In preparation for the festive season, Amazon India has announced the expansion of its sort centre network. The 5 new sort centres will be launched in Vishakhapatnam, Farukhnagar, Bangalore, Mumbai and Ahmedabad.

"Wherever they are, customers trust Amazon for fast, reliable and safe delivery of products. By expanding and investing in the Sort Centre network, we are positioned to ensure continued customer and seller delight, ahead of the upcoming festive season. This expansion will create hundreds of opportunities for individuals and ancillary industries especially during this time when economic growth is a priority for the country,” said Abhinav Singh, Director, Amazon Transportation Services, Amazon India.

“This expansion will create hundreds of opportunities for individuals and ancillary industries especially during this time when economic growth is a priority for the country.”
Abhinav Singh, Director, Amazon Transportation Services, Amazon India.

Here's a lowdown on what Sort Centres are and why this expansion means a lot for the festive preparation:

What are sort centers?

The Sort Centers sort customer packages before they are shipped to delivery stations. The sortation happens based on the location and mode of transportation of the package to customers.

Which part of the delivery network do they belong to?

Sort centres are central to the logistics network. They sort customer packages before they are shipped to delivery stations, where they are collected by delivery associated and delivered to customers.

Why is this news of expansion important?

With this expansion, Amazon India will strengthen its delivery speed and connectivity for customers and sellers, ahead of the festive season. The 5 new Sort Centres will be launched in Vishakhapatnam, Farukhnagar, Bangalore, Mumbai and Ahmedabad.

What technology and automation is used in the sort centres?

Amazon India uses technology and automation such as Sort Slides and Auto Sorters in its sortation network. Sort Slides allow fast manual sortation of packages and Auto Sorters are completely automated machines that perform end-to-end sorting of packages. This automated and expanded network helps increase the speed of transporting packages for customers and sellers in the country. You can watch the video here

What is the overall sortation area in India?

Along with the new centres, Amazon India will also expand 8 existing sort centres to increase overall sortation area to 2.2 million square feet, across 19 states.