Amazon has outperformed Flipkart, Here’s how

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Amazon has outperformed Flipkart, Here’s how Flipkart may be leading the Indian e-commerce market but Amazon India outperformed Flipkart in occupying office space.

The local unit of Amazon occupies 3.1 million sq ft of office space in India, which is about four times compared with the 7 lakh sq ft that Flipkart has on rent.

This is an indication that Amazon is going for aggressive expansion, which entered India in 2013, six years after Flipkart started operations. To be sure, the American company also has services here that cater to its global operations, and that require space.

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"We have 7 lakh sq ft in office space excluding our new campus," Flipkart spokesperson, told ET.

Last year, Amazon signed a 1 million sq ft office deal in Bengaluru, which people in the know said took the total office space it occupies to 3.1million sq ft. Flipkart - which in 2014 signed the largest office transaction by an e-commerce firm, for a 2 million sq ft campus - is in the process of surrendering half of it, even as it looks to cut cost and reduce losses.

"Flipkart has decided not to take up 50% of the office space in its new campus in Embassy Tech Village in Bangalore. The new campus will be delivered to Flipkart by the end of 2017 or early 2018 and can seat around 14,000 people once completed," a person with knowledge of the matter, told ET.

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Once the campus comes up, Flipkart is expected to surrender the rented space.