India’s biggest festive e-commerce season sale is about to begin and customers have already started planning about products they are going to buy. The sales coincide with the beginning of the Durga Puja and Navratri festival in India with Diwali and Dussehra coming in few weeks. The sales of biggest players in India are starting from October 10. Flipkart’s sale ends on October 14 while Amazon’s will last a day longer.
To plan and execute the sales properly, both Flipkart and Amazon have directly hired about 80,000 people, including temporary workers, to handle the massive jump in orders during the season sale. If we consider indirect jobs, then the number of new jobs account into few lakhs.
Flipkart alone has hired 30,000 people to handle its supply chain and logistics unit in the last few months. Estimates reveal that its seller partners have added over 5 lakh indirect jobs.
Most of the new jobs are for delivery boys and those managing deliveries in warehouses and hubs. Flipkart says the additional indirect jobs created at the seller location are in packaging and warehouse management. The company also partners these sellers for providing the right training to the hired talent.
“The hiring and upskilling of the newly recruited staff is in line with the government’s National Skill Development Mission and will provide a major boost to local employment and the economy. All hired personnel undergo training in supply chain processes for their respective function and are trained to handle hand-held devices, PoS machines, scanners, various mobile applications and ERPs,”
Amazon India hired 50,000 people to pick, pack, ship and deliver orders in big cities like Mumbai, Delhi, Hyderabad, Chennai, Bengaluru, Ahmedabad, Pune. Amazon India is also offering call centre support in several languages like Hindi, Tamil, Kannada and Telugu.
Amazon India Vice-President Akhil Saxena said the company has doubled the number of seasonal associates in its fulfillment network and customer service sites compared to the previous festive season.