Seattle-based technology and retail giant Amazon inaugurated its largest campus in the world at Hyderabad.
With over 1.8 million square feet office space, this will be the first Amazon facility outside of the US to have the capacity for over 15,000 employees.
The setting up of its single largest building in the world at Hyderabad is demonstrative of Amazon’s affirmation of India as a significant market and talent hub, said a statement issued by the company.
Amazon will deploy its virtual assistant platform Alexa in the Hyderabad campus building to encourage employee engagement. As part of its Inside Day 1 Alexa Skill (beta) programme, the Hyderabad campus will be the first to have Alexa Pods set up in its premises where employees can interact with the virtual assistant to seek information on matters like hiring, internal policies and development initiatives.
“Over the last 15 years, we have invested significantly in India across 30 office spaces, the AWS APAC region in Mumbai, 50 fulfilment centres in 13 states as well as hundreds of delivery stations and sort centres, creating nearly 200,000 jobs in India. This new Amazon campus building is a tangible commitment to that long-term thinking and our plans for India,” said Amit Agarwal, senior vice president & Country Manager, Amazon India.
Among the existing facilities at Hyderabad is its fulfilment centre, which is its largest in India. The e-commerce giant recently signed a deal with GMR Hyderabad Airport City to expand the facility. Expansion of the facility is being undertaken to encourage small and medium-sized businesses and enable fast delivery in the region.
The online retail giant is reportedly in talks with Ola-owned food delivery platform Foodpanda to launch its food delivery business in India. Amazon is likely to leverage its premium subscription platform Prime Now to carry out food deliveries.