It is the International Women’s day on 8th March this year, and what can be a better occasion than this for Amazon to embrace the hard-working women of our country.
Amazon India has announced the launch of ‘Women only’ delivery centres, starting from Trivandrum. Subsequent hubs will be opened in Chennai and Kochi. As the name also suggests, the delivery stations will be managed and run by women completely, through their service partners of course.
Women will also be delivering packages in a radius of about 2-3 km from the hub. We hope this increases a little to accommodate a larger circumference in bigger cities like Chennai when the service arrives there.
Amazon India wants to engage with women, train them in this field, create opportunities for them and enable them to excel in this industry. This is an excellent initiative and will surely be lauded by the Government.
Talking about the initiative, Samuel Thomas, Director of Transportation at Amazon India, said, “Our vision is to create opportunities for individuals to realise their potential and transform their lives. We are committed to use our resources and infrastructure of innovation and technology to support the women in our country and succeed in what was otherwise a very male dominated sector.”
Station details in Trivandrum and future plans
The women-only hub has been opened in Kulathoor in Thiruvananthapuram, which will cover some nearby areas, including the Technopark campuses. The team consists of seven women, working in day shifts to deliver products to customers.
What we didn’t know was that the station has been operational for around a month and a half, but has been officially inaugurated today, owing to its success.
“We are proud to have pioneered the women only delivery station which is a first-of-its-kind India-specific innovation from Amazon and look forward to help women across communities attain financial independence in life,” Thomas further added.
Amazon India plans to open the next centre at Chennai and then at Kochi soon. Pickup points will also be opened in Kerala for customers to get their orders from specific points, instead of getting them home delivered.
This is an excellent example of including the female workforce in India and empowering them for their upliftment in our society. Flipkart and Snapdeal, are you listening?
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