US e-tailing giant Amazon’s Indian arm is planning to lure local grocery stores in its network, in a bid to support the working lot with the convenience of collecting their order from the locations selected by them, says a PTI report.
The move will not only help working people, but it will also help the local grocery stores to welcome increased footfall in their stores said Union Telecom Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad.
Prasad shared with PTI, "Amazon shared with me that they want to involve grocery stores in their business. They want to start delivery of products through grocery stores as it will help grocery stores have more footfall of potential customers," after meeting Amazon senior officials.”
He further added, "They want to contribute to Digital India programme. I appreciated them and promised to support them.”
The Indian grocery stores were already marred by the emergence of shopping malls in the country. Adding to the woes is the craze of online shopping, specifically in Tier 1 and 2 cities.
Commenting on the development, Amazon India spokesperson said, "We are continually evaluating new ways to enable fast and reliable delivery of a vast selection of goods at low prices to our customers."
Meanwhile, Amazon officials revealed that they have shared plans with minister to set up data centre in the country.
"They said that they want to set up data centre in India which is again a welcome step," confirmed Prasad.