Amazon, Flipkart, Snapdeal, Paytm Starts Taking Orders for Non-Essential Products
Amazon, Flipkart, Snapdeal, and Paytm Mall have started taking orders for non-essential items in India as the government has eased the national lockdown that was imposed on March 24 to curb the coronavirus outbreak. The e-commerce companies are restricted to delivering non-essential items in Green and Orange zones marked in the country, on the basis of the spread of COVID-19, the disease that is supposedly caused due to the novel coronavirus. However, in the case of Red zones, which are mainly various metropolitan cities, including the nation’s capital Delhi and economic capital Mumbai, e-commerce operations are limited to essential items.
The e-commerce companies, including Amazon, Flipkart, Snapdeal, and Paytm Mall, are initially kicking off their businesses for the Green and Orange zones. This means that people living in such zones can now order most of the goods available online. The case is, however, not similar for the customers residing in the Red zones as they aren’t able to make purchases of anything beyond essential items — mainly groceries and other daily essentials.
Companies such as Amazon and Paytm Mall believe that the resumption of e-commerce sales in the country will help people follow social distancing and order what they need without leaving their homes. Additionally, small businesses and merchants selling goods through e-commerce sites will be able to resume their earnings that got halted due to the lockdown.