Flipkart join hands with last mile delivery startup dPronto

With this tie-up, Flipkart aims at offering dignified jobs to underprivileged youth in rural areas, through dPronto and its group company, Empower Pragati.
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One of India’s leading eCommerce marketplaces, Flipkart has recently tied up with a last mile delivery startup dPronto to leverage its last mile delivery solutions across the country.
With this tie-up, the Bangaluru-headquartered company aims at offering dignified jobs to underprivileged youth in rural areas, through dPronto and its group company, Empower Pragati’s network that provides an uninterrupted supply of freshly trained and motivated logistics staff across 600 towns of India and also to meet real business need, of collecting packages from Flipkart’s Fulfilment Centers or from sellers directly.
Commenting on the tie-up, Neeraj Agarwal, Senior Director, Delivery Operations, Flipkart said, “Flipkart is committed in its social objective of transforming lives of less privileged youth through respectable job roles. This tie up with dPronto gives us access to Empower Pragati’s vast network of 600 centers across the entire country that trains and supplies logistics staff, who can support Flipkart in its last mile delivery.”
Rajiv Sharma, Managing Director and Co-Founder, dPronto said, “We are excited about providing last mile logistics services to Flipkart which also supplements their CSR objectives. We are confident that this partnership will scale rapidly to additional towns for Flipkart and thus transform the lives of underprivileged youth in all those towns.”
E-commerce logistics including last mile logistics is a critical element in the online retail market. E-commerce logistics market in India is all set to reach $5.1 billion by 2020. Last mile logistics constitutes 40% of e-commerce logistics and is also expected to grow at CAGR 48% to reach $2.1 billion by 2020.
dPronto handles intra city logistics, getting products delivered quickly and cost effectively to customers and has the unique advantage, of its group company, Empower Pragati’s vast training network that has skilled over 100,000 underprivileged people. The organization holds a target to train 20,000 in the next 3 years for jobs in the logistics sector alone.

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