Global e-commerce giant Amazon has expanded its own delivery network in Uttar Pradesh, including, Lucknow, Kanpur, Allahabad, Agra, and Meerut.
With the expansion, Amazon.in now has around 60 delivery stations and service partner nodes. It has also partnered with over 800 retail outlets as a part of its “I Have Space” programme in the state, according to Awanish Singh, Director Last Mile Operations Amazon India.
Expansion of the delivery network in Uttar Pradesh will enable the e-commerce giant to reach the small towns and locations to serve the customers with its own delivery network.
“We believe that customers, no matter where they reside or are located, value fast and reliable delivery. We have expanded our delivery network in UP and this will enable us to better serve our customers and also support our prime customers with free and fast delivery, especially for the upcoming festive season,” Singh said.
The growth in the delivery network will also create opportunities for local entrepreneurs to scale their business under ‘Amazons Service Partner’ and ‘I Have Space’ programme.
The Service Partner programme is one of the last mile models by Amazon Logistics wherein entrepreneurs act as Amazon.in local distribution network providers and create the last mile delivery footprint.
The company now has over 350 Service Partner nodes in 320 cities across the country.
Under the ‘I Have Space’ (IHS) programme, Amazon India partners with local store owners across different cities to deliver products to customers within a 2-4 kilometre radius of their store.
With the festive season sale merely weeks away, Amazon is gearing up to enhance the customer experience in all aspects. As it competes with Walmart-owned Flipkart, for the market share, Amazon will look to provide the best it has to topple Flipkart from the top.
Flipkart’s standalone market share was 31.9%, while Amazon’s was 31.1%, as per market research firm Forrester.