Coronavirus impact: Flipkart teams up with Meru to deliver daily essentials to people

Team OD Published: April 30, 2020, 12:44 PM IST

Flipkart has joined hands with Meru to provide people access to grocery and essentials at the comfort of their homes during the nationwide lockdown caused by Coronavirus pandemic. The initiative will be conducted by safe & sanitized supply chain in Bengaluru, Delhi NCR and Hyderabad.

This will further help in containing the spread of the COVID-19 virus and assist government efforts to keep people at their homes during these unprecedented times. And it will also keep the essential supply chains functional while supporting driver-partners with income.

Meru is dispatching its ozone sanitized fleet for delivering essentials. The dispatch hubs have been installed with an air purifier and the driver-partners will go through a training module set up by Flipkart for a better understanding of how to deliver the goods and essentials safely. Meru is also educating its driver-partners about the importance of preventive measures that include wearing a mask and use of sanitizers to contain the spread of the Coronavirus pandemic.

Kalyan Krishnamurthy, CEO at Flipkart said, "Flipkart Group is committed to customers as India fights this unprecedented battle. This partnership with Meru is a result of our teams exploring new, innovative ways to drive value for our ecosystem of sellers, brands, partners, and customers to ensure the safe and swift availability of grocery & essential goods. We have a very secure & safe supply chain where we follow SOPs diligently. We stand by the nation in this fight against COVID-19 as we prioritize the wellbeing and safety of all including our customers & employees."

Neeraj Gupta, CEO at Meru Mobility Tech Pvt. Ltd. said, "This is a unique initiative which we are undertaking with Flipkart which will benefit consumers immensely. Meru will use its fleet to ensure the timely and safe delivery of essentials to Flipkart's large customer base in a hassle-free manner. This service will also offer our driver-partners an additional earning opportunity during this challenging time."


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