VENTURES: Amazon Flows Into Cape Town
Recent Western Cape Business News
Amazon yesterday announced it is planning to expand its presence in Cape Town, with the opening of a new customer service center. The center, which is scheduled to open in October 2010, is expected to create more than 600 new jobs during its first two years of operation, with an additional 400 seasonal jobs to be added during the fourth quarter holiday season.
“Amazon’s investment into the Western Cape once again underlines the province’s quality as a world class BPO destination,” says Fagri Semaar interim CEO of BPeSA Western Cape.
“It’s important to have customer service representatives available when it’s convenient for our customers,” said Brent Jaye, director of Amazon's North America Customer Service. “We are pleased with the South African and the Western Cape government’s commitment to developing a customer service center industry. Cape Town is widely regarded for its hospitality and we are excited about drawing upon this customer-centric talent pool.”
“This investment has been a team effort and I would like to pay special thanks to Western Cape Minister of Finance, Economic Development and Tourism, Alan Winde, who has played an important role and continues to be a key figure in promoting BPO investment in the Western Cape,” adds Semaar.
“This deal is a major boost to the economy of the Western Cape. It is not only creating a thousand jobs, but installing confidence in our ability to host world class clients and I wish them all the best,” says Minister Winde.
The center in Cape Town will provide services in English and German.
During the first quarter of 2010, Amazon.com attained sales of approximately US $7.13 billion, 46% more than the amount recorded for the same period of 2009. Amazon.com offers more than 40 categories of products (including books, music, video games, electronics and others) and serves millions of customers around the world.
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