E-commerce player Snapdeal, in a bid to prepare for the upcoming festive season, has launched eight new logistics centres to its network across manufacturing hubs, including Mathura, Noida and Mumbai.
“The new centres are located inside the manufacturing hubs at Bahadurgarh, Yamuna Nagar (Haryana), Rajkot (Gujarat), Bhiwandi (Maharashtra), Agra, Noida, Mathura (Uttar Pradesh) and Mumbai,” it added,” Snapdeal said in a statement.
The expansion is part of a decentralised network designed by Snapdeal, where its centres are located within commercial hubs inside a city to ensure faster pickup of packets from the sellers, the statement added.
“This has become all the more important due to COVID-19 related restrictions, which at times reduce the operating hours or prohibit weekend operations in some parts of the country.”~ A statement from Snapdeal said
This development comes at a time when e-commerce sector is recovering from the impact of the nationwide lockdown and is hoping for a surge in sales during the upcoming festive season.
“The additional logistics capacity comes ahead of the festive season sale when the volume of orders is higher. The new centres make the fulfilment process simpler for the manufacturer-sellers so that they can devote all their resources towards production.”~ Snapdeal spokesperson
The e-commerce sector witnessed a quicker rebound after the lockdown, along with higher demand from buyers and on-boarding of more sellers in tier-II and tier-III towns. This prompted e-commerce companies to take up larger warehouses in a multi-city expansion strategy.
Recently, Amazon India informed that it is all set to open 10 new fulfilment centres in new cities like Patna, with a high density of sellers, before the festive season sales in October and is also expanding some of its 50 odd existing centres
Flipkart is also strategically investing in storage facilities in a combination of Urban, regional and in-city storages facility before the festive season as the company sees higher traction from smaller towns.