Ecommerce giant Meesho unveiled its latest tech platform, Valmo, on February 7, aimed at optimizing supply chain efficiencies and facilitating low-cost deliveries in India. By leveraging micro-entrepreneurs for order fulfillment, Valmo aims to bridge gaps in the country's logistics network.
Valmo integrates logistics platforms, technology partners, and small-scale entrepreneurs operating sorting centers, streamlining the delivery process. Currently utilized for Meesho's marketplace orders, Valmo operates through a decentralized network of nodes, including first-mile, last-mile, and sorting centers across India, reducing delivery times.
Saurabh Pandey, Meesho's CXO for fulfillment and initiatives, highlighted Valmo's potential to significantly increase the share of ecommerce deliveries handled by smaller players, projecting a rise from 20-22% to 45% within a year.
Meesho has collaborated with industry players like ElasticRun, FarEye, LoadShare, and Shipsy to develop Valmo's technological capabilities. The platform, developed over 18-24 months, presently manages over 9 Lakh daily orders across 6,000 pin codes in 20 Indian states.
With 3,000 micro-entrepreneurs onboarded, Valmo generates 35,000 indirect jobs, offering a promising avenue for local economic engagement. While currently optimized for ecommerce, Meesho is exploring Valmo's potential in grocery deliveries, contributing to its logistics cost reduction by 5%.
Despite Valmo's success, Meesho maintains partnerships with third-party logistics providers like Delhivery, Shadowfax, Xpressbees, and Ecom Express. In India's expanding logistics market, Meesho competes with established players like Flipkart and Amazon, both of which have their own logistics arms.
Last year, Amazon's additional investment in Amazon Transportation Services underscored the growing importance of logistics in ecommerce operations. Meesho, amid its 48% decrease in net loss and 77% surge in operating revenue in FY23, continues to innovate to meet evolving market demands.