Walmart-controlled e-commerce major Flipkart is opening dark stores or outlets used only for deliveries in various Indian cities. The retailer is ramping up food and grocery-specific warehousing capacity by lining up dozens of small storage spaces inside metros like in Bengaluru. The company looks to expand its food and grocery hyperlocal business into Delhi NCR, Mumbai, Pune, Chennai, Hyderabad, Kolkata among other cities.
Flipkart recently launched its hyperlocal services called ‘Flipkart Quick’ in various parts of Bengaluru, where consumers can book a two-hour delivery of about 2,000 products like grocery, fresh items and smartphones, among other electronic items. It aims to expand these services to six additional cities in the coming months with a focus on a 90-minute delivery model for a handpicked assortment of products.
It also aims to convert many Walmart’s Best Price outlets into fulfillment centers. The e-tailer has asked its FMCG sellers to ramp up their own warehousing and introduced Flipkart Alpha Lite program of taking spaces from its vendors to provide technology and equip them to function as Flipkart's warehousing