Flipkart and Amazon Resume Mobile and Other Non-Essentials Sales in Orange and Green Zones in India

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Since the Coronavirus lockdown has been imposed it has been impossible for people to purchase new phones whether it was by offline channels or via e-commerce websites. Now with certain relaxations in place starting from May 4 onwards, you can purchase non-essential items, which include smartphones and electronics, in areas classified under the Green and Orange zones. For the uninitiated, the Indian government has placed all districts in the country under Red, Orange, or Green zones according to the number of cases in each area. Consequently, green zones are those that have reported no positive cases in the past 14 days and hence get the most relaxations. Orange zones are places with limited coronavirus cases and have not shown a fresh surge in cases.

Deliveries of non-essentials will not be permitted in red areas under which fall most of the metropolitan areas in the country. The government has also allowed a few standalone offline smartphone retail store to open in urban areas. Even so, while e-commerce giants have been allowed to ship non-essentials to green zones, there are certain hurdles. Amazon, Snapdeal, and other companies have many warehouses that are present in red zones, where the movement of non-essential services is still restricted. Apart from this logistics of transporting goods across inter-state borders would also be affected, so expect your orders to take more time than usual before getting delivered

Smartphone brands like Vivo and Realme are taking orders for select pin codes only. Other electronic items such as  TVs and laptops are also being sold on Flipkart and Amazon. OnePlus has said that it will start the sale of its flagship OnePlus 8-series from 11 May. Realme’s Narzo series and Vivo’s V19 is also expected to be announced soon although a launch date for the devices still remains a mystery. It remains to be seen how efficiently e-commerce services will deliver products to consumers as it is still unclear when life will come back to normal.