Flipkart launches separate app for healthcare biz to take on 1mg, PharmEasy, others
Source：Taipei World Trade Center Liaison Office In Kolkata
From：Taipei World Trade Center Liaison Office In Kolkata
Walmart-owned Flipkart has launched a separate app - Flipkart Health+ - for its healthcare business. The platform will operate on a marketplace model, in which third-party sellers will offer medicines and healthcare products. Flipkart Health+ will have over 500 independent sellers who have a network of registered pharmacists for validation of medical prescriptions and accurate dispensation of medicines, the company said in a statement on Wednesday. The company said it had put in place various quality checks and verification protocols to offer genuine medicines. Going forward, it plans to onboard third-party healthcare service providers who will offer other value-added healthcare services such as teleconsultation and e-diagnostics to customers.This is one of the reasons why Flipkart has chosen to create a separate app for its healthcare business.
ET reported on March 31 that Flipkart had pumped in $143 million into its healthcare unit. The company also appointed former Apollo Health executive Prashant Jhaveri as chief executive of its healthcare business in March.. The Covid-19 pandemic has triggered consolidation in the Indian healthcare industry and seen the entry of large players such as Reliance Industries and the Tata Group, which picked up Netmeds and 1mg, respectively.Flipkart is expected to compete with these players and others such as PharmEasy and Amazon India, which has expanded its e-pharmacy business beyond Bengaluru to Delhi-NCR.“Since the pandemic, Indians have witnessed a tremendous shift in favouring wellness and preventative healthcare and there is an increased focus on health and wellness like never before,” said Jhaveri. “Through Flipkart Health+, we aim to solve the critical gap of accessibility to genuine medicines and healthcare products and services across the country, espec ..