Amazon to set up its biggest campus outside the US; opens fulfilment centre

By: K.V. Kurmanath

Amazon, the global e-commerce and cloud services firm, is betting big on India. The firm, which announced investments of $2 billions to strengthen its presence in India, is lining up its biggest global campus outside of the US. It is also considering a proposal to set up a datacentre to back its cloud service business Amazon Web Services (AWS).

The company has opened its biggest Fulfilment Centre or warehouse near here, taking the total number of centres to 11 in eight States.

About 60 kilometres from Hyderabad and 25 kilometres from the international airport, the 2.80 lakh sq ft facility is going to help small and medium businesses (SMBs) utilise the logistics and delivery capabilities offered by Amazon.

Using automated solutions, the firm segregates and packages the goods before delivering them to customers.

How SMBs can join

The firm is in touch with SMBs to educate them about the advantages to piggyback on the web-enabled business opportunities.

Amazon India Director (Operations) Akhil Saxena said that the SMBs could bring their inventory here and use our shipping and delivery capabilities to reach out to vast customer base. “They don’t need to bother about investments on non-core aspects of their businesses,” he said.

SMBs can join using Self-Service option to register themselves. They can take a tip or two from about 79 YouTube videos in ‘Amazon Seller University’ on how to tap opportunities offered by the firm, Akhil said.

Amazon founder and Chief Executive Officer Jeff Bezos, who was in India last year, announced that it would invest $2 b in India as he saw huge potential here in e-commerce and SMBs.

Telangana IT Minister K Taraka Rama Rao, who recently visited Amazon headquarters in Seattle (the US) to sign the agreement with regard to the facility, inaugurated the facility. Addressing a gathering later, he said the firm had been allocated 10 acres of land at the IT hub Gachibowli for the proposed campus. “We have got clearances from the Union Ministry of Environment and Forests,” he said.

“We have also asked them to expand their Web Services (cloud business) to Telangana. They said they would consider the proposal,” the Minister said.

Source: The Hindu

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