- PhonePe is the newest digital payment network to join the grocery race. The company has launched a ‘Stores’ app, showing you a list of nearby stores and whether they are delivering.
PhonePe is the newest digital payment network to join the grocery race. The company has launched a ‘Stores’ app, showing you a list of nearby stores and whether they are delivering. Phonepe listed 10 million merchant partners across India using this app Stores.
“Customers want to know, during the lockout, which shops are still open and which are shipped home. For this, we have solved by adding two filters in the ‘currently operating’ and ‘home delivery’ portion of the Stores. We keep this information up-to-date as the situation constantly shifts, “said Vivek Lohcheb, VP Offline business growth, PhonePe.
PhonePe does not deliver instead by the ‘home delivery tab, it will let you know which store does leave the necessities at your doorstep via a contactless delivery.
But, after placing the order, users can pay via Phonepe to allow the contactless delivery.
“We also launched the ‘Pay Now’ feature on the Stores page that allows customers to make the payment remotely from inside the PhonePe app without having to check any QR. We assume this would be a win-win for our dealers as well as our customers, “Lohcheb said.
The grocery segment has been heating up ever since the lockdown was declared. Zomato, the food tech unicorn, started distributing foodstuffs across 150 cities via the Zomato Market. Swiggy has broadened its offerings to cater to 125 towns.
This has also seen the entry of non-delivery players like Meesho, the social trade network, NoBroker, a tech-enabled real estate brokerage-free network and more.
Property platform Nobroker on said it introduced grocery services on its integrated visitor and community management app NoBrokerHood to enable citizens of the society to order the daily necessities at their doorstep in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown. The company has already begun supplying grocery stores in cities such as Bengaluru, Pune, Chennai, and Hyderabad, and plans to extend the service to other cities, including Delhi and Mumbai, shortly.
“NoBrokerHood’s grocery foray comes at a time when the grocery segment is experiencing high demand amid lockdown and customers are being pressed to meet daily needs, helping to resolve the difficulty that people are experiencing during the lockdown for groceries,” said company co-founder Akhil Gupta in a statement.