Amazon India on Monday announced the opening of five new warehouses, or fulfillment centres, in Delhi, Chennai, Jaipur, Ahmedabad and Tauru on the outskirts of Gurgaon, which will almost double the global e-commerce major's storage capacity to over half a million square feet.
The new facilities will be a shot in the arm for the e-commerce major wherein sellers need to send their products to Amazon, which are subsequently stored in its warehouses. Amazon takes care of the packing, shipping and delivery.
The company already has two warehouses in Mumbai and Bangalore. The fulfillment centre in Chennai is already operational and the other four will start functioning next month. Besides, customers in these states and nearby areas can expect broader selection across categories available for immediate shipment and eligible for Amazon’s Next-Day and Same-Day Guaranteed delivery services, the company said in a release.
“The launch of these five new Fulfillment Centers is part of our continued investment in providing fast and reliable delivery across vast selection of products, and enabling sellers of all sizes to achieve nationwide scale,” said Amit Agarwal, vice-president and country manager, Amazon India.
Small and medium businesses selling on Amazon's platform are likely to benefit from the expansion as they would save money by replacing their upfront capital expense with low variable cost and pay only for the services they avail from Amazon.
“With the opening of new fulfillment centres, we will enable many more SMEs in India to take advantage of this service and help them expand their online business. We will continue to do the heavy lifting on behalf of sellers so that they can focus on providing our customers with a vast
selection at competitive prices and, in turn, sell more and earn more money,” said Amit Deshpande, Director & GM, seller services, Amazon India.