India’s delivery apps, and covid vaccines for young children

7 a.m. to 7 p.m., seven days a week, n. Sudhakar sits behind the counter of his hall-in-the-wall grocery store in the South Indian city of Bangalore. Packed from floor to ceiling with everything from 20-kilogram rice sacks to one rupee (0 .01) packs of shampoo, this one-stop shop caters to the daily needs of many in the neighborhood. It is a carbon copy of the nearly 12 million family-run “groceries” found on almost every street corner in India.

The shop is located on a busy street in the Whitefield District, formerly a quiet suburb but is now a major hub for the city’s booming IT industry. Behind his shop are apartment blocks, where hundreds of workers live in a tech park that dominates the surrounding area.

Nowadays, the same technology industry that helped Sudhakar’s business thrive, is introducing stores like his with a new challenge. Around the road, a steady stream of delivery drivers line up to get groceries from the “dark store” — a mini-warehouse located in the heart of the city and designed to enable ultra-fast delivery operated by Bangalore-based startup Dunzo. .

In India’s megacities, the urban middle class has been attracted to online shopping due to years of aggressive marketing, huge discounts from e-commerce players like Amazon and domestic Flipkart, and heavy doses of covid lockdown. These shoppers make up a fraction of the population, but their spending power is significant, and in the more affluent pockets of the big cities, the battle for India’s street corners is well underway. Read the full story.

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