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Amazon To Join ONDC With Logistics And SmartCommerce According to an official statement, this will be Amazon's initial collaboration with ONDC as they continue to explore other potential opportunities for stronger integration between the two in future

By Teena Jose

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Amazon has announced that it will integrate its logistics network (from pickup to delivery) and SmartCommerce services with the Open Network for Digital Commerce (ONDC), a private non-profit company established by the Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade of Government of India. SmartCommerce is an AWS-powered suite of SaaS products that enables MSMEs in India to build and scale their business across digital mediums and will have enablers for onboarding to the ONDC network. According to an official statement, this will be Amazon's initial collaboration with ONDC as they continue to explore other potential opportunities for stronger integration between the two in future.

"Amazon's vision and commitment for India is closely aligned with ONDC's objectives of digitally enabling small businesses, and providing convenience and choice to customers across the country. We are excited about the opportunities to mobilise Amazon's industry-leading infrastructure and technology, including logistics, and small business digitization tools, to help the ONDC accelerate its objectives. We remain committed to be being a catalyst for India's digitization efforts throughout the economy," said Manish Tiwary, country manager, India Consumer Business, Amazon India.

Amazon has consistently leveraged technology and innovation on behalf of Indian customers and sellers, and digitized over 4 million small businesses and kirana stores in India, providing access to cutting edge technology towards online selling. Today's announcement will provide greater technology support to the seller community and further empower small businesses. It will also benefit crores of consumers with wider choices. The integration would mark a significant step towards the ONDC's vision of democratizing e-commerce across India, claimed by the company in the statement.

"We are happy that Amazon has a definite roadmap to being a part of the ONDC network and is taking its first step in coming in as the logistics partner in the ONDC network which is a globally pioneering idea established with a view to democratise digital commerce in India, and we also hope that the buyer and seller platforms are onboarded as early as possible," said T Koshy, MD and CEO of ONDC.

Teena Jose

News Desk Reporter with Entrepreneur India

Teena is a post graduate in financial journalism. She has an avid interest in content creation, digital media and fashion.
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