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Amazon to launch its first ever ‘floating space’ store on Dal Lake in Srinagar

Srinagar's famous Dal Dal to get first floating Amazon store (Pic: IANS)

Amazon India on Friday announced its first ever ‘floating space’ store on the famous Dal Lake in Jammu and Kashmir’s Srinagar city.

In a press statement, the giant online shipping bazaar, Amazon India said, “We announce today the setting up of our first ever floating ‘I Have Space’ store on Dal Lake in Srinagar.

“The onboarded ‘I Have Space’ store is in line with Amazon India’s commitment to providing its customers with reliable and convenient delivery experience and to empower small businesses with additional earning opportunities.

“Srinagar-based, Murtaza Khan Kashi, who owns and operates a houseboat named ‘Selec Town’, will enable delivery to Amazon customers residing on and around Dal Lake and Nigeen Lake as Amazon’s ‘I Have Space’ partner.

“The onboarding of Selec Town as an ‘I Have Space’ store addresses the challenges faced by hundreds of customers who reside and run their businesses on Dal Lake and Nigeen Lake, which are also the most visited places in Srinagar by tourists and locals.

“Previously, these customers had to travel to the shores of the two lakes by shikaras or rely on nearby shops to collect their packages. With Selec Town, Murtaza will deliver packages to these customers every day, safely and on time at the doorstep of their houseboats”.

Karuna Shankar Pande, Director, Amazon Logistics, India said on the occasion, “We are thrilled to onboard India’s first floating ‘I Have Space’ store on Dal Lake, Srinagar. This will enable us to provide customers across Srinagar with reliable, efficient and faster deliveries. This also reaffirms our commitment to creating meaningful opportunities for individuals, and introducing new capabilities to empower our delivery network.”

Houseboat owner, Murtaza said, “While I have a houseboat as my primary business, it only brings in seasonal income from tourists in Srinagar. However, the cost of managing the houseboat is very high, which has made it very difficult for our family. To address increasing expenses, I began looking for additional income opportunities. It was then that I came across Amazon’s ‘I Have Space’ program, which allows local store owners like me to supplement our regular income by delivering packages to Amazon customers.

“I saw this as the right fit for me to utilize my free time, use my shikara to deliver packages to Amazon customers and also earn additional income,” said Murtaza Khan Kashi.

Through its last-mile delivery program, ‘I Have Space.’ Amazon India partners with local stores and business owners to deliver products to customers within a 2 to 4 kilometers radius of their store, enabling them to earn additional income. Launched in 2015, the program has more than 28,000 neighborhood and kirana partners in close to 420 towns and cities across its network in India.

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