Amazon went from an interesting experiment to one of the most successful companies in the world within a short time period.
The e-commerce juggernaut is changing the way people shop, along with companies like eBay, and putting the pressure on retail giants that have largely been without competition for years.
With their commitment to seamless service and options for buyers, Amazon has been able to refine their site continuously and become a household name in many regards. Their dominance of online shopping is just the first step, as the company has taken advantage of its growing name in many ways.
These include said name value to pursue original products and new services, further expanding the company’s widespread reach. Now with growth continuing at impressive rates and investors looking favorably at the numbers, Amazon is currently seeking a spot for a second headquarters.
The company started their search in September, and said their second home would bring thousands of new jobs to the area it was based in. People took notice, as proposals from cities and regions have poured in over the last year.
With 238 cities throwing their name in the running for the new home of Amazon, the company has plenty of options to choose from all across North America. Entries have come in from the United States, Canada, and Mexico.
The period for entering submissions came to an end last week. Amazon made it clear that their decision would hinge heavily on the available tax breaks and grants in the area.
Though Amazon did not list specifics about which states had applied to host the company’s second headquarters, they did state they got proposals from 43 U.S. states. In addition, they got suggestions from multiple Mexican states, a half-dozen Canadian provinces, Washington D.C., and Puerto Rico.
Amazon noted that their decision would come down to more than the financial incentives relative to local areas. They also noted that population would play a big factor in their choice. The company stated their desire to choose a metropolitan location, and one with a population exceeding one-million. They also want a location within 45-minutes of an international airport and that has direct access to mass transit.
These features will help the company attract top technical talent, and ensure their staffing capabilities are on par with the new demand they’ll be experiencing as the company continues to grow. Even as they look for a second home, the company is thinking of the future. They also want the location to have enough space to support an 8 million square-foot expansion in the coming years.
They also stated they want their second headquarters to be equal to the first in terms of what it does for the company. Their current headquarters is in Seattle. Though their second location has yet to be decided, there are already suggestions in place to go beyond traditional choices. One suggestion offers an innovation corridor between St. Louis and Kansas City, rather than having the headquarters at a single location.