Amazon to stop food delivery business in India

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Amazon to stop food delivery business in India

A day after Amazon India announced that it would shut down its e-commerce arm next year, it has now decided to pull the plug on its food business.

Amazon told its restaurant partners it had decided to discontinue its food delivery service, which it had started in May 2020, from December 29, Moneycontrol reported on Friday evening.

You will no longer get orders from customers via Amazon Food after this date. A copy of a mail from Amazon to restaurant partners, which was seen by Moneycontrol, will continue to receive orders until then, and we expect you to continue fulfilling those orders.

Amazon has promised resturant partners to meet its payments and other contractual obligations. Restaurants will have access to all Amazon tools and reports until January 31, 2023. Amazon had started food delivery business in May 2020 when the country was in a Covid-induced lockdown.

The company said that it remains committed to the India market, and will continue to invest across grocery, smartphones and consumer electronics, fashion beauty, as well as B 2 B offerings such as Amazon Business. Amazon has shut down its online learning vertical, Amazon Academy, in India. The platform, which was launched in early 2021 during the pandemic-led edtech boom, operated in the test prep segment and offered virtual coaching for entrance exams, including IIT-JEE and NEET.

Amazon will discontinue its Amazon Academy operations in a phased manner starting August 2023, when our existing batch completes its test preparation module. The decision will have no impact on our services, the company said in a statement.