Welcome to Nashua, Amazon

Online retail titan Amazon hopes to employ about 400 people at its new delivery station, which officially opened on Tuesday at 10 State St. in Nashua.

Officials said this is the company’s first New Hampshire facility, while emphasizing they are glad to be in Nashua.

“The community is just so overwhelmingly positive, and excited to have us here and that’s the most important thing right there. We want to have a positive impact on the community,” Amazon Senior Regional Manager David Galante told our reporter during a tour of the facility.

Nashua Mayor Jim Donchess was in attendance to officially welcome the company. Board of Aldermen President Lori Wilshire and Alderman Rick Dowd also expressed excitement for the new center.

“We are really thrilled with the opportunity that Nashua is providing us here to join this community and to grow our logistics business in New Hampshire,” Galante added.

Truly, Amazon has transformed the world of shopping like no other business ever has. Gone are the days when one would have to fight through traffic going to malls – and then muscle through the crowds in the malls – to conduct basic shopping. Instead, all one needs is a smartphone, laptop, pad or desktop, along with an internet connection, to buy virtually anything one can imagine from Amazon.

Arguments can certainly be made that Amazon hurts or even destroys traditional businesses. We are not going to argue either side of that point. Our position is that Amazon is not going away anytime soon, as its business clearly continues to grow.

Evidence of this can be found in the company’s first quarter 2019 earnings statement. Amazon sold $59.7 billion worth of goods during the first three months of this year. This is a 17% increase from the $51 billion in net sales the company registered during the first three months of 2018.

“Our fulfillment centers hold all our inventory and they pick pack and ship all of our orders,” Galante told our reporter during the Tuesday tour of the Nashua facility. “Those orders then come to delivery stations. We’re the station that’s responsible for sorting it, then processing it in the most efficient way possible using the latest technology, and then getting it delivered to your front door perfectly every time.”

We will always support traditional brick-and-mortar businesses, while asking that you, our readers, continue to patronize such operations. Nevertheless, we must also adapt to and embrace the change that Amazon has created in the world of shopping.

Welcome, Amazon.