‘Tucson is home’: Online shopping and social media influence the Valley’s local economy
AUSTRALIA’S biggest internet retailer, Amazon, has been quietly recruiting more than 1,000 people in its hometown of Tucson, in central Arizona, according to an article in the Arizona Republic newspaper.
The newspaper reported that the company, which also has an Australian operations, had made a decision to hire the extra staff as part of its efforts to improve its local economy.
“We’re looking to recruit more people and hire more people,” Amazon spokesman Jim Bowers told the paper.
We’ve been hiring for two or three months. “
The people we’re looking for are people who are looking for work.
We’ve been hiring for two or three months.
We want to hire people who will be a good fit for our local community.”
The company has a growing presence in the Tucson area, including an Amazon store in the old Arizona State Fairgrounds and a nearby Walmart.
Mr Bowers said Amazon would hire around 1,500 workers in the next three years, and was planning to invest $3 million in the local economy over the next five years.
“I think it will be an asset for our community,” he said.
“It’s a community where we want to grow and where we think we can attract new jobs.”
The paper reported that Amazon also planned to hire two more people to its Tucson office.
The company’s headquarters are in California and its Australian operations are based in Sydney, New South Wales.
The paper quoted Amazon founder and chief executive Jeff Bezos as saying Amazon was “not a large company with huge operations”.
“We do not have many employees, but we do have a lot of talent,” he told the newspaper.
“People have a very high standard of living and our focus is to create a culture where we can be a very, very good employer.”
Mr Bezos said the company was also considering hiring people to help run the Tucson store, although he did not specify which store it would be.