Amazon intends to shut three of its UK warehouses, affecting 1,200 jobs.

Interior of Amazon, Hemel Hempstead

Amazon warehouse closures have put 1,200 jobs at risk

The online giant, which has been hit by rising costs and tough trading conditions, aims to close the warehouses in Doncaster, Gourock and Hemel Hempstead, PA reported.

Amazon will however open two new fulfilment centres in Peddimore in the West Midlands and Stockton-on-Tees in the North East, and employees affected by the closures will be offered roles at other Amazon locations. Approximately 2,500 jobs will be created in Peddimore and Stockton over three years.

Amazon said: “We’re always evaluating our network to make sure it fits our business needs and to improve the experience for our employees and customers.

“As part of that effort, we may close older sites, enhance existing facilities or open new sites, and we’ve launched a consultation on the proposed closure of three fulfilment centres in 2023.

“We also plan to open two new fulfilment centres creating 2,500 new jobs over the next three years.

“All employees affected by site closure consultations will be offered the opportunity to transfer to other facilities and we remain committed to our customers, employees and communities across the UK.”

GMB trade union organiser Steve Garelick said: “This is a real kick in the teeth for Amazon staff who worked themselves into the ground during the festive rush.

“Hard-up Amazon workers can’t suddenly be expected to up sticks and move to a different fulfilment centre, which may be many miles away.”

Amazon has been adapting to challenging conditions in various markets and recently revealed that it would cut as many as 18,000 roles altogether.