Amazon has launched an online pharmacy in Bangalore, India, as the internet business bunch hopes to spread its arms in more areas in one of its key overseas markets.
The organization said on Friday its brand new service, called Amazon Pharmacy, has begun accepting orders for both over-the-counter and prescription-based drugs in Bangalore. (In India, antibiotics and several different medications can regularly be bought from drug stores without prescription.)
Amazon Pharmacy is also selling conventional herbal medications and some wellbeing gadgets, for example, glucose meters, nebulisers and handheld massagers.
“This is particularly relevant in present times as it will help customers meet their essential needs while staying safe at home,” an Amazon representative said in an announcement.
Online deals of medicines in India, for which New Delhi as of now doesn’t have clear guidelines, presents one more significant opportunity for Amazon that has contributed more than $6.5 billion to date into its India operations and where it rivals Walmart-possessed Flipkart.
For Amazon, pharmacy is certifiably not a new idea. The organization, which has employed a few wellbeing specialists recently, acquired online drug store startup PillPack for almost $1 billion in 2018.
Scores of new companies, for example, 1mg, Netmeds, Medlife and PharmEasy as of now sell meds in India online and deliver to most areas of the nation. 1mg, which has raised more than $170 million, today delivers orders in excess of a 1,000 urban communities in the nation, for example.
These new companies, similarly as with an e-commerce player, offer tempting discounts to customers on each order to increase their market share. On that front, Amazon says it is likewise presenting to 20% concession on all orders.
As of late, Amazon has ventured into a bunch of new categories in India. It propelled its food delivery service in parts of Bangalore in May and got endorsement to sell and deliver liquor in the state of West Bengal a month later.
A month ago, the organization began to sell auto-insurance in India and said it intended to extend its insurance service to offer coverage on wellbeing, flight and taxis later on.
Its venture into more categories comes as Flipkart is likewise entering new spaces, including hyperlocal delivery that it guided in Bangalore toward the end of last month. Flipkart has partnered with a startup upheld by massive Diageo to deliver liquor in two Indian cities, Reuters announced Friday, referring to government letters.
Both the organizations are currently confronting a rising challenger: India’s most extravagant man. Mukesh Ambani’s Reliance Retail, the biggest retail chain in India, started testing internet business venture JioMart in the end of the last year.
The service, which is currently operational in excess of 200 cities and towns across India, revealed selling more than 400,000 orders a day last month, incredible daily top figures of basic food item delivery new businesses BigBasket and Grofers.
Nearby media has revealed that Amazon is looking at a multi-billion-dollar stake in Reliance Retail. Ambani’s other endeavor, telecoms giant Jio Platforms, has raised about $20 billion from Facebook, Google, and 11 other prominent financial specialists lately. Ambani said a month ago that the organization had concluded its fundraise for Jio Platforms and is anticipating looking forward to “inducting global partners and investors in Reliance Retail in the next few quarters.”