COVID-19: E-commerce cos resuming ops, clearing order backlog could take at least a week
E-commerce companies have been struggling to deliver orders after the government ordered 21-day lockdown, to contain the spread of the deadly coronavirus, came into effect.
Even though the government allowed delivery of essential goods including food, pharmaceuticals and medical equipment through e-commerce, players have complained of their delivery staff being hassled by police.With local authorities shutting down warehouses and stopping trucks from crossing state borders, e-commerce players have seen their operations getting disrupted.
The company has now waived off order delay and cancellation penalties (charged at 3-7 per cent) for merchants until April 22."These are unprecedented circumstances and Paytm Mall's merchant support and communication teams are working hard to ensure all seller queries are resolved timely and updated information regarding order processing and fulfillment are shared with them regularly," Paytm Mall Senior Vice President Srinivas Mothey said.
Grofers, in a tweet, said it has a backlog of 5 lakh orders and it will be a few more days for the company to get back to 100 per cent operational capacity.Another challenge facing the industry is the availability of limited staff for warehouses and logistics. "Due to the lockdown, our delivery partners had also gone home for a few days. We are now requesting them to come back with us...We are also trying to scale up our operations by working with delivery partners from other companies who have come forward to help us," Grofers said.
The company said it is working with local authorities to get passes for its staff that will allow them to continue operations and make deliveries.
Snapdeal said it continues to accept orders for non-essential items, but they are expected to be delivered only by the end of April as per current estimates."Our delivery partners are facing acute shortage of delivery agents. A lot of goods were stuck in transit (trucks, rail etc) and these are now starting to reach warehouses. We expect the warehouses to reach full capacity and overflow soon since a large number of customer orders are undelivered at this point," the company added.
For large players like Amazon India too, it has been a difficult time. The company has resumed deliveries in select cities, and is working on first serving existing orders and for essential products that have been purchased using prepaid methods.
To help e-commerce companies process the spurt in orders, fintech companies like Razorpay are also working overtime to ensure systems are in place.Harshil Mathur, CEO and co-founder of Razorpay said online businesses in the essentials category are struggling to keep up with demand and ensure business continuity.
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