April 20, 2021

Amazon: Now, Amazon will ship medicines to you

BENGALURU: Amazon.com Inc stated on Friday it should launch a web based pharmacy in India that may serve the southern metropolis of Bengaluru, the most recent transfer by the e-commerce large to widen its attain in a key progress market.

The service, “Amazon Pharmacy“, will provide each over-the-counter and prescription-based medication, fundamental well being gadgets and conventional Indian natural medicines, the corporate stated in an announcement, with out giving a timeline for the launch.

The transfer comes amid growing competitors in India with rivals Walmart-owned Flipkart, billionaire Mukesh Ambani‘s upstart on-line grocery service JioMart and a variety of different smaller gamers.

Final month, the corporate determined to open 10 new warehouses in India and begin providing auto insurance coverage. Amazon had additionally secured clearance for alcohol supply in a single Indian state, Reuters reported in June.

India is but to finalize laws for on-line drug gross sales, or e-pharmacies, however the progress of a number of on-line sellers similar to Medlife, Netmeds, Temasek-backed PharmEasy and Sequoia Capital-backed 1mg has threatened conventional drug shops.

The businesses have stated they adjust to all Indian legal guidelines at the same time as many dealer teams proceed to protest towards e-pharmacies, saying that might result in sale of medicines with out correct verification.

“Amazon’s buyer base could be very excessive, so we’re sure to lose enterprise. There are 5 million households depending on this (offline) commerce,” Yash Aggarwal, authorized head of South Chemists and Distributors Affiliation in New Delhi, stated on Friday.

The group will increase objections towards Amazon’s transfer with the federal government, he stated.