Datacenter Knowledge — Amazon Web Services announced plans to build cloud data centers in India in 2016. Amazon already has a sizable customer base inside the country being served out of other AWS regions, but the company will build new data centers to better serve local customers with better performance, as well as to appease any data-sovereignty needs some organizations may have.
Nasdaq — India’s e-commerce market has been expanding rapidly over the past few years, with consumers turning more and more to the Internet to shop for their needs. Online retailing giant Amazon.com Inc. is well aware of this fact and therefore has been investing heavily in the market. India, with a huge population of 1.2 billion, has encouraging demographics and the economy is also improving as a result of the investment friendly approach of the new government.
Want China Times — Although Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba has not yet opened operations in the US, the rapid development of US e-retailer Amazon, particularly in cloud computing, poses a great challenge to Alibaba, the Shanghai-based China Business News reported. Alibaba created a miracle in September 2014 as its shares soared 38% on its first trading day after a record-breaking initial public offering (IPO) on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE). The rise in its stocks sent the company’s value to over US$231 billion, exceeding the combined market capitalizations of Amazon and eBay, the two leading US e-commerce companies.
Tech Crunch — Amazon is continuing to push its AWS business in Asia after it announced plans to expand its cloud computing platform to India next year. The AWS foray into India follows the service’s localization in China last year, and it comes at a time when India’s startup scene is growing at speed. The country’s biggest players — which include billion dollar e-commerce platforms Snapdeal and Flipkart, Alibaba-backed mobile wallet Paytm and Uber rival Ola — are scaling at rapid clip, and with that comes increasingly complicated server and infrastructure demands which Amazon hopes a localized AWS service can cover.
The Chinese government says it is allowing foreign companies to fully own some e-commerce businesses in the country, as it looks to bolster overseas investment and boost market competition. Effective immediately, the new ruling applied to “online data handling and trade handling services, though, no details were provided on how existing e-commerce operators would be impacted, reported Reuters.
MUMBAI: When did you last remember a postman knocking at you door? Even though it’s hard to recall such an incident, your friendly neighbourhood postman may now appear at your doorstep more often, delivering a book or a gadget bought on an e-commerce portal. The department of posts now delivers more than two lakh e-commerce parcels daily, double of what it used to a year ago, according to a national estimate. “E-commerce fulfillment (shipping) is a big business opportunity for us,” said Ashok Kumar Dash, chief postmaster general (Maharashtra Circle), India Post.
MUMBAI: Amazon India has set up a call centre with a difference. While most e-commerce companies have call centres to connect with customers, the Indian arm of the United States-based e-tailer has come up with one to deal exclusively with merchants, as increasing the number of sellers in a marketplace becomes the next battlefront in online retail business. For Amazon, too, this is the first call centre of its kind anywhere in the world. The company has had to adopt the marketplace model to find its way around India’s regulations governing foreign direct investment in multi-brand retail.
NEW DELHI: The State Bank of India (SBI) and Amazon.in have signed a pact to identify areas of cooperation to build a digital India which meets the aspirations of the next generation of customers and small businesses. SBI and Amazon.in will develop trusted and frictionless payments and commerce solutions for customers and small businesses, capitalizing on the exponential growth in internet penetration to drive the adoption of e-commerce and m-commerce in India, a statement said.
Amazon, Microsoft and Alibaba are set to become the three leaders in the global cloud computing market, according to Chinese columnist Liu Kuang. Alibaba’s Aliyun cloud division recently set up operations in Silicon Valley in California and in Dubai, while rival cloud computing services, Amazon Web Services and Microsoft’s Azure, are expanding in China, Liu said. Aliyun, which controls nearly 25% of the cloud computing market in China, is the market leader in China and the main obstacle to the expansion of Amazon and Microsoft there, Liu said.
Qantas has begun the process of transitioning its entire website to the Amazon Web Services cloud, CTO Chris Taylor revealed this morning at Sydney’s AWS Summit. The airline began exploring cloud computing as a platform for Qantas.com – which takes up to a million bookings every day – more than a year ago. Taylor said the shift has now begun in earnest after he became “absolutely confident” that it would not fail once it was deployed.
