After initial hiccups, Zomato has started grocery delivery in over 80 Indian cities with supplying essentials and is set to launch takeaway service in Australia and Portugal to support restaurants, its CEO Deepinder Goyal said on Tuesday. Also Read - Zomato acquires Uber Eats for close to Rs 2,500 crore: Report
He said that all proceeds from the Zomato Gold subscriptions in April would go towards supporting restaurant workers in need and the users will get an additional year of Gold free. “This has already been launched in India and the UAE, and will be live in other markets over the next few days,” the Zomato CEO said in a statement. Also Read - Amazon all set to take on Swiggy and Zomato in India: Report
“The world has come to a halt, and unfortunately, the restaurant industry that we are in, is one of the worst hit. It is in times like these when we really need to rise to the occasion and support each other to the best of our abilities,” Goyal emphasized. Also Read - Zomato Gold is now available on food delivery: Check out all the details
The fool delivery platform has extended all paid Zomato Gold memberships by two months at zero cost. This will be valid across India, the UAE, Australia, Indonesia, Philippines, Lebanon, Turkey, New Zealand, Portugal and Qatar. The company’s “Feed the Daily Wager” initiative has raised Rs 25 crore from individuals and corporates.
“We have already distributed more than 100,000 ration kits (to the same number of daily wager families) in more than 20 cities as of now,” informed Goyal, adding the company plans to distribute 10 lakh ration kits as part of this initiative.
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At the start of 2020, Zomato acquired the Indian operation of Uber Eats in a deal worth about $350 million or Rs 2,485 crore. The deal was all-stock transition with 10 percent shareholding grant to Uber. The Uber Eats buyout was reportedly helped by Zomato’s latest fundraising which was led by Ant Financial.
Written with inputs from IANS