Amazon India is looking to strengthen its delivery capacity. Amazon is now expanding its supply-chain network to over 1,400 delivery stations across India. Amazon's expansion plan comes into effect ahead of the festive season. Amazon has about 23,000 retail outlets across the country. These retail outlets carry out last-mile delivery stores under its 'I Have Space' programme. The announcement comes right after Flipkart on boards 27,000 Kirana stores to be a part of its supply chain.
"In preparation for the festive season this year, we have significantly scaled our delivery programmes and focused our efforts on -- widening the reach of our direct delivery network, enabling speed... and improving their delivery experience," Amazon India Vice-President (India Customer Fulfilment) Akhil Saxena said in a statement. Indian e-commerce companies are expected see a large chunk of their sales coming in during festive sales.
Amazon India said more than 100 delivery stations manage shipments from its large appliances and furniture category alone.
"Amazon India now has increased its direct delivery presence in many states, with 2X growth in states such as Andhra Pradesh, Assam, Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra, Gujarat, Jharkhand and West Bengal to name a few," the statement said.
Flipkart is hosting its 'The Big Billion Days' sale between September 29 to October 4. Flipkart hopes to see more than five lakhs of sellers, artisans and brands participating in offers with exciting deals and discounts across categories. Meanwhile, Amazon India is yet to announce its sale dates.
"This year, more than ever, we are partnering with brands, MSMEs (micro, small and medium enterprises), sellers, and artisans to deliver unparalleled selection and user experience to our consumers... At Flipkart, we've worked hard over the past year to prepare for The Big Billion Days and we look forward to collaborating with the whole ecosystem to deliver the best festive season yet," Flipkart Group Chief Executive Officer Kalyan Krishnamurthy said in a separate statement.
(With PTI inputs)