Retail Roundup—Amazon adding thousands of jobs in Boston; China tariffs hurt U.S. workers

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Amazon is upping its technology presence in Boston. (Amazon)

Amazon adding thousands of jobs in Boston

Amazon has announced a massive expansion in Boston that will bring 2,000 new technology jobs to the city. The new staff will focus on developing Alexa technology, cloud computing and robotics. Boston Globe article

China tariffs would hurt U.S. workers

The government has proposed tariffs on $50 billion of Chinese imports, which would refuse U.S. gross domestic product by almost $3 billion and destroy 134,000 U.S. jobs. According to a new study by the National Retail Federation, four jobs would be lost for every one job gained. Release

U.S. e-commerce logistics continue to rise

U.S. e-commerce logistics costs are expected to rise 18.8% per year through 2020. E-commerce logistics currently accounts for 6.9% of overall logistics costs in the U.S. ahead of the predicted 5.2% predicted for 2016. Logistics Management article

Roots to expand to Washington, D.C., area

Canadian retailer Roots has announced an expansion into the Washington, D.C.-area as part of a greater plan to penetrate the U.S. market. One store will be located in the Georgetown neighborhood while another location will be in a the Fashion Centre at Pentagon City in Virginia. WTOP article