Global retailer Walmart's e-commerce platform builder @Walmart Labs, on Tuesday, announced that it planned to hire 180 more developers in 2012 to work at its new facility here. The new 50,000 sq. ft. facility, which could house up to 400 developers, currently employs 20 developers.

Anand Rajaraman, Vice-President, Walmart e-commerce and Head, @Walmart Labs, said if and when the facility scaled up to full potential, it would be on a par with its biggest e-commerce development lab based in Silicon Valley. The development centre in the Valley now employed 200 developers, he said.

Incidentally, Mr. Rajaraman founded Kosmix, an early pioneer in the online shopping space, which had founded Junglee, which was later acquired by Amazon. Walmart acquired Cosmix last April in a bid to strengthen its online commerce platform.

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