Amazon sortation center in Vacaville ships average of 100,000 boxes a day

May 01 2018

By Jessica Rogness, The Reporter, Vacaville

Posted: 04/28/18, 6:00 PM PDT |

When a customer shops on Amazon.com, their order is picked, packed and shipped from an Amazon fulfillment center, such as the one in Sacramento.

Then the packages are sent to sortation centers, where associates sort them by ZIP code. The process allows for faster and expanded delivery options, such as Sunday delivery and later purchase cut-off times, according to Amazon.

“Because of this sortation center, you can now get deliveries every single day,” said Lauren Lynch, Amazon’s PR manager of operations.

Sortation associates unload packages delivered by fulfillment trailers onto a conveyor belt, which carries the boxes of varying sizes and shapes up to the “sort slide.” Packages slide down to associates who sort them by ZIP code into pallets. Then the pallets are wrapped in plastic and sent out for delivery.

“If you live in Vacaville and you’re getting a box, there’s a high likelihood that it came through this facility and was handled by a Vacaville resident who works here,” Lynch said.

More than 500 people work in the building, and Lynch said they are still hiring full-time and part-time employees.

Employees can pick their own hours and range from people who just want a job to those who intend to promote and make this their long-term career.

“We work around associates’ schedules and what they want to do,” said Raina, who worked for Amazon for four years in the Oakland area before she was picked to lead the Vacaville site.

John Saunders, a new area manager in the Vacaville center, started working for Amazon when this sortation center opened.

“I started out here working as a part-time associate just like a lot of people here,” he said.

Now his job responsibilities include motivating associates to keep the lines flowing equally and smoothly.

Saunders moved to Vacaville in 2012 because his wife, a Will C. Wood High School alumna, wanted to re-establish their family here.

“It’s a new career here and it’s a new future,” he said.

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