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Don't hoard, etailers say as Karnataka goes into lockdown tonight

With COVID-19 cases spiralling, the state government announced a 14-day lockdown in a bid to contain the spread of infection, even as the healthcare infrastructure is coming under severe strain.

April 27, 2021 / 09:28 PM IST
Offline vegetable shops in various parts of Bengaluru were also running out of stock.

Offline vegetable shops in various parts of Bengaluru were also running out of stock.

As Karnataka goes into a 14-day lockdown on April 27 at 9 pm, online and offline retailers say that they have enough supplies of essentials for now and have urged people not to hoard or overstock.

With COVID-19 cases spiralling, the state government announced a 14-day lockdown in a bid to contain the spread of infection, even as the healthcare infrastructure is coming under severe strain, with people struggling to procure beds, medicine, and oxygen.

During this period, shops selling groceries, fruits, vegetables, milk, and meat will be opened from 6 am to 10 am. While delivery of all items through e-commerce and home delivery will be allowed, autos and taxis (including cab aggregators)  will only be allowed for travel related to an emergency purpose. Movement for the purpose of vaccination and testing will be allowed with minimal proof, according to the guidelines.

"Panic buying is causing all the problem, there is enough availability of essentials. People just need to buy what they need and not over-stock. We have cut back on the range and have kept essentials as a priority. The number of SKUs (stock-keeping units) is down from 40,000 to 13,000 as we are cutting back on long-tail and focussing on fast-moving items. We also have a token system. If slots are not available, you will get a token that will tell you to log in on a date a day or so away, and you will get a slot on the suggested day," Hari Menon, co-founder, and CEO of online grocer BigBasket told Moneycontrol.