Amazon India has nearly doubled its warehouse capacity at 13 million cubic feet with the company now running 41 fulfilment centres across the country. The company, till December 2016, operated 27 warehouses across the country with a 7 million cubic feet capacity. “The expansion of warehouses is part of the $5-billion investment commitment we had made. The investment is being used to build key areas of the e-commerce business, such as technology, infrastructure, including building warehouses, logistics, transportation, besides introducing seller-enablement programmes, such as Tatkal – a quick enrollment programme for sellers,” said Akhil Saxena, VP, India Customer Fulfilment, Amazon India.
The online retailer on Thursday opened its largest fulfilment centre near Gurugram as it aims to provide faster delivery of service in Delhi and the National Capital Region (NCR), especially during the festive season. Spread over 2,50,000 square feet with close to 1.2 million cubic feet of storage space, the centre situated in Jamalpur, Haryana, is the fifth fulfilment centre in the state. With the new warehouse, Amazon claims to have close to 3.3 million cubic feet of storage space in Haryana. According to Amazon, more than 11,000 sellers are based in Haryana. “As one out of every three orders, which we ship is a Prime order, the new centre will help in completion of faster product delivery,” added Saxena.
Amazon, which runs a separate transportation company under Amazon Logistics, claims to have five delivery stations in Haryana, 40 in the NCR region and more than 150 countrywide. Additionally, it runs the ‘I have space’ programme, under which shop owners or people with additional storage space in their house or at any other location, lease out space to the company for storage and delivery of goods. The company, which rolled out the programme in 2014, currently has 12,500 such leased out units, up from 10,000 in October last year. Amazon plans to roll out seven new fulfilment centres this year and will directly hire 5,000 people, said Saxena. .