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Internet roundup: Amazon fulfillment centre, Flipkart ties up with dabbawalas and more


Amazon to open a new fulfillment centre in Telangana

Amazon Seller Services Pvt Ltd (ASSPL) opened a new fulfillmet centre in the state of Telangana near Kottur on the outskirts of Hyderabad. The new fulfillment centre will be operational by May 2015 and is spread over 280,000 sqaure feet. With this, Amazon will  have 11 fulfillment centres operational across nine states in India covering a total of over one million square feet  space  with a storage capacity of over 2.5 million cubic feet. The fulfillment centre will allow Amazon.in to offer its Fulfilment by Amazon (FBA) service to thousands of small and medium businesses in the state and empower them to gain access to and service customers across the country at significantly low operating costs.

cmn_OlaOla launches programme to train 50,000 women drivers

Online cab booking service Ola has tied up with the Automotive Skills Development Council (ASDC) to train 50,000 women drivers over the next three years and help them turn into entrepreneurs on Ola’s platform. The joint memorandum of understanding will involve Ola, Empower Pragati and ASDC by identifying women from various sections of the society and up-skilling them. The program will focus on supporting entrepreneurship, workforce skill development training and computer literacy giving women driver partners and will be rolled out initially in Delhi, followed by major cities like Mumbai, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Chennai and Pune spanning into cities across India in the next few months. Ola,as a technology platform will help create opportunities for these trained drivers by giving them access to infrastructure, financing and continuous revenue. Upon a successful registration for the program, identified women will commence the training from highly trained teachers. The training modules include – Driving theory and practice, basic mechanic skills and map reading. Communication and spoken English classes are given to all the women so that for improved customer experience.

cmn_FlipkartFlipkart partners with Mumbai’s dabbawalas for last-mile delivery

Ecommerce major Flipkart has tied up with Mumbai’s iconic dabbawalas for last-mile delivery to customers, reports YourStory. As a part of eKart, the dabbawallas will collect Flipkart marketplace shipments from the delivery hubs and deliver it the customers- while picking their dabbas and the initial pilot will have the dabbawalas picking up only orders which have been paid for. Flipkart plans to add cash-on-delivery as the association grows. The first batch of Dabbawalas have undergone training at Flipkart’s delivery centers.  At this stage, they will be using a paper-based tracking system with the idea being to gradually train them on the usage of apps and other wearable tech, the report added.

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