Flipkart stated on Tuesday it plans to supply 90-minute deliveries for groceries and residential equipment, because the Walmart-owned on-line retailer goes face to face with Amazon.com Inc in a key progress marketplace for e-commerce. Flipkart stated its hyperlocal service, dubbed Flipkart Fast, may also promote cell phones and stationery objects, taking it a step additional than present quick-delivery companies which primarily supply simply groceries. Flipkart Fast will debut in choose places in Bengaluru, the corporate stated, with out specifying a launch date.
The brand new service places Flipkart extra instantly in competitors with Amazon and Alibaba-backed BigBasket, each of which provide fast deliveries of groceries. Bengaluru-based Flipkart may also go up in opposition to grocery supply upstart JioMart, backed by Asia’s richest man, Mukesh Ambani.
Google-backed Dunzo and Naspers-backed Swiggy additionally supply grocery deliveries in India, and the service could possibly be profitable for corporations through the COVID-19 pandemic, which is making extra Indians order important objects similar to groceries on-line.
“Midway by way of the yr of the pandemic, provide chains have reworked drastically,” Flipkart stated in an announcement. “The hyperlocal class, recognized for being a comfort for a lot of, has now emerged to be a long-term important service for the nation.”
Final week, Flipkart stated it had acquired Walmart’s native cash-and-carry enterprise in an effort to strengthen its wholesale choices to mom-and-pop-stores.