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Flipkart announces Rs 50,000 allowance for employees to adopt kids

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Bengaluru: Leading e-retailer Flipkart on Monday unveiled a novel policy to allow its employees to adopt children.

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“Our employees will be granted paid leave and Rs.50,000 allowance to meet legal, agency and regulatory costs for adoption. We have about 30,000 employees across the country,” a Flipkart spokesman told IANS here.

Adoptive mothers will get six months paid leave and four months of flexible working hours, while adoptive fathers will be eligible for six weeks of paid leave.

Noting that more working couples were adopting children, the e-commerce player said its adoption assistance programme would add value and encourage work-life balance among professionals.

The company, however, did not give break-up of its employees, including working couples and how many of them will opt for adoption.

“The policy objective is to give employees time to bond with an adopted child. Absence from work on prior approval is flexible, as it allows more time to meet their personal needs and priorities,” the company said in a statement.

Adoptive employees can also avail three months of unpaid leave with assurance of job continuity.

“We will facilitate tie-up with day-care centres for children up to six years and its cost will be shared equally by the company and employees,” the statement noted.

In support of its initiative, the company quoted a report from the state-run central adoption resource authority, which said 1,368 children found new homes in the first quarter of this year across the country.

(IANS)

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Flipkart Uses Robots to Deliver Parcels in Thousands Daily to Minimize Delay

Touted to be the first in India, the robot-based sortation technology is the only one in use in Asia outside China

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A-I powered bots, known as automated guided vehicles (AGVs), work together to enable us deliver the customer packages at the earliest. VOA

As India’s leading e-tailer, Flipkart uses about 100 robots to sort out parcels automatically in thousands daily to minimize delays in delivering what customers buy online on its website, an official said on Tuesday.

“To speed up delivery, we are using about 100 bots (robots) powered by automation intelligence (AI) at the clearing facility to sort the parcels ordered by customers in thousands from across the country,” city-based world retail giant Walmart arms’s spokesperson told IANS here.

As it is humanly not possible to handle the parcels in thousands in a short time, emerging technologies like AI, ML (machine learning), and cloud computing data analysis, have ushered in a paradigm shift to speed up and scale logistics.

Flagging the role of technology in speeding up processing the data and sorting the packages using sensors, the company was able to turn around 4,500 shipments an hour at twice the speed, with 99.9 per cent accuracy, said the company in a statement.

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“To speed up delivery, we are using about 100 bots (robots) powered by automation intelligence (AI) at the clearing facility to sort the parcels ordered by customers in thousands from across the country,” Wikimedia Commons

“A-I powered bots, known as automated guided vehicles (AGVs), work together to enable us deliver the customer packages at the earliest. With minimal human intervention pre-programmed bots sort out faster and better for quick delivery,” said a company spokesperson.

With disruptive technologies changing the game for a country rapidly embracing e-commerce, the spokesperson clarified that bots were, however, not replacing humans who are being used in the supply chain and logistics where they are used.

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The AGVs, which are cuboidal and tiny, move swiftly. As they are fitted with sensors, the 100 odd robots don’t bump into each other but wait as self-driving vehicles do in traffic.

“We have been using the bots over the last two months on a trial basis in tandem with our employees at our large facility, which is the mother hub where 4,500 packages are sorted out an hour, 24×7,” the spokesperson added. Touted to be the first in India, the robot-based sortation technology is the only one in use in Asia outside China. (IANS)