Demand for e-groceries rises
Amid the surge in COVID-19 cases in India, there’s a rise in demand for e-groceries and hence the expansion plans are in favor of these e-commerce websites like Blinkit and MilkBasket. Online grocer Blinkit has added to more than 200 “dark stores” since September which is designed to deliver grocery needs in ten minutes, and now plans to raise the number up to 1000 by March.
Furthermore, Reliance retail owned brand MilkBasket, is currently catering 70,000 orders per day in the NCR. They aspire to double their capacity with a goal of 150,000 orders per day in Delhi NCR region and also more than doubling it’s warehousing capacity to almost 350,000 sq ft. Competitors like BigBasket, plans to launch BB Now as its express delivery service of delivering products in 10-20 minutes, joining the fast growing quick e-commerce. T.K. Balkumar (CEO BigBasket) revealed about their plans to increase the existing warehousing capacity by 40% and opening of 300 dark stores in the coming financial year. This is hardly surprising as the pandemic has been a shot in the arm for e-groceries.