Flipkart launches its first grocery fulfilment centre in Lucknow

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Flipkart announced the launch of its first grocery fulfilment centre in Lucknow yesterday that is poised to lead to over 500 direct jobs

The facility will create more than 500 direct and thousands of indirect job opportunities as the company establishes its supply chain in tandem with a host of local transport contractors, staffing vendors, security agencies, consumable suppliers and other administrative and housekeeping agencies across the state.

The facility, spread across an area of nearly 50,000 sq ft, will support Flipkart’s ability to deliver a selection of grocery products to consumers in the cities of Lucknow, Kanpur and Allahabad, the company said in a statement.

It will also bolster Flipkart’s capabilities to serve the e-grocery needs of consumers, including first-time e-commerce users across the state.

“Uttar Pradesh has a dynamic industrial policy to help companies tap into the vibrant business ecosystem in the state…The opening of this centre is a testament to the continued faith businesses have on the potential of UP and its government to make it one of the fastest-growing states in the country”

~ Satish Mahana, Minister of Industries,Uttar Pradesh

The company’s grocery operations will also give an impetus to the local food processing industry, connecting producers to lakhs of consumers, the statement said.

“Flipkart has made several investments to strengthen infrastructure to support the growth of e-commerce and in turn job creation. In the state of Uttar Pradesh, we have nearly 190 facilities and are delighted to inaugurate our first fulfilment centre for grocery.”

~Rajneesh Kumar, SVP and chief corporate affairs officer at Flipkart Group

Apart from leading to a massive increase in farmers’ income, it will also provide an opportunity to invest deeply in the local agriculture-ecosystem and work with tens of thousands of small farmers and FPOs (farmer producer organisations) to bring them into the formal retail ecosystem.

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