Amazon expands Alexa hub in Boston with 2000 new jobs

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"I want to highlight Amazon's commitment to recruiting top talent from our universities and give students the opportunity to have a direct impact on the evolution of their technologies at an early stage of their career", Trudeau said, speaking at a press conference.

Omnichannel powerhouse Amazon is planning to expand its Boston tech hub and hire on 2,000 employees across a range of roles, from machine learning to robotics. A recent study by the real-estate website Zillow found Boston's selection could boost rental prices by 1.4 percent, which would take the current median rent from $2,371 up to $2,490.

Amazon and the possibility of its second headquarters coming to Boston is generating a lot of mixed reaction. In January, it wrote, "By Amazon's choice, this is a public auction, so you should conduct this deal out in the open".

The company now employs more than 1,000 researchers and engineers in Vancouver, BC, primarily for its global retail business and Amazon Web Services (AWS). Toronto made the shortlist of twenty cities under active consideration to be the possible home of the new Amazon headquarters referred to as HQ2.

Since Donald Trump became president with the pledge to create thousands of new jobs, USA companies have been eager to tout hiring plans even if they've been previously announced.

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Recently named as the #1 most desirable workplace in the country as part of LinkedIn's annual survey, Amazon is committed to strengthening the talent pipeline for careers in the technology sector.

Amazon's new office is expected to open in 2022.

Further expansion for Amazon in Canada may also be in the offing.

The announcement details show that Amazon now employs some 1,000 researchers and engineers at its Vancouver facility. Amazon employed about 566,000 full- and part-time employees worldwide at the end of December, and on Monday announced it was hiring 3,000 people in Vancouver. Customer reviews, 1-Click shopping, personalized recommendations, Prime, Fulfillment by Amazon, AWS, Kindle Direct Publishing, Kindle, Fire tablets, Fire TV, Amazon Echo, and Alexa are some of the products and services pioneered by Amazon.

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