Amid the shortage, companies are launching sachets of hand sanitisers making it easily accessible.
Chennai-based CavinKare has launched hand sanitisers under its personal care brand CHIK in a 2ml sachet pack.
The sachet can be used twice and is priced at Re1.
The sachets will also be launched in different SKUs (stock keeping units) such as 10 ml, 50 ml, 90 ml, 400 ml, 800 ml and 5-litre packs. While the 5-litre pack has already been introduced nationwide, the other SKUs will be launched soon.
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The sachets are launched with an aim to make it easily affordable and accessible largely in kirana stores.
Other not-so-famous companies are also selling sachets on online platforms like Amazon and Flipkart.
For instance, Coimbatore-based ‘O’ Handsanatisers, Mumbai-based Dolphin Hygiene and Morepen Laboratories are also selling hand sanitisers in sachets.
However, these sachets are of 1 ml.
Interestingly, Nielsen data indicates that sales of hygiene products like hand sanitisers zoomed in the months of February and March.
Hand sanitisers saw a value growth of 53 percent in February 2020, against an average growth of 11 percent.
Floor cleaners and toilet cleaners also saw a significant growth in February.
As a result of the coronavirus outbreak in India, the demand for sanitisers has gone up significantly. With rising demands, the price of sanitisers shot up multiple times.
Early in March, on Amazon, a pack of four sanitizer bottlesof 50 ml each were sold for Rs 328 instead of Rs 246.
Later, the government had to step in and cap the maximum retail price of hand sanitisers at Rs 100 per 200ml bottle till June 30, after a sharp rise in the prices owing to the coronavirus outbreak.
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