Flipkart starts hyperlocal service Flipkart Quick
Flipkart which is owned Walmart on Tuesday announced the launch of its hyperlocal delivery service Flipkart Quick that will enable customers to receive grocery, fresh vegetables, meat and mobile phones in 90 minutes.
The service will be available in select locations in Bengaluru initially and gradually scaled up and expanded to six large cities by the end of the year, Flipkart Vice-President Sandeep Karwa told PTI.
“…everything which we expect our neighbourhood departmental store to carry is all that we made live. Along with this, we’ve also announced the launch of our fruits and vegetables, and meats category…we’ve created a storage space where we’ve enabled a lot of our sellers to store their inventory,” he added.
Online grocery delivery has also gained significant traction amid the Covid-19 pandemic and with the entry of JioMart in the segment, the competition is set to intensify further. Offline retailers, who have taken a major hit on account of the lockdown, are also keen on partnering with digital platforms to facilitate the delivery of goods.
In the past few months, Flipkart has tied up with retail chains like Spencers and Vishal Mega Mart to enable hyperlocal deliveries of groceries and essentials in various cities.
According to a recent report by Goldman Sachs, India’s e-commerce business is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 27 per cent to reach $99 billion by 2024, with grocery and fashion/apparel likely to be the key drivers of incremental growth.
The report said Bigbasket and Grofers accounted for more than 80 per cent of the online grocery segment in 2019 but projected that Reliance Industries would capture half of the online grocery sales with the help of its partnership with Facebook.
RIL’s e-commerce venture, JioMart plans to use Facebook’s WhatsApp to connect local grocery stores with customers.
On competition in the hyperlocal delivery space, Karwa said Flipkart is offering a complete package. Karwa said in the future, the company will also partner with chains of local stores in various cities that focus on quality and service standards.
Flipkart will also leverage its partnerships with companies like Ninjacart and Shadowfax for the service.
Flipkart Quick will provide consumers with an assortment of more than 2,000 products in categories varying from grocery, fresh produce, dairy, meat, mobile phones, electronics accessories, stationery items and home accessories in the first phase.
Consumers can choose to order in the next 90 minutes or book a 2-hour slot as per their convenience, and the orders get delivered between 6 am to midnight with a minimum delivery fee of Rs 29.
Flipkart Quick will debut in Bengaluru in select locations, including Whitefield, Panathur, HSR Layout, BTM Layout, Banashankari, KR Puram and Indiranagar.