Amazon announced plans to open two new warehouses in Florida and one in Baltimore as the Web giant continues to move the merchandise its sells closer to its customers to reduce shipping times.

The company plans a warehouse in Lakeland, Fla., where it will ship large items, such as kayaks and televisions. Another warehouse in Hillsborough, and the one in Baltimore, will ship smaller items, including books and consumer goods. The new warehouses will add more than 2,000 employees.

Amazon didn’t say when the warehouses would open but, typically, the company does so within a year of announcing the plans. Amazon has more than 40 fulfillment centers in the United States.

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