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India’s Flipkart to Hire 70,000 Workers in Festive Season

NEW DELHI – Indian e-commerce giant Flipkart, a subsidiary of the United States-based Walmart, announced on Tuesday that it would hire 70,000 workers to handle the upcoming festive season, which is marked by some of the biggest religious celebrations across India.

“The expansion and strengthening of the supply chain will help create a robust system enabling millions of new e-commerce users to shop online seamlessly as lakhs (hundreds of thousands) of ecosystem players gear up for the festive season,” the company said in a statement.

Flipkart planes to directly employ 70,000 new workers to boost its networks for packaging, collection, transport and delivery of orders, apart from creating thousands of temporary jobs at locations where its partners carry out the transactions.

“The onboarding of more than 50,000 kiranas (neighborhood grocery shops) by Flipkart for last-mile delivery will also create thousands of seasonal jobs to deliver millions of packages this festive season,” the firm said.

Flipkart has been expecting a demand surge during its “Big Billion Days” sale ahead of the festive season.

“Flipkart understands the importance of festivities in the lives of our consumers and ecosystem partners,” said Amitesh Jha, the company’s vice-president for online marketing.

“By generating employment and enabling our sellers to scale their businesses during this time, we’re doing our part to drive growth in the industry and the economy,” he added.

Founded in 2007 in the southern city of Bangalore, often called the Silicon Valley of India, Flipkart sells a wide range of products through its online platforms.

The company was founded by Sachin Bansal and Binny Bansal, two IT experts who had previously worked for the US-based Amazon, Flipkart’s main rival which has also been involved in negotiations to acquire the Indian firm in recent weeks.

The upcoming festive season in India could mark a period of hope for the country’s economy after its GDP plunged 23.9 percent during the first quarter of the financial year – between April and June – due to a strict lockdown to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus among a population of over 1.3 billion.

 

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