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Amazon Eyes New Fulfillment Center in Massachusetts

Amazon is negotiating with state and local governments in Massachusetts for tax breaks for a proposed Fulfillment Center in the state, according to the Boston Globe. The company recently opened a small version of its FCs in Stoughton called a Sortation Center that helps it get packages into the USPS mail stream for delivery the same day.

SouthCoast Today said Amazon sent a letter of intent to the mayor of Fall River pegging the proposed fulfillment center at 1-million square feet that would create 1,000 permanent jobs as well as temporary positions.

The location is purportedly in a “Life Sciences and Technology” park that straddles the towns of Fall River and Freetown. Construction could begin in the first quarter of 2015 and be operational by the second half of 2016.

Amazon was recently criticized by Wall Street analysts for its enormous loss in the third quarter of this year despite healthy sales growth, but it doesn’t appear the criticism is slowing its plans to continue to build out its logistics network.

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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). She is a member of the Online News Association (Sep 2005 - present) and Investigative Reporters and Editors (Mar 2006 - present). Follow her on Twitter at @ecommercebytes and send news tips to ina@ecommercebytes.com. See disclosure at EcommerceBytes.com/disclosure/.