Amazon’s Massachusetts strategy in the past could be described with two words: free shipping. When the tech giant has acquired local companies, it has shipped the products and people out to Seattle. And when it has hired local talent, it has provided one-way tickets to Washington State, along with other lucrative relocation benefits.
That strategy will change in 2012, when Amazon opens up its first outpost in the Boston area. The company has been communicating with software developers who’ve previously been reluctant to head west, informing them that a Boston office will be open in February. And Amazon has also posted four public job listings for PhD-level research scientists who will work on “a variety of technical initiatives” in Boston. The research positions are apparently under the umbrella of Amazon’s a2z Development Center, a subsidiary that works on software to “enable great retailing experiences.”