Amazon to create more than 1,500 full-time jobs with its first Missouri fulfillment center

SEATTLE, 2018-Mar-09 — /EPR Retail News/ — Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN) today (Mar. 7, 2018) announced plans for the first Missouri fulfillment center to be located in St. Peters, creating more than 1,500 full-time jobs with benefits and opportunities to engage with Amazon Robotics in a highly technological workplace. Amazon currently operates a sortation center in Hazelwood, where it employs hundreds of associates.

“We’re excited to continue growing our team with our first, state-of-the-art fulfillment center in Missouri,” said Sanjay Shah, Amazon’s Vice President of North America Customer Fulfillment. “Our ability to expand in Missouri is the result of two things: incredible customers and an outstanding workforce. Amazon is committed to providing great opportunities for employment and creating a positive economic impact for the region.”

Amazon employees at the more than 800,000 square foot fulfillment center will pick, pack and ship small items to customers such as books, electronics and toys. The facility will feature innovative technology such as Amazon Robotics that will assist employees in fulfilling customer orders.

“Amazon’s choice to locate in Missouri speaks to our strength as North America’s logistics center,” Rob Dixon, Director of Missouri’s Department of Economic Development said. “Our central location, international airports and extensive highway, rail and river networks position Missouri as an ideal location for this new facility.”

“We are excited to congratulate Amazon for yet another investment in Missouri,” said Steve Johnson, CEO of Missouri Partnership. “Amazon is a great partner to Missouri and it was an honor to be a part of the Missouri team. We are thrilled they will be creating jobs and investing to improve the lives of Missouri citizens.”

Full-time employees at Amazon receive competitive hourly wages and a comprehensive benefits package including health insurance, disability insurance, 401(k) and company stock awards starting on day one. The company also offers up to 20 weeks of maternal and parental paid leave and innovative benefits such as Leave Share and Ramp Back, which give new parents flexibility with their growing families.

“All of us in St. Peters are excited to welcome Amazon to ‘My Hometown’ and we’re looking forward to them joining the St. Peters family with 1,500 jobs for our region’s well-trained workforce,” said St. Peters Mayor Len Pagano. “With Amazon’s tremendous investment in our region and our commitment to facilitating quality economic development projects with our ‘FasTrac’ process we believe this will be one of their most successful projects – ever.”

“We are pleased that Amazon has chosen the City of St. Peters as the site for its new fulfillment center,” says County Executive Steve Ehlmann. “This is a major investment that reflects the growing shift to e-commerce and will add more than 1,500 new, full-time jobs in St. Charles County. Amazon’s decision is just one more indication that St. Charles County is being recognized as an exceptional place to live, work and do business.”

Amazon also offers full-time employees innovative programs like Career Choice, where the company will pre-pay up to 95 percent of tuition for courses related to in-demand fields, regardless of whether the skills are relevant to a career at Amazon. Since the program’s launch, over 12,000 employees have pursued degrees in game design and visual communications, nursing, IT programming and radiology, to name a few.

“We were thrilled to work with Amazon in partnership with the City of St. Peters, St. Charles County and Missouri state officials on the company’s new investment in our region that will bring more than 1,500 jobs,” said Tom Chulick, President & CEO of the St. Louis Regional Chamber. “Amazon’s decision to continue investing in the St. Louis region by locating their first fulfillment center in St. Peters highlights our region’s strategic national location, strong transportation infrastructure and superior quality workforce.”

To learn more about working at an Amazon fulfillment center, visit amazondelivers.jobs.

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Bon APPetit! HMSHost Launches Host2Coast App Featuring Dining Offerings at Airports across North America

Bethesda, Md., 2016-Dec-01 — /EPR Retail News/ — As the industry leader in culinary innovation, with more than 2,000 dining locations in airports from coast to coast, global restaurateur HMSHost launched a new mobile app for the convenience of travelers throughout North America. Host2Coast offers travelers the ability to easily locate dining options near them, view menus, and even pre-order their food at select locations. Host2Coast is now available in the Apple App Store and Google Play Store.

Travelers are always looking for ways to make their trips less stressful. The free mobile app Host2Coast makes it easy for travelers to better manage their time while at the airport. Travelers are able to find the nearest HMSHost-operated restaurant to their current location, view full restaurant menus, and pre-order and pay for their food from select restaurants directly through the app. Upcoming features will also include promotional offers, loyalty offerings, and trip details, among others.

“Host2Coast is the most comprehensive airport restaurant app available with information on thousands of food and dining locations in airports from coast to coast,” said HMSHost President and CEO Steve Johnson. “With Host2Coast, HMSHost is meeting the travelers’ demand for convenience and speed of service by putting information directly in their hands while still providing great in-person customer service when they arrive at one of our dining locations. Host2Coast, the first app of its kind to be created by a food & beverage operator, is another way HMSHost is elevating the guest experience at airports.”

