Inside Amazon's new India headquarters, its biggest building globally
Amazon's biggest building globally
In pic: A view of Amazon's world’s largest campus building, in Hyderabad.
"For Amazon, India is a very important geography," the firm's human resources director for India and the Middle East, Deepti Varma, told at the gleaming new 86-metre (282-feet) tall office building in the southern tech hub of Hyderabad.
In pic: Employees walk inside Amazon's newly inaugurated campus building in Hyderabad.
Both firms will also face fierce competition from Reliance Industries -- helmed by Asia's richest man, Mukesh Ambani -- which is preparing to go up against the two US companies with its own e-commerce platform.
Bureaucratic hurdles present further challenges.
The regulations were brought in after brick-and-mortar retailers complained the e-tailers were unfairly selling products at discount prices.
Why is India important?
India's e-commerce sales are expected to triple between now and 2022, when they are likely to pass the $100 billion mark, according to recent research by industry body NASSCOM and PricewaterhouseCoopers.
Inside the new premises
In pic: An employee stands inside Amazon's newly inaugurated campus building in Hyderabad.
An employee works
The Hyderabad campus is a signal to the government that 'we are increasing our base in India and we are making sure there is a lot of India that is built into Amazon's global story.
In pic: An employee works on a laptop in the premises of Amazon's newly inaugurated campus building in Hyderabad.