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Amazon Now Allows Purchases Delivered Directly in Costa Rica

Amazon today (April 17) announced the launch of the international shopping platform within the Amazon Shopping application, which will make it possible for its customers in Costa Rica to receive their packages directly from the United States. This experience is available in browsers and mobile...

Netflix Yes, Amazon No With Respect To The VAT

The Ministerio de Hacienda (Ministry of Finance) explained on Friday that the proposed 13% Value Added Tax (VAT) on goods on services being processed through Congress that includes taxing online purchases would be applied to Netflix, but not to Amazon. Hacienda explained that the tax...

Internet Purchases Would Pay Double Tax, If Propose Tax Reform Approved

Purchases made online in Costa Rica would have two types of taxes, if the current text of the Ley de Fortalecimiento de las Finanzas Públicas (tax reform bill), making its way to the legislative process is approved after reaching the full Legislative Assembly on...

Amazon Confirms Layoffs in Costa Rica

Amazon, the American giant confirmed the dismissal of some of its employees in Costa Rica without detailing the numbers. An Amazon spokesperson explained that the company is comprised of multiple initiatives, some of which are shrinking, while others are growing rapidly. "We have made small...

Amazon’s Checkout-Free Grocery Store Is Opening to the Public

In the shadow of Amazon’s offices in downtown Seattle, people enter a tiny grocery store, take whatever they want, and then walk out. And nobody runs after them screaming. This is what it’s like to shop at Amazon Go, the online retail giant’s vision...

Blood Axe, the saga of a twenty first century Viking

Grecia author Chris J Clarke’s new thriller Blood Axe, the saga of a twenty first century Viking is just out as an e book and in paperback through Amazon. Chris has previously published seven other fictional works under the pen name name Aaron Aalborg. He...

Government Proposes To Charge 4% VAT Tax On Airline Tickets, Books and Machinery

Expected today, Thursday, is the government's final draft of its tax reform that establishes two Value Added Tax (VAT) rates -  Impuesto Sobre el Valor Agregado (IVA) in Spanish - one 13% and the other 4%, with the aim of alleviating the deterioration of the...

“English” Is An Important Factor In High Paying Jobs in Costa Rica

More and more, a dominance level of English is a factor in higher paying jobs in Costa Rica. The latest example of that is the announcement by two multinationals looking to fill 400 jobs, each requiring an English language proficiencey level. Convergys and Western Union...

Jobs, Jobs and More Jobs…As Established Companies Looking To Hire

Despite the general consensus of late among many that the business climate in Costa Rica has slowed down in the past several months, a number of businesses are increasing their staff and looking to hire. Here are some of the job offers on the table...

Costa Rica Businesses Offer Their Products On Amazon

Eighty Costa Rican companies have already integrated into Amazon's online sales, through a program coordinated by the Foreign Trade Promoter (Procomer) to sell their products in the United States. Of those companies, at least 40 have already made sales, said Laura Quesada, Procomer's export promoter...

Smartphone addiction’ seems to only be getting stronger

QTECH - When was the last time you were in a restaurant or at the mall and everyone was talking to each other instead of being on their smartphone? When it comes to our smartphones, we seem to be more addicted than ever. Even as...

Apple a Country On Its Own: First To Cross US$800 Billion Barrier

Q TECH - Apple Inc., the U.S. technology giant, has gone where no U.S. company has gone before, on Tuesday becoming the first company ever in the world to enjoy a market capitalization of US$800 billion. If Apple were a country, the iPhone its capital,...

Amazon Web Services Opens Office in Bogotá

TODAY COLOMBIA – Amazon Web Services has opened its first office in Bogotá. This makes Colombia home to another Latin American office established by the online retail giant’s cloud services arm, with the first regional location established previously in São Paulo, Brazil. The Seattle-based company reportedly...

Amazon Invests in Costa Rica As Country Carves Out Profitable Niche

Q COSTA RICA - In the 19th century, the customs house (aduana in Spanish) here brimmed with the imported wares that first helped this tiny nation become part of the wider world economy. During a balmy weekend last month, the old brick and iron warehouse ...

Deadliest Year Ever For Environmental Activism

(Q24N) Falling commodity prices are prompting land grabs by mining and forestry companies - often by force. That's driving a disturbing trend: 2015 saw more murders of environmental activists than ever before. A wooden cross marks the spot where the body of environmental activist Isídio...

Mail Carriers Protest Against Increase of Packages To Deliver

QCOSTARICA - Long hours and excess of daily deliveries of packages from China are among the top complaints of a group of 32 mail carriers who protested outside the Legislature Friday morning. The National Association of Public and Private Employees - Asociación Nacional de Empleados...

Amazon Looking To Hire 1,500 To Expand Costa Rica Operations

(QCOSTARICA) Great news for those looking for work or to improve their current, Amazon.com plans to hire 1,500 full-time positions to support the increase of operations in Lagunilla and Calle Blancos. The online electronic commerce and cloud computing company is seeking customer service associates and...

Correos de Costa Rica Accelerates Delivery of Packages from China

(QCOSTARICA) Package delivery from China will be a priority for the Correos de Costa Rica (Post Office), due to a rise of online shopping from the Asian country, especially on e-commerce sites like Wish.com. Under its pilot plan starting on September 5, packages can be...

Amazon Announces 700 New Jobs

QCOSTARICA - Amazon is looking to hire 700 people in the coming three months, new positions in customer service and vendor support, among others, during its two day job fair on May 6 and 7. The job fair will take place at its Calle Blancos...

Looking For Work? Ojo, Jobs Are All Around You.

(QCOSTARICA) Good news for those looking for work, a series of job fairs and opportunities like the soon-to-open City Mall in Alajuela, is flooding the market with thousands of job offers. At Amazon, the company is looking to fill 400 jobs that include human resources,...

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