Amazon signals entry into alcohol delivery in India

Alibaba-backed Indian grocery ventureBigBaskethas also won approval to deliver alcohol in the state,
Amazon signals entry into alcohol delivery in India

Amazon.com Inc has obtained necessary clearance to deliver alcohol in India's eastern state of West Bengal, according to a document seen by Reuters, signalling ecommerce giant’s entry into the country's multi-billion-dollar sector.

In a notice on Friday, West Bengal State Beverages Corp, the authorised agency to carry out online retail of liquor trade in the state, said Amazon was among the companies found to be eligible for registration with authorities.

Alibaba-backed Indian grocery venture BigBasket has also won approval to deliver alcohol in the state, the notice said.West Bengal is India's fourth most populous state, with a population of more than 90 million people.

 

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