Ecommerce giant Flipkart opens 2.2 lakh sq. ft. warehouse in West Bengal

  • Flipkart’s new warehouse covers an area of 2.2 lakh square feet and will generate 3,500 direct jobs.
  • The new warehouse will support the growing customer demand while supporting the seller ecosystem with additional capacity in the East Region.
  • The company currently has 7 Fulfilment Centres in West Bengal.

Homegrown ecommerce marketplace Flipkart today announced the addition of its second-largest fulfillment center in West Bengal as it ramps up the supply chain infrastructure in the East to cater to the growing demand of ecommerce services across the region and the country.

The addition of a new 2.2 lakh sq. ft. facility in Dankuni will directly generate nearly 3,500 jobs and will cater to the needs of both Flipkart and Myntra customers in the region, the press statement said.

Besides this, The new fulfillment centre will also help thousands of sellers to offer a wider selection and make faster deliveries of customer orders within the region and neighboring states while also helping create national market access, the statement added.

The addition of a new warehouse will increase the company’s supply-chain capabilities to cater to more consumers in the Eastern region. Over 52% of consumers are from Tier-2 and beyond cities, the company claims.

With the addition of this new facility, Flipkart now has more than 10 lakh square feet of warehousing space in the state alone and employs over 50,000 people across all these facilities.

“This is in addition to lakhs of square feet of warehousing assets from partner brands creating lakhs of direct and indirect job opportunities while also working with over 9,300 Kirana delivery partners and 10,000 sellers from the region,” the company said.

Commenting on the development, Hemant Badri, Senior Vice-President, Supply chain at Flipkart, said:

“We are strengthening our supply chain presence in West Bengal and this expansion will help support small and medium businesses from the state while creating thousands of employment opportunities. E-commerce has helped serve citizens with a safe and sanitized supply chain and we will continue to serve the ecosystem including lakhs of sellers, MSMEs, Kirana partners, millions of consumers, and thousands of brands that we work with.”

Smt. Vandana Yadav, Secretary Industry Commerce & Enterprises said:

“We are committed to the growth of the region and the businesses here by creating conducive policies and providing all possible support for their growth. Flipkart’s continued investment in the state is a testament to the enabling environment the state has helped create not just job opportunities but the safe way of deliveries for the consumers.

“We are hopeful that it will further create many more opportunities for employment and entrepreneurship, and we value the long-standing partnership with Flipkart in helping bring the goodness to ecommerce to the state,” she added.

Over the past few years, the East region has emerged as one of the fastest-growing regions for e-commerce across the country. With the addition of news customers, The sellers and kirana partners leveraging e-commerce to meet their requirements while making use of the entrepreneurship opportunities it offers, the company added.

According to the ibef report, India e-commerce will reach US$99 billion by 2024, growing at a 27% CAGR over 2019-24, with grocery and fashion/apparel likely to be the key drivers of incremental growth.

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