Amazon India plans to set up 10 new fulfilment centres across the country, as the ecommerce marketplace gears up to cater to a surge in demand for online buying usually only seen during the festive season.
With this expansion, Amazon.in will have more than 60 FCs in 15 states, with a total storage capacity of over 32 million cubic feet.
The new additions include the specialised network of FCs for large appliances and furniture category and receive centers.
“Amazon India’s fulfilment network will be spread across a floor area of more than eight million square feet more than the land size of 100 football fields, housing millions of items,” it said in a statement.
The increase in storage capacity is in line with the company’s long-term commitment to invest in India, it said.
“With the expanded network of more than 60 fulfilment centres, we look forward to creating thousands of job opportunities with competitive pay,” said Akhil Saxena, VP, Customer Fulfilment Operations, APAC, MENA & LATAM, Amazon India.
These new FCs will be set up in Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru, Patna, Lucknow, Kolkata, Hyderabad, Chennai, Ludhiana and Ahmedabad. All new fulfillment centres will be operational before the festive season, the statement added.
Amazon said all new fulfilment centres will become operational before the festive season, with a few of these catering to large appliances and furniture, with capabilities to handle large loads.
The move to expand its fulfilment network, which is typically carried out by e-tailers at this time each year, is significant due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.
Expansion of the fulfilment network is usually clubbed along with hiring of tens of thousands of temporary delivery and warehouse workers. Amazon announced in May that it would create 50,000 new seasonal roles in delivery and warehousing, anticipating increased demand for online shopping this year.