Amazon India now to shut down its distribution biz

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The company earlier shut down its food delivery and online learning platform called Academy in India….reports Asian Lite News

Amid an exercise to wind up certain verticals as part of global exercise to cut costs, Amazon on Monday announced to shut down its wholesale distribution business in India.

The e-commerce major is discontinuing Amazon Distribution, its wholesale e-commerce website available in some parts of Bengaluru, Mysore and Hubli.

The company earlier shut down its food delivery and online learning platform called Academy in India.

“We don’t take these decisions lightly. We are discontinuing this programme in a phased manner to take care of current customers and partners,” a company spokesperson said in a statement.

Amazon had launched its distribution service to empower local kirana stores, pharmacies and department stores in the country.

Amazon said on Friday that it is shutting down its food delivery business in India, a day after it announced to shut down its edtech vertical in the country.

Amazon started its food delivery service in India in May 2020.

“As part of our annual operating planning review process, we have made the decision to discontinue Amazon Food,” said a company spokesperson.

“We don’t take these decisions lightly. We are discontinuing these programmes in a phased manner to take care of current customers and partners,” the spokesperson added.

The company had kicked off Amazon Food in Bengaluru.

On Thursday, Amazon had said that it is shutting down its edtech offering called Amazon Academy’s operations in India starting August 2023, and will refund the full fee to those who enrolled in the current academic batch.

The e-commerce behemoth officially launched Academy (previously called JEE Ready) last year.

“At Amazon, we think big, experiment, and invest in new ideas to delight customers. We also continually evaluate the progress and potential of our products and services to deliver customer value, and we regularly make adjustments based on those assessments,” a company spokesperson told IANS.

“Following an assessment we have made the decision to discontinue Amazon Academy. We are winding down this programme in a phased manner to take care of current customers,” the spokesperson added.

Amazon Academy’s operations will discontinue starting August 2023, when the existing batch completes its test preparation module.

Customers will have access to full course material online for extended period of an year, until October 2024.

The company said that it remains committed to its customers in the country and the decision will have no impact on its services.

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