Amazon Needs a New Home

By Madeleine Sabin

Posted on December 5, 2017 at 7:27 PM PDT

Photo Courtesy of Glenn Chapman/Getty Images (   NPR   )

Photo Courtesy of Glenn Chapman/Getty Images (NPR)

While many of us students skip the lines and buy our textbooks religiously from online retailers, we also like the option of buying a lightly used version or renting one at a lesser price. Lately though, it seems that many of us buy everything off of Amazon including but not limited to: textbooks, jewelry, toilet paper, and even groceries now. In the past year, Amazon has exploded into almost every market. Amazon has been selling a plethora of products conveniently for years now, but it wasn’t until this year that it became a household name for essential items.

About three weeks ago, Amazon made the drastic purchase of Whole Foods Market for $13.7 billion according to Business Insider, and there’s talk of the conglomerate purchasing Kohl's. With all of these new purchases, it makes sense that Amazon needs more employees, as many as 50,000 employees would be added and the need for a new location. And what are their requirements? Oh, just a few. According to Buzzfeed:

“It's not asking for much, really: Aside from a city with more than 1 million people, the company wants on-site access to mass transit, strong cell phone service, and easy access to a major highway or road. The company also wants to be within 45 minutes of an international airport.”

As nitpicky as these may sound, it doesn’t come as a surprise that cities are pulling out all the big-guns to be a contender for being Amazon’s new home. Amazon promises to bring 50,000 jobs to wherever they go and will boost the economy by BILLIONS of dollars. Yes you read right, billions. An Arizona company, Sun Corridor Inc. sent a 21-foot cactus as a present to entice Amazon. (US News). Indiana paid thousands for an ad in The New York Times showcasing its “resilient, eager to work,” people.  Connecticut has had a flood of phone calls in the city’s economic development office, and the actual residents of Toronto are tweeting and retweeting to grab attention, according to Buzzfeed. Some of the other cities in the running include: Atlanta, Pittsburgh, Toronto, Dallas, Austin, Boston, San Jose, Washington D.C. and Denver.

Over the next couple of weeks, we will sit back and watch as Amazon decides where to move. Personally, Denver sounds like a good choice to me, but wouldn’t it be cool for all us soon to be college grads if Amazon moved right here to Bay Area? Where do you think Amazon will go?

Let us know what you think at dureporters@gmail.com.