Confederation of Indian traders or CAIT with Department for Promotion of Industry & Internal Trade (DPIIT) to soon launch an e-commerce portal, enabling local kirana stores to take orders online & ensure last-mile contactless delivery.
“Given the lockdown imposed in the country due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the launch of e-commerce marketplace will solve the challenges faced by the Indian population in tier II and III cities of India which are highly dependent on kirana stores for their daily supplies,” said Praveen Khandelwal, the secretary-general of CAIT in a statement.
The traders’ body has been working on these e-stores for the past three months. Earlier, it had done a pilot with individual e-stores in states including Madhya Pradesh and Chattisgarh. However, the project got delayed due to the ongoing lockdown.
The development is an effort to strengthen the supply chain during unprecedented situations but it will not be restricted to the present crisis. It will be a permanent e-commerce platform for digitising the existing business of the entire trading community of India, the statement added.
Manufacturers, distributors, wholesalers & retailers will be an integral part of this e-commerce platform & CAIT is looking to onboard around 7 crore traders of the country.