Ecommerce major Amazon India today announced the expansion launch of its new Fulfilment Centre (FC) and a specialized FC for large appliances and furniture in Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu. Following this, The company has doubled its storage capacity in the state this year, it said.
The company also said that it will quadruple the storage capacity of an existing fulfillment centre in Chennai. The announcement comes a week after it launched its fifth fulfillment centre in Hyderabad, having more than 6 lakh cubic feet of storage capacity.
With this, Amazon will now have 6 fulfillment centres with close to 4.4 million cubic feet of storage space spread across a carpet area of more than 1 million square feet across Chennai and Coimbatore.
According to a statement, The newly launched fulfillment centres will create thousands of direct and indirect job opportunities and can support more than 50,000 sellers in the state.
The fulfillment centre was virtually inaugurated by Thiru M K Stalin, Hon'ble Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, Prakash Dutta, VP –Customer Fulfilment Operations & Supply Chain, Amazon India, Thiru Thangam Thennarasu, Honorable Minister for Industries, and Thiru. T. M. Anbarasan, Honorable Minister for Rural Industries, Govt. of Tamil Nadu.
Speaking on the development, Prakash Dutta, VP –Customer Fulfilment Operations & Supply Chain, Amazon India, said:
"This network of 6 fulfillment centres offering a storage capacity of more than 4.4 million cubic feet will provide a fillip to sellers as well as ancillary industries including packaging, transportation, logistics, and others and generate work opportunities for diverse personnel across the region."
"While we continue to prioritize the safety of our teams and customers, we are confident that this expansion will help us enhance the customer experience in Tamil Nadu, during and beyond the festive season," he adds.
The expansion is a part of Amazon’s plans to increase its pan-India fulfillment network by close to 40% to provide a total storage capacity of 43 million cubic feet to its sellers, in 2021.
Last week, Homegrown e-commerce marketplace Flipkart had also announced the expansion of its fulfillment network in Gujarat, with the addition of four new facilities to support local sellers and meet the growing demand for e-commerce.
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