The availability of essential goods has improved across offline retail stores and online platforms, one week into the 21-day nation-wide lockdown ordered by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, according to a survey by LocalCircles in collaboration with the Department of Consumer Affairs.
For the two-day period of March 30-31, availability of essentials at offline stores improved to 62% from 60% in the previous two-day reporting period. Similarly, availability of products on e-commerce platforms improved to 45% during the same period, compared to 41% on March 27-28.
The availability of essential goods on e-commerce platforms has improved from 39% in the first two days of the lockdown, while for offline stores the availability is up from 57% during the March 25-26 period.
“Based on feedback from industry, obtaining curfew passes for delivery personnel is still a challenge in many parts of the country. In addition, availability of workforce is also a challenge now for warehousing and delivery personnel as migrant labour moves back to their hometowns,” LocalCircles said.
LocalCircles said the survey received over 8,000 responses from people in over 170 districts in India.