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The buzz is that Amazon India plans to more than double its headcount in logistics and delivery space in seven months as it pushes ahead with its offer of providing shipping services to sellers registered on the e-commerce portal.
"The delivery will touch 14,000 by July," said a person directly familiar with Amazon India's plans. It currently has 6,000 people in this team. Another executive said the company will first increase its headcount to 9,000 by March. After the hiring, Amazon will have the largest delivery and logistics team among e-commerce players in the country, beating Flipkart that has a 12,000-strong team handling about 85% of goods sold on the portal.
"It will also provide significantly higher margin than its operating margin," said Raghunath Subramanyam, professor of corporate strategy and policy at Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore. "By connecting with the warehouse and distribution network of its suppliers, Amazon also reduces cost of storage and transportation, which allows it to become more competitive."
Seattle-based Amazon started its India operations in June 2013, six years after Flipkart, and many believe the India unit of the US global is "almost on par" with the home-grown e-commerce firm in building infrastructure.
Amazon currently has eight warehouses across seven states in the country while Flipkart has 13. Based on day to day business transactions, Amazon decided to take man power from India in a big manner. It is very good news to clean at least some percentage of India’s unemployment.