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Amazon Opens Second Fulfillment Center in New England

Amazon is opening its second fulfillment center in New England, this one in Windsor, Connecticut. The 1 million-square-foot fulfillment center will create more than 300 full-time jobs when it opens next year.

Amazon had entered into an agreement with the state in February, agreeing to collect sales tax there beginning November 1, 2013, and it committed to investing $50 million in Connecticut and creating hundreds of new full-time jobs a two-year period.

At the time, Paul Misener, Amazon vice president, global public policy, said Amazon was looking forward to working with Connecticut Governor Malloy toward passage of the legislation being considered by Congress that would “finally resolve the sales tax issue, level the playing field for all retailers, protect states’ rights and allow states to collect the revenue owed.”

Amazon has made similar agreements with other states, including Nevada, Massachusetts and Arizona, as it calls for federal legislation that would pave the way for states to begin requiring online sellers from out of state to remit sales taxes.

Amazon’s other New England warehouse is a smaller fulfillment center in Nashua, New Hampshire, according to MWPVL, that houses smaller items that can fit into one box or shipment. Amazon also opened an office in Cambridge, Massachusetts over the summer, and it purchased Kiva Systems, a Massachusetts warehouse robotics company, last year.

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Ina Steiner is co-founder and Editor of EcommerceBytes and has been reporting on ecommerce since 1999. She's a widely cited authority on marketplace selling and is author of "Turn eBay Data Into Dollars" (McGraw-Hill 2006). Her blog was featured in the book, "Blogging Heroes" (Wiley 2008). Follow her on Twitter at @ecommercebytes and send news tips to ina@ecommercebytes.com. See disclosure at EcommerceBytes.com/disclosure/.