Oyo to foray into food & housekeeping segment shortly

Gurgaon-based budget hotels aggregator, Oyo Rooms is all set to pilot a food technology venture "Oyo Caf" and housekeeping services "Oyo Care".
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Gurgaon-based budget hotels aggregator, Oyo Rooms is all set to pilot a food technology venture “Oyo Café” and housekeeping services “Oyo Care”. With this move, the hyperlocal marketplace aims at providing a better experience to its consumers while creating a sustainable and standardized long-term relationship.
Oyo plans to aggregate its listed hotels kitchen to prepare food which will be sold under its own brand. "As in any food business, we noticed that our partner hotels' kitchen have excess inventory," said Maninder Gulati, Head of Strategy and Corporate Development, Oyo.
"So, the idea is, if we can utilise that and use food tech platforms like Zomato or Swiggy to distribute that food then that's a revenue generation potential for our partner,” he added.
Oyo Care, the on-demand housekeeping services venture, is a larger experiment. "That is an on-demand cleaning service. Our area managers can facilitate cleanup for a room as and when a customer needs it," Gulati said.
Oyo has been roping in unbranded, small hotels with attractive minimum guarantee deals, which ensures them revenues. This inventory of hotel rooms is then being sold at discounted prices to get new customers hooked on to the branded budget stay, which have standard amenities.
Over the last two years, the Gurgaon-based company has served people from all walks of life checking in to Oyo rooms. "From angel investors who would want to cut down on travel time and, therefore, pick the nearest OYO, to students who gather on a Saturday night to watch a match together, we have seen all sorts of use cases for Oyo," he said.
Since raising $100 million in August in a round led by SoftBank, Oyo has aggressively expanded its network to 30,000 rooms in over 3,000 properties across 130 Indian cities and towns from 12,000 rooms in 1,200 properties in 73 cities. Oyo had earlier said that it is targeting over 50,000 rooms in 5,000 properties by the end of 2015.

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