Flipkart Temporarily Suspends All Services Amid Lockdown

New Delhi: Amid the outbreak of the coronavirus in India and the resulting 21 day-long lockdown across the country, E-commerce website Flipkart has temporarily suspended its service. “Hello, fellow Indians, we are temporarily suspending our services. Your needs have always been our priority and our promise is that we will be back soon to serve you,” the retailer said.

Few days ago, it had pledged to give delivery workers leave with full pay and benefits if they contract COVID-19 or are placed under quarantine. With the rapid spread of coronavirus across the world, the demand for digital services has increased significantly. Flipkart had earlier said that it has seen “overwhelming demand for essential products”.

“We appreciate the dedication and customer-first approach of our supply chain executives, wishmasters and delivery partners during this challenging time. They have reiterated their commitment to serving customers and overcoming many challenges to meet the overwhelming demand for essential products,” Amitesh Jha, Senior Vice President – eKart & Marketplace at Flipkart said. Flipkart had said it has made temperature screening using infra-red thermometers mandatory for all employees, vendors and visitors. Persons with suspected flu symptoms are advised to return home.