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Flipkart launches a grocery fulfilment centre at Sonipat, Retail News, ET Retail


Walmart-owned Flipkart on Friday launched a new grocery fulfilment centre, or warehouse, at Sonipat in Haryana that will help the online marketplace expand its grocery services to over 150 pin codes across tier-II and tier-III towns such as Meerut, Panipat, Rohtak and Wazirpur.

The fulfilment centre has the capacity to accommodate an inventory of over 40 lakh units, with 2.9 lakh units being dispatched each day, the company said.

The 1.29 lakh square feet facility is Flipkart’s fourth grocery fulfilment centre in Haryana, with the others located in Ballabgarh, Rewari, and Tauru.

The company also broke ground for the construction of its new regional distribution centre in Manesar, which is expected to be built over the next few years. Spread over 140 acres, it is expected to cater to a wide range of products, including parcel goods, white goods, and furniture, adapting its assortment to meet customer requirements and market trends.

The announcements by Flipkart have come just ahead of its festive season sale. ET had reported on August 23 that the etailer had started reaching out to sellers ahead of its annual flagship sale, ‘The Big Billion Days’. The company had organised conclaves in Jaipur and Delhi to arm sellers with the necessary skills, insights and tools.

“The groundbreaking ceremony at Manesar, and the launch of our new grocery fulfilment centre in Sonipat, will reinforce our supply chain infrastructure, which is crucial for enabling socioeconomic development and uplifting the overall quality of life for the people in the state,” group CEO Kalyan Krishnamurthy said.

Flipkart said it had 55,000 sellers based in Haryana, and the primary goal of launching the new facility was to streamline operations and ensure availability of essential groceries to consumers across a wide range of locations.

The regional distribution center is expected to generate 10,000 jobs, both directly and indirectly, the company said. The facility will have automation and retrieval systems for modern warehousing.

In August, Flipkart had launched an 80,000 square feet grocery fulfilment centre in Ludhiana, Punjab, with a dispatch capacity of more than 1 lakh units per day. It services more than 600 pin codes across towns and cities such as Shimla, Ambala, Amritsar, Chandigarh, Mandi and Jalandhar.

With the Ludhiana facility, Flipkart aimed to strengthen its supply chain network while facilitating delivery of groceries across Haryana, Himachal Pradesh and Punjab, as well as Jammu and Kashmir.

  • Published On Sep 22, 2023 at 06:12 PM IST

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