Ecommerce giant takes steps to bridge the online to offline gap in India.
100 kiosks to be opened across the country
With only one-third of the population with access to the internet, Amazon India is taking steps to strengthen its physical presence in the country. The ecommerce giant has announced plans to open more than 100 small kiosks by the end of this year.
Needing less than 10 sq m, these kiosks will be located within shopping malls and sell a range of locally produced items. Amazon’s own products, like the Kindle ebook reader and the Echo speaker, will also be available at these kiosks.
Amazon first trialled these kiosks in 2017, in Bengaluru. It has since opened four more stores and learnings from these trials have shown there is sufficient demand to support further expansion.
Growing acceptance for Amazon Pay
The retailer also announced plans to introduce Amazon Pay, its online payments platform, into several neighbourhood stores. A scan and pay system is being developed specially for these kirana stores.
Already, shoppers can make use of Amazon Pay in the Shoppers Stop department store as well as the chain of More supermarkets. As the retailer already owns a stake in these stores, it has been considerably easier to introduce Amazon Pay into these stores.
However, Amazon Pay will face stiff competition from the more established payment platforms of Paytm, PhonePe and Google Pay.
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