Indiana’s e-commerce sector gears up for holiday sales growth – Inside Indiana Business

It’s holiday shopping time, and inflation, rising interest rates, and an uncertain economy are all determining how much money people will let loose. According to the National Retail Federation, holiday retail sales are expected to grow 6-8% compared to last year, but those on low to middle incomes are more cautious about how much they want to spend. Additionally, e-commerce sales are expected to grow between 10% and 12% this holiday season as Indiana continues to expand its e-commerce presence.

Amazon operates multiple fulfillment centers across Indiana, including a 100,000-square-foot facility in Greenwood that opened less than a year ago. The facility uses robotic technology designed to deliver items to customers’ homes within hours.

Amazon Regional Operations PR Manager Andre Woodson Jr. spoke about the facility’s role in Indiana’s growing e-commerce ecosystem in an interview with Gerry Dick on Inside INdiana Business.

“This is a same day fulfillment center. It has hundreds of thousands of items that we can ship to customers in two hours or less,” Woodson said. “It’s really exciting to see the hustle and bustle behind this facility as we look forward to delivering for customers this holiday season.”

Woodson says Amazon’s presence in Hoosier State also benefits small and medium-sized businesses.

“In Indiana alone, we have over 22,000 small and medium businesses and authors who continue to sell on our marketplace and platforms to reach millions of customers around the world. So it’s just another way we’re impacting the local economy.”

Amazon also has a larger, 615,000-square-foot fulfillment center in Greenwood, among other locations. But it’s not the only e-commerce presence in central Indiana that continues to grow.

In September, international fashion retailer SHEIN announced plans to expand its 659,000-square-foot Midwest distribution center in Whitestown, which opened earlier this summer, by 50% while building a second, 550,000-square-foot facility on its Boone County campus . The company announced that it would double its workforce to around 1,400 employees by 2025.

Last month, Pennsylvania-based Radial Inc. announced it was hiring more than 500 seasonal workers at its 700,000-square-foot e-commerce fulfillment center in Brownsburg.

Find out more about how central Indiana is preparing for the holiday season at the FedEx hub at Indianapolis International Airport in Tuesday’s INside Edge Morning Briefing.