The online retailing giant – Amazon – is increasing the number of workers at its research and development center in the capital from 450 to 900. According to recent reports, the e-commerce giant is doubling the staff to expand its UK workforce to 24,000 by the end of this year.
Why is Amazon doubling the R&D staff in London?
The development team in London mostly focuses on developing the Prime Video service of the online retailing giant that broadcasts Outlander, The Grand Tour, and The Man in the High Castle. The recent work of the team includes building a mobile downloads feature which lets users of Prime Video watch programmes without using the internet.
The London development center of the online retailer will be housed in its new UK head office in Shoreditch that is officially opening this week. The e-commerce company has taken all 15 storeys of the Principal Place building that covers around 600,000 sq. ft. This makes the building one of the largest corporate headquarters in the city. “This is great news for Britain, Amazon’s increased investment in developing cutting-edge technology in London is another vote of confidence in the UK as a world-leading centre of creativity and innovation,” said Matt Hancock, the minister for digital.
The e-commerce giant had put its confidence in their unique blend of talent, creativity and access to finance, said Sadiq Khan. Mr. Khan, who is the major of London, added that London is still the tech capital of Europe. The online retailing company has invested about £6.4bn since 2010 in the UK, said Amazon.
Amazon preparing to enter Southeast Asia through a Singapore launch
The e-commerce company added that it will create 5,000 new permanent roles in 2017. The online retailing company, which is now stepping into the tech sector with drones and robots, has R&D sites in Cambridge and Edinburgh as well. Both of them are working on drones, voice recognition services, and are developing the online and mobile shopping services of the e-commerce giant.
“London is one of the world’s truly great cities and home to some of the most talented, creative people on the planet, and we are delighted to provide our teams of innovators with a new, purpose-built workplace,” said Doug Gurr, the UK country manager for Amazon.
Another news related to Amazon is its expansion in Southeast Asia via a Singapore launch. The online retailing giant continues its international expansion with the release of its services in Singapore. According to a source with knowledge of the plans, the arrival could happen as soon as this week and it will mark the entry of the e-commerce company into Southeast Asia.