More layoffs at Amazon India: 500+ employees let go in ongoing restructuring
Multiple departments, including Amazon Web Services (AWS), human resources, and support functions, are experiencing employee layoffs in India as the global e-commerce giant, Amazon, implements restructuring measures, according to verified sources.
Amazon, the technology giant based in Seattle, is currently carrying out employee layoffs in India, affecting a minimum of 500 individuals. The layoffs are presently in progress.
As part of the wider layoffs disclosed by Amazon CEO Andy Jassy in late March, the ongoing job cuts in India have a global reach, impacting around 9,000 employees across different regions.
Based on insider information, Amazon has taken the decision to close down Amazon Digital Kendra, a support function for sellers in its e-commerce business. As a result, employees who were formerly part of this division have either been subjected to layoffs or redeployed to alternative roles within the company.
According to the source, as part of the restructuring efforts, specific seller onboarding functions in tier-2 cities such as Kochi and Lucknow have been closed down. However, there is a potential for Amazon Digital Kendra to undergo a revamp and potentially be reintroduced in the coming times.
As of now, Amazon has refrained from providing an official statement to confirm these layoffs.
The recent series of layoffs at Amazon in India signifies the second phase of workforce reductions in recent months. In an initial announcement made in January, amid the global decline of tech stocks, including Amazon's, the company revealed plans to lay off approximately 18,000 employees.
In an analyst briefing held in April, Amazon's CFO Brian Olsavsky revealed that the growth rate of Amazon Web Services (AWS), the company's cloud business, was projected to slow down. This deceleration was attributed to business customers foreseeing market turbulence and adopting a more cautious spending strategy.
At the same time, Amazon's e-commerce operations in India have encountered a deceleration in growth, underscoring the difficult market conditions the company is currently confronting in the country.