Fifteen food vendors at the IT hub in Sector V, Salt Lake, joined a pilot project that aims to not only bring the informal businesses under an umbrella e-commerce platform but also expand the business while reducing car-bon footprint.
Floated jointly by the Indian arm of a Dutch blockchain company and National Hawkers’ Federation (NHF), a countrywide organisation representing interests of hawkers, the e-commerce platform, Hawker Bazaar, proposes to have 100 food vendors from Sector V and 30 more from New Town on board when it is formally launched a month later on February 26.
From instant noodles to malai toast and kulhad chai, techies in Sector V will now be able to order food from street vendors in the locality and have it in the comfort of their office without having to step out in the heat or rain. While the price will remain constant, customers have to shell out a nominal delivery charge ranging from Rs 12 to Rs 35.
“We are using a proprietary Borlaug Blockchain to create a sustainable platform where customers will be transparently connected with food vendors. In the next step, we will integrate hawkers with farmers so that they can procure the grocery they require at a lower cost. In addition, the identity of hawkers that will be stored on blockchain, a tamper-proof database, can be leveraged with government, banks and regulatory authorities to secure benefits and loans in future,” said Qlikchain chief executive officer Ayan Hazra.
After Salt Lake and New Town, hawkers in other office hubs like Dalhousie, Camac Street, Theatre Road, Elgin Road and Ruby will be taken on board the e-commerce platform. Since the platform is hyper local with vendors catering to offices in the vicinity only, delivery will be either on foot or cycle. After Kolkata, it will be launched in Pimpri-Chinchwad near Pune, followed by Hitec City, Hyderabad. “Since our organisation has a presence across 29 states and has a member base of 2 lakh hawkers, we are keen on the initiative that will increase market reach, help build capacity, improve identity management and access to social security,” said NHF president Shaktiman Ghosh. Other platforms like Swiggy and Zomato are not available to street food vendors as they require permanent address and GST number.
Source: Times of India