India is currently under a 21-day lockdown to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. While health workers across India are engaged in testing, tracing, isolating and quarantining people with symptoms, startups and major brands alike have come forward to ensure that the delivery of essential products is not hindered during the lockdown period. From Domino’s Pizza to Uber, here are top brands that have taken to delivering groceries to households across the countries. So without any further ado let’s take a look at how they are contributing.
Zomato has been continuing with its food delivery services during the lockdown, which has been a great help for those who don’t have access to a kitchen. The company has been practicing coronavirus prevention care in its deliveries including sanitisation, a dedicated section for hygienic restaurants and contactless deliveries. Now, going the extra mile, the brand has also started its new grocery delivery service called Zomato Market. The section is already live in the app and in Delhi’s Hauz Khas Village area, there are already 3-4 stores delivering through the app. However, bear in mind that the stores are delivering only the most essential items required right now.
Uber has been ordered to stop its cab services in India post the lockdown, however, the company is not out of the picture completely. Uber has already started grocery delivery services abroad through its Uber Eats app. In India, Uber has started a last-mile delivery service in partnership with BigBasket, which will enable the online grocery store to deliver essentials across various cities in India, including Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Chandigarh and Noida. The ride-hailing company announced that it has plans to expand the service and to that extent is talking to other companies as well, including Flipkart. The e-commerce platform is planning to roll out its essentials delivery services in a tie-up with Uber in 10 cities, and is in final stages of talks with the ride-hailing app. While the Flipkart service is not yet active, a few drivers have already run pilot deliveries.
We saved the most unlikely candidate for the last. In a pleasantly surprising move, the popular pizza franchise, Domino’s Pizza has tied up with ITC Foods to deliver essential items during the nationwide lockdown. The brand announced that it will be selling a combo pack of Aashirvaad Atta and spices including chilli, coriander and turmeric powder through a “Domino’s Essentials” section on its app. The company will use the contactless delivery to practise precaution. The service will first roll out in Bengaluru followed by Noida, Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai, and Hyderabad.
At a time when regular grocery delivery services have been finding it difficult to deliver, it’s heartening to see other startups doing their bit to help share the load. Do you know of any other company doing this? Let us know in the comments below, and we’ll update this article.