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Snapdeal resumes services in 96 cities, Retail News, ET Retail

Snapdeal resumes services in 96 citiesNew Delhi: E-commerce company Snapdeal has resumed services for the supply of essential goods, grocery, and household cleaning products in 96 cities across the country, the company said in a statement. In addition to metro cities, the company has extended its services to small cities as well.

The government had included e-commerce under essential services to ensure the uninterrupted supply of daily staples and medical supplies amid the ongoing lockdown imposed to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus in the country. However, due to lockdown, closed manufacturing units, shortage of workers, and unclear instructions to local authorities, e-tailers have been facing issues delivering orders.

To ensure a smooth and cost-effective intra city supply of items such as pulses, salt, sugar, cooking oil and other packaged food items, Snapdeal has collaborated with local grocers, wholesalers and local kisan mandis in the metro cities, the company said. Additionally, the e-tailer also claims to have resumed the inter-city supply of goods.

Though the online marketplace is accepting orders for both essential and non-essential items, it claims to have prioritized the delivery of essential supplies first, pushing the delivery of non-essentials for later.

“Accounting for the supply chain disruptions, we have focused on strengthening local operations. Currently, we are prioritizing deliveries of essentials and other deliveries will commence once the lockdown restrictions are lifted”, said a Snapdeal spokesperson.

Apart from groceries, medicines, and food items, the company plans to deliver items such as glucose monitors, sugar testing strips, and BP monitors, on priority too, the company said.

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