Amazon says it will discontinue food-delivery business in India

Amazon food delivery in India

A day after announcing that its online learning platform for Indian high school students would be shutting down, Amazon Inc. said on Friday that it would discontinue a food delivery service it was testing in the country.

The firm said that Amazon Food, a venture it was testing in Bengaluru, a city in southern India, would be discontinued.

“As part of our annual operating planning review process, we have made the decision to discontinue Amazon Food,” a company spokesperson told Reuters.

“We don’t take these decisions lightly. We are discontinuing these programs in a phased manner to take care of current customers and partners.”

In a previous article, The Economic Times reported a communication from the company to its restaurant partners as confirmation that the operation will end from December 29 onwards.

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Amazon said on Thursday that it was closing the Amazon Academy platform in India, which it had introduced at the beginning of last year amid a surge in online education brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic.

According to reports, the e-commerce giant wants to lay off about 10,000 people in corporate and technological areas as a result of the macroeconomic situation being unclear.