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Snapdeal gears up for festive season, opens 8 new centres, Retail News, ET Retail

Snapdeal gears up for festive season, opens 8 new centresNew Delhi: E-commerce company Snapdeal, has expanded its nationwide logistics network by opening 8 new centres at manufacturing hubs located across cities in India, it said in a statement.

The new centres are located inside the manufacturing hubs at Bahadurgarh, Rajkot, Bhiwandi, Agra, Yamuna Nagar, Noida, Mathura and Mumbai.

The expansion is part of a decentralized 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 company said. According to the e-tailer, 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.

“The new centres are part of a pre-Diwali increase in capacity to cater to the festive spike in volumes. These new centres will cater to manufacturers & sellers of decor and furnishing items like lights, curtains, bedsheets, kitchenware and apparel including sarees and ethnic wear. All these items are expected to witness high festive sales volumes due to an increase in the number of Indians preferring to buy online for convenience and safety reasons.”

Earlier this year, Snapdeal opened 15 logistics centres. With the new addition, the company now runs 23 logistics centres.

In 2020, Snapdeal is aiming to add 5000 manufacturer-sellers on its platform this year. Most of these manufacturers produce and sell daily use products like steel & copper utensils, kitchen gadgets like food processors and fashion accessories like watches & wallets.

According to a Snapdeal Spokesperson, “The additional logistics capacity comes ahead of the festive season sale when the volume of orders is higher. The new centres make the fulfillment process simpler for the manufacturer-sellers so that they can devote all their resources towards production.”

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