Amazon opens biggest global campus in India, can accommodate 15,000

Andrew Cummings
August 22, 2019

US-based e-commerce giant Amazon on Wednesday inaugurated its new campus here - its largest facility globally - that will house 15,000 of its employees in India.

Spread across 9.5 acres to accommodate over 15,000 employees, the new campus is Amazon's first own office building and is the single-largest building globally.

Telangana Home Minister Mohammed Mahmood and Industries and IT Secretary Jayesh Ranjan participated in the inauguration.

INDIA EXPANSION Amazon's launch of a new campus in India comes just months after the Seattle-based company scrapped its plans to build a major outpost in NY, blaming opposition from local leaders.

In late December, India modified rules around foreign direct investment in e-commerce, adding to hurdles for Amazon and Flipkart. The infrastructure has been developed in adherence to Amazon's exacting standards, created to facilitate inclusion of employees with special needs and support its diverse workforce.

With this, Amazon now has 4 million sq ft office space at eight centres in Hyderabad, excluding the fulfilment centre. "This is Day One for us in India, and we look forward to creating an environment where diverse contributions are welcomed and innovation encouraged for the long term", John said.

"Amazon laid the foundation stone for the campus building on March 30, 2016".

Amazon started its retail operations in India in 2013 and has since added several services to boost sales, including an expansion into producing Bollywood originals to boost its Prime Video loyalty program in the movie-loving country.

"In the last six years, Amazon has become the largest market in India with largest selection of 200 million items and it is most visited and most trusted marketplace for last few years,"Mr Agarwal said".

Emphasising the company's commitment to the Indian market, Agarwal said it has already announced United States dollars 5 billion investments in India, and another USD 500 million in food and retail.

Asked on the economic slowdown and the likely impact on the business plans of Amazon, he said, "We haven't seen any slowdown yet". One reason could be that e-commerce is a very small portion of retail, probably just 3% of retail consumption.

He said Amazon's push to get small and medium businesses in India to export has resulted in more than $1 billion in exports and it expects this to exceed $5 billion in the next three years, but red tape is holding some businesses back. Jeff Bezos also pledged $5.5 billion in Amazon's India operations.

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