Amazon is carefully watching developments in India, which is grappling with a lethal surge in coronavirus infections.
“We’re watching occasions carefully in Europe and particularly, India, the place now we have put in place worker initiatives from medical well being traces, teleconsulting, lodge rooms for quarantining and monetary assist, in addition to donating 100 ICU ventilator models to native hospitals,” Brian Olsavsky, chief monetary officer and SVP on the Seattle-based e-commerce agency mentioned on the firm’s Q12021 earnings name on Thursday.
A clutch of Indian states have imposed mini lockdowns and weekend and evening curfews to tame the spike in instances. In some markets, together with Maharashtra, Delhi, Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh, e-commerce firms are allowed to ship solely necessities. Necessities usually embrace meals, grocery gadgets and medical provides.
Non-essentials, significantly smartphones, digital gadgets and client durables, drive the main chunk of enterprise for e-commerce corporations like Flipkart and Amazon, who collectively command the most important share of the native e-commerce market. Disallowing supply of non-essentials additionally hits the enterprise of sellers registered on the marketplaces, lots of whom occur to be small and medium entrepreneurs.
E-commerce firms have been urging authorities to permit supply of all merchandise saying that there can’t be set norms to demarcate necessities and non-essentials. Typically, deliveries are getting delayed as a result of restrictions.
In Q12020, Amazon’s worldwide enterprise had booked enormous losses led by the nationwide lockdown in India that restricted operation of e-commerce corporations to supply of necessities.
Amazon has joined different massive tech firms to assist India because it battles the second wave of Covid-19. The corporate has partnered with ACT Grants, Temasek Basis, Pune Platform for Covid-19 Response, and different companions to airlift over 8,000 oxygen concentrators and 500 BiPAP machines from Singapore. Amazon India has procured 100 ventilators by its international assets to instantly import into India. It has additionally undertaken measures to assist its staff within the nation.
“We are going to proceed to put money into the well being and security of our staff and supply companions, significantly in our international fulfilment and logistics operations,” the Olsavsky mentioned.
Amazon’s worldwide phase reported internet gross sales of $30.64 billion within the January-March quarter, nearly 60% larger than whole gross sales of $19.10 billion posted in Q12020. The phase recorded income of $1.2 billion in Q12021, reversing losses of $398 million posted within the year-ago interval.