Amazon to sublet UK warehouses as growth plans halted, reports suggest

Amazon will look to sublet UK warehouses it is currently not using, as it reviews its operations following a slow down in ecommerce demand which has resulted in its worst annual loss on record.

According to The Telegraph, the American ecommerce giant will sublet unused big-box sites which it snapped up during the pandemic. It is estimated to have opened hundreds of warehouses globally in a bid to make the most of the boom in online spending.

Reports have suggested that Amazon will only sublet sites which it had taken on but has not moved into yet. Its Bracknell site could be one facility it will look to offload, LinkedIn posts from contractors suggest the potential delivery station was being kitted out as recently as six months ago.

Amazon said it won’t comment on rumours. But it had announced in January it will close distribution centres in Hemel Hempstead, Doncaster and Gourock, in the west of Scotland, with 1,200 staff to be offered roles at other Amazon locations.

This followed news that 18,000 jobs will be cut this year across its global operation as it attempts to cope in the “uncertain economy”.

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