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Amazon.com sets up second development centre in India

Chennai facility to focus on new features for site

Amazon.com will open a second development centre in India, to be located in the southern Indian city of Chennai, it announced on Friday.

The centre will focus on developing new features for Amazon.com’s sites worldwide that will help customers find and discover anything they want to buy online, the company said.

The company set up its first development centre in India last year, in Bangalore. That centre is focused on search technology and web services, Drew Herdener, a company spokesman, said.

Amazon.com did not disclose the number of staff it would be hiring for its Chennai development centre. “All I can say is that there are dozens of positions available in Chennai,” Herdener said.

The Chennai facility is the company’s fourth software development centre outside the US. Amazon.com has centres in Edinburgh, Scotland, and Cape Town, besides the two centres in India. Its primary development centre in the US is in Seattle, Herdener said.

Amazon.com decided to set up a new centre in Chennai, in addition to the one in Bangalore, to get access to the talent in the city, Herdener said.

The company also has a customer support centre in Hyderabad.

The Amazon Development Center in Chennai will manage all technology aspects of the features developed at this location, the company said. This includes idea generation, analysis and technical design, as well as front-, middle- and back-tier software development across a variety of architectures and technologies.

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