Amazon to close down meals supply enterprise in India • TechCrunch


Amazon will shut down its meals supply enterprise in India by the top of the yr, the retailer stated Friday, retreating from a $20 billion vertical it entered lower than three years in the past.

The retailer will shut down the meals supply enterprise, known as Amazon Meals, on December 29 in India. It launched Meals in India in Might 2020 in elements of Bengaluru. The corporate later expanded the service throughout the town, tying up with extra eating places, however it by no means closely promoted or marketed the platform.

“Clients have been telling us for a while that they want to order ready meals on Amazon along with purchasing for all different necessities. That is significantly related in current occasions as they keep house secure,” the corporate stated on the time of Meals launch.

India’s meals supply market is estimated to be price $20 billion in three years, in line with Sanford C. Bernstein. Zomato, publicly listed, presently maintains a small lead available in the market towards rival Swiggy, backed by SoftBank, Prosus Ventures and Invesco.

Amazon stated Friday: “We don’t take these choices frivolously. We’re discontinuing these packages in a phased method to handle present prospects and companions and we’re supporting our affected workers throughout this transition. Amazon stays centered on offering our rising buyer base one of the best on-line buying expertise with the most important number of merchandise at nice worth and comfort.”

The announcement is a part of Amazon’s broader restructuring in India. It introduced earlier this week that will probably be shutting down its edtech service Academy within the nation subsequent yr.

India is a key abroad marketplace for Amazon, which has deployed over $6.5 billion in its native enterprise within the nation. However the firm is lagging Walmart’s Flipkart and struggling to make inroads in smaller Indian cities and cities, in line with a latest report by Sanford C. Bernstein.

Amazon’s 2021 gross merchandise worth within the nation stood between $18 billion to $20 billion, lagging Flipkart’s $23 billion, the analysts stated in a report back to purchasers.


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