Amazon and Flipkart begin smartphone, laptop and TV sales in India in Green and Orange zones

Deliveries of non-essential products will not be allowed in Red zone areas such as Delhi.

Highlights
  • E-commerce platforms can deliver smartphones and other electronics in Green and Orange zones
  • Amazon and Flipkart will not be able to deliver non-essential products in Red zone areas

Amazon and Flipkart have resumed smartphone deliveries in India starting today i.e May 4th. This comes after the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) eased restrictions during the third coronavirus lockdown in the country. E-commerce platforms such as Amazon and Flipkart can now take orders for non-essential products such as smartphones, TVs and laptops and can deliver them in areas marked Green and Orange zones by the government. Deliveries of non-essential products will not be allowed in Red zone areas such as Delhi. The government has also allowed standalone retail stores to open in all zones in urban areas, which means some smartphone retail shops will be allowed to open starting today. 

On e-commerce platforms, you will now see the option to purchase smartphones and other electronics items. However, deliveries will only be allowed in limited pin codes. If your pin code is in a Green or Orange zone, Amazon and Flipkart will allow you to place the order, although delivery time may be longer than usual as these services will take some time to get back to normal. Notably, smartphone brands like Vivo and Realme have also begun taking orders online for select pin codes.

Over the past few days, e-commerce platforms have seen a surge in consumer demand for non-essential products. With services resuming from today, these companies are likely to be overwhelmed by demands. Moreover, a report by the Economic Times says that brands and logistic firms are facing operational constraints with some warehouses being in red zones that can hurt pick-up timings, inter-city movement and so on.