Gurugram-headquartered food tech unicorn Zomato has now added grocery delivery services amid the huge surge in demand for home deliveries for fresh produce and staples. The Zomato Market service is now live on the Zomato app and is displayed prominently before the food delivery listings.
The company is offering its contactless delivery option in line with the social distancing and hygiene protocols by the World Health Organisation. The product seems to be in soft-mode as at present only two stores could be seen, offering deliveries in an hour or two in the South Delhi area.
After initial hiccups, Zomato has started grocery delivery in over 80 Indian cities with supplying essentials and is set to launch takeaway service in Australia and Portugal to support restaurants, its CEO Deepinder Goyal said on Tuesday.
He said that all proceeds from the Zomato Gold subscriptions in April would go towards supporting restaurant workers in need and the users will get an additional year of Gold free. “This has already been launched in India and the UAE, and will be live in other markets over the next few days,” the Zomato CEO said in a statement.
“The world has come to a halt, and unfortunately, the restaurant industry that we are in is one of the worst-hit. It is in times like these when we really need to rise to the occasion and support each other to the best of our abilities,” Goyal emphasized.
The fool delivery platform has extended all paid Zomato Gold memberships by two months at zero cost. This will be valid across India, the UAE, Australia, Indonesia, Philippines, Lebanon, Turkey, New Zealand, Portugal, and Qatar. The company’s “Feed the Daily Wager” initiative has raised Rs 25 crore from individuals and corporates.
“We have already distributed more than 100,000 ration kits (to the same number of daily wager families) in more than 20 cities as of now,” informed Goyal, adding the company plans to distribute 10 lakh ration kits as part of this initiative.