By Business Wire, September 12, 2013, 07:57:00 AM EDT
World's second largest internet retailer adding West Coast
presence to attract top engineering, product management, usability,
analytics and online merchandising talent
FRAMINGHAM, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--
Staples, the world's largest office products company and second largest
internet retailer, today announced it will be opening a Development
Center in Seattle. Staples' first west coast office dedicated to
e-commerce and engineering will house teams responsible for driving
major initiatives to enhance areas including next generation digital
platforms, personalization, and big-data.
"Staples is changing the way customers shop online," said Faisal Masud,
executive vice president, global e-commerce, Staples. "Seattle is an
innovation hub rivaling Silicon Valley and features some of the world's
biggest technology companies. Staples new Development Center will allow
us to tap into the wide range of talented engineering and e-commerce
professionals on the West Coast."
Staples is adding software development, product management, usability,
analytics and online merchandising positions as it continues to invest
in omnichannel capabilities that let customers shop however and whenever
they want, across mobile devices, desktops and stores. The company
recently announced a new
omnichannel store format and is currently working on several new
e-commerce and mobile commerce initiatives.
"Staples is investing in areas with high concentrations of the
e-commerce and engineering talent that will be key to our success," said
Prakash Muppirala, vice president, e-commerce engineering, Staples. "We
will build integrated, collaborative teams with the goal of making the
shopping experience easy."
In 2012, Staples unveiled its new Velocity
Lab, located in the heart of Massachusetts' innovation district,
Kendall Square in Cambridge. The Velocity Lab was the company's first
satellite office, opened exclusively to foster innovation amongst
e-commerce and engineering teams. It has been the birthplace of
cutting-edge digital projects for Staples, like a mobile-only flash
sales promotion during last year's Black Friday shopping weekend. The
Velocity Lab will continue to house e-commerce and mobile product and
engineering teams dedicated to continually enhancing Staples' digital
The Seattle center is scheduled to open during the coming months.
Members of the Staples hiring and recruiting teams will be formally
meeting with experienced engineering and e-commerce professionals on
Thursday, September 26 and Friday, September 27, 2013 at the Seattle
City Center, 1420 5th Ave, Suite 2200, from 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., and
candidates who are interested are encouraged to visit Staples'
careers page to view available openings in the new Seattle office,
Staples is the world's largest office
products company and second largest internet retailer. For 27 years,
Staples has served the needs of business customers and its vision is to
provide every product businesses need to succeed. Through its
world-class retail, online and delivery capabilities, Staples offers
office supplies, technology products and services, facilities and
breakroom supplies, furniture, copy and print services and a wide range
of other product categories. With thousands of associates worldwide
dedicated to making it easy for businesses of all sizes, Staples
operates throughout North and South America, Europe, Asia, Australia and
New Zealand. The company is headquartered outside Boston. More
information about Staples (Nasdaq:SPLS) is available at www.staples.com.