Online ecommerce marketplace Snapdeal has expanded its logistics network by unveiling 15 new centres at manufacturing hubs in 10 cities.
The new centres are located in Ahmedabad, Surat, Jaipur, Indore, Hyderabad, Panipat, Gurugram, Mumbai, New Delhi and Bengaluru, the company said in a statement.
The New Delhi headquartered company’s new logistics hubs will ensure faster movement of shipments and offer dedicated facilities to manufacturing units, including packaging and online tracking for orders. It aims to cater to the growing shipment volumes from manufacturers opting to sell directly on Snapdeal.
“Through our deep presence in these manufacturing clusters, we now offer doorstep pickups from the factories. The new centres aim to make the fulfillment process simpler for the sellers so that they can devote all their resources towards production,” a Snapdeal spokesperson said in the statement.
Snapdeal aims to add 5,000 manufacturer-sellers on its platform this year, the statement said. These manufacturer-sellers will most likely sell daily use products like steel and copper utensils, kitchen gadgets like juicers and atta dough makers, and fashion accessories like watches and wallets. The company also said it is seeing a steady increase in the number of sellers who manufacture their own products. It has added over 60,000 new sellers, who have included over 50 million new listings, in the past two years.
In December last year, Snapdeal enhanced its distribution network to cover more than 26,000 pin codes across India, which includes all the metros, tier 1 and tier 2 cities and most of tier 3 and tier 4 towns of India.
In September last year, Japanese conglomerate SoftBank Group was in discussions with Snapdeal to lead a $100 million investment round in the Indian ecommerce marketplace.