Walmart-owned Flipkart ties up with the ride-hailing Uber to provide citizens in Mumbai, Bengaluru and Delhi access to everyday essentials, amidst the ongoing national lockdown due to the spread of novel coronavirus.

As per the Flipkart’s statement, this collaboration will keep vital supply chains running and will address the growing needs of customers to receiver essential goods at their doorsteps every day.

Earlier Business Traveller India reported on Flipkart temporarily suspending services across the country.

According to Rajneesh Kumar, chief corporate affairs officer, Flipkart, “This partnership is to help move essential supplies from its sellers/vendors to customers in the shortest possible span of time.

“Flipkart remains committed to supporting our customers and we are mobilising all possible options to ensure that in this national fight against Corona, we can support the governments, by delivering essential supplies to people who are staying indoors.”

Keeping safety and hygiene in mind, all workers associated with this service are being provided masks, gloves, sanitizers and safety training.

Prabhjeet Singh, director-operations and head of cities, Uber India and south Asia. “This tie-up helps keep the economy running and enables Indians to stay at home in line with government guidelines for containing COVID-19, as well as creates earning opportunities for drivers. Uber will not charge any commission, enabling drivers to keep 100 per cent of billed amounts.”

Recently, the cab aggregator partnered with the online grocery store Big Basket and Spencer’s Retail for it’s a new service that aims to facilitate the delivery of essential supplies to consumers across Delhi, Mumbai, and Bangalore using company’s fleet of cars and bikes.