Uber has partnered with Walmart-owned e-commerce company Flipkart to deliver everyday essentials to people amid the ongoing national foreclosure. The two companies jointly deployed the service in Bengaluru, Mumbai and Delhi.
This partnership will keep vital supply chains running and meet the growing needs of Flipkart customers to receive essential products on their doorstep every day. He will also support the government’s goal of keeping hundreds of millions of Indians at home to contain the spread of Covid-19.
“The partnership helps keep the economy running and keeps Indians at home, while creating income opportunities for drivers. Uber will not charge any commissions, which will allow drivers to keep 100% of the amounts billed, “said Prabhjeet Singh, director of operations and city manager, Uber India and South Asia. Uber also said that all of the drivers associated with the service received masks, gloves and disinfectants.
“This partnership aims to help get essential supplies to customers as quickly as possible. Flipkart remains committed to supporting our customers and we are mobilizing every possible option to ensure that in this fight we can support governments by providing essential supplies to people, “said Rajneesh Kumar, Director of General Affairs for Flipkart. With a registered customer base of more than 200 million, Flipkart has the capacity to offer more than 150 million products in 80 categories.
Singh of Uber said partnership with Flipkart further consolidates its new last mile delivery service, which launched a week ago, and leverages its technology and network with third parties who are ready to deliver products essentials.
“There is tremendous interest from partner drivers and businesses in the delivery of the last mile,” said Singh.
Experts say that as the foreclosure progresses, companies, especially those who employ concert workers, are looking for innovative partnerships to keep their businesses going.
Bike taxi unicorn Rapido said Monday it has collaborated with big, essential suppliers like Bigbasket, Big Bazaar and Spencer’s Retail to facilitate last-mile deliveries in more than 90 cities across the country. The company said it was determined to accelerate its existing Rapido delivery services to provide essential supplies during the ongoing foreclosure. The company said that 70% of its fleet of captains (partner drivers) are on the ground to facilitate supplies. “In addition, we are currently in talks with several players such as Grofers, Dunzo, FreshtoHome and others on expanding our support to help them deliver critical orders,” said Rapido. While Rapido will be the platform to congratulate these deliveries, the company has declared that it will not charge any commission to the captains.
Uber recently announced two new business-to-business partnerships – UberMedic – a 24X7 service that will work with health authorities. It will organize transportation for front-line health care providers to and from their homes and medical facilities. The other is with Bigbasket where partner drivers will help deliver the last mile of everyday essentials to four cities. His Bengaluru-based rival Ola Cabs has agreed to donate 500 vehicles to the Karnataka government for transportation of doctors and other Covid-related activities. Flipkart is also exploring other collaboration ideas. He is currently in talks with various cabin aggregators and Indian railways to ensure a smooth and hassle free movement of essential products from sellers to customers.