Flipkart onboards 27,000 Kiranas to strengthen last mile delivery & support Kiranas ahead of the Festive Season

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  • Expands reach and delivery for the Big Billion Days across nearly 700 cities, adding millions of shipment capability
  • Aims to leverage Kiranas to deliver faster and personalised experiences this festive season and also support Kiranas
  • Deploys industry-first ‘Allocation Engine’ to efficiently allocate shipments across various delivery channels

Bengaluru, September 9,  2019: As part of its efforts to bring India and Bharat closer ahead of the festive season, Flipkart, India’s leading e-commerce marketplace, today announced the onboarding of nearly 27,000 Kiranas across 700 cities to its pan-India supply chain, helping it reach out to millions of new consumers during the upcoming festive event, The Big Billion Days. This will further strengthen and personalise e-commerce experience for its existing 160 million customers, help deepen its reach to newer geographies and consumers and support Kiranas by enhancing their income.

The nation-wide kirana onboarding started about six months ago, undertaken keeping in mind the massive scale of the upcoming festive season, which witnesses heightened demand from customers from across the country and also grow the business of our Kirana partners . Flipkart started with a customised training program to onboard these Kirana partners,  with soft skills and the know-how to deal with customer queries or requests on the spot.

Flipkart already has a large supply chain network, currently delivering over 1 million shipments everyday across almost 100% of the pincodes in the country. With the 27,000 additional Kirana power, Flipkart will now be able to elevate not only the consumer experience but also scale up its reach with millions of additional deliveries during the Big Billion Days, specially in Tier 2 and 3 towns. This will also significantly augment the incomes of the Kirana partners.

To seamlessly facilitate the onboarding process and their inclusion in delivery process, Flipkart is leveraging its in-house tech solution called the ‘Allocation Engine’, which helps automate allocation of shipments to delivery agents and partners including Kiranas. This becomes important as there is a huge spike in demand during the festive season and deploying tech becomes essential to provide high speed deliveries to consumers, offer flexibility and match the delivery mode based on consumers’ preference. By evenly spreading the shipments across various delivery models, Allocation Engine helps in increasing the efficiency of deliveries and offering better consumer experiences. This large-scale inclusion of kirana stores in one of the largest e-commerce supply chain networks in the country will prove to be a game-changer in alternative delivery models.

Kalyan Krishnamurthy, CEO of Flipkart Group said, “Festive season and the Big Billion Days provide us a great opportunity to further our principles of inclusion and accessibility. Kiranas are the oldest and most widely spread retail format in India which exhibit the modernness of the supply chain and deliver a successful customer experience management model. Our approach to inclusivity for last-mile partners is guided by the synergies we share. After digital payments, the next big revolution in Kirana is going to be ushered in conjunction with e-commerce. It will re-position and re-invent kirana stores as convenience stores from an e-commerce perspective, while offering them a new source of revenue, making it a win-win situation for all.”

The onboarding of Kiranas will help lakhs of sellers, especially ahead of the crucial festive season, benefit from this expansion and reach out to a pan-India market. From managing the supply chain drivers such as facilities, inventory, information, sourcing and pricing to maintaining a long-standing relationship with the consumer, Kiranas are a great partner to effectively reach the end consumer. 

Flipkart as a group is committed towards working with all the stakeholders to offer the finest e-commerce experience and promote growth for our partners. The MENSA network program from Myntra was the first to tap the kirana network, working with 12,000 Kiranas across major metros and tier-II cities.

About Flipkart Group :

The Flipkart Group is one of India’s leading digital commerce entities and includes group companies Flipkart, Myntra, Jabong, and PhonePe. Launched in 2007, Flipkart has enabled millions of consumers, sellers, merchants and small businesses to be a part of India’s e-commerce revolution. With a registered customer base of over 160 million, offering over 80 million products across 80+ categories, Flipkart is known for pioneering services such as Cash on Delivery, No Cost EMI and easy returns – customer-centric innovations that have made online shopping more accessible and affordable for millions of Indians. Together with Myntra and Jabong, which hold prominent positions in the online fashion market, and PhonePe, India’s fastest growing digital payments platform, the Flipkart Group is steering the transformation of commerce in India through technology.