Amazon seeking entry points to Central European markets

Jun 25, 2013
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Amazon is on the verge of setting up an operation in Poland, Polish Radio reports, citing theRzeczpospolita daily and an unnamed source. But contrary to earlier reports, its new offices in Warsaw will concentrate on IT services rather than offering a full Polish version of its global online retail outlet.

Polish customers place about a million orders every month from Amazon’s British site, according to Polish Radio, while the Poznan-based company Allegro continues to lead the domestic online retail market.

 Meanwhile, Amazon is firming up plans for a large logistics center in the Czech Republic, the Czech Lidove noviny reports.

 The facility, which would probably be built near Prague’s airport, could employ as many as 3,000 people to service German and Central European customers.

 Amazon already operates a service center in Slovakia and a development facility in Romania, according to the Czech daily.

Image from an Amazon screen shot.

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