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Indian Startup Zepto Bags $665 Million in Latest Funding Round, Setting a New Benchmark in Quick Commerce Sector


Zepto Secures a Massive $665 Million in Latest Funding Round

Indian grocery delivery startup Zepto has successfully raised a staggering $665 million in a recent investment round, marking its second significant fundraising effort within a year. This infusion of capital has propelled the company’s valuation to an impressive $3.6 billion, a considerable leap from the $1.4 billion valuation it achieved in August of the previous year.

The funding round witnessed participation from notable investors including Avenir Growth Capital and Lightspeed Venture Partners, along with a first-time investment from Avra Capital, a fund initiated by esteemed former Y Combinator and Andreessen Horowitz investor, Anu Hariharan. The round was also supported by several existing investors, bolstering Zepto’s financial position as it navigates the intensely competitive quick commerce market.

Zepto’s latest funding arrives at a crucial time as it continues to face off against major competitors such as Zomato’s Blinkit and Swiggy’s Instamart, as well as impending competition from Flipkart, which is rumored to be making an entry into the quick commerce sector. Quick commerce, characterized by the rapid delivery of essentials and more, is experiencing exponential growth in India, challenging both the traditional brick-and-mortar stores and e-commerce giants like and Walmart-owned Flipkart.

The rise of quick commerce is underlined by a report from Goldman Sachs in April, which highlighted that quick deliveries currently account for $5 billion, or 45%, of India’s $11 billion online grocery market. This segment is expected to expand dramatically to $60 billion, or 70%, by 2030, showcasing the vast potential for growth in this sector.

Aadit Palicha, co-founder and CEO of Zepto, shared his plans for the utilization of the newfound funding. The company aims to significantly expand its network of dark stores – localized warehouses optimized for speedy delivery in high-demand neighborhoods – planning to double the count to over 700 by March 2025. These dark stores are a key component of Zepto’s operational strategy, with Palicha noting that over 75 percent of these facilities are already profitable at a core operating level.

Additionally, Zepto’s aggressive expansion strategy seems to be paying off, with its gross merchandise value (GMV) experiencing multifold growth year on year to a base of over $1 billion. This growth is indicative of the company’s rapidly increasing market share, which, as reported by HSBC in January 2024, stood at 28 percent, up from 15 percent in March 2022. This places Zepto in a competitive stance against Blinkit, which holds a 40 percent market share, and Instamart, with 32 percent.

The successful funding round and strategic expansion plans highlight Zepto’s determined push to solidify its position in the quick commerce market. With its bolstered balance sheet and strategic investments in infrastructure, Zepto is poised to meet the growing demand for fast, convenient, and reliable grocery delivery services across India.

Alex Sterling
Alex Sterling
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