Amazon Web Service (AWS), the world’s leading cloud service provider, showed confidence that Korea’s conservative public organizations and financial institutions will adopt its cloud service. “It is quite possible that the nation’s public organizations and financial institutions will introduce AWS cloud services once we can handle their issues related to regulations and compliances,” AWS Korea’s managing director Doug Yeum said during a press conference in Seoul, Monday.
BENGALURU: Amazon India is inviting small and medium businesses to procure supplies from a new website beginning this week, the first country outside the US where the e-commerce major is offering the service. The pilot service will be tested in Bengaluru before being offered in other cities, marking the entry of the Seattle-based company into wholesale e-commerce, an online business segment where foreign direct investment is permitted in India.
HYDERABAD: Announcing the largest investment in India so far, online retail giant Amazon on Wednesday said it would open a Fulfilment Centre (FC), its largest warehouse in the country, near Hyderabad. Coming up near Kottur, on the outskirts of Hyderabad, the FC will be spread over 280,000 square feet and will be operational from May this year.This is the largest investment in infrastructure in any state in India by Amazon. However, the quantum of investment has not been revealed.
NEW DELHI: Chinese phone maker Xiaomi Tuesday ended its exclusive partnership with Flipkart and joined hands with new online partners Amazon and Snapdeal to sell its products in the country. Xiaomi’s India head Manu Jain announced these new partnerships on Twitter and tweeted that customers can now purchase Mi products from Flipkart, Snapdeal, Amazon, The Mobile Stores and Airtel India stores.
NEW DELHI: Alibaba founder Jack Ma is back in the capital after a gap of four months and has backed business-to-business (B2B) e-commerce as the model best suited for India and China, while pointing out that B2C, being pushed by the likes of Amazon and Flipkart, was the American model. Ma — a schoolteacher who became China’s richest man after listing Alibaba last year — met Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday and indicated to the possibility of a larger India presence, sources said.
Amazon is now trying something new in India, allowing shoppers to get food and other essentials delivered from nearby convenience stores. Because the items are shipped from local family-run stores, called kirana, the service delivers in just two to four hours. The new system is called Amazon KiranaNow. It only works from a mobile browser (pictured below), and it’s currently only available in one city – Bangalore (hat-tip to The Times of India for spotting this).
TOKYO: Japanese authorities are investigating a worker at Amazon’s local unit over claims he was involved in the sale of child pornography, reports said Thursday, marking another police probe into the US-based web retailer. The unidentified man, reportedly in his forties, posted a graphic picture book for sale that showed nude girls believed to be under 18, Jiji Press news agency and the Asahi newspaper reported, citing police sources. The temporary distribution worker, who was dispatched to work at Amazon Japan Logistics, an affiliate of the Japanese arm of Amazon.com, was in charge of product management and distribution, the reports said.
If you can’t beat them, join them. That’s what U.S. e-commerce company Amazon must have thought when it decided to set up a virtual storefront on competitor Alibaba Group Holding’s Tmall website. It is no secret that Amazon has struggled to expand its business in the world’s second-biggest economy, as Chinese consumers continue to make most of the online purchases through local e-marketplace channels like Tmall and Taobao.
BEIJING: China’s Alibaba Group Holding Ltd, the world’s largest e-commerce firm, has begun hunting staff in Seattle, home turf of Amazon.com Inc and Microsoft Corp, focusing on savvy cloud computing hires as it ramps up U.S. operations. Three positions were open to people in Seattle, two of which also allow applications for Alibaba’s Silicon Valley offices, according to advertisements on LinkedIn Corp’s business networking site in the past week.
MUMBAI: Amazon plans to invest Rs 1,155 crore to build its presence in India, a move that comes barely three months after the American e-commerce company raised Rs 610 crore, indicating the need to have deep pockets to survive intensifying competition in a market that has been driven largely by massive discounts. In a filing with the Registrar of Companies (RoC) last week, the company said that it is raising the money through a rights issue to its parent.