The initial launch of Host2Coast pre-order dining capabilities include select HMSHost-operated restaurants at Charlotte Douglas International Airport, Chicago O’Hare International Airport, Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, George Bush Intercontinental Airport, Los Angeles International Airport, Miami International Airport, Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, and Seattle–Tacoma International Airport.

Host2Coast will continue to roll out across airports in North America over the coming year. Through frequent upcoming enhancements, the app will continue to expand the number of participating airport restaurants where travelers can conveniently pre-order and pay for their food right from the app.

Throughout the next year, the app will evolve with new features including a loyalty program and additional traveler information that makes Host2Coast a key app for any traveler. Based on traveler feedback, HMSHost is also partnering with other mobile travel app providers to enhance Host2Coast’s capabilities to further improve the overall traveler experience.

HMSHost is dedicated to improving the traveler experience with innovative ideas, not only through technology, but also through high quality hospitality, exceptional guest service, access to leading dining options, and unique traveler experiences and culinary events such as the first-of-its-kind Airport Restaurant Month and the Channel Your Inner Chef cooking competition. To learn more about HMSHost’s vision for the industry, visit the company’s innovation webpage and watch Innovation in Action.

HMSHost Leading the Industry

HMSHost has been recognized by the industry as the top provider of travel dining with awards such as 2016 Best Overall Food & Beverage Operator (for the ninth consecutive year) and Food Operator with the Highest Regard for Customer Service (for the seventh year) by Airport Revenue News. HMSHost has also been recognized by Airports Council International-North America, receiving First Place for Best New Food and Beverage (Full-Service Concept) for 1897 Market at Charlotte Douglas International Airport and First Place for Best Innovative Consumer Experience Concept for its Channel Your Inner Chef live culinary contest at Chicago O’Hare International Airport.

About HMSHost

Global restaurateur HMSHost is a world leader in creating dining for travel venues. HMSHost operates in more than 120 airports around the globe, including 44 of the 50 busiest airports in North America. The Company has annual sales in excess of $2.8 billion and employs more than 37,000 sales associates worldwide. HMSHost is a part of Autogrill Group, the world’s leading provider of food & beverage services for people on the move. With sales of around €4.3 billion in 2015, the Group operates in 31 countries and employs over 57,000 people. It manages approximately 4,200 stores in over 1,000 locations worldwide. Visit www.HMSHost.com for more information. We can also be found on Facebook at fb.com/HMSHost and on Twitter at @HMSHost.

 

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Amazon announces expansion of Handmade at Amazon into Europe

SEATTLE, 2016-Sep-24 — /EPR Retail News/ — Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN) today (Sep. 22, 2016) announced the expansion of Handmade at Amazon, a store featuring genuinely handmade items crafted and sold directly from European artisans, to its five European local marketplaces. With Handmade at Amazon, customers can discover products from artisans with the familiar Amazon experience they know and trust. Amazon customers in Germany, France, Italy,Spain, the United Kingdom and across Europe can now shop over 30,000 genuinely handcrafted items, with hundreds of new products being added each day, sold directly by European artisans new to the Handmade at Amazon store.

“When we introduce a new business at Amazon we think long-term and globally. Since launch, we’ve received feedback from customers and artisans around the world that they want a Handmade at Amazon store in their local marketplace,” said Steve Johnson, Director at Amazon. “With our focus on genuine handcrafted products, the Handmade at Amazon store has been a big hit with artisans and customers in the U.S. and we’re encouraged by the strong growth of sales and customer traffic. Amazon has become a one-stop shop for holiday gifting, and this year customers will see hundreds of thousands more handmade items, with thousands eligible for Prime two-day shipping.”

Since the launch of Handmade at Amazon in the U.S. less than a year ago, Amazon’s selection of quality handcrafted products has grown over 5x to include more than 500,000 items from all 50 states and over 80 countries around the world. Artisan crafted products are available in ten categories, and over 50 percent of items include options for customer personalization.

In the U.S., Handmade at Amazon has continued to add new features, making shopping for handmade items convenient and easier than ever, including:

  • Connect with the Artisan: Allowing customers to interact directly with artisans to commission products that are completely their own.
  • Martha Stewart American Made store: Featuring local artisans hand selected by Martha Stewart.
  • Made in Italy store: Offering handcrafted items from Italian artisans.

Heading into the Holidays, Handmade at Amazon will release its second annual Holiday Gift Guide, featuring curated lists of artisan-made products for her, for kids, for him, and more. Presented by audience and by price, the gift guide makes finding the perfect handmade gift easier than ever.

