New Jersey Town No Longer Suing Amazon

The major of a New Jersey town that about two weeks ago was prepared to head into court with Amazon over his town’s ruined traffic patterns has decided to back off some.

Robbinsville Mayor Dave Fried has sought regress from Amazon over what he calls a “dangerous” gridlock situation in his town –  the home of one of Amazon’s largest, most modern distribution centers. The town loves having them there, but simply can’t handle the surging traffic, according to Fried.

“The last thing we want to do is shut down a warehouse before Christmas — especially a warehouse of this magnitude,” said Fried on CNBC’s “Fast Money.” “Public safety is our first priority.”

Amazon’s 4,000 workers at the fulfillment center at the Robbinsville location will now be staggering shifts so that the town is no longer facing a deluge of workers going in and out every 8 hours.

“We are proud to be a catalyst for economic growth, and we also pride ourselves in being good neighbors. … We are working hard to implement this new holiday staffing plan as expeditiously as possible,” wrote Amazon.

And so far, it seems that this plan is working.
“We have seen quite a bit of improvement already. In fact both residents and some of the other tenants in the park have emailed me to say the difference has been very good and they are very happy. We have some more tweaking to do but I think we are on the road to recovery,” said Fried in a special statement to CNBC.

The mayor further confirmed that he would be meeting with Amazon officials to attempt to create a more long-term plan for managing and mitigating traffic the warehouse throws off.


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