E-commerce major Amazon India has set up an all-women delivery station in Kadi town in Mehsana district of Gujarat, about 50 kilometres away from the state capital, Ahmedabad. This is the second such facility in the country by Amazon, after the first was launched by the company in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, two years ago.
This time too, the all-women delivery station has been set to promote women’s participation in the workforce. According to Amazon, the Delivery Service Partner programme is a last-mile delivery model that works with various partners to tap into the local knowledge of the community in each locality. Amazon India offers the technological support required by the delivery partners.
Amazon has said in a press statement, "This first-of-its-kind station in Gujarat is completely managed and run by women across managerial and delivery associate roles. Amazon India has introduced several measures to ensure a safe workplace for women by creating awareness and building various feedback mechanisms to address concerns through open dialogues.” Currently, eight women are part of this facility.
According to Prakash Rochlani, Director, Last-Mile Operations at Amazon India, their objective is to enable women to explore sustainable career opportunities across the operations network at Amazon India. “We have created more than 6,000 opportunities for women across our network, where they continue to thrive and excel,” he has told the media.
Amazon India claims that it has already created opportunities for more than 200 women across its fulfilment network in the state. There’s also a helpline number that can be utilised by associates who deliver packages within two to five kilometres, to seek any help they may need during the day.
In a progressive move, the company has also set up a delivery station in Gujarat, which is being run and managed by transgender individuals. The e-commerce giant has also provided employment opportunities for former defence personnel and differently-abled individuals in Gujarat.
(Edited by Athira Nair)