BY NIBEDITA SEN
Goa Khabar : In collaboration with village panchayat of St. Andre, Goa velha, Porvarim based computer programmer Achal Chauhan has launched a website www.storelocal.in for ordering groceries and medicines on April 4, 2020.
“Since India along with one-third of the world is in lock-down due to the spread of COVID-19, and the only way to fight this virus is social distancing, we have developed a simple web and mobile app as a tool that resembles our traditional shopping habits.In current situation the total time consumed by any individual is around 60-75 minutes in the whole process. Therefore, any person who is going out to buy daily essentials is exposed to risk for around 75 minutes,” he said.
Dr. Paul Fernandes from Goa Velha shares his experience after using StoreLocal online ordering system. pic.twitter.com/1FMM0dkUzO
— Dev walavalkar (@walavalkar) April 7, 2020
Explaining the model Achal described, “Our traditional way of shopping starts with chalking out a shopping list followed by visiting nearby shop and wait in the queue. We get our delivery on turns and return back to home. So we have built this application to make all these four steps easier. Basically, it will change the social behavior of the customers and store-owners.”
“From bringing customers and local store owners on the same platform to viewing goods available in the shops near them through geo-location, everything will be possible with the help of this app.
Customer can create the list of daily essentials on mobile and send it to store. Then, the store can allocate a unique pick-up time for every customer which can be picked up at given time only,” Achal explained.
Speaking about the basic guidelines he