Amazon India Launches Delivery Teams Run By Women

By Ángel González The Seattle Times

WWR Article Summary (tl;dr) Empowering women in India with women delivery teams!  The first women-only delivery stations are in Thiruvananthapuram, the capital of the state of Kerala, and in Chennai, in the state of Tamil Nadu. They consist of a team of women delivering packages on scooters within a radius of about 2 miles. The sites also will be run by women.

The Seattle Times

Amazon's India venture is launching delivery teams managed and staffed exclusively by women.

The move is geared to giving Indian women an entry into a growing field dominated by men.

"Our vision is to create opportunities for individuals to realize their potential and transform their lives. We are committed to use our resources and infrastructure of innovation and technology to support the women in our country explore and succeed in what was otherwise a very male dominated sector," Amazon India's transportation director Samuel Thomas said in a statement.

The first women-only delivery stations are in Thiruvananthapuram, the capital of the state of Kerala, and in Chennai, in the state of Tamil Nadu. They consist of a team of women delivering packages on scooters within a radius of about 2 miles. The sites also will be run by women.

Amazon says it plans to offer the women self-defense classes and a special helpline number.

With the effort, Amazon joins a number of companies and non-governmental organizations in India are pushing economic independence among single women as a way to break out of the poverty cycle.

 

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