Ecom Express recently announced the expansion of its fulfilment network with the setting up its new fulfilment centre in Chandigarh, which is reportedly the company’s 60th fulfilment centre in India.
This first grocery fulfilment centre in Punjab sprawls across an area of approximately 90,000 sq ft. The site has been selected for its strategic location-based network centricity. It is designed to support over 30 dark stores to supply grocery items on demand, speed to market and customers. With this growth, the grocery chain will be able to serve a wider range of customers and transport their orders to towns in neighboring states and the region more quickly.
The facility has a value creation area that provides labelling, packaging, and dispatch services, with an average inventory of close to 2.8 million items and processing capacity to handle up to 270,000 units throughput per day at full capacity. Modern Vertical Reciprocal Conveyors (VRCs) lifts, and spiral conveyers with long-span multi-tier shelving will optimise the operations to give high mobility and speed in the movement of items.
Furthermore, with temperature-controlled system, up to -200C, the facility can handle fruits and vegetables operations with less chances of wastage.
K Satyanarayana, Co-founder and Director of the new-age technology-driven full stack logistics solutions company said, “We are investing heavily in technology, design, solutions, logistics, and infrastructure, as well as in seller enablement. We are also focused on developing a strong and resilient fulfilment network in Punjab. Our commitment to work with the state in accelerating fantastic growth and generating job opportunities for local youth is demonstrated by our continuous efforts to grow. Not only will this centre expand our client’s reach but will also help extend our business capabilities.’’
More than 500 people will work at the new fulfilment centre to manage the growing volume of grocery orders. The company will make sure that 30% of workers in the Chandigarh facility are women in order to have a gender-balanced workforce. The company has 10% women representation in its top-management and runs 6 all-women delivery centers as well.
The company’s fulfilment network facilities are created with energy-saving solutions. The new centre incorporates several sustainability features, including a sewage treatment facility, rainwater harvesting, and safety features including fire detection, suppression, and suppression system, as well as employee evacuation procedures.
Ecom Express’ fulfilment service vertical caters to B2B and B2C models and serves various industries, including fashion, apparel, accessories, cosmetics, consumer electronics and many more.