Amazon is to shut down its food delivery services in India from December 29, the eCommerce giant announced on Friday. The company announced this after the winding down of its online learning platform for high-school students in the country.
“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”, it added.
On Thursday, Amazon said it has shut down the Amazon Academy platform in India, which was launched last year amid a boom in virtual learning during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The restaurants will no longer get orders from customers via Amazon Food after December 29; till then, they will continue to receive orders. After the decided date, the services will be discontinued in a phased manner, and the partner restaurants will have access to all Amazon tools and reports till January 31, 2023.
However, the firm will support the listed partners till March 31 for any compliance-related issues. In addition to this, Amazon also asked the restaurant owners to meet all their payments and contractual obligations before winding up operations.
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This is the second business from Amazon that has called off. Previously, in November, the eCommerce giant shut down its edtech vertical Amazon Academy. This is when the company is under pressure both internationally and in India. Earlier this month, Amazon also laid off and fired around 10,000 employees.
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