If anyone was under the impression that Amazon will make slow progress in India, this should change it.
As the chances of a favorable policy environment improves, e-commerce major Amazon is making big bets in India- a $400 bn retail market which is largely un-organised. The American e-commerce company is hiring 13,500 people in Hyderabad, where it is building a 1.6 million sq ft campus (source).
In the next two months, the company will hire nearly 5,000 people taking its headcount to 9,000, Minister Ponnala Lakshmaiah, charged with the Information Technology portfolio on the the state of Andhra Pradesh told reporters last week.
Amazon already has an office in Hyderabad.
Without much fanfare, the retail giant launched a marketplace in India in June this year. While the Indian government permits foreign investment in single brand retail and multibrand retail, it has disallowed foreign direct investment in e-commerce ventures. Amazon, which began retailing electronic goods in India, has added new categories such as toys and baby products recently.
Flipkart, India’s largest e-commerce company which is looking to clock sales of $1 bn this year, has less than 5,000 employees in all.
FDI In E-Commerce
India’s trade promotion body is likely to recommend foreign direct investment in e-commerce. According to a new report, the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP) is looking at various online services in which foreign investment can be allowed.
Citing a DIPP official, The Hindu Business Line reported once various ministries and government departments come to a consensus, FDI in e-tailing will become a reality. The Indian Prime Minister, after his visit to the G20 summit in September, had asked the Ministry of Commerce & Industry to examine if FDI can be allowed in e-commerce.
Nasscom, India’s IT industry lobby, had finally submitted its recommendations to the DIPP last month. The association recommended local sourcing norms as well, said another report.