Amazon India, ahead of its upcoming Prime Day Sale considering the demand spike witnessed by the e-commerce firm amid the outbreak of the pandemic, has announced to add ten new Fulfilment Centres (FC) and expand seven existing buildings.
With the expansion, Amazon will have over 60 fulfilment centres across 15 Indian states with an area equivalent to more than 100 football fields, the company said in a blog post.
According to a statement released by the e-commerce giant, the new fulfilment centres will be operational by the festive season around Diwali, with a total storage area of 32 million cubic feet and include the specialised network of fulfilment centres for large appliances and furniture category and Receive Centres. Further, informing on the locations of the fulfilment centres, it said, the new fulfilment centres will be set up in Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru, Patna, Lucknow, Kolkata, Hyderabad, Chennai, Ludhiana and Ahmedabad.
The increase in storage capacity is in line with the company’s long term commitment to invest in India. The e-commerce giant has already put in $7 billion and announced an additional $1 billion of investment in January to digitise small businesses.
“The increase in storage capacity is in line with Amazon’s long-term commitment to invest in India. With the expanded network of more than 60 fulfilment centres, we look forward to creating thousands of job opportunities with competitive pay. Our investment in infrastructure and technology is to provide sellers with closer access to Amazon’s fulfilment offerings, customers with faster delivery on a wider selection of products and help ancillary businesses such as packaging, transportation and logistics.”~ Akhil Saxena, Vice President Customer Fulfilment Operations (Asia Pacific, Middle East, Europe and North Africa and Latin America), Amazon India
Earlier this month, Amazon India in an attempt to increase job opportunities in the country, launched a pilot programme for skill development via apprenticeship across its warehouses in Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru and Hyderabad.