E-commerce major Flipkart is set to launch its first grocery fulfilment centre in Assam, which will be run by an all-woman team, a top company official said on Friday.
The facility, which will be inaugurated on Saturday at Palasbari near Guwahati, would be the second such grocery fulfilment centre of Flipkart helmed by women after the one in Coimbatore, she said.
“The northeastern region has the highest conversion rate in terms of customers visiting our site, translating into purchase. We are seeking to further improve it with this grocery fulfilment centre,” Smrithi Ravichandran, vice-president – head of grocery at Flipkart, told PTI.
Till now, the centre in Kolkata catered to the grocery section of the northeastern region.
“The fulfilment centre (in Assam) will be run by women and it is another step towards empowering women and creating a conducive and inclusive environment for everyone to grow,” she said.
The Palasbari facility, spread across 1.23 lakh sq feet, will provide more than 300 job opportunities and cater to almost the entire northeast, Ravichandran said.
“We want to source our products from the local farmers as far as possible and are working towards it,” she said.
Local varieties of rice like ‘joha’ and ‘black rice’, turmeric and cardamom, among other products from the northeast in the grocery list of Flipkart, are in good demand, the company official said.
In the next two-three months, Flipkart hopes to cater to customers across India with local products from the northeast.