Bengaluru: Over 1 lakh Amazon-enabled local shops, kirana and neighbourhood stores across India will serve customers in the upcoming festive season on the e-commerce platform. Also Read - Amazon Great Indian Festival Sale: iPhone SE, iPhone 11 Get Cheaper in Amazon Great Indian Festival Sale

More than 20,000 offline retailers, kirana and local shops from “Local Shops on Amazon” programme will participate in the “Great Indian Festival” sales for the first time. Also Read - Mukesh Ambani's Reliance Industries Offers to Sell $20 Billion Stake In Retail Arm to Amazon: Report

“The programme is seeing remarkable response from retailers from across India and has scaled rapidly in just 5 months, with more than 40 per cent of the sellers coming from outside the top 10 cities,” the company said in a statement. Also Read - Amazon to Invest $18 Billion This Year to Help SMBs Grow

Manish Tiwary, VP, Amazon India, said: “This festive season we are focused on helping our sellers and other MSME partners grow their business and bounce back from the recent challenges.”

He noted that in the last few months, the company has seen businesses of all sizes increasingly adopt technology into their business.

The integration of Amazon’s programmes with over 1 lakh ubiquitous neighbourhood stores, for selling online, to help customers buy online, to make deliveries and enable contactless payments, is a testament of the adaptability and inventiveness of Indian entrepreneurs, Tiwary added.

“We hope that this ‘Great Indian Festival’ will bring them growth and success as they get ready to serve millions of customers across India,” he said.

‘Local Shops on Amazon’ is a programme that was launched in April this year to help bring offline retailers, kiranas and local shops online.