The economic activities have started to get in pace as we enter Lockdown 4.0. The ease in restrictions on business activities as per the guidelines suggested by The Home Ministry will push the economy to resume. Hence, it is vital for both- the manufacturing as well as, the supply sector to work efficiently to re-establish the economy. While Panasonic and Honda Motorcycles and Scooter India (HMSI) are said to restart their operations in plants soon, others like Xiaomi, Hyundai, Hero MotoCorp, and Lava Mobiles have said to have started their productions a few days ago.
E-commerce platforms like Amazon and Flipkart which had been delivering only goods essentials during the lockdown are now planning to resume delivery of all the products. The Ministry of Home Affairs in its latest guidelines said: “all other activities will be permitted, except for those which are specifically prohibited”. Duly, they’ll be delivering both essentials and non-essentials in all three zones ( Red, Orange, and Green) during Lockdown 4.0.
However, deliveries will not be made to pin codes that have been classified as containment zones. An executive with regards to this said, “except containment zones, we are finally getting ready to take orders from all the other pin-codes.”
“Over the last two weeks, e-commerce websites have been delivering non-essentials (like electronics) only to orange and green zone pin codes. Furthermore, we are now accepting Cash/Pay on Delivery in most locations. If your location is eligible for Pay on Delivery, you will see the option on the payment page while placing your order,” Amazon declared in its latest updates regarding Covid-19 on its website.
Snapdeal is said to have received 65% orders by 3 PM on the first day of lockdown 4.0 from cities and towns under red zones, out of the total orders.
Talking about production, the country’s largest automaker, Maruti Suzuki India, resumed their production at the Gurugram plant on Monday, and its Manesar plant has been working since May 12. Hero MotoCorp said it had resumed operations in a graded manner across three of its manufacturing plants- Gurugram, Dharuhera, and Haridwar. The company’s Global Parts Centre (GPC) at Neemrana in Rajasthan has also resumed operations. Panasonic is also starting production in its Jhajjar plant; the officials have said that they’re still assessing the situation and production is going to start soon. LG has also started production in its Pune plant.
Lifting restrictions from commercial units might bring complications during the pandemic, but the home ministry prioritized restoring the economy in the first place. Though, companies have accepted to maintain social distancing, have proper sanitation, and take precautionary measures; the result of the new guidelines would be seen in the future.