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In 2014, online giant Amazon created 6,000 new full-time positions in Europe in response to booming demand, it said yesterday.

In a statement, the e-tailer cited that it employed 32,000 permanent staff in the European Union, with the new jobs created in logistics centres, customer service, software development, supply chain management and design. Xavier Garambois, Amazon Vice President for EU retail said: “We are still in a phase of investment and look forward to being able to fill more positions in 2015,” before adding that customer demand in Europe was bigger than ever.

According to the pureplay e-tailer, around 1,200 of the new jobs were in Germany, its second-biggest market after the United States where it employs 10,000 warehouse staff as well as over 10,000 seasonal workers. The UK followed with the most new positions.

In light of Amazon’s growth, the retailer’s studios yesterday announced the signing of critically-acclaimed Director Woody Allen to write and direct his first ever television series. Untitled Woody Allen Project, a half-hour series, has received a full season order and episodes will be written and directed by Allen. Customers will be able to see the series exclusively on Prime Instant Video in the US, UK and Germany. Additional details, including casting information, will be made available in the future.

“Woody Allen is a visionary creator who has made some of the greatest films of all-time, and it’s an honor to be working with him on his first television series,” said Roy Price, Vice President of Amazon Studios. “From Annie Hall to Blue Jasmine, Woody has been at the creative forefront of American cinema and we couldn’t be more excited to premiere his first TV series exclusively on Prime Instant Video next year.”

Woody Allen added, “I don’t know how I got into this. I have no ideas and I’m not sure where to begin. My guess is that Roy Price will regret this.”

Published on Wednesday 14 January by Veebs Sabharwal

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