Amazon Logistics is set to open operations at Kilroot Business Park in Carrickfergus, helping to create 150 new jobs.

The in-house delivery operation will employ 18 staff directly with four different delivery firms servicing the deliveries. So far, those companies have hired 130 new staff to cope with anticipated demand.

The logistics wing of Amazon was set up in 2012 to allow independent local, regional and national delivery companies across the UK to deliver Amazon parcels to customers every day of the week including Sunday.

It’s Amazon’s first base in Northern Ireland and operations could begin as early as this week.

It’s good news on the jobs front as well as a boost to online shoppers in Northern Ireland who’ve been ready to tear their hair out after ordering an item that ships to the UK, only to find they don’t ship as far as Northern Ireland.

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