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New Amazon development centre opens

Amazon has opened its first development centre in Swansea, Wales, that will host the recently acquired tech company Veeqo and other teams.

Amazon Swansea
Amazon Swansea

Amazon bought Veeqo in 2021, and its services are now available for free to the 85,000 small and medium-sized businesses (SMEs) selling on Amazon in the UK, as well as the nearly 500,000 Amazon sellers based in the US.

According to Amazon UK Country Manager John Boumphrey: “The company makes ecommerce more efficient, effortless, and scalable for startups and small businesses by helping them fulfil their customers’ orders across multiple websites and stores, syncing their inventory and automatically providing low-cost shipping rates.

“Swansea has been a centre of tech talent and academic excellence for many years now, so we are delighted to open our first development centre in Wales.”

Veeqo has grown its workforce by 50 percent in the last six months, including skilled technology roles such as software development engineers, technical product managers, and knowledge engineers, as well as UX designers, and business analysts.

Veeqo will also continue to work closely with nearby universities, including the University of Swansea and The University of Wales Trinity Saint David, to provide placements for software and engineering students.

The company was founded in 2013 by its current CEO Matt Warren, who was an online seller who needed software that made shipping orders from multiple sales channels cheaper and easier.

Thompson and Holt managing partner Stuart White believes that the move should be welcomed. He explained: “Anything that involves Amazon re-investing into areas that will benefit Sellers should be seen as a positive.

“Figures suggest that there are more than 2,500 small independent businesses selling on Amazon in Wales and this should be a resource that they look to use. But Veeqo’s resources are also available to Sellers right across the UK and America, and at Thompson and Holt, if you are among them we recommend that you look at their services and see if they could benefit your business.

“Their free shipping software can cut the cost and hassle of multichannel fulfilment, and it allows sellers to pick, pack, and ship every order with a mobile device.”

Veeqo CEO Warren said in a statement: “Our new office in Swansea will be a hub from which Veeqo can build the services which make it easier for entrepreneurs and small businesses to sell around the world. I am proud that Amazon saw the value of our amazing team, and that we have continued to create highly-skilled tech jobs in Wales.”

If you have found yourself suspended while selling on Amazon, contact Thompson and Holt for a free LiveChat to get your Seller business back online as quickly as possible.

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