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Amazon plans expansion in Europe, set to create more jobs

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New Delhi : Online retailer Amazon is likely working on a module to create several thousand jobs in Europe in the year 2016, more than 2,500 of which will be in Britain.

Stepping up its expansion in the region, Amazon announced its plans on Friday.

The jobs form part of an investment by the US-based company to expand its warehouses and delivery network in Europe, its research and development (R and D) capability, and build new infrastructure to support its cloud-computing business.

“We are seeing stronger demand than ever from our customers all across Europe, and we see lots more opportunity across Amazon’s businesses to invent and invest for the future,” said Xavier Garambois, vice president, Amazon EU retail.

The ecommerce giant is aiming its most ambitious foray into Britain’s growing online grocery market.

However, a recent bid approach by Britain’s second largest supermarket chain Sainsbury’s to Home Retail, the owner of Argos, has been seen as a response to the competitive threat posed by Amazon.

The new British jobs, which will take Amazon’s UK workforce to over 14,500 by the end of 2016, include posts at its three R and D centers, 10 warehouses and 24 delivery stations in London. (ANI)

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