Elsahy said Amazon's investment expansion in the Egyptian market includes creating over 2,000 job opportunities across its network in Egypt in 2022, adding that 1,500 jobs were created through inaugurating Amazon warehouse in 2021, the biggest in Africa.
He stressed that the company is poised to be a catalyst of Egypt’s digital transformation by hiring, reskilling, and upskilling its workforce, and empowering them to advance their careers in the digital economy.
“We are creating over 40 different types of roles for people with diverse backgrounds, education and skills – from Fulfillment Centre associates, delivery drivers, and customer service roles, to positions in marketing, finance, supply chain technology and analytics. We will also launch strategic partnerships to help recruit people of determination, and programmes to increase the hiring of women. We believe building a culture that is welcoming and inclusive for all is integral to our success,” Elsahy said.
Amazon plans to double its delivery capacity in 2022 in light of the increase in customer demand with new delivery stations to enhance its reach across the country.
“Since the inauguration of our largest Fulfillment Centre in Africa by His Excellency Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly last year, we have been on a path of accelerated growth and will continue to bring best-in-class technology and fulfillment offerings to our customers in Egypt. Our expansion further affirms our commitment to Egypt’s Vision 2030 agenda for a Digital Egypt. The new investments in our buildings will provide a marketplace for local small and medium enterprises to scale their businesses online and sell to the world,” he added.
In line with Egypt Vision 2030, particularly with regards to sustainable development, Amazon targets attaining net-zero carbon emissions across its operations by 2040, powering its global operations with 100 percent renewable energies by 2025, being now the biggest corporate buyer of renewable energy in the world, according to Elsahy.
“Today, the Amazon network across Egypt includes its Fulfillment Centre in 10 Ramadan city, with a storage capacity of more than 2.4 million cubic feet, storing millions of items and providing customers with a wide selection of products. This is in addition to 22 delivery stations across cities like Cairo, Alexandria, Tanta, Ismailia, and Assiut, and several established corporate and customer service offices. By the end of 2022, Amazon’s delivery network will reach a footprint of 26 delivery stations in the country,” Elsahy pointed out.
With investments exceeding EGP 1 billion, Amazon has been operating in Egypt since 2017 through Souq.com, an Amazon affiliated company, providing online shopping services and operating a widespread local logistics and operations network.