Due to COVID-9 across India, PM Narendra Modi had announced a 21-day country-wide lockdown. As a part of the lockdown, several grocery stores and other shops have been shut down. However, several e-commerce platforms have stepped forward to deliver essentials to users.
After Bigbasket and Spencer’s Retail, ride-hailing Uber has now partnered with Walmart-owned Flipkart to provide people in Bengaluru, Mumbai and Delhi access to everyday essentials amid the nationwide lockdown. Through its partnership with Bigbasket, Uber is delivering to customers in Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Chandigarh and Noida.
Last week, Uber had said two-wheelers (UberMoto) and four-wheelers (UberGo and UberXL) and network of driver-partners on its platform will help support delivery of essential supplies safely to consumers’ doorsteps.
“We are pleased to announce our partnership with Flipkart today to further consolidate our new last-mile delivery service. The partnership helps keep the economy running and enables Indians to stay at home in line with government guidelines for containing Covid-19, as well as creates earning opportunities for drivers,” Uber India and South Asia Director-Operations and Head of Cities Prabhjeet Singh told PTI.
Uber will not charge any commission, enabling drivers to keep 100 per cent of his billed amount, he added.
The move will help both Flipkart and BigBasket that have more than half a million inventories stuck at their warehouses because of shortage of delivery workers.