As India grappled with the second wave of Covid-19, Udaan supported retailers with regular supply of Covid safety essentials across the country. The second wave saw a huge demand of over 11 million protective masks, making it the largest item sold on the platform. During the period, the platform also shipped 1,00,000 face shields, oximeters, PPE suits & kits, infrared thermometers, and oxygen concentrators among other essential items across 750 cities and towns.
From March onwards till the gradual decline of second wave, a total of six million Covid safety essentials were shipped to the states of Assam, West Bengal, Andhra Pradesh, and Bihar. These states accounted for more than 50% of the overall orders for Covid essentials on the platform. Some of the tier 2 & 3 towns like Tezpur, Sivasagar, Dhubri, North Lakhimpur (Assam) and Balurghat, Cooch Behar (West Bengal) witnessed high demand for oximeters and face masks. While most of the orders for face shields on the platform came from Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, and Assam. Highest sales of infrared thermometers were in Andhra Pradesh, followed by Tamil Nadu, West Bengal, Bihar and Uttar Pradesh. States leading the demand for PPE suits & kits were Andhra Pradesh, followed by West Bengal, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, and Orissa, respectively.
In a statement, Uday Bhaskar, Head – Lifestyle, Electronics, General Merchandise (Non-food business), Udaan said, “As a result of restrictions imposed during the second wave of Covid-19, the supply chain and distribution ecosystem of retailers were disrupted. During these challenging times, we ensured regular delivery of these essentials.”
The retailers on the platform benefitted from door-step delivery by placing orders on the Udaan app from the convenience of their homes and shops. Udaan fulfilled these orders through its strong and reliable supply-chain and logistics network covering 900 cities and 12,000 pin codes.