Snapdeal has partnered with dPronto, a last mile delivery company, to offer same day delivery services across India. dPronto will locally pick up packages from Snapdeal’s sellers or fulfillment centers, and deliver it to customers on the same day.
dPronto was launched in January this year by ex-Airtel enterprise head Rajiv Sharma. The startup provides deliveries for ecommerce companies, full service logistics companies and hyperlocal market places. Other than Snapdeal, the company currently claims to serve ecommerce companies like Flipkart and ShopClues. As of now, dPronto claims to be in talks to raise Rs 700 crore to expand its operations in India.
dPronto mentions that it will use the Empower Pragati initiative to train and hire logistics staff. Empower Pragati is a training partner of National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC), a public private partnership.
Snapdeal’s GoJavas investment: In October last year, Snapdeal invested $20 million in logistics firm GoJavas to further enhance its supply chain and logistics. GoJavas will use the funds to add 100 more cities to its repertoire in the next 6-12 months. Snapdeal had picked up a minority stake in the company for an undisclosed amount in March the same year.
In May 2014, Snapdeal stated that it had opened over 40 fulfillment centers across 15 cities that would take care of warehousing, logistics and liaison with courier companies. Following this, it had extended its same day delivery service ‘Snapdeal Plus’ to sellers in 15 cities across India. Snapdeal launched a fulfillment service for sellers called SafeShip listing their products on its platform in June 2013.
Snapdeal funding: Last month, Snapdeal raised $200 million in funding from Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan (OTPP), with participation from Iron Pillar and others. The company had said then that it would use the funds to build up its capabilities and for bettering consumer and seller experience. The company had also raised $500 million in August last year and $627 million in October 2014.
Janus launch: In October last year, Snapdeal launched Janus, a multi channel platform where users can buy and discover local goods and get value added services such as demos, installation, activation and returns at a store near them. At launch, these services were available for mobile phones, tyres, home appliances and fashion apparel categories in partnership with The Mobile Store, Michelin, Luminous and Shoppers Stop.