Meesho Job Openings: SoftBank-backed e-commerce firm Meesho said it will offer around 5 lakh seasonal job openings in its vendor and logistics network to meet the growing demand during the upcoming festive season. This is a 50 percent increase compared to seasonal jobs created by Mishaw last year.
Meesho aims to create around 2 lakh job opportunities through its partnership with third party logistics players such as Ecom Express, DTDC, Elastic Run, Loadshare, Delhivery, Shadowfax and Expressbees. More than 60 percent of these opportunities will be from Tier-III and Tier-IV regions. These roles will primarily include first-mile and delivery associates responsible for tasks such as delivery picking, sorting, loading, unloading and return inspection.
Saurabh Pandey, Chief Experience Officer, Fulfillment and Experience, said, “We expect a significant increase in demand this festive season. The creation of these opportunities is focused on enhancing the overall customer experience during the holiday season and empowering countless small businesses.
Besides, mishaw vendors are estimated to hire more than 3 lakh seasonal workers as part of their requirements for the festive season. These seasonal workers will assist Meesho’s salespeople in various capacities, including production, packaging and sorting, to meet increasing customer demand. Additionally, more than 80 percent of Meesho’s vendors are looking to introduce new products and venture into new categories such as fashion accessories and festive decorations. To ensure they are well prepared for increased demand, more than 30 percent of Meesho’s vendors are investing in renting additional storage space for their inventory.
Abhishek Bansal, Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Shadowfax, said, “The festive season will see tremendous growth opportunities through Tier-III+ regions. “Some of the most underpenetrated markets have seen a transformation into dense seller clusters. Over the past year, Shadowfax has invested in large pick-up centers in cities like Lucknow, Surat, Ludhiana and Sagar.”
Meesho is also a major contributor to India’s third party logistics (3PL) ecosystem, with ambitious plans to double its 3PL shipments to over 1.2 billion in FY23.
As e-commerce companies gear up to meet high demand in the coming festive season, India is likely to see 500,000 new jobs for gig workers, according to staffing solutions company Teamlease. The country has about 200,000 open positions for gig workers, primarily in last-mile delivery space and warehouse operations. The number is expected to reach 700,000 by December.
Teamlease said this year’s festival recruitment is expected to see a significant 25 percent increase in gig jobs compared to the same period last year, reflecting the sector’s optimistic outlook and aspirations to boost positive sentiment.
Interestingly, the demand for warehousing operations, last-mile delivery personnel and call center operators is higher in Tier-II and Tier-III cities as compared to Tier-I cities like Bengaluru, Delhi, Mumbai and Hyderabad.
Ahead of the festive season, Walmart-owned e-commerce company Flipkart recently said it will create over 1,00,000 new job opportunities across its supply chain, including fulfillment and sorting centers and delivery hubs.
Flipkart is gearing up to mark the 10th edition of its annual flagship event, The Big Billion Days (TBBD), early next month. As part of the festive season, Flipkart is looking to hire and create lakhs of seasonal jobs across its supply chain across India to meet customer demand during the festive season.
Online fashion retailer Myntra will increase the recruitment of women in its supply chain and contact center operations. This is being done as part of the festive season when Myntra hosts its annual marquee event, the Big Fashion Festival (BFF). As part of the festive hiring ramp-up, Myntra will increase hiring of women, taking it to over 21 percent over last year’s festive season.