Ninjacart to supply fruits, vegetables directly to apartments during lockdown

Ninjacart to supply fruits, vegetables directly to apartments during lockdown
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26 Mar, 2020

Business-to-business agri-marketing platform Ninjacart, owned by 63Ideas Infolabs, will deliver essential supplies to apartment complexes amid the Covid-19 lockdown.

The Bengaluru headquartered company will deliver the products to a volunteer from each complex, according to a statement. The volunteer is expected to aggregate orders for all the houses in the complex and redistribute the delivered products.

Users can fill out a registration form available on Ninjakart website to avail the service. 

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On Tuesday. the central government declared a 21-day nationwide lockdown to contain the spread of Covid-19. 

According to the guidelines issued by the central government, shops (including ration shops under public distribution system) dealing in grocery, food, fruits and vegetables, dairy and milk booths, meat and fish and animal fodder are exempted from the lockdown. Ecommerce players are also allowed to deliver essential goods such as food and medicines. 

The guidelines encourage home delivery to reduce people movement. However, overwhelmed supply chains have crippled grocery delivery services such as BigBasket and Grofers. The lockdown has also forced ecommerce majors, Walmart-backed Flipkart and Amazon India, to temporarily suspend deliveries

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Founded in 2015 by Kartheeswaran KK, Nagarajan, Sharath Loganathan, Ashutosh Vikram, Sachin P J, and Vasudevan Chinnathambi, Ninjacart provides fresh vegetables and fruits procured directly from farmers and delivers to retail shops and restaurants.

Last year in November,  Ninjacart, which had received a big-ticket investment from Tiger Global earlier in 2019, raised fresh capital in venture debt funding. It bagged Rs 30 crore ($4.17 million then) from venture debt firm Trifecta Capital.