US-based retailer Walmart plans to hire around 1,000 employees in India for its technological operations, as part of its strategy to focus on technology to hold off the competition with online retailer Amazon.
Walmart currently has technology operations in Bengaluru and Gurgaon, and employs 1,800 people.
It is looking to increase the staff count and boost product ownership out of the country.
Walmart chief information officer Clay Johnson told Economic Times: “We have Walmart Labs, which is e-commerce. You have My Group, which is global business services.
“We are trying to be more product-oriented. We have taken whole projects and moved them over to drive the Indian ownership of the product. We think that is helping, but this will help even more.”
Products such as Walmart’s return process catering to its 5,000 stores in the US were fully developed in India.
Apart from Ireland, India is the other country to have Walmart Labs outside the US.
Walmart India recently announced its plans to create at least 30,000 direct and indirect jobs by opening 15 wholesale Cash and Carry stores in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh.
Walmart India already operates four Cash and Carry stores in this state and recently opened a fulfilment centre (FC) in Lucknow, creating 1,500 jobs.