Can Swiggy deliver groceries in trains

Behind our "Encourager of the Day" are companies that show: A crisis also harbors the potential for new and creative things - in short: for ideas that inspire courage. In India, for example, players from various industries cooperate in the delivery of food.

Exit restrictions are not uncommon these days. In India, however, the measure is taking on other dimensions. The country has imposed the world's largest curfew: factories are idle, shops are closed, trains, buses and flights have ceased. Hundreds of thousands have lost their jobs and homes. Aid organizations fear many deaths, especially among the poorest.

Another problem in these already catastrophic conditions is that food deliveries are missing - not because there is insufficient food in the country, but because the trucks are stuck at national borders, police complain about harassing warehouse workers and local authorities are closing warehouses.

The big ones help

Grocery delivery services, taxi and bicycle taxi associations, and online retailers selling non-essential products have joined forces with retail chains and online grocery stores on a massive scale to provide staple groceries to people stuck at home because of the lockdowns .

The driving services include providers such as Uber, Domino's Pizza, Rapido, Zypp, Swiggy, Zomato or Scootsy. They cooperate with retail chains such as Big Bazaar, Spencer's Retail and Nature's Basket as well as with the online grocers BigBasket and Grofers. They, in turn, are currently lacking staff - many migrant workers have returned to their hometowns.

Uber and Flipkart

Uber, for example, cooperates with the Walmart subsidiary Flipkart as well as with BigBasket and Spencer's Retail. The Uber drivers bring essential goods to the people in Bengaluru, Mumbai or Delhi. Uber does not charge any commission, so drivers can keep the full invoice amount.

The partnership is intended to keep important supply chains running and to bring the goods they need to their doorsteps every day. In addition, it creates further earning opportunities for Uber drivers. And: "It will also support the government's goal of keeping a hundred million Indians at home to contain the spread of COVID-19," said Prabhjeet Singh, Uber director for India and South Asia.

All Uber drivers are provided with masks, gloves, and disinfectants. There are also safety training courses.