In an effort to reach rural as well as urban areas and facilitate quick and efficient last-mile delivery of medicines, online pharmacy Netmeds will set up 26 fulfillment centers (FCs) across metros and Tier II cities by 2020.
Currently, Netmeds has 14 FCs across the country spanning over 3 lac sq. ft; with three centers in Chennai and the rest in Bangalore, Hyderabad, Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Ahmedabad, Pune, Noida, Lucknow, Raipur and Guwahati. The largest fulfillment center is currently situated in Hyderabad and Kolkata both spanning 25,000 sq. ft. Each of these cities process over 100,000 orders every month.
Netmeds recently established new master warehousing facilities in Delhi NCR and Mumbai followed by 4 more support centers in Tier II cities namely, Indore, Jaipur, Patna and Chandigarh. Netmeds will set up 6 more FCs in Tier II cities after assessment of demand in different zones. These FCs will span over 2 lac sq. ft. covering top metros and Tier II cities of the country. The new facilities will improve the customer experience by enabling faster delivery, higher fill rates and improve the overall efficiency of logistics and supply chain management at Netmeds.
Pradeep Dadha, Founder & CEO, Netmeds, said, “Netmeds.com has become the online pharmacy market leader by realizing the need for intelligent, far-reaching and quick healthcare solutions in urban and rural areas. Our goal is to make medicines affordable and accessible to every Indian, and to reach even the most outlying corners of the country. Setting up fulfilment centers in Tier II cities helps us achieve that objective.”
Priya John, Director – Operations, Netmeds, said, “Improved internet penetration across the country and enthusiastic response and adoption of online medicine delivery platforms have resulted in a three-fold increase in sales in the last fiscal year. Most of these orders are being generated from metros followed by Tier II and Tier III cities.”