Ahead of the upcoming festive season, Amazon India has announced a fulfilment centre (FC) in Haryana, which will allow the e-commerce players to do deliveries within 1 or 2 days in and around the region.
The e-commerce giant said that the Panchgaon-based fulfilment centre (FC) is its largest in the state, covering 300,000 square feet of area with about 1.5 million cubic feet of storage space.
“With this infrastructure, Amazon has increased its storage capacity by 1.5X since last year in Haryana”, it said in a statement. The company already has two FCs in the state.
When using Fulfilment By Amazon (FBA), sellers across India send their products to Amazon’s FCs and once an order is placed, Amazon picks, packs & ships the order to the customer, provides customer service and manages returns on behalf of the sellers. “The FC in Haryana will cater to customer demand for products in categories such as Smartphones, Consumer Electronics, Appliances, Fashion, and Consumables (FMCG),” the company said in a statement.
Note that, Amazon Prime, the e-commerce marketplace’s membership program, is now available on a monthly basis. The monthly pricing is ₹129, which is around 50% costlier on an annual basis than the one year plan, which costs ₹999. Amazon Prime comes with some delivery and sale perks, as well as Prime Video and Prime Music. Unlike the yearly plan, this option comes with auto-renewal, which will bill users’ cards automatically each month.
Amazon’s Prime service is estimated by IHS Markit to have around 6 lakh subscribers in India. The company does not disclose country-specific subscriber numbers outside the US.
Amazon India’s FC
This FC is one of the five announced for 2018. Amazon India said that it will have 67 operational fulfilment centres in 13 states across the country with a combined storage space of close to 20 million cubic feet by end of this year.
With this FC, Amazon India now has 58 Fulfilment Centres in over 13 states.
In July, Amazon India has announced the launch of its third fulfilment centre (FC) in West Bengal.
In February, Amazon India had announced the opening of 15 new Fulfilment Centres (FC) for its grocery delivery service. The FCs are equipped with temperature controlled zones, to store perishable products such as fruits & vegetables (F&V), dairy products, chilled & frozen products. The centres store smartphones, laptops, kitchen appliances, other consumer electronic products, beauty products and household supplies.
In September last year, Amazon India had opened its 41st fulfilment centre (FC) in Hyderabad which covers over 400,000 sq ft with close to 2.10 million cubic ft and is located in Rajiv Gandhi International Airport. The e-tailer has four other FCs in the state. In 2015, Amazon India had opened six fulfilment centres in Chennai, Mumbai, Delhi and Jaipur to expand its services. At the time it had mentioned that 80% of sellers in India used its fulfilment services. In all, the company has increased its fulfilment capacity for sellers by 26% this year.