A Profitero study showed Target’s online prices were 25% more expensive than Wal-Mart’s, which were just slightly more expensive than prices on Amazon.
The web retailer recently killed plans to build centers in Texas over a tax controversy.
Amazon.com Inc. this week said it was hiring workers for 14 fulfillment centers around the United States. Amazon, No. 1 in the Internet Retailer Top 500 Guide, did not say how many workers it plans to hire, but the postings said the jobs were full-time.
Amazon says it is hiring for fulfillment centers in the following locations: Phoenix and Goodyear, AZ; Coffeyville, KS; New Castle, DE; Fernley and Las Vegas, NV; Lexington, Campbellsville, Hebron and Louisville, KY; and Hazleton, Carlisle, Allentown and Lewisberry, PA.
Amazon said its hiring workers for jobs in operations, human resources and technical support.
Amazon’s fulfillment and distribution operations have become part of the political controversy over sales taxes for online retail purchases. Claiming that the centers constitute a physical presence in the state, Texas wants to collect at least $269 million in sales taxes from Amazon. In response, the retailer said earlier this year it would close its distribution center in Texas and shelve plans to build more in the state.
Amazon did not say how many fulfillment centers it operates. Goldman Sachs estimates the retailer operates approximately 60 fulfillment centers around the world, 28 of which are in the United States, says Fred Krom, who covers Internet and entertainment for Goldman. The retailer could add up to 15 centers by year's end, he adds.