E-commerce giant Amazon India has made a significant expansion of its network providing the specialized infrastructure for Amazon Fresh. This would be able to provide ultra-fast 2-hour delivery service of daily essentials and groceries.
With the expansion, Amazon India has more than doubled processing capacity since last year and now has 35 dedicated sites across 14 cities - New Delhi, Gurugram, Noida, Mumbai, Thane, Vashi, Ahmedabad, Jaipur, Pune, Bengaluru, Mysore, Chennai, Hyderabad, and Kolkata, a statement said.
Amazon Fresh is the e-commerce company's two-hour delivery service of daily essentials and groceries. The company has also expanded infrastructure across other types of buildings that enable the fulfillment of customer orders, creating direct and indirect local job opportunities, for which hiring has begun already, it added.
"With this expansion, the company now has nearly 1 million sq ft of dedicated space for the storage and fulfillment of tens of thousands of curated items in the Amazon Fresh selection. These buildings are designed to ensure safe storage of products and processing of customer orders with state-of-the-art equipment and technology," the statement said.
This includes dedicated storage infrastructure for dry grocery, fruits and vegetables, and chilled and frozen items with specialized temperature-controlled rooms for each of these categories. The company said it has integrated gel pad freezers in delivery vehicles for the last-mile delivery of frozen and chilled items.
"Our customers have continued to rely on us for fast and safe deliveries of their daily essentials. The expansion of the specialized network for Amazon Fresh will enable us to reach more customers across the country," Prakash Dutta, Vice President (Fulfilment Operations and Supply Chain), Amazon India said.
He added that this investment in infrastructure also creates job opportunities in the 14 cities where it fulfills, processes, and delivers Amazon Fresh items.