Flipkart, this week announced a tie up with the one of the unions of Mumbai Dabbawalas for last mile delivery of the products ordered through the portal. The company also announced the launch of on-demand logistics service.
Lets have a look at the important developments of the week
Foodpanda became target of a bug which allowed people order free food
Rocket Internet backed FoodPanda had a bug in their system which resulted in IIIT hostel students to place orders worth INR 6 lakhs. This bug was reported by a startup called Brthe. When foodpanda got to know about this, it first shutdown its operations in Hyderabad and later, it limited the shut down to the Gachibowli area where IIIT Hyderabad is located.
Uber Launched Auto booking service, UberAuto
Going beyond its elite image, this week Uber started UberAUTO in Delhi which allows customers to book an auto. The organisation said it’s “a cash-only service for now,” and the fares will be calculated using existing transport regulations. Meanwhile, competitors Ola, had launched auto booking service last year in November, and have over 40,000 autos currently on their platform with 5000 autos alone in Delhi.
Indian Govt. Will not ban Ola, Uber
The govt. has ruled out banning cab-hailing apps including ola and Uber. But further added that will be imposing conditions to make their operations safer. The transport ministry, headed by Nitin Gadkari, is likely to issue an advisory within the next three weeks to all states which will clearly state that these services have to be regulated under the Motor Vehicles Act but there is no case for banning them. The government wants to promote IT-based taxi companies.
Entrepreneurship Evangelist Prajakt Raut Launches Applyifi
Entrepreneurship evangelist and startup mentor Prajakt Raut launched his new venture Applyifi.com, a private platform for startups and early-stage companies to create a comprehensive and elegant online investor pitch deck and get funded.