E-commerce company Amazon and Walmart's flip kart, Giants Ola and Uber are partially resuming their service in India after Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government eased some restrictions late last week to revive economic activity that has stalled since the stringent conditions for staying at home in late March were imposed across the country.
The companies stated in their statements that they would resume service in green and orange zones, in districts where the coronavirus had been less widespread across the country.
Amazon, Flipkart, Snapdeal and Paytm Mall have resumed accepting and delivering orders with non-essential items (the government has classified essential items as food and hygiene products) and Uber and Ola will continue their taxi rides in the green and orange zones.
Those living in the red zone and other areas more severely affected by the coronavirus outbreak will continue to be excluded from the expanded services of the above companies, the companies said.
All of these companies take additional precautions to ensure the safety of their delivery and driver partners and customers.
Even those who live in orange and green zones could be excluded from the expanded services, as some state governments in India have imposed stricter rules than the federal government and impose their own local policies.
In addition, Ola and Uber cannot get their passengers into red zones, and Flipkart and Amazon expect disruption because some of their sellers and warehouses are in the red zone.
India, which introduced the nationwide ban at the end of March, extended the ban by two weeks from May 4, but relaxed some restrictions. The March order forced Ola and Uber to discontinue most of their services, and Amazon and Flipkart hurried to service orders with essential items only.
New Delhi announced last month that e-commerce companies could regain full capacity, but later retreated after local retailers expressed concerns that the move would be a competitive disadvantage for brick-and-mortar stores.
Research firm Forrester told theinformationsuperhighway last month that e-commerce companies had lost more than $ 1 billion in potential revenue in the first three weeks of the ban.
The corona virus outbreak has severely disrupted several companies. India, the second largest smartphone market in the world, saw no sales of mobile phones last month, according to research company Counterpoint. As of today, smartphone devices are again being sold in green and orange zones across the country.
In a phone call to reporters on Monday, Manu Kumar Jain, a vice president at Xiaomi According to the head of the Indian smartphone maker in India, more than 60% of the company's physical retail stores are in green and orange zones and should be operational soon.
The company is confident that the smartphone factories will be fully functional again by June, he said. Muralikrishnan B, Xiaomi India's chief operating officer, said the company currently has three to four weeks of inventory to meet demand.
The company, which has been the leading smartphone provider in India for more than two years, is making capital available to its offline trading partners in India, said Jain.
Some activities, such as air, rail, and subway travel, are prohibited across the country – regardless of the zone. Schools and universities, restaurants, shopping centers and cinemas are also closed.