Startups like Zomato, Paytm & BigBasket come forward to help Chennai flood victims

A host of eCommerce startups have stood up with agility to help those stuck in floods.
Chennai Flood

Ecommerce is no doubt a buzzword across the globe these days. Apart from doing commerce many eCommerce companies have shown that they do business but with a clinch of human touch.
Who can forget the disastrous earthquake that trembled Nepal from its roots. Almost every country stood for Nepal in its hard times. But apart from Government, many eCommerce companies joined forces to make amends and contribute in whatever capacity they can. Players like Paytm, Ola, FreeCharge and Shopclues came forward to help the calamity hit nation.
Yet again, the eCommerce companies have shown its humanitarian approach and have come forward to help those affected in the Chennai rains. From last couple of weeks, we have been hearing about the relentless rainstorm in Chennai which is showing no signs of letting up. A host of eCommerce startups have stood up with agility to help those stuck in floods. Startups like Paytm, Zomato, Ola, BigBasket, Practo and many more have come up with campaigns and have turned their business models to the cause.
While mobile wallet turned eCommerce portal, Paytm has launched a toll free number that any of the Chennai residents can dial and get an instant recharge of Rs 30, online grocer BigBasket has come up with a microsite NammaChennaiRelief, where people can donate grocery items online.
Healthcare portal, Practo is calling doctors listed on its platform to see if they are available to attend and treat those affected. The company has created a Google Document and is crowdsourcing data and validating doctors and will soon be open for public.
Online aggregator for budget accommodation, Stayzilla is encouraging people to opens their doors to those affected by flood. The company has started a helpline for people to list their homes.
Food ordering app Zomato has come up with a campaign where for every meal ordered through the platform, the company will give a meal to the affected. Zomato has tied up with NGOs to deliver meals in 30 mins. Even consumers have applauded such initiatives. Responding to the same, Deepinder Goel, CEO, Zomato tweeted, “15,000 meals bought by our users for #Chennai. Zomato adds it to make 30,000. Let’s all help get to 100k- we can do this.”
With such great initiatives and compassion shown by these eCommerce companies, we hope Chennai will soon get back to its beautiful self.

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