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#61 Jackerbie

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Posted 10 May 2021 - 10:41 AM

If it is Amazon, this would be a "delivery station," not a fulfillment center. They just announced 5 new facilities in Metro Van, three of which are delivery stations (Langley Township, Pitt Meadows, Delta). The Langley operation has 200 employees.

#62 Mike K.

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Posted 10 May 2021 - 10:47 AM

Yeah, I know technically it’s not a fulfillment centre but it’s far sexier to call it that than a delivery station :)

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#63 max.bravo

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Posted 10 May 2021 - 11:02 AM

Local MP Elizabeth May says it is imperative for the public to know the identity of the company that plans to operate a massive warehouse in Sidney on airport land as an important deadline for public feedback approaches.

“We certainly need to know who is going to be responsible for operating this distribution centre,” she said.

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“Quality of life and the quality of beautiful Sidney-by-the-Sea has something to do as well as with the small-business feel of the place and the ethical conduct of the companies within our community,” she said. “If it was Amazon, reputationally there would be concern. It could also be Purolator, which is part of Canada Post. There will be very different questions (depending on the nature of the company).”



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FFS. How does someone say stuff like this with a straight face? It’s on airport land- where corporate bailout air canada lands regularly. Right beside bc ferries, where polish and german ships dock. Reputationally speaking, the ethics of Germany’s history are very troubling vis. Sidney’s small town charm. It’s also rumored that a private jet owned by an american billionaire once landed at the airport- all of us in Sidney are still trying to recover from this event.
I sure hope Ms. May has never ordered anything from Amazon or Abe books or whole foods.
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#64 Mike K.

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Posted 10 May 2021 - 11:20 AM

Sidney's mayor owns Tanner's Books on Beacon Ave. I don't think he will be weighing in on any decisions regarding a project from a competing book seller, so maybe Ms. May has to speak on his discreet behalf?

 

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#65 Mike K.

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Posted 10 May 2021 - 11:23 AM

Imagine that, though. Sidney elects a mayor with a bookshop and Amazon comes knocking. Hello conflict of interest alert.


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Posted 10 May 2021 - 12:56 PM

Imagine that, though. Sidney elects a mayor with a bookshop and Amazon comes knocking. Hello conflict of interest alert.


“..Because the property is federal, the airport authority — not the municipality of Sidney — will decide whether to approve the plan...”: https://www.timescol...lyst-1.24313487

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#67 Mike K.

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Posted 10 May 2021 - 08:36 PM

The municipality is going to play a role in the approvals through providing feedback to the VAA, but the decision is not up to Sidney, that is correct.
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#68 Kapten Kapsell

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Posted 11 May 2021 - 09:46 AM

Less than ten percent of Amazon's sales are from books, and- as the company continues to expand its product offerings- that percentage is likely to decline even further.  Because of the scope of the company, really any retail owner could be considered a competitor of the company (if Gordy Dodd runs for mayor of Victoria, he would be a direct competitor against Amazon's furniture business, though I doubt that Amazon could match the campiness of Dodd's commercials).  

 

What is the timeline for the airport authority making its decision?


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#69 Kapten Kapsell

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Posted 11 May 2021 - 12:18 PM

Here’s the list of recommendations from Sidney:
https://www.cheknews...lopment-784277/

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Posted 11 May 2021 - 01:08 PM

Here’s the list of recommendations from Sidney:
https://www.cheknews...lopment-784277/

Seems like the most expensive ask is for a roundabout at Galaran Rd. -- I'm assuming that's cheaper than building a pedestrian overpass over Hwy 17. (That's the ask that killed the last VAA retail development, right?)



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Posted 11 May 2021 - 01:10 PM

they must be honoured that they have been given the oppprtinity to become a “funding partner” in highway improvements.
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#72 Mike K.

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Posted 11 May 2021 - 02:11 PM

Seems like the most expensive ask is for a roundabout at Galaran Rd. -- I'm assuming that's cheaper than building a pedestrian overpass over Hwy 17. (That's the ask that killed the last VAA retail development, right?)

 

They agreed to build the overpass, but approvals took so long that the market got away on them and a North Saanich project clenched a major deal with Canadian Tire.


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#73 Victoria Watcher

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Posted 10 June 2021 - 05:24 AM

Height of distribution centre on airport land scaled back

 

Van drivers in 150 vehicles would take items out between 9:30 a.m. and 11 a.m., returning after 7:30 p.m., he said.

 

Between 10 and 14 “line-haul” trucks per day would reach the site via McDonald Park Road, arriving after 9 p.m. Unloading would take place within the building, which would reduce noise, according to a project update.

 

 

 

 

https://www.timescol...back-1.24328781

 

 

 

i do not really care.  but that does seem a bit low for traffic volume.  considering it's a distribution centre and not really a storage warehouse.

 

was "height" really an issue?  come on.  

 

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https://www.google.c...!4d-123.4286602


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#74 Victoria Watcher

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Posted 11 June 2021 - 05:07 AM

Amazon rumours continue to swirl in Langford and Sidney

https://www.timescol...dney-1.24329389

Edited by Victoria Watcher, 11 June 2021 - 05:07 AM.


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Posted 11 June 2021 - 02:29 PM

Height of distribution centre on airport land scaled back

 

Van drivers in 150 vehicles would take items out between 9:30 a.m. and 11 a.m., returning after 7:30 p.m., he said.

 

Between 10 and 14 “line-haul” trucks per day would reach the site via McDonald Park Road, arriving after 9 p.m. Unloading would take place within the building, which would reduce noise, according to a project update.

 

 

 

 

https://www.timescol...back-1.24328781

 

 

 

i do not really care.  but that does seem a bit low for traffic volume.  considering it's a distribution centre and not really a storage warehouse.

 

was "height" really an issue?  come on.  

 

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https://www.google.c...!4d-123.4286602

 

If my math is correct thats one vehicle every 36 seconds. 

 

Traffic nightmare.


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#76 Mike K.

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Posted 11 June 2021 - 02:37 PM

Compared to a BC Ferry that unloads up to 358 cars in ten minutes every 60 minutes?
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#77 Victoria Watcher

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Posted 11 June 2021 - 02:41 PM

i think he is joking.  1 vehicle every 36 seconds is no issue.


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#78 Mike K.

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Posted 11 June 2021 - 02:48 PM

Hmmm, ok that’s more like it.
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Posted 15 June 2021 - 07:41 AM

Perhaps the politicians falling over themselves to entice Amazon into their communities should read this.

 

Amazon burns through workers so quickly that executives are worried they'll run out of people to employ, according to new report (msn.com)

 

Amazon has been hiring hundreds of thousands of workers for roles in its warehouses, which it calls "fulfillment centers," but those employees have been quitting almost as fast as they can be hired, according to a huge new report from The New York Times.

Of the over 350,000 new workers it hired between July and October 2020, the report said, many only stayed with the company "just days or weeks."

Hourly employees had a turnover rate of approximately 150% every year, data reviewed by the Times demonstrated, reportedly leading some Amazon executives to worry about running out of hirable employees



#80 punk cannonballer

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Posted 15 June 2021 - 07:51 AM

.... reportedly leading some Amazon executives to worry about running out of hirable employees

No need to worry, the cyborg executives running the robot AI program have no such fear. You don't think they're just burning bridges until the robots are functional? Seems a great idea, build a giant soon-to-be-fully-automated shipping warehouse that will figure out how to pay as little taxes as possible and employ three meat puppets. At least I'll be able to get my Chinese knockoff toothbrush heads a bit quicker. 


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