The only Amazon-owned campus outside the US.
E-commerce giants began their operations in India in 2004 from Hyderabad and Telangana. It is home to a third of the company’s total Indian employee base across six offices, including the new campus office building. Amazon expansion is a boost to e-commerce in India.
The Biggest campus:
Amazon India on Wednesday inaugurated their biggest owned campus worldwide in Hyderabad. It was inaugurated by Mohammed Mahmood Ali, the Home Minister of Telangana and Jayesh Ranjan, IT and Industries Secretary of Telangana. Their new office can house more than 15,000 employees out of 62,000 members of the India team, the company announced. The company laid the foundation on March 30, 2016. This mega space office of 1.8 million sq ft took 39 months to complete. Located at the financial district, the mega dazzling 86-m building will house global developments in financial services, back-end, and cloud services.
Amazon provides an agile and friendly work environment. An employee can select from a variety of workspace according to their needs. It has a casual and collaborative workspace and also private areas for concentrating. The campus also includes interfaith prayer rooms, a mother’s room, shower, a helipad, and an all-day open cafeteria, designed to facilitate diversity. It also has 290 conference rooms and three scrum areas per floor to foster collaboration.
“Over the last 15 years we have invested in India across 30 office spaces, the AWS (Amazon Web Services), APAC (Asia-Pacific Webinar Series) Region in Mumbai, 50 fulfillment centers in 13 states of India. Also, hundreds of delivery stations and sort centers, creating nearly 200,000 jobs in India. This new Amazon campus building is a tangible commitment to that long-term thinking and or plans for India” Amit Agarwal, SVP and Country Manager, Amazon India said.
The competition Amazon faces:
This expansion also gives an edge over rival Walmart Inc., which spent $16 billion last year to acquire India e-retailer Flipkart Online Services Pvt. Ltd., has a local unit which is allowed to sell goods to smaller grocery stores but not directly to consumers. Also the planned e-commerce venture of Mukesh Ambani, Asia’s richest man, that plans to combine the online and offline retail formats in India. Amazon has been acquiring tiny stakes in other India brick-and-mortar chains such as Shoppers Stop Ltd. and grocery chain from the Aditya Birla Group. Future retail investment talks are still going on. India’s No.2 retailer by turnover, Future is seeking a valuation of $281 million (Rs 20 billion) from Amazon.