Amazon is ramping up hiring efforts as its newest North Las Vegas fulfillment center nears completion.

The company is looking to hire 1,300 workers for the four-floor, 850,000-square-foot facility near Ann Road and Sloan Lane.

Amazon spokesman Zeshan Kazmi said the center should be open before July and possibly as early as later this month.

Things could change for business needs. The goal is to be fully staffed in the months after the building opens and before the holiday peak season.

Those interested in applying for a job at the fulfillment center must be at least 18 and have a minimum of a high school education.

Employees will pick, pack and ship smaller pieces like books and electronic items at the facility. The seventh of its kind in Nevada and third in North Las Vegas, the center will also utilize Amazon robots.

Robotics are an exciting technology that helps them fulfill orders even more efficiently. Robots travel to various locations in their fulfillment centers to pick up mobile shelves of product and deliver them to associates who are at ergonomic work stations.

The starting minimum wage for Amazon employees is $15 an hour. Full-time employees receive health care benefits, up to 20 weeks of paid parental leave and are eligible for the company’s tuition reimbursement program.

The 1,300 positions are projected as full-time jobs, but Amazon will work with employees who might want to work part-time hours.

This new Amazon facility not only will create thousands of new jobs in North Las Vegas, but the company is diversifying the economy of Southern Nevada and the state. These types of projects are a huge win for the community and residents.

 

Kohl’s wants more of your Amazon returns

 

 Kohl's wants you to skip the post office and bring your Amazon returns to its stores.

The department store chain said Thursday it will accept Amazon returns at all its 1,150 stores starting in July, expanding its nearly two-year test of the service from 100 stores.

Kohl's sees the partnership with Amazon as a way to get people in its doors and maybe get them to buy something while they're there. As for Amazon, it makes returns easier for its shoppers, who can drop off items at the stores without needing to pack it up in a box.

Shares of Kohl's Corp. soared nearly 8% after the announcement.

It may seem like an unusual tie-up, but more physical retailers have been working with Amazon in the hopes that they can reach the online shopping giant's millions of shoppers. Sears, for example, started selling its Kenmore-branded appliances on Amazon.com. And some clothing and shoe brands, such as Chico's, J. Crew and Nike, have announced deals to sell some of their fashion on Amazon.

Kohl's and Amazon have been working together since 2017, when Kohl's started selling Amazon Kindles, Echos and other gadgets at some of its stores.

To boost sales, Kohl's has also been shrinking its stores and renting or selling space to gym operator Planet Fitness and low-priced grocer Aldi, hoping that people working out or picking up bread will also make a stop at Kohl's. There are signs the strategy working: sales at established Kohl's stores rose 1% during the holiday shopping period.

Kohl's said Tuesday that it won't charge customers for their Amazon returns, even if Kohl's has to pack items in boxes.

As part of the deal, Kohl's is also giving Amazon the option to buy nearly 1.75 million of its shares over the next seven years at $69.68, according to a government filing. That's a nearly 5% discount off Kohl's Corp.'s Tuesday's share price, which was trading above $73.