- Amazon Food can be accessed via the Amazon app
- It offers food orders through local restaurants and cloud kitchens
- Amazon Food is likely to take on Swiggy and Zomato
Amazon Food has debuted in India as Amazon’s answer to Swiggy and Zomato. The new food delivery service by the US e-commerce giant has initially been started in Bengaluru to allow customers order prepared food from local restaurants and cloud kitchens. Amazon has constructed its proprietary hygiene certification bar, which is important as people are avoiding food deliveries to a large extent due to the growing coronavirus outbreak in the country. The company has also claimed that it is “adhering to the highest standards of safety” to convince people to use its platform even during the pandemic.
An Amazon spokesperson said in a statement that the company has started its food delivery service on the basis of customer feedback. The new service is also aimed to help local businesses, especially restaurants that are facing hardships due to the national lockdown that has restricted restaurants from serving food at their locations.
“We are launching Amazon Food in select Bengaluru pin codes allowing customers to order from handpicked local restaurants and cloud kitchens that pass our high hygiene certification bar,” the spokesperson said in a statement emailed to Gadgets 360. “We are adhering to the highest standards of safety to ensure our customers remain safe while having a delightful experience.”
Amazon has made the new service live in four pin codes in Bengaluru — 560048, 560037, 560066, and 560103. The company, however, is yet to provide clarity on its criteria to select restaurants and cloud kitchens.
A report back in February mentioned that Amazon was planning to launch its food delivery service in the country. Some sources familiar with the development told Gadgets 360 that there was some delay due to the lockdown that the government imposed in March to limit the coronavirus outbreak.