Another snub for Amazon in India, despite Bezos jobs pledge

Marco Green
January 19, 2020

In Amazon's statement on Friday announcing the job-creation plans, Bezos said "we're excited about what lies ahead", but street protests this week by small retailers and adverse comments from politicians have made Bezos' visit a public relations nightmare for Amazon.

A bit odd perhaps, but it appears this letter, which nearly disrupts a user's shopping experience, is the latest salvo in the Amazon's back-and-forth with the Narendra Modi government.

A screenshot of Amazon's open letter.

Till Friday night, the smooth-talking Union minister Piyush Goyal had not reprised his assessment 24 hours ago that Bezos would not be doing a favour to India by investing $1 billion.

Jeff Bezos said Amazon will help enable US$10 billion in exports of Indian products. Goyal said that these investments should not create unfair competition for small traders."We welcome all types of investments".

Although Goyal appeared to nuance his statement, compared with that on Thursday, a veiled threat was still left hanging in the air.

"We welcome all investments..."

Goyal added that there are some rules governing e-commerce in India and that whatever investments come in within the framework of the law were welcome. "This process is followed across the world", the minister told reporters here when asked to comment on his statement.

"CAIT said the minister also urged small traders to adopt and prepare themselves for online commerce going forward.".he stressed the need for the traders of the country to upgrade and modernise themselves and adopt and accept e-commerce as an additional business opportunity and be prepared for a healthy competition.

"They may have put in a billion dollars, but then if they make a loss of a billion dollars every year then they jolly well have to finance that billion dollars".

"They are investing money over the last few years also in warehousing and certain other activities, which is welcome and good". "Don't try to find loopholes when clearly we have articulated what the e-commerce model is". The initiative is expected to boost the organized sector, which includes players like Kinetic, Hero and Mahindra, who combine to sell barely 1,500-2,000 such vehicles per month, while unorganized players sell 10,000 e-rickshaws, mostly in North India, across UP, West Bengal, Delhi and Bihar.

The Washington Post has taken heat from India's ruling Bharatiya Janata Party, whose official lamented its coverage as local traders voiced outrage over perceived aggression by another Bezos venture, Amazon.

Chauthaiwale has in the past been critical of foreign media's reporting on political issues, including on the disputed region of Kashmir which is claimed by both India and Pakistan, saying coverage has been biased against Modi.

"I am not opposing Amazon as a company, in fact I am a regular customer ..."

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