The expansion will enable Amazon.in to efficiently manage deliveries across 22 states and union territories this festive season, it said in a statement here.
Under the ‘I Have Space’ programme, Amazon India partners with local store owners across different cities to deliver products to customers within a 2 4 km radius of their store. Some of these stores also double up as pick-up points and receive deliveries on behalf of customers, the statement said.
“We believe that customers, no matter where they reside or are located, value fast and reliable delivery. As we gear up for the upcoming festive season, we have expanded our delivery network by 5 times and now have over 12,500 I Have Space stores in more than 50 cities with a majority being in tier II and III towns,” said Akhil Saxena, Vice-President, India Customer Fulfilment, Amazon India.
Amazon.in has allowed the store owners to supplement their regular income and generate more footfalls in their stores through this initiative. On an average, Amazon India’s store partners deliver 20-30 packages a day, earning a fixed amount per delivery, the statement said.
The Amazon India I Have Space programme is open to all store owners who have the ability to service on foot or a two-wheeler. The only requirement for the store owner to be a partner is to have sufficient manpower to make local deliveries during their off-peak hours and space for storage of packages, Amazon said.