Amazon has announced the addition of five more fulfillment centres expanding its network to a total of 67 across 13 states. With this, the total storage capacity of the company had increased to 20 million cubic feet, a 1.5X growth from 2017.
Amazon had recently announced 15 fulfillment centres dedicated to its grocery platform AmazonNow, and six more dedicated to large appliances and furniture.
“The new fulfillment centres will be for all categories and will be functional before the festive season,” said Akhil Saxena, vice president for customer fulfillment at Amazon India.
The five new centres were added in Bangalore, Mumbai, Gurgaon, Vijayawada and Kolkata.
Saxena said the year-on-year growth of Amazon's infrastructure has helped the company scale up its Prime selection and improve delivery speed.
Currently, the Prime selection in India stands at 40 million products. Overall, the company offers 170 million products across categories.
Apart from the fulfillment centres, Amazon also has 150 delivery stations across different pin codes to support last mile delivery in those areas to improve the efficiency of delivery. In addition to this, Amazon has 60 delivery stations exclusively to manage the deliveries of products from the large appliance and furniture category
The company also has 350 service partner delivery stations in tier 3 and tier 4 areas where the company partners with local delivery partners.
Amazon also has 17,500 ’I Have Space’ stores in 225 cities across India, wherein the company has partnered with local store owners across different cities to deliver products to customers within a 2 – 4kilometer radius of their store.
Last month, Flipkart announced plans to set up a 4.5-million-sqft (45-lakh-sqft) logistics park in Karnataka, spread across 100 acres.