Several e-commerce companies have asked the government to extend the validity of the digital curfew passes for six months and include IT products like mobile phones and laptops in the list of essential items. The request has been made in fear of the extension of the ongoing lockdown. Firms like Flipkart, Amazon, Grofers, and BigBasket are talking to the government and has raised concerns in regards to their operational issues.
The above e-commerce marketplaces have sought the extension of their digital curfew passes for six months as it will allow them to manage their stock smoothly and avoid the time-consuming process to acquire the passes from the local authorities. These e-commerce firms have asked the government to direct each state to provide them with digital curfew passes for smoother operations.
“If the lockdown is extended by two more weeks, then again you have to run to collect the passes,” added the report quoting an executive at an e-commerce company.
These e-commerce giants have also requested the government to include IT products like computers, laptops, smartphones, and other items as a part of essentials as they are witnessing a surge in demand amid the lockdown.
However, the government has not yet taken any decision in this regard.
The current 21-days lockdown imposed on March 24 is likely to end on April 14. However, several media reports claim that there may be an extension of the lockdown. Several state governments including Punjab, Maharashtra, Jharkhand, Goa, and Haryana have requested the central government to extend the lockdown.
The lockdown has impacted the supply chain of e-commerce firms. Furthermore, it has led to a reduction in consumer spending and the non-availability of items. The growth rate of the evergrowing e-commerce industry is reduced to a single digit. The e-commerce sector as a whole is expected to incur losses of around $1 billion during the lockdown, according to a market research firm Forrester.