The Indian authorities has directed the ecommerce platforms to promote solely important items throughout the lockdown interval that’s on until May 3, whereas it has allowed the opening of standalone retail retailers in a bid to ease lockdown restrictions.
Speaking to analysts over an earnings name on Thursday, Amazon chief monetary officer Brian Olsavsky stated that the demand of the income aspect has been severely impacted in India when in comparison with different shelter-in-place geographies internationally.
“I think the biggest impact internationally has been in India, where of course, similar to other companies in India, we’re now only fulfilling our essential goods such as grocery,” stated Olsavsky.
“So that’s cut back a lot on our offering, and we will further expand when the Indian government announces that were allowed to resume operations. So we’re in a bit of a holding pattern except for grocery in India,” he added.
With the federal government permitting the opening of standalone retail retailers in a bid to ease lockdown restrictions, Amazon has urged the authorities to additionally let it promote non-essential gadgets in order that thousands and thousands of shoppers at house may be benefitted.
According to an Amazon India spokesperson, e-commerce affords the most secure method for sellers and retailers to serve the wants of residents whereas guaranteeing social distancing.
“We are committed to keep citizens safe and urge the government to enable e-commerce to play its role in the joint fight against the pandemic by allowing the supply of all goods that people need over a prolonged period,” the corporate spokesperson stated late final month.
Amazon India stated that it’s dedicated to serve greater than 100 million Indians from the protection of their houses, cut back the quantity of people that must step out, whereas on the similar time assist a whole bunch of hundreds of small companies jumpstart their livelihoods in these troublesome instances.
Amazon India has launched a ‘partner support fund’ for small and medium enterprise companions in logistics who’ve been impacted because of the lockdown.
In a press release, Amazon India stated that by way of the one-time disbursement, the fund will help the companions in a number of methods, which incorporates enabling them to offer monetary assist to just about 40,000 of their employees for the month of April 2020.
Additionally, the fund will assist cowl some important mounted infrastructure prices, and help liquidity and money move for these companies as they resume and scale their operations submit lockdown.
Amazon India has prolonged the Amazon Relief Fund to eligible supply associates who’re a part of the Delivery Service Partner Programme, Amazon Flex programme and its trucking companions offering transportation help.