Latest in Gear

Image credit: ASSOCIATED PRESS

Amazon opens its largest campus to date in India

The Hyderabad building spreads over 9.5 acres and can house 15,000 employees.
176 Shares
Share
Tweet
Share

Sponsored Links

ASSOCIATED PRESS

Amazon has opened its largest campus to date as it cut the ribbon on a building in Hyderabad, India. The subcontinent is one of the company's fastest-growing markets. Its latest campus spreads over 9.5 acres with 1.8 million sq ft of office space giving room for more than 15,000 employees to work there.

About a third of Amazon's 62,000 employees in India are based in the city, and it has already moved more than 4,500 of them to the campus. The biggest buildings in Amazon's Seattle home base house around 5,000 employees.

"It is also the largest technology base outside Seattle," Amazon India senior VP and country manager Amit Agarwal told the Times of India. "The [Hyderabad] employees include software development engineers, machine learning scientists, product managers, finance and many other functions."

It's the only Amazon-owned campus outside the US, and it speaks to the company's ambition to keep growing in India amid competition with Flipkart, which is owned by Walmart. Amazon has earmarked $5.5 billion to fund its expansion in the nation and there's plenty of scope for it to do so, as e-commerce accounts for just three percent or so of all retail there. It's reportedly trying to buy 10 percent of Future Retail, one of India's biggest brick and mortar retailers.

It set up shop in India in 2004, but didn't start its retail service there until 2013. It's opened up Amazon Prime Video and grocery delivery to consumers in India, and Prime membership has doubled in the country over the last 18 months. Amazon is developing a restaurant delivery service there too, according to Reuters.

The opening of the campus follows the collapse of its proposed HQ2 in New York City earlier this year. It's still forging ahead with its HQ2 plans in Arlington, Virginia. It aims to employ 25,000 people there, the same number that was earmarked for the NYC base.

Coverage: Reuters, Bloomberg
In this article: amazon, business, campus, gear, hq2, hyderabad, india
All products recommended by Engadget are selected by our editorial team, independent of our parent company. Some of our stories include affiliate links. If you buy something through one of these links, we may earn an affiliate commission.
Comment
Comments
Share
176 Shares
Share
Tweet
Share

Popular on Engadget

California's Earthquake Early Warning system rolls out statewide

California's Earthquake Early Warning system rolls out statewide

View
Motorola invite hints at a 'reinvented' RAZR

Motorola invite hints at a 'reinvented' RAZR

View
Get $24 off the Nintendo Switch on Amazon

Get $24 off the Nintendo Switch on Amazon

View
Supreme’s burner phone is a hypebeast’s dream

Supreme’s burner phone is a hypebeast’s dream

View
Nintendo Switch sales top 15 million in North America alone

Nintendo Switch sales top 15 million in North America alone

View

From around the web

Page 1Page 1ear iconeye iconFill 23text filevr