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Hyderabad: Global e-commerce major Amazon on Wednesday opened its biggest ‘fulfilment centre’ (FC) or warehouse in India, at Kothur in Telangana. Spread over 280,000 square feet, the facility has come up in Mahabubnagar district, about 60 km from Hyderabad.

This has taken Amazon to 11 FCs in eight states, covering one million square feet of space with a storage capacity of over 2.5 million cubic metres, the company said. The new facility, which has come up with the largest investment by Amazon in any state, will help small and medium businesses (SMBs) in Telangana and the nearby region to gain access to and provide service to customers across the country at low operating costs.

Amazon India’s Director for Operations, Akhil Saxena said the FC will also enable faster and quicker delivery of products to amazon.in customers in the region. Amazon has already signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Telangana to train thousands of sellers across the state in e-commerce and take advantage of the digital economy.

Amazon India will offer trainings to SMEs through seminars, workshops, video aids and ready reckoners on how to list and manage inventory for an e-commerce business. Telangana’s Information Technology Minister K. Tarakarama Rao, who inaugurated the FC, said Amazon will build a 2.5 million square feet campus in Hyderabad, which will be its biggest campus outside the United States.

Saxena said that work on the project would begin soon. The State Government has allotted 10 acres of land for the campus in the IT corridor of Gachibowli. He declined to share the quantum of investment. An official in the state’s IT department said that Amazon will be investing about Rs.1,800 crores in the facility.

The minister, who visited the US last month, told that he requested Amazon to set up a data centre in Hyderabad and bring Amazon Web Services (AWS), a collection of remote computing services, to Telangana.

He expects a delegation from the US to visit Hyderabad soon to study the proposal. (IANS)

 

 

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Google may sell audiobook on Play Store

Google might soon sell audiobooks on its Play Store, media reported.

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  • Google Play to introduce audiobooks
  • Audiobooks will be available on Google Play
  • It will compete with Amazon

In what could be a move to challenge Amazon’s domination in the market, Google might soon sell audiobooks on its Play Store, media reported.

News portal 9to5google reported late on Saturday that a banner appeared on Google Play for several users stating that audiobooks were now available on Google Play.

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This step of Google threatens Amazon's dominance over audiobooks. Wikimedia Commons
This step of Google threatens Amazon’s dominance over audiobooks. Wikimedia Commons

“At the time of publishing, that link doesn’t work and simply 404’s, but it seems to be appearing for all users both on the web and within the Google Play app on Android,” the report said.

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Although there is no concrete information regarding when the audiobooks would available on Google Play but it is speculated that the tech giant would soon push audiobooks live in the store. IANS

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