PM Narendra Modi announced a 21-day nationwide lockdown on Wednesday to stop the nCOVID-19 from entering the third stage (community spreading) in India.
This move was in succession to the Janta Curfew implemented by the country on Sunday.
Amidst all the chaos and a fight to stop virus from spreading any further, e-commerce giant Flipkart, owned by US-based big box retailer Walmart Inc., announced the temporary suspension of its operations in India.
A message issued by the e-tailer on their website read “Hello fellow Indians, We are temporarily suspending operations. Your needs have always been our priority and our promise is that we will be back to serve you, as soon as possible.”
Due to the struggles faced to carry out business in the last few days as restrictions on movement of people and goods were enforced across different states, Flipkart suspended its operations across India.
Going through similar kinds of logistical issues were various other e-commerce portals such as Amazon, Snapdeal, etc.
However, e-commerce delivery of food, pharmaceuticals, medical equipment has been exempted from the lockdown.