SACRAMENTO -- Two new Amazon.com warehouses in Northern California have shipped their first customer orders, well ahead of the Christmas rush.
A million-square-foot fulfillment center in Tracy, south of Sacramento, sent a book titled “Raise the Bar” to a Menlo Park reader. A similar facility in nearby Patterson shipped a curtain rod to a Florida buyer, Amazon said.
Between the two centers, Amazon has hired more than 700 full-time employees to pick, pack and ship customer orders,” the Seattle company said. And more people will be brought on soon.
Amazon opened its first California fulfillment center a year ago in San Bernardino.
Amazon avoided operating in California in the past because it did not want to collect sales taxes on purchases made by Golden State customers.
The company changed its stance in 2012 after the state Legislature passed an Internet sales tax law.
Amazon originally opposed the legislation but shifted to support after coming to an agreement with Gov. Jerry Brown to expand its operations and create jobs in California.