All products available on Handmade at Amazon are factory-free and must be made by hand. Handmade at Amazon features a variety of product categories including Accessories, Baby and Toys & Games, Jewelry, Home Décor, Artwork, Stationery and Party Supplies, Kitchen and Dining, and Furniture.

About Amazon

Amazon is guided by four principles: customer obsession rather than competitor focus, passion for invention, commitment to operational excellence, and long-term thinking. Customer reviews, 1-Click shopping, personalized recommendations, Prime, Fulfillment by Amazon, AWS, Kindle Direct Publishing, Kindle, Fire tablets, Fire TV, Amazon Echo, and Alexa are some of the products and services pioneered by Amazon. For more information, visit amazon.com/about.

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HMSHost celebrates grand opening of Publican Tavern at Chicago O’Hare International Airport

HMSHost celebrates grand opening of Publican Tavern at Chicago O’Hare International Airport
HMSHost celebrates grand opening of Publican Tavern at Chicago O’Hare International Airport

 

CHICAGO, 2016-Aug-31 — /EPR Retail News/ — Travelers at Chicago O’Hare International Airport can now feast on food from Publican Tavern based on renowned Chicago eatery, The Publican. Global restaurateur HMSHost in partnership with One Off Hospitality Group and the Chicago Department of Aviation celebrated the grand opening event of this much anticipated restaurant today with a ribbon cutting and reception.

“Publican Tavern continues O’Hare International Airport’s tradition of being not only one of the world’s best airports, but a dining destination for travelers,” said Ginger S. Evans, Commissioner, Chicago Department of Aviation. “We are proud to offer a delicious taste of Chicago’s world-class culinary scene in a warm and inviting space, and to introduce this unique Chicago restaurant to the airport, in partnership with HMSHost.”

Publican Tavern lends the perfect backdrop for travelers seeking a quick snack before takeoff or guests with time to enjoy a leisurely breakfast, lunch or dinner. The restaurant integrates the same pioneering philosophy and approach to creating unique dishes that have led The Publican’s original Fulton Market District location to capture the minds, mouths, and stomachs of Chicago’s in-the-know restaurant-goers. With a focus on seasonality and quality sourcing, Publican Tavern’s approachable menu offers an array of sandwiches and salads, as well as a thoughtful selection of craft beer and wine. Set in an old-world influenced yet modern space, Publican Tavern’s attention to food and beverage is matched only by its warm and welcoming hospitality.

“Chicago is a great culinary city and we are proud to bring local concepts and award-winning food and drink options to O’Hare travelers,” said HMSHost President and CEO Steve Johnson. “It is a privilege for HMSHost to collaborate with the Chicago Department of Aviation and One Off Hospitality Group to bring O’Hare travelers this unique dining experience that showcases one of Chicago’s favorite dining locations.”

“We are honored to introduce the Publican Tavern to Chicago O’Hare International Airport. One Off Hospitality Group always strives to bring a certain uniqueness to each table with every new restaurant opening—that includes incredible food, service and hospitality,” said Steve Johnson, Restaurateur and Owner at One Off Hospitality Group. “To take elements of the Publican brand ethos—commitment to exceptional product prepared to showcase the farmers and fishermen’s bounty—and to translate that to an airport setting in an effort to raise the bar on airport dining is a rare opportunity and a thrilling quest that we are excited and humbled to accept.”

Travelers can savor dishes such as spicy pork rinds; avocado salad; pork shoulder chop; organic baked salmon; and the “hot” Doug Sohn made with Chicago-based Hot Dougs bratwurst, bourbon mustard, fried shallot, and Emmental cheese. For morning travelers, Publican Tavern offers breakfast delights such as a waffle with honey butter and strawberry jam; a hot smoked salmon with lemon ricotta, baby romaine, celery, and butter pickle dressing and multigrain bread; and the Publican Breakfast consisting of fried eggs, toast, breakfast potatoes, and bacon or sausage.

In true Publican fashion, travelers can also grab a side of Burton’s maple syrup-braised Publican bacon – a favorite at its Chicago West Loop location. There is also a dedicated kids menu to delight younger travelers and grab-and-go options are available for added traveler convenience.

Publican Tavern’s specially designed beverage program centers around beer, focusing on Chicago craft brewers with a nod to old world brewing traditions. The wine list compliments the beer program with heavy European influence and a selection of Midwestern offerings.

Located in O’Hare’s Terminal 3, Publican Tavern brings together old world beer hall traditions with modern contemporary design to create a space that radiates warmth and rustic elegance. Drawing influence from The Publican in the Fulton Market District, Publican Tavern features its namesake’s iconic lucent globe lights, textured brass and unglazed red brick walls. Off-white penny tiles frame the open-air kitchen with a wood-burning oven at its center surrounded by inviting walnut wood tabletops, chairs and bar stools that make for the perfect dining experience for any traveler.

ABOUT HMSHOST
Global restaurateur HMSHost is a world leader in creating dining for travel venues. HMSHost operates in more than 120 airports around the globe, including 44 of the 50 busiest airports in North America. The Company has annual sales in excess of $2.8 billion and employs more than 37,000 sales associates worldwide. HMSHost is a part of Autogrill Group, the world’s leading provider of food & beverage services for people on the move. With sales of around €4.3 billion in 2015, the Group operates in 31 countries and employs over 57,000 people. It manages approximately 4,200 stores in over 1,000 locations worldwide. Visit www.HMSHost.com for more information. We can also be found on Facebook at fb.com/HMSHost and on Twitter at @HMSHost

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Handmade at Amazon introduces new product categories of handmade items including Accessories, Baby and Toys & Games

  • New categories offer more than 20,000 items sold directly from Artisans
  • 100 percent increase in Handmade Artisans using FBA service for FREE two-day delivery to Prime customers

SEATTLE, 2016-May-12 — /EPR Retail News/ — Amazon (NASDAQ: AMZN) announced today Handmade at Amazon (www.amazon.com/handmade), a store featuring genuinely handmade items crafted and sold directly from artisans, has introduced new product categories of handmade items including Accessories, Baby and Toys & Games. Handmade at Amazon was designed to provide customers and artisans a tailored store specifically for handcrafted items. To start, the new handmade product categories will offer more than 20,000 items sold directly from artisans.

“The most frequent piece of feedback we receive from customers and artisans is they want even more categories of handcrafted items,” said Steve Johnson, Director for Handmade at Amazon. “We are excited to better serve our growing number of artisans by unveiling the Accessories, Baby and Toys & Games categories, while providing our customers that love handmade items a quick and simple way to purchase fun and unique items with the familiarAmazon experience they know and trust. Handmade at Amazon has been performing beyond our expectations. In fact, leading up to Mother’s Day we saw sales jump more than 50 percent.”

The new Handmade at Amazon categories includes:

  • Accessories: To keep up with the latest summer fashion trends, customers can find Italian leather handbags, plaid zipper clutches and bow ties.
  • Baby: For families or gift givers searching for baby-themed items with a personal story, check out floral bib/burp cloth gift sets, teething rings andboat shaped wooden toy box & kids seat.
  • Toys & Games: For the little ones around the house and family fun, customers will enjoy wooden memory games, Dalmatian décor puzzles and felt tool set toys.

Since launching the Handmade store last fall, the number of items has grown by 4x to more than 400,000 quality handcrafted items from all 50 states and more than 80 countries around the world. For the artisans choosing to use the Fulfillment by Amazon (FBA) service to reach Prime customers with FREE two-day shipping, approximately 95 percent of those artisans have made a sale. Handmade at Amazon has added thousands of Prime-eligible items. Since the beginning of the year, there’s been a 100 percent increase in handmade artisans taking advantage of the FBA service to deliver items quickly to Prime customers.

“Before opening my Handmade at Amazon shop, I only sold locally in the Bay Area. Now I am able to share my art and passion with customers nationwide. It has been exciting getting orders from all over the country and knowing that customers across the U.S. are wearing my jewelry,” said Megan Stoltz, small business owner of Audacia Designs, based in San Francisco. “I have seen huge growth in my sales since joining Handmade at Amazon. The amount of jewelry I sell each month continues to increase as I test new ways of selling my items. Using the Fulfilled by Amazon service has made it simple to give my customers an easy and free shipping option which has consequently increased my sales.”

“We’ve been in business for 59 years, yet in the last six months our business has grown 40 percent. The Martha Stewart American Made store on Handmade at Amazon has been the key to that growth,” said Matt Beaudoin, artisan for Mystic Knotwork, based in Connecticut. “Amazon encourages us to profile our work giving customers an authentic experience. They provide us the freedom to do what we do best.”

All products available on Handmade at Amazon are factory-free and must be made by hand. The new product categories will add to the previously featured Jewelry, Home Décor, Artwork, Stationery and Party Supplies, Kitchen and Dining, and Furniture categories launched last fall.

To explore products and view highlighted artisan videos on Handmade at Amazon, click here.

About Amazon
Amazon.com opened on the World Wide Web in July 1995. The company is guided by four principles: customer obsession rather than competitor focus, passion for invention, commitment to operational excellence, and long-term thinking. Customer reviews, 1-Click shopping, personalized recommendations, Prime, Fulfillment by Amazon, AWS, Kindle Direct Publishing, Kindle, Fire tablets, Fire TV, Amazon Echo, and Alexa are some of the products and services pioneered by Amazon. For more information, visit www.amazon.com/about.

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