Amazon’s new Cambridge R&D facility close to completion

Amazon's newest UK-based office in Cambridge is close to completion, The new facility will empoly 400 staff and focus on innovation of the tech giant's existing hardware.

Amazon’s new Cambridge R&D facility close to completion

After announcing earlier in 2017 its intention to employ a further 400 British-based staff in a new Cambridge R&D facility, Amazon’s newest UK building is almost complete.

Cambridge is home to one of the UK’s top universities and Amazon already has an existing R&D office there to take advantage of the highly educated population. The new development, which should open for business some time during the autumn, will bring even more British-based innovation to the tech giant.

Once the new Amazon Cambridge office opens, the machine-learning expert staff based there, will work on a variety of Amazon hardware, including:

  • Kindle.
  • Alexa.
  • Echo Dot.
  • Echo.
  • Fire tablet.

The existing facility in the Castle Hill rea of Cambridge, will focus on development of the Amazon delivery drone, Prime Air.

According to a report in Cambridge News, the new Amazon office will be an amazing place to work in. It boasts bright, modern décor, plenty of space and lots of comfy sofas and areas, perfectly suited for a quick chat or impromptu meeting.

The report also noted a few impressive interior design installations. An Amazon rainforest wall, was one that made an impact, followed by a mini golf area on the top floor café.

But, the most eye-catching detail is said to be the Alexa wall. Hundreds of the voice assistants have been installed, giving the wall in question a fantastic metallic look. The wall is reported to have taken one-week to create.

Amazon has had a busy year of expansion and it doesn’t appear its ambition will plateau anytime soon.

Since purchasing Whole Foods, sales from the grocer have totalled some $1.6 million over the course of just one-month, various reports state. Around a third of those sales have been made via amazon, while the remainder have been from the stores.

Amazon’s online strength appears to have given a real boost to Whole Foods sales. Meanwhile, physical visits into the grocer’s stores have also grown.

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