An employee picks items from racking during a tour of Amazon’s warehouse (Photographer: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg)

Amazon India To Expand Storage Capacity By 1.5 Times This Year

E-commerce major Amazon India today said it will increase its storage capacity this year by 1.5 times to 20 million cubic feet, over 13.5 million cubic feet last year, to fulfil the rapidly expanding demand.

The company also announced its plans to add five fulfillment centres in Bengaluru, Mumbai, Delhi, Vijayawada and Kolkata this year, which will add four million cubic feet storage capacity. "With the addition of five new fulfillment centres, now has 67 centres in 13 states, with a total storage capacity of over 20 million cubic feet," it said in a statement.

The e-commerce firm had recently announced six fulfillment centres for the large appliances and furniture category and another 15 to support the AmazonNow business. Till last year, the company had 41 fulfillment centres, with a storage capacity of 13.5 million cubic feet.

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All of these centres will be fully operational before the festive season of 2018, Amazon said.

The company said over 40 million products are ready for immediate shipping at present through the network of fulfillment centres in India, and this selection will only increase with the expanding footprint.

"With the addition of this expanded infrastructure, we will be able to offer an even better Prime experience to our customers," Amazon India vice-president customer fulfillment Akhil Saxena said.