Amazon started its retail operations in India in 2013 and has since added several services to boost sales, including an expansion into producing Bollywood originals to boost its Prime Video loyalty program in the movie-loving country. On behalf of the Chief Minister of Telangana, Kalvakuntla Chandrashekhar Rao, the new campus building was inaugurated by Mohammed Mahmood Ali, MLC, Minister of Home, Prisons, Fire Services, Govt. of Telangana, in the presence of Amit Agarwal, SVP and country head, Amazon India and John Schoettler, VP, global real estate and facilities, Amazon.
Located in Hyderabad's financial district, Amazon inaugurated its largest campus building anywhere worldwide, as a continuing reaffirmation of how India continues to be a key market as well as talent hub for Amazon, the e-com giant said on Wednesday.
The new campus is Amazon's first owned office building outside the USA and is the single largest building globally.
The Telangana government's Industries and IT principal secretary, Jayesh Ranjan, urged the company to consider building its data centre facilities in the city as well. "When you are that small, there is so much room to grow", he said.
Despite weaker economic conditions Amazon has no plans to slow down its expansion in India, said Agarwal, adding that in tougher times "customers want even more value, convenience and selection".
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The campus has more than 300 trees dotting its grounds with three specimen trees aged over 200 years and has an 850,000-litre water recycling plant, Schoettler said. It's the largest storage buildout in this country for e-commerce. The infrastructure has been developed in adherence to Amazon's exacting standards, created to facilitate inclusion of employees with special needs and support its diverse workforce.
"We are very excited that we have created thousands of jobs in the last six years. That business has actually crossed $1 billion and we expect it to grow to $5 billion in next three years".
In addition to the built-up area of 30 lakh square feet, the building boasts of state-of-art mechanical and lighting systems. Amazon is influencing make in India to go global in a scalable manner, " he said, presenting a bullish outlook. "If measured by weight the building contains two and a half times more steel than Eiffel Tower". Flipkart, which was recently acquired by Walmart, has it biggest warehouse globally in Hyderabad.
"This will send the right market signals".
This is the only Amazon-owned campus outside the US.