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Zomato’s Hyperpure in Delhi, Eyes 22 Warehouses by 2020

Spread across 40,000 sq ft, the warehouse in Delhi is designed to supply 5,000 metric ton capacity per month and equipped to serve 3,000 restaurants every day, Zomato said

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Food ordering app Zomato on Monday announced the launch of a warehouse for its business-to-business food ingredients supply arm Hyperpure, marking the opening of the second warehouse for the company after Bengaluru.

Zomato said it plans to open 20 more warehouses by 2020, targeting a combined capacity of 90,000 metric ton and 700,000 sq. ft.

Besides Delhi and Bengaluru, the warehouses will be spread across Mumbai, Pune, Chennai, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Jaipur, Ahmedabad, Chandigarh, Nagpur, Lucknow, Vadodara, Coimbatore, Kochi, Agra, Goa and Surat, Zomato said.

“We believe Zomato is uniquely placed to shape the future of food. With Hyperpure by Zomato, we’ve been able to disintermediate the supply chain, providing restaurateurs access to fresh, clean, fully-traceable food ingredients,” Gaurav Gupta, Co-founder & COO, Zomato, said in a statement.

“With plans to launch 20 more warehouses by the end of 2020, we want to create a dependable demand-supply cycle of clean ingredients, for a future where everybody is eating quality food,” Gupta said.

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Launched in August 2018, Hyperpure by Zomato allows restaurants to buy everything – from vegetables and fruits, poultry, groceries, meats, seafood, and dairy to beverages, and even eco-friendly packaging – using an end-to-end technology-driven platform.

Spread across 40,000 sq ft, the warehouse in Delhi is designed to supply 5,000 metric ton capacity per month and equipped to serve 3,000 restaurants every day, Zomato said.

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“Considering the positive response we’ve received in Bengaluru, our expansion into Delhi is a part of Hyperpure’s natural progression,” said Dhruv Sawhney, Founder, Hyperpure.

“We are certain that our restaurant partners in Delhi will benefit immensely from both Hyperpure’s offer of fresh and quality food products, as well as the competitive pricing we offer,” Sawhney added. (IANS)

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Zomato Successfully Tests Food Packet Delivery Using Drones at 80kmph

The only possible way to reduce the average 30 minutes to 15 minutes is to take the aerial route. Roads are not efficient for very fast deliveries

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Zomato had acquired TechEagle, a Lucknow-based drone startup, to solve issues such as reducing pollution and handling traffic in 2018 end. Wikimedia Commons

Online ordering and food delivery platform Zomato on Wednesday said it has successfully tested its maiden drone delivery technology using a hybrid drone that covered a distance of five km in about 10 minutes with a peak speed of 80 kmph to deliver a food packet.

“The drone was tested last week at one of the remote sites approved by the DGCA. Such tests are done at very remote sites which are especially designed to conduct such tests,” Zomato told IANS. However, the food aggregator did not reveal the exact location where the drone delivered the package.

According to the notification issued by Director General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) on May 13, interested companies have been asked to submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) to the DGCA for conducting experimental Beyond Visual Line of Sight operations (BVLOS) of Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS)/Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS).

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Zomato did not reveal the exact location where the drone delivered the package. Wikimedia Commons

“The only possible way to reduce the average 30 minutes to 15 minutes is to take the aerial route. Roads are not efficient for very fast deliveries. “We have been working towards building sustainable and safe delivery technology and with our first successful test, food delivery by drones is no longer just a pipe dream,” Deepinder Goyal, Founder and CEO, Zomato, said in a statement.

“While regulatory hurdles are not trivial, and the government’s concerns need to be looked at from various (valid) points of view, the tech is ready to fly and I am confident that drone delivery will be commonplace sooner rather than later.”

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A drone demonstrates delivery capabilities from the top of a UPS truck during testing in Lithia, Florida. VOA

The hybrid drone with a fusion of rotary wing and fixed wings carried a payload of five kg. Fully automated, each drone is currently being tested with (remote) pilot supervision to ensure safety.

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Over time, as the company collects more data, it is likely to do away with the pilot supervision. Zomato had acquired TechEagle, a Lucknow-based drone startup, to solve issues such as reducing pollution and handling traffic in 2018 end. Currently, the average time required for the food delivery platform’s biker fleet to deliver food is 30 minutes.

Considering the increasing congestion on roads and pollution, using drones for delivery could be a game changer for metro cities as it would help scrape unnecessary traffic off the roads and direct it skyward, the company added. (IANS)