Following state guidelines, Amazon, Flipkart, Nykaa suspend non-essential goods deliveries in Maharashtra
As Maharashtra’s government continues to impose anti-coronavirus restrictions in the state, e-commerce businesses including Flipkart, Amazon, Nykaa, and Reliance JioMart have announced that they are only delivering essential items once again.
In a move reminiscent of last year, only essential goods are permitted for delivery by e-commerce firms in Maharashtra, the local government announced on Tuesday. A number of trade bodies including the Competition Commission of India and Nasscom have made petitions to the Ministry of Home Affairs to seek to reverse the order, arguing that the economic fallout will be highly disruptive, the ET Tech reported.
Multi-brand beauty retailer Nykaa, which last week opened two new kiosks and is continuing to expand across India, recently announced on Facebook that it is only delivering essentials from its e-commerce platform in Maharashtra. The business did reassure customers in the area that it will continue timely deliveries of permitted merchandise. Other e-commerce firms have made similar social media announcements.
The Maharashtra lockdown is currently scheduled to continue until May 1. E-commerce firms, under current state regulations, may only deliver groceries, personal care, and hygiene products during this time.
“Letters are being sent to the Maharashtra government and the Ministry of Home Affairs requesting that restrictions don’t carve out distinctions between essential and non-essential goods and services, because people who are stuck at home need access to everything,” an anonymous source told ET Tech.
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