Amazon is stalling plans for five Michigan facilities as online shopping is slowing down across the U.S.
A new fulfillment center opened near Grand Rapids in March of 2020, as online shopping began to explode due to COVID. Amazon had planned on opening two additional facilities in the west Michigan city in short order, but that hasn’t happened yet.
Three others in the state are in the same holding pattern, or have been canceled altogether. Stanley Lim, an assistant professor of supply chain management at Michigan State, told Bridge Michigan that the unexpected shift in shopping behavior and rising costs are triggering Amazon and other companies to revisit their expansion plans.