Amazon opens facility in South Florida with more robots than workers

Amazon opens facility in South Florida with more robots than workers

A new robotics delivery station in Pembroke Park is the first of its kind in Florida for the giant retailer.


PEMBROKE PARK, Fla. – A new Amazon robotics delivery station is the first in Florida and Local 10 got an exclusive tour inside the prime location on Hallandale Beach Boulevard.

“This is a totally different system from what we’ve ever had,” said Paul Clemons, the operations manager. “That’s exciting,” he added.

In a streamlined process, the familiar gray vehicles roll in around 8 a.m. and are ready for the first wave to be loaded on a cuing pad. Then the drivers head in to get their designated packages to be delivered within a 45 miles radius of the site.

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But how do all those packages get organized? That’s where the robots come in. More than 300 machines called “drives” can be loaded up with as much as a thousand pounds of packages.

We get to activate the robots by pushing a button to release the pod. Then it looks like the drives go dancing, but it isn’t freestyle. It’s a highly organized system to get the packages where they need to go.

By 8:30 a.m., the packages are loaded onto the vehicles and it’s time to hit the road.

Currently, there are 60 employees in this 24/7 operation taking up a 200,000 square foot space and they are hiring.

The Town of Pembroke Park Mayor Geoffrey Jacobs said that Pembroke Park has had no new developments in a long time.

“Having Amazon in Pembroke Park is a blessing as it brings much needed jobs to our diverse community. The town is comprised of half industrial businesses, a quarter commercial businesses and a quarter affordable residential housing. It’s a perfect fit for Pembroke Park, not to mention other new business development are following. I am very grateful to have Amazon here and I look forward to what the future holds for my town. "