Logistics and warehousing to be the key employment generating sector
Flipkart said it will create over 2 million jobs through its marketplace and ancillary services in the year 2015. The rapid development of the e-commerce ecosystem in India will contribute towards the generation of employment across sectors. Last year, over half a million jobs were created in the e-commerce space alone.
Generating both direct and indirect employment, the marketplace model has opened up opportunities in metros and non-metro cities. This year, nearly 50-60% of employment will be created in tier II & III cities. For instance cities like Jaipur and Baroda have already become the ancillary industry hubs (cataloging and packaging) and they will continue to generate more opportunities in the future announced the press release.
Sellers will also play a vital role in creation of jobs across India — sellers of home products, apparels, mobile accessories and small appliances will generate the maximum employment. In fact, the growth and expansion of their businesses will generate a minimum of 20-25 jobs per seller this year.
Ankit Nagori, SVP, Marketplace, Flipkart, said, “In the recent times, e-commerce has emerged as one of the key drivers of Indian economy. This industry has contributed a lot towards generation of employment opportunities along with enabling SME’s and local artisans. Sellers on our marketplace have been directly responsible for driving employment within their own communities. In fact, e-commerce support facilities like merchandizing, buying, packaging and cataloging have generated more than 75,000 jobs in the last one year.”
Nagori further added, “Currently, we offer a range of SME training programs across 20 cities in association with Ministry of Labour to train and guide interested people – helping them upgrade their skills and chart out their careers in industries that they choose to enter. We plan to scale up this to 40 cities in the next 6 months. Going by past trends, we are confident that Flipkart will generate close to 2 million jobs this year.”