E-retailers Want To Take Part In Joint Fight Against COVID-19
E-commerce giants Amazon and Flipkart again put the case for sale of non-essential goods and asked for permission to sell the items that have become essentials over a prolonged period. Also, the ecommerce companies promised to make deliveries while following the lockdown conditions of social distancing.
It said that ecommerce offered the safest way for sellers/retailers to serve the needs of citizens while ensuring social distancing. Amazon was committed to keep citizens safe and that e-commerce can play a crucial role in the joint fight against the pandemic said the company. It further maintained it can help in fight against coronavirus by starting supply of goods.
The ecommerce company said that it can help in easing the burden of piled up inventory of MSMEs with quick delivery of products to consumers in a safe and secure manner. Also, it promised maintaining social distancing norms while making online deliveries to consumers.
Government on ecommerce deliveries
The government has allowed sale of essential goods that include pharmaceuticals and medical equipment through ecommerce platforms but it has put a ban on sale of non-essential goods by e-retailers. The delivery agents handling delivery of non-essential goods are advised to follow the instructions provide by the governments of states and UTs they are working from.
Lockdown in India
The country is currently in the middle of the extended lockdown enforced to break the chain of spread of novel coronavirus. The lockdown was extended on April 14 and it will remain operative till May 3.