Walmart-owned Flipkart on Tuesday said it has partnered with retail store chain, Vishal Mega Mart for home delivery of essentials items in 26 cities in the country, including Delhi-NCR, Bengaluru and Kolkata.


Under the partnership, consumers will be able to order products from over 365 Vishal Mega Mart stores and get home delivery of essentials at their doorstep by Flipkart, a statement said.


As part of the alliance, a Vishal Mega Mart Essentials store has been created on Flipkart’s platform. Consumers can order essential products like flour, rice, oil, pulses, beverages and other items from various brands as well as Vishal’s own labels.


“The products will be available as per the Government guidelines across all zones. Once a consumer places an order through the Flipkart app, the delivery executives or Wishmasters will collect the products from the nearest Vishal store and deliver it at the customer’s doorstep safely,” it added.


This will help consumers stay indoors and maintain social distancing in the backdrop of the ongoing battle against COVID-19 in the country, Flipkart said in its statement.


Consumers across 26 cities including Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Delhi-NCR, Patna, Guwahati, Amritsar, Jalandhar, Jaipur and Bareilly can avail this service. This will be further scaled to over 240 cities in the next four weeks.


“Our teams are working relentlessly to understand the requirements of each region and forging strategic tie-ups to meet the same. As part of this, our ability to work with the modern retail stores across cities will give consumers access to relevant products while enabling doorstep delivery of groceries and essentials,” Kalyan Krishnamurthy, CEO of Flipkart Group, said.

“We are excited about working with Flipkart, now our customers can visit our over 365 stores or order essentials from Vishal easily on Flipkart and have them delivered at their doorstep, in a safe and hygienic manner,” Vishal Mega Mart CEO and MD Gunender Kapur said.


Mean-while,  the coronavirus cases in India hit the grim milestone of 1-lakh mark today as new infections continued to show a daily rise of about 5,000 cases for the second day in a row. India reported 4,970 new cases over the past 24 hours, taking the total Covid-19 cases in the country to 101,139. Deaths rose by 134 to 3,163. Maharashtra is the worst affected state by COVID-19 pandemic in India, accounting for about one-third of the country’s total cases.