E-commerce platform, Meesho is developing a Logistics centric enterprise software solution that can be employed by small and medium-sized industry players.
Still, under development, the software once fully developed will reduce the e-commerce players’ dependency on 3PL players Ecom Express, Xpressbees, and Delhivery.
The software will allow Meesho to collaborate more closely with regional and local players that frequently lack access to software programs to handle high volumes of e-commerce deliveries.
While Meesho’s current delivery partners would have access to the software solution, it will essentially expand the logistics network for the Bengaluru-based e-commerce company.
The product is known as logistics-as-a-platform internally, informing a source aware of the matter.
Logistics-as-a-platform will be addressing many inefficiencies that continue to impact the tier II and tier III supply chain in terms of e-commerce deliveries, The development of this software will be among the key goals for the company this year, a person aware of the matter said.
“Currently, end-to-end logistics capabilities have been built by a few players in the industry and many small logistics businesses and individuals are not able to participate in the ecosystem. In line with our vision to make 100 million small businesses succeed online, we are building a platform that will provide them the operational know-how, network design capabilities, access to tools and technology to be a part of this network,” the company said in a statement to ET.
It said this would complement the capabilities 3Ps (third-party logistic firms) have created and will also help bring more players into the larger e-commerce logistics ecosystem.
Currently, Meesho completely relies on third-party logistics players like Delhivery, Xpressbees, and Ecom Express for fulfilling its delivery.
The product is being developed by Sourabh Pandey, a former Myntra executive who now oversees fulfillment and user experience for Meesho