Amazon opens Hyderabad campus

Amazon opens Hyderabad campus

Amazon opens Hyderabad campus

Amazon launched its biggest campus in the world in Hyderabad on Wednesday which was inaugurated by Home Minister Mahamood Ali. With 1.8 million sq feet of office space built over an area of 3 million sq ft, it is not only Amazon's single largest building in the world in terms of area, it is also Amazon's first owned office building globally outside the United States. Amazon now has 4 million sq ft office space at eight centres in Hyderabad, excluding the fulfillment centre.

The facility will have the largest employee base outside the US. "The building can hold - at any given point of time - 15,000 people", he told reporters here. Amazon's Hyderabad campus opened on Wednesday, and it's the first office building outside of the U.S. that Amazon owns. Amazon has 62,000 employees in India.

Amazon has opened its biggest campus to date, and it's in the financial district of Hyderabad, India. One reason is e-commerce is very small portion of retail consumption in India, probably less than 3%.

"Amazon laid the foundation stone for the campus building on March 30, 2016. An average of 2,000 workers were on site every day for 39 months to construct the building, spending 18 million man-hours to create a world-class working environment", a press release stated. The strengthening of headcount at this new facility will add to the company's total contract workforce of over 1.55 lakh.

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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. Spread over 400,000 sq ft, it's located near the Rajiv Gandhi International Airport (RGIA) in Shamshabad.

About investments made in India, he said: "We publicly announced $5 billion of investment so far and another $500 million in food retail. We continue to invest, add more selection, continue to make things more affordable, more faster... growing at a very heavy rate", he said, without sharing numbers. It should help sellers in India grow business multifold.

Asked on the economic slowdown and the likely impact on the business plans of Amazon, he said, "We haven't seen any slowdown yet".

Employees walk at the entrance of Amazon's newly inaugurated largest campus building in Hyderabad on August 21, 2019. "The cumulative exports so far since launch has crossed Dollars 1 billion and in the next three years, it is expected to go 5 times to USD 5 billion", he said. We have 140 million items that are available on Amazon.com in the global marketplaces. Only the headline has been changed.

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