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Now, Amazon announces $2 billion investment in India

Last updated on: July 30, 2014 12:40 IST

Image: This file photo shows Amazon.com CEO Jeff Bezos talking with reporters at a press conference in New York.
Photographs: Peter Morgan/Reuters

Upping its ante in India's fiercely competitive online shopping space, e-commerce giant Amazon on Wednesday said it will invest $2 billion in the country to grow the business in a market that is dominated by homegrown players like Flipkart and Snapdeal.

The US-based firm's announcement comes less than 24 hours after rival Flipkart announced raising a whopping $1-billion funding, the largest in the e-commerce space in India.

Amazon, which launched its marketplace in India last year, said the country is one of its fastest growing markets and is on track to touch $1 billion in gross sales.

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Now, Amazon announces $2 billion investment in India

Image: A worker packs a box at Amazon's logistics centre in Graben near Augsburg.
Photographs: Michaela Rehle/Reuters

It will invest an additional $2 billion to support its rapid growth and continue to enhance the customer and seller experience in India, Amazon said.

"After our first year in business, the response from customers and small and medium-sized businesses in India has far surpassed our expectations," said Jeff Bezos, founder and CEO of Amazon.com.

The company sees huge potential in the Indian economy and for the growth of e-commerce, he added.

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Now, Amazon announces $2 billion investment in India

Image: Jeff Bezos.
Photographs: Reuters

In the past few months it has raised the bar with introducing same-day delivery and ramping-up its logistics among others.

Earlier this week, Amazon said it will open 5 new centres across India in addition to its two fulfilment centres in Mumbai and Bengaluru.

The FCs will be set up in Delhi, Chennai, Jaipur, Ahmedabad and Tauru (outskirts of Gurgaon).

This, it said, would help in faster delivery of products.

With the addition of the five centres, Amazon's total storage capacity will almost double to over half a million square feet.

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Now, Amazon announces $2 billion investment in India

Image: A worker collects items to pack into boxes at Amazon's logistics centre in Graben near Augsburg.
Photographs: Michaela Rehle/Reuters

"With this additional investment of $2 billion, our team can continue to think big, innovate, and raise the bar for customers in India," he said.

At current scale and growth rates, India is on track to be Amazon's fastest country ever to a billion dollars in gross sales, he said.

"We have never seen anything like this," Bezos said.

In India, Amazon sells over 17 million products across categorieslike books, apparel and electronics from a growing base of thousands of small and medium-sized businesses.

Apart from smaller e-commerce portals, Amazon competes head on with Flipkart and Snapdeal.

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In the past few months it has raised the bar with introducing same-day delivery and ramping-up its logistics among others.

Earlier this week, Amazon said it will open 5 new centres across India in addition to its two fulfilment centres in Mumbai and Bengaluru.

The FCs will be set up in Delhi, Chennai, Jaipur, Ahmedabad and Tauru (outskirts of Gurgaon).

This, it said, would help in faster delivery of products.

With the addition of the five centres, Amazon's total storage capacity will almost double to over half a million square feet.

 

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