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Flipkart introduces India-first automation initiative

Flipkart introduces India-first automation initiative

India Blooms News Service | @indiablooms | 19 Mar 2019, 05:58 pm

Kolkata/Bangalore, Mar 19 (IBNS): In an industry-changing move, Flipkart, India’s leading e-commerce marketplace, has introduced the country’s first robot-based sortation technology, Automated Guided Vehicles (AGVs) at its Soukya sortation center in Bangalore. 

Designed to optimise efficiency and precision on the back-end of the supply chain, the AGVs will help Flipkart meet ever-growing customer and scale demands, ensuring faster delivery and an enhanced experience for online shoppers.

Since its inception, Flipkart has been growing at a rapid pace.

As more customers turn to e-commerce and to bring the next 200 million shoppers online, the business has to scale up to meet increasing demand, which necessitates more innovation and tech in the supply chain.

As a tech-driven company, Flipkart has always innovated to drive scale, with automation in the supply chain leading the way. Doing this helps large-scale expansion of the supply chain to enhance customer experience and increase efficiency, while keeping operational costs in check.

As a homegrown tech company, Flipkart continues to pioneer and lead the way in tech-driven solutions across the e-commerce industry in India. This India-first initiative further cements Flipkart’s position as the front-runner in bringing and developing futuristic, best-in-class technology in India. The Soukya set-up involves 100+ self-guided bots that automatically sort packages to the right customer pincodes by identifying encoded information on each package.

It will enable better throughput from an existing facility, removing the need for space expansion, and will enable the current manpower allocated to the task to be upskilled to do higher value-adding work -- all at similar or lower cost.

Sharing his views on the launch of the AGVs, Krishna Raghavan, Senior Vice President of eKart Tech at Flipkart said, “With the Automated Guided Vehicles, we are re-imagining new growth paths, while orchestrating new and innovative ways of working. We believe this will help bring efficiencies, agility and scale to the supply chain operations, helping us serve the customer better. This India-first initiative is the first stepping stone in this journey. Going forward, we will be looking at how we can help build the country’s nascent automation ecosystem through R&D and collaboration so we can continue building India-specific solutions.”

Flipkart introduces India-first automation initiative

India Blooms News Service
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