Homegrown tech giant Flipkart is planning to set up its own logistic hubs, following the footprints of its rival Amazon. After announcing a couple of weeks back that it is looking to establish state-of-the-art logistics park in Bengaluru, spread over 100 acres, Flipkart announced its plans of establishing a similar hub on 80 acres in Kolkata.
The Bengaluru Logistics Hub will cater the needs of South India, the Kolkata Logistics Hub is planned to cater the needs of East and North East parts of India. Flipkart believes that setting up of logistic hubs can curtail logistic costs by 20%. The e-commerce giant is committed to investing Rs 600 on the upcoming logistic hubs.
Amitesh Jha, Head of Flipkart logistics arm Ekart said, ‘the logistic hubs will be set up in multiple phases. We are planning to start the first phase before the 2019 Big Billion Day. These logistic hubs are self-sufficient, matching the warehouses of Alibaba in China, and Amazon in the US. Their energy requirements are met with solar panels, and are carbon neutral, with double height ceilings.
At the peak, these hubs create permanent employment to 4000 – 5000 people. We have taken this decision after taking the growth epitome for the next decade and more’.