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KOLKATA : Online supermarket major Grofers India is pursuing profitability by consolidation and focussing on doubling its sales to 5,000 crore by FY'20.

The company is also gearing up to hit the capital market with initial public offer (IPO) within the next three years.

"We have closed FY'19 with 2,500 crore sales. At present our monthly sales have touched 225 crore, growing at 8.5% month on month. We expect around 5,000 crore sales in the current fiscal," Grofers co-founder & CEO Albinder Dhindsa told PTI.

The online player that was last valued at $600 million has moved out of hyper-local delivery model 3 years ago.

The decision not only aided its survival but also helped it to thrive year after year, Dhindsa indicated.

The same strategy helped the company to inch closer to break even in major cities in the northern and eastern parts of the country.

Grofers, despite raising $60 million recently, remained focussed on consolidating its presence in 12 cities (where it is already present) across the country to push profitability instead of aggressive geographical expansion.

"We are very close to break even in Delhi and we have managed to break even in Gurgaon and Noida regions. Kolkata numbers are also on the verge of turning positive," Dhindsa said.

He also said by end of the current financial year many more cities will turn profitable except for the ones in western and southern India, where Grofers is still in investment mode.

"At the company level, we will start making profits by 2020- 21," he said.

The company will continue delivering value proposition through its in-house brand a common strategy for the online players to boost their margin.

"Already, our own brand sales such as Mother's choice, Happy Home, Happy Day and Gfresh, have touched 40% of sales and in the next two years it will expand to 60%," the modest co-founder of the startup said.

About 86% of Grofers users use in-house brands, the company CEO said.

Dhindsa also said the company will pump in fresh resources in capacity building for sourcing and supply.

"In two years, we propose to expand the warehouse capacity from 26 million square feet to 40 million square feet to support supply chain," he said.

Speaking about east, Dhindsa said Kolkata is one of the fastest growing market for the company with a growth rate of 18%.

He said expansion to Bhubaneswar and Guwahati during the third or fourth quarter of the year is also in the pipeline.

However, a final call would be taken after a review, Dhindsa said.

Currently, Grofers only operates out of Kolkata in the eastern region.

By leveraging existing warehouses in the NCR region, the company will spread its services to nearby cities such as Rohtak, Bhiwadi and Meerut.

Grofers works closely with 4,000-5,000 small merchants who help the company fulfill its orders.

This story has been published from a wire agency feed without modifications to the text.

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Updated: 05 May 2019, 04:12 PM IST
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