sign that read, “It’s Day One! Are you ready to make a difference?”

The general manager of the Amazon fulfillment center, Kelvin Downes, said he was “excited” by day-one operations as he went into the new facility.

Churchill said Amazon opened two weeks ahead of schedule with 300 workers and would add 300 more employees each week until November. Among them are 70 managers and 60 hourly workers who already worked for the Seattle-based online retailer and moved to the Tracy facility to open it up.

The city, which announced Amazon’s Tracy facility Jan. 22, is offering the online retailer incentives if they meet certain goals.

If Amazon generates at least $100 million annual gross sales and 1,000 jobs and pays the city’s 1 percent sales tax rate, the company could qualify for city incentive programs.

Under those programs, the city would return 50 percent of Amazon’s city sales tax on up to $200 million in gross sales and as much as 80 percent of the tax if Amazon made more than $200 million in sales.



 
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truthseeker2013
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October 25, 2013
of the Amazon warehouses outside California when it first opened up, and he told me this is exactly what will happen in Patterson and Tracy. He said 80% of the original employees he worked with at one of these massive Amazon warehouses were fired within 8 months or so. Most of them fired because the company sets unrealistic productivity standards and goals which only a robot can meet, not a regular human. Many of you will not believe what I am saying here now, but in time you will see that I simply spoke the truth. Amazon needs to stop this hiring and firing scheme and setting productivity standards that a normal human can meet. I hope the people of Patterson and Tracy won't tolerate this type of behavior by Amazon in our communities and are prepared to fight and sue these type of companies when the moment comes. I still wish all the new Amazon employees in Patterson and Tracy the best of luck and I hope Amazon treats you right. Thats all.
truthseeker2013
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October 25, 2013
Unfortunately what the news media including the Modesto Bee have failed to report to Central Valley people is that Amazon is known for a very high turnover rate and hiring/firing scheme. They come into communities promising good full time jobs with great benefits but after a few months, end up firing anywhere from 50 to 80% of those employees because they cant meet their outrageous and unrealistic productivity standards. Then they start bringing tons of employees from temp agencies because it is cheaper for them to use temps for a couple months till they burn them out then fire them and rehire fresh temps and repeat the cycle. Just give it a couple months and you will all see. It does not benefit Amazon financially to keep so many employees full time with benefits and all. They prefer to fire and rehire because it kicks in the tax incentives for them as this type of scheme makes the company seem as if it is constantly adding employees. I worked at the Longs warehouse in Lathrop before it was bought by CVS. They were doing the same thing there until they messed with the wrong group of employees which in turn sued the company and believe it or not...they won! My cousin worked at one
C3TJ
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October 09, 2013
And leave it to the city of Tracy to miss the opening for widening Grant Line Road.

http://www.tracypress.com/view/full_story/22690220/article-Grant-Line-Road-to-close-for-4-months
Ornley_Gumfudgen
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October 06, 2013
Just an idle question. If Amazon didn't bring in management an workers frum other locations, how would newly hired employees learn how ta accomplish thair jobs? It's normal fer a company ta bring in staff an management frum elsewhere ta get a new operation up an runnin correctly.

Even then, these people add ta th overall prosperity of a city like Tracy. They gotta live somewhare, eat somewhare an send thair kids ta school somewhare. Th taxes they pay on goods an services fer thair families benefit Tracy as a whole, aside frum th new jobs th local unemployed worker can fill.
cody01
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October 05, 2013
It will make a difference. Already has. They had to bring people from their other stores down here due to the experience needed to kick this thing off. They are right on line. Excellent move Tracy, About time.
mthouseman
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October 04, 2013
Good to see it's open. Hopefully they will give hiring preference to the Tracy employees at Barnes&Nobel and Blockbuster that are soon to be out of a job.
Macpup
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October 04, 2013
First off, the managers and full-time staff were not chosen from Tracy residents, so that did not help our unemployment. It is good that approximately 1,000 will get part-time employment. I'm a little confused about how this facility itself will generate gross sales since it is among multiple on-line distribution facilities. Amazon in general meets the $100 million easily. So how much will these jobs cost the Tracy taxpayer in "City Incentives"?
fortheunderdog
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October 04, 2013
I believe Amazon can save money on shipping costs from this location. Internet sales on the west coast, where the item is "Shipped and sold by Amazon", should have a lower shipping cost for the buyer and Amazon if the shipping is FREE. (Amazon picks up the charge.)

As far as employment, not all new hires are going to come from Tracy. Current employees of Seattle Amazon were offered positions here when this site opens.

I think it's good that Amazon chose this location to do business. Hopefully a percentage of Tracy residents looking for work will be hired.
billfromtracy
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October 05, 2013
Where do you think these workers will buy their lunch? Get gas in the morning? Swing by a restaurant after work with co-workers? What about janitorial staff? The flower shop that makes deliveries there? How about all the truckers? When big business moves in, small businesses get a boost too.


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