Mercari, Japan’s C2C marketplace, has opened its new office for its Global Centre of Excellence (GCoE) in Vaishnavi Tech Park, Sarjapur, Bengaluru, India. The company is also planning to double its workforce as part of its strategic steps to expand its footprint and presence in the country.
Mercari India emerged as Mercari Group’s first centre of excellence in the summer of 2022, driving innovation and technical expertise while bridging the gap between Japan and India. It will hire specialised teams focusing on backend, mobile development, infrastructure and more. These new hires will fortify the company’s engineering workforce and also foster diversity and inclusivity within the CoE. The Centre comprises versatile teams specialising in various technical domains, ensuring a holistic approach to technical contributions.
Mercari, a community-powered marketplace, has more than 22 million active users in Japan, and hopes to build a robust ecosystem where value circulates while developing financial and crypto services based on an e-commerce-type platform.
The team in India presently has about 40 members, who have been supporting
Mercari’s operations in Japan, working closely with the Japanese development team, which includes members from over 50 countries.
Shintaro Yamada, group CEO, Mercari, along with Naoki Aoyagi, senior vice president, Japan region, Sayaka Eda, senior vice president, corporate & chief financial officer, Ken Wakasa, VP & group CTO, along with Vish Magapu, India head, Mercari were present for the launch, along with employees, partners and customers from across the region.
Accroding to Wakasa, “The inauguration of our new CoE underscores Mercari’s commitment to nurturing innovation and technical expertise on a global scale. With our growing team of talented professionals in India, we are ideally positioned to drive technological breakthroughs and deliver exceptional experiences to our customers worldwide.”
“We are thrilled to commemorate the successful journey of Mercari India’s Center of Excellence. Over the past year, our team of highly skilled tech talents has played a pivotal role in driving innovation and enabling Mercari’s growth,” said Magapu.
Magapu added, “Mercari strongly believes in India’s potential to create new innovations. Our India CoE is committed to developing applications for Mercari Japan reinforcing our dedication to delivering seamless user experiences worldwide.”
The new office boasts unique spaces catering to various needs, including areas for large-group communication and meetings, open-door sessions and offsites; designated project areas for teams to collaborate offline; and comfortable lounge spaces for casual chats, embodying Mercari’s vibrant culture.