Amazon opened its largest fulfilment centre in Hyderabad as part of its infrastructure expansion just ahead of the festive season.
Amazon opened its largest fulfilment centre (FC) in Hyderabad as part of its infrastructure expansion just ahead of the festive season. Spread across 4 lakh square feet with close to 2.1 million cubic feet of storage space, the centre is located at the GMR Hyderabad Airport City and is the largest in India.
Amazon has ramped up storage capacity to 3.3 million cubic feet in Telangana to enable faster deliveries to customers in the region. “Our vision is to transform the way India buys and sells. At Amazon, we have been consistently investing in our infrastructure and delivery network, so we can increase our speed of delivery and provide a superior experience to both customers and sellers. With the launch of our largest fulfilment centre in Telangana, we will be able to better serve our customers with one-day and two-day deliveries. The FC will enable sellers to use local infrastructure, save capital and help them grow their businesses.” Akhil Saxena, vice-president, India Customer Fulfilment, Amazon India, said.
“The fulfilment centre will work closely with local communities, create numerous skilling and employment opportunities for thousands of youth. With more than 10,000 sellers in Telangana, the selection offered by sellers in the state for immediate delivery has grown more than 120% compared to last year,” Akhil said.
Around 1,000 people are expected to be employed at Amazon’s fifth fulfilment centre in Hyderabad. While the company did not disclose the investment details, sources in the know said it could be in excess of `1,000 crore. This marks Amazon’s significant investment in Telangana in a matter of two years.
The company started with its first FC in India in June 2013 with 100 sellers. The current strength is over two lakh sellers with 41 FCs across 13 states in the country. It also has its largest technology centre in Hyderabad.
Besides, the state government is in talks with Amazon for setting its Amazon Park in Hyderabad as well.
Meanwhile, the Telangana government is planning to bring exclusive and separate policies for retail and logistics. According to Jayesh Ranjan, principal secretary for IT and industries, while the first draft of the retail trade policy was ready, the officials are currently working on formulating the contents for ‘logistics policy’. “We are the first state which is coming out with a retail policy that would also include e-commerce. We will come out with the policy in two to three months,” Ranjan said. The logistics policy is expected to take some more time.