Thursday, June 11, 2015

Telangana Set To Be 'Amazon' and Micromax's Biggest Hub

Amazon and Micromax are on a shopping spree in Telangana state! After setting up its largest Indian fulfilment centre (FC) in the state, Amazon, the global e-commerce giant is now planning its second FC in Telangana. The good news is that the proposed FC will be larger than the existing one, Telangana IT and panchayat raj minister KT Rama Rao said on the sidelines of the inauguration of Amazon's biggest FC in Kothur, Mahbubnagar district.

The minister also said that during his Seattle visit last month, he had invited Amazon's web services team to evaluate options of setting up its data centre in the state.
“We have requested Amazon to set up a data centre in Hyderabad. A delegation from the US is expected to pay a visit to Hyderabad soon, and we are hopeful of receiving a positive re sponse,“ KTR said.

This apart, Amazon is also set to commence work on building its largest campus outside US in Hyderabad shortly, he added. Without specifying the investment in the upcoming campus, he pointed out that the state government has al ready allotted 10 acre land in the Nanakramguda area near Gachi bowli. As the company has recent ly got clearances from the MoEF (Ministry of Environment & For ests), the work on building its fa cility will commence shortly , he added.

In a big boost to electronic system design and manufacturing (ESDM) sector in the state, Gurgaon-based handset manufacturer Micromax Mobile is all set to invest in the state, KTR said. An announcement to this effect is expected to be made by the company on June 12, when the Telangana government will officially launch its TS-iPASS policy, a top government official confirmed. This apart, even a delegation from the Taiwanese multinational electronics contract manufacturing company Foxconn will be visiting Hyderabad to explore investment opportunities in the state, he added.

Interestingly , the development comes close on the heels of an nouncement made by Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos, who had visited India last year, that the e-commerce giant will be invest ing $2billion in Indian operations. Meanwhile, speaking about its FC that was inaugurated, Amazon India direc tor (operations) Akhil Saxena, said this FC constituted the largest ever investment in infrastruc ture made by Amazon in any sin gle state in the country .

The FC spread over 2.8 lakh sq ft facility will help thousands of small and medium businesses in Telangana and the nearby region by empowering them to gain ac cess to and service customers across the country at significantly low operating costs, he said. He added that it will also enable fas ter and quicker delivery of products to Amazon customers in the region, he added.

According to the company, hundreds of sellers have already registered at the facility and many of them have started inbounding their products at the facility. Amazon now has 11 FCs operational across eight states in India covering a total of over one million square feet space with a storage capacity of over 2.5 million cubic feet.

As part of their memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Telangana, ASSPL (Amazon Seller Services Private Limited) will also train thousands of sellers across the state in e-commerce to take advantage of the digital economy . Under the MoU, Amazon India will offer trainings to SMEs through seminars, workshops, video aids and ready reckoners on how to list and manage inventory for an e-commerce business.

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