Amazon India on Tuesday announced the opening of its largest Fulfilment Centre (FC) spread over 200,000 square feet with more than 800,000 cubic feet of storage space in Sonipat near New Delhi. The FC will allow Amazon India to offer its Fulfilment by Amazon (FBA) service to several thousand more small & medium businesses in the Delhi NCR region and the state of Haryana.
This Fulfilment Centre is in line with Amazon’s planned investments of six new FCs in India. The combined storage capacity available to sellers on Amazon India will increase 1.5 times to 7.5 million cubic feet by the end of this year.
“Amazon India’s latest investment with the launch of their largest Fulfilment Centre signifies the growing interest of large global enterprises in Haryana. The FC will enable thousands of small & medium businesses selling locally created products such as apparels, handlooms & handicraft to service customers seamlessly across the country & the globe. It will also fuel the growth of ancillary businesses such as packaging, transportation, logistics, and hospitality across the state. We are committed to enabling the ease of doing business and enabling companies like Amazon India to expand their presence in Haryana” said, Devender Singh, Principal Secretary, Industries and IT Department, Government of Haryana.
Mr. Akhil Saxena, Vice President, India Customer Fulfilment, Amazon India, said “Towards our constant endeavor of transforming the way India buys and sells, we are glad to announce Amazon’s largest Fulfilment Centre in India at Sonipat. It will enable thousands of small & medium businesses to save money by replacing their upfront capital expense with low variable cost and pay only for the storage space they use and the orders that we fulfil. Our Fulfilment Centres play a significant role in the development of an inclusive e-commerce economy with benefits accruing across the ecosystem. It also enables many more customers in the region to shop on Amazon India and opt for Cash on Delivery, Guaranteed Next-Day, Same Day, Release Day, Morning delivery and Sunday delivery.”
Amazon India now has close to 2 million cubic feet of storage area to offer to thousands of sellers across Haryana and Delhi. Local sellers, weavers, craftsmen & artisans involved in traditional textiles & local handicrafts too would be able to reach a wider set of customers and provide a delightful customer experience through this new FC. Many sellers have already registered at this facility and many of them have started inbounding their products.
Amazon India under the aegis of its Amazon Cares program, also inaugurated a Community library and Resource center in Kamaspura, Sonipat which has been set up in partnership with Rural Education and Development (READ) India. With the vision of ‘Creating opportunities and transforming lives’ Amazon india will create programs to impact and enhance the lives of the local community in the areas of education, livelihood, health and sanitation.
The education support initiative will focus on creating opportunities and will enable access to quality education for the community children. Their health initiative will focus on promoting & advocating preventive health care through partnerships with the local community and the district government. Some of the initiatives planned on sanitation include awareness and advocacy programs on cleanliness, hygiene and house-hold waste management.
Talking further about the community interventions of the Amazon Cares program, Mr. Akhil Saxena, Vice President, India Customer Fulfilment, Amazon India said “As a corporate member of this community we believe we have to play our role in creating opportunities that will transform the lives of local communities. We are committed to doing this holistically and in the areas that we believe are fundamental education, health and livelihoods. The community centres and the libraries will play a central role in enabling this.”
Since its launch in June 2013, Amazon.in has been working extensively to launch services that meet different business requirements of sellers and help them grow their business profitably online. Over the past three years, Amazon.in has introduced the most comprehensive suite of offerings for sellers to sell online in India. From running an extensive education and skilling program for SMEs called Seller University, offering Fulfilment By Amazon (a pay-as-you-go fulfilment service wherein Amazon.in packs, ships and delivers products to customers, manages returns and does customer service on behalf of the sellers), innovating Easy Ship (an assisted shipping service that makes it easy for sellers to ship products across India), launching Seller Flex (bringing Amazon’s flagship FBA experience to the seller’s doorstep by implementing the FBA technology at sellers’ warehouses), introducing Amazon Tatkal (a service-on-wheels to help SMBs get online within 60 minutes), to building the largest storage capacity in ecommerce in India for sellers to the tune of 7.5 million cubic feet, Amazon.in has been helping sellers reach millions of customers across the country. Amazon launched its Global Selling Program for sellers in India in May last year and today over 8,000 sellers from India are selling their ‘Make in India’ products on Amazon’s nine global marketplaces to over 304 million active worldwide customers.