Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos is making huge promises in style to millions of customers in India, by posting a letter on the Amazon India website. If you are visiting the website for the first time today, in all probability you may have been greeted with a full-page letter by Bezos that is meant for customers, sellers and partners.
The letter talks about Amazon’s commitment towards the growth of the Indian economy and how it is planning to expand its presence to more remote areas of the country.
“Over the next five years, Amazon will invest an incremental $1 billion to digitise micro and small businesses in cities, towns, and villages across India, helping them reach more customers than ever before. This initiative will use Amazon’s global footprint to create $10 billion in India exports by 2025,” he explained. It has also led to several entrepreneurs to go online and many others to export ‘Make in India’ products to different countries. Bezos also mentioned Amazon’s bit in making the environment cleaner by eliminating single-use plastic from its fulfilment network by 2020. In addition to this, the firm is also said to be adding 10,000 electric rickshaws for delivering products.
Amazon said in a statement that under this India initiative, the company would establish ‘Digital Haats’ across 100 cities, villages and communities to help businesses integrate into the digital economy. These Digital Haats would be in local neighbourhoods and made available to Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) irrespective of their association with Amazon.
The firm will also be providing an additional 1 million jobs across India by 2025. “I fall in love with India every time I return here. The boundless energy, innovation and grit of the Indian people always inspire me,” Bezos added.
“I predict that 21st century is going to be the Indian century,” he said adding that “apart from the dynamism it has India is a democracy which is a major characteristic of the country”.