In the wake of the forthcoming festive season Amazon has announced the expansion of its delivery network with the addition of over 10,000 stores taking the total number to 12,500 stores.
Under the “I Have Space programme”, Amazon India will partner with local store owners across different cities to deliver products to customers within a 2–4 kilometre radius of their store. According to the e-commerce major, several of these stores also double up as pick-up points and receive deliveries on behalf of customers.
On an average, Amazon India’s store partners deliver between 20 to 30 packages a day, earning a fixed amount per delivery.
Akhil Saxena, vice president, India Customer Fulfilment, Amazon India said “We believe customers, no matter where they reside or are located, value fast & reliable delivery. As we gear up for the upcoming festive season, we have expanded our delivery network by 5X and now have over 12,500 I Have Space stores in more than 50 cities with a majority being in tier II and III towns.”
The Amazon India I Have Space program is open to all store owners who have the ability to service on foot or a two-wheeler. The only requirement is for the store owner to have sufficient manpower to make local deliveries during their off-peak hours and space for storage of the packages.
Currently, this program primarily consists of grocery, telecom, stationery, chemists, general stores and other modern trade outlets to name a few.