India’s online delivery firms have had to halt services during lockdown

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – India’s online delivery firms, including Walmart Inc’s Flipkart and Amazon’s grocery service Pantry, had to halt services as a 21-day nationwide lockdown began to fight the spread of the coronavirus pandemic. However, Flipkart has since announced it will resume e-commerce services for essential products, including grocery deliveries, after receiving federal and state government assurances on the safety of its delivery staff and a hassle-free supply chain. Inc’s India unit, which said on Tuesday it would limit services to the sale and delivery of essential products.] As of Wednesday, Amazon’s Pantry grocery delivery service was unavailable across several cities. “When somebody gets beaten up it’s very difficult to get other people to come to work.”Alibaba-backed online grocer BigBasket said its services had been impacted.

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