Staples plans e-commerce innovation center in Cambridge

Staples, the Framingham office products company, is ramping up a new “E-Commerce Innovation Center” in Kendall Square in Cambridge. Scheduled to open in May, 2012, the center will house teams responsible for creating online-based solutions for customers who shop Staples stores and websites.

The world’s second largest e-commerce company behind Amazon, Staples is adding IT, product management, usability, and creative positions so it can better reach customers on mobile devices, desktops, and in stores, the company said.

Brian Tilzer, vice president, e-commerce and business development,, said he hopes the center, “will become the home to some of the world’s best e-commerce talent, with the goal of rapidly bringing breakthrough new ideas to market in emerging online technologies like mobile commerce and social media.”


The center is scheduled to open by May. Staples would not reveal how many people it expects to hire for the facility. The company has 90,000 employees worldwide and 3000 in its Framingham headquarters.

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