Amazon India’s food delivery service, Amazon Food will shut its operations by the end of 2022. Launched nearly two years ago to rival Zomato and Swiggy, the delivery service was available only in Bengaluru and some parts of the country. The company fired thousands of employees and shut down its ed-tech service in India earlier this month.
The company said in a statement that reads, “We don’t take these decisions lightly. We are discontinuing these programmes in a phased manner to take care of present customers and partners and we are supporting our affected employees during this transition. Amazon remains focused on providing our growing customer base the best online shopping experience with the largest selection of products at great value and convenience.”
Amazon Food and Amazon Academy debuted in India during the Covid pandemic to help customers avail essential services at home. However, the Indian market was already dominated by established players like Swiggy and Zomato start-ups like Big Basket and Dunzo in the food delivery segment. Byjus held a major share on the Indian market on the ed-tech side.
Amazon laid off over 10,000 employees earlier this month because of uncertain macroeconomic conditions. Several Indian employees have also been impacted by the lay offs and some of them are turning to LinkedIn for jobs to save their H-1B visas.