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Amazon Might Acquire Ola’s Foodpanda To Start Food Delivery

Amazon Might Acquire Ola’s Foodpanda To Start Food Delivery

Amazon Prime Now will reportedly merge with its food delivery arm

Ola had earlier tested and shutdown its grocery delivery business

Earlier, Amazon has also held acquisition talks with Uber Eats

Amazon’s grocery delivery vertical, Prime Now, will reportedly drive the ecommerce major’s food delivery plans in India. According to a media report which cited sources close to the development, Amazon might partner with Ola’s Foodpanda to foray into food delivery. The partnership might also extend into an acquisition, the report added

Further, Amazon is said to be witnessing a good traction on its recently launched digital wallet Amazon Pay, on which the highest transactions are being made on food delivery platforms such as Swiggy.  The company is now reportedly trying to replicate the same traction frequency on its food delivery business too. 

Earlier last month, Amazon was also reported to be in acquisition talks with the Indian arm of Uber Eats, which is the food delivery vertical of the global cab-hailing major Uber. 

Amazon has reported a 17% growth in net sales reaching $59.7 Bn in the first quarte r of FY19, compared with $51 Bn in first quarter 2018. The company’s operating income increased to $4.4 Bn in theQ1 2019, compared with operating income of $1.9 Bn in Q1 2018.

As of April 2018, Amazon India had 67 fulfilment centres across 13 Indian states. Also, Amazon Prime was the most-viewed over-the-top (OTT) video streaming platform in India for the period between February 12 and March 3, this year, as per a survey done by Velocity MR, a market research and analysis company.

Also in 2015, Foodpanda’s parent Ola has started beta testing of its grocery and daily needs delivery operations under the name ‘Ola Store’. The app was operational in Bengaluru, Hyderabad, and Gurugram, with tie-ups with retail chains such as PNP Retail, Top N Town, and Namdhari’s Fresh, among others. However, later in 2016, the company has to shut Ola Store operations.  

Foodpanda’s Indian business was acquired by Ola from its Germany-based parent firm Delivery Hero Group in an all-stock deal for $31.7 Mn (INR 202 Cr) in January 2018.

Post acquisition in November 2018, Ola was again reported to be eyeing the grocery delivery space with the help of Foodpanda’s 125K strong food delivery fleet. It was then said to be working on a grocery-specific platform for the last five month, with an aim to launch it in early 2019.

Further, Ola was also said to be in talks with major retail chains and cash-and-carry companies across the country to work on a few partnerships and plans to offer retailers a revenue-sharing model.

In January 2019 updates, RedSeer had released a FoodTech Leadership Index (FLI) which ranked Swiggy at the top place in the sector with a total score of 96 in the fourth quarter of 2018. While Zomato came in second with a score of 82. Meanwhile smaller players UberEats and Ola’s Foodpanda came in third and fourth respectively.

According to RedSeer’s Foodtech Market Updates, the foodtech industry has seen an overall GMV growth of close to 140% in 2018, with order volumes increasing by a whopping 176%.