Flipkart temporarily suspends operations due to 21-days lockdown
Flipkart has decided to temporarily suspend all operations and services for the next 21 days. This is an outcome of the complete lockdown announcement made by Prime Minister Narendra Modi last night (March 24) at 8 PM. Even though, ecommerce companies like Flipkart, Amazon, BigBasket, Grofers, and others were allowed to operate to provide essential goods and services.
On its official website Flipkart has announced “These are difficult times, times like no other. Never before, have communities stayed apart to stay safe! Never before, has been at home meant helping the nations!”
In an internal mail shared with all the Flipkart employees, Adarsh Menon, Senior Vice President at Flipkart, announced the decision after PM Modi’s speech. In the email Flipkart announced that it will stop accepting all orders from the night of March 24 or the morning of March 25 for all the three supply chains the company offers - grocery, non-large goods and large items.
Menon said that Flipkart plans to disable all orders and later start enabling categories in a sequential manner. He also clarified that the senior executives will “evaluate how to get supply chains back in consultation with government and stakeholders but as of now the platform will not accept any orders.”
Amazon has also decided to optimize its operations in order to tackle the coronavirus pandemic more efficiently and meet the customers’ demand. Amazon, in a blog post published on March 24, announced that it will be serving products that are currently critical for the customers, temporarily prioritizing its available fulfilment and logistics capacity. The high priority items will include household staples, packaged food, health care, hygiene, personal safety and similar other products. All the other orders of lower priority will be cancelled.