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Amazon Infuses Rs 1,600 Crore into Indian Arm Amid Expansion

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Amazon has injected Rs 1,600 crore into its India entity, Amazon Seller Services, according to recent regulatory filings. This investment comes as the e-commerce giant continues to expand its presence and move toward profitability in emerging markets, including India.

 

Second Major Investment in Five Months

The regulatory filings, dated April 15, mark the second significant infusion into Amazon Seller Services in just five months. Earlier this year, Amazon invested over Rs 1,000 crore into its Indian entities. In February, the marketplace entity received Rs 830 crore, and in January, Rs 350 crore was allocated to the fintech unit, Amazon Pay.

“…hereby accorded for allotment of 1,66,00,00,000 (One Hundred Sixty Six Crore) equity shares of INR 10/- (Rupees Ten Only) each aggregating to INR 16,60,00,00,000/- (Rupees One Thousand Six Hundred Sixty Crore Only) to the existing shareholders on right basis (to Amazon Corporate Holdings Private Limited and Amazon.com.incs Limited,” stated the regulatory filings.

 

Strategic Moves and Competitive Landscape

This latest capital infusion aligns with Amazon’s broader strategic plans for the Indian market. Amazon CEO Andy Jassy has announced an additional $15 billion investment in India by 2030, bringing the total commitment to $26 billion. This includes a significant $12.7 billion investment from Amazon Web Services (AWS) slated for the same period.

Amazon’s chief competitor, Flipkart, has also been active in raising funds. Recently, Flipkart secured nearly $600 million from Walmart and another investor and is reportedly in discussions to raise a total of $1 billion to enhance its infrastructure, seller support, and technology.

Meanwhile, Meesho, backed by SoftBank, closed a $275 million funding round, part of a larger $600 million financing effort. These investments reflect the intense competition and rapid growth within India’s e-commerce sector.

 

Market Expansion and Future Prospects

India’s e-tailing sector is projected to grow fivefold, from $59 billion in 2022 to an estimated $300 billion by 2030. This growth is driven by value-seeking consumers.

To capitalize on this, Amazon recently launched ‘Bazaar,’ a store offering low-priced, unbranded fashion and lifestyle products, targeting customers who prioritize affordability over brand names. This move directly challenges Meesho’s market, known for budget-friendly goods from local retailers.

 

In his 2023 shareholder letter, Andy Jassy highlighted the progress in emerging markets like India, emphasizing the expansion of Amazon’s selection and features as the company moves towards profitability. Amazon has reported that over 7 billion items were delivered same-day or next-day in 2023, with even faster delivery times expected in 2024.

The company’s commitment to India was underscored last year when CEO Andy Jassy announced the $15 billion investment plan following a meeting with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the US.

This plan will significantly boost Amazon’s investment across its various businesses in India, reinforcing its long-term strategy in one of the world’s most promising e-commerce markets.