E-commerce giants Amazon India and Flipkart on Tuesday urged the Indian government to allow delivery all the items during the lockdown and not just only the essential ones. The e-commerce giants promised to follow all the necessary safety measures while delivering the products. Amit Agarwal, Country Head, Amazon India, said that e-commerce the safest way to ensure social distancing and it would help in reviving MSME.
He also shared an image of delivery parcels kept at a distance emphasising the importance of social distancing amid coronavirus outbreak across the globe. Agarwal tweeted, “E-commerce offers the safest way to ensure social distancing, saving lives and livelihoods. We urge the govt to allow us to deliver all products (not just essentials) that citizens need over a prolonged period so that they can stay safe, while simultaneously jump-starting MSMEs.”
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Meanwhile, Flipkart said that allowing the delivery of non-essential goods delivery will help meet consumer demand and would also reduce the burden of the MSMEs as the good produced have piled up in their inventory due to the COVID-19 lockdown. Other e-commerce portals, including Shopclues and Paytm also urged the government for expanding the list of essential items. They requested the Centre to include products like laptops and routers in the list.
Earlier this month, the government allowed selective standalone shops in the neighborhood to open in the non-containment zones. The Centre in its order stated that shops in malls would continue to remain shut till May 3. It also reiterated that e-commerce websites would not be allowed to delivery non-essential items.