India’s fastest growing food ordering and delivery app, Swiggy on Tuesday, February 12, is moving beyond food ordering to delivering household essentials such as groceries, vegetables, medicines etc through its new service ‘Swiggy stores’. The service ‘Swiggy Stores’ will be accessible on its mobile app and will allow users to order anything from groceries, medicines, vegetables, meat, kirana and other everyday essentials. With no doubt, Swiggy will have to face tough competition from online grocers such as BigBasket, Grofers and Amazon.
The Bengaluru-based startup, run by Bundl Technologies Pvt. Ltd, has inked a pact with over 3,500 stores in Gurgaon to deliver fruits and vegetables, kirana items, baby care products, health supplements and pet care products, Swiggy said in a statement.
“We are taking our first step by launching across Gurgaon and will deliver from over 3,500 stores across the city. We have already partnered with over 200 stores in categories such as Fruits and Vegetables to Florists,” Swiggy said.
The company has teamed up with stores both online and offline to deliver products at doorsteps. Some of partnered stores include, Super Needs Market, Le Marche, Licious, Zappfresh.com, Fernsnpetals, Apollo Pharmacy, and many others.
This announcement from Swiggy came amid the controversy where a Chennai man alleged that he found blood-stained bandage in the food delivered by Swiggy.
Swiggy, on its part, apologised for the incident and suspended the outlet, pending further investigation by an external agency.