In a bid to provide one-touch facility to sellers, Snapdeal has opened six new logistics hubs across Delhi/NCR, Lucknow, Hyderabad and Kolkata. The six new centres are owned by Vulcan Express, a 100%-owned subsidiary of Snapdeal.
These centres are designed as integrated facilities which will combine warehousing, quality control and transportation within one complex.
As said in a company statement, with a total of 1 Mn sq ft warehousing space, all processes from receipt of stocks, quality inspection, preparation for dispatch and return handling will be done for designated orders under one roof.
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This will reduce costs for sellers and offer them better visibility and control of their stocks. Also, it will allow Snapdeal to ensure faster deliveries and head against its rivals Flipkart and Amazon.
“Super-fast deliveries are an essential part of the Snapdeal experience. The new warehouses are located in cities where demand is growing exponentially and will allow our sellers to hold inventory closer to their customers. These facilities will help us deliver even faster in a cost-effective manner to these cities and to surrounding areas,” said Jayant Sood, chief customer experience officer, Snapdeal.
It already has centres in Jaipur, Mumbai, Ahmedabad and Chennai. Snapdeal also has 69 SD+ centres, all owned and managed by Vulcan and run by third-party logistics partners. As claimed, 80% of its orders through the SD+ fulfilment centres.
Founded in 2010 by Kunal Bahl and Rohit Bansal as a deals site, Snapdeal is promoted by New Delhi-based Jasper Infotech Pvt. Ltd. The company has more than 300,000 sellers and over 35 Mn products across 800 plus categories. It currently delivers goods to more than 6,000 cities and towns in India.
Last month, Amazon also opened its largest fulfilment centre in Sonipat, Haryana, spread across 200,000 sq. ft. It has a holding a capacity of 800,000 cubic feet. There are total 22 such centres for Amazon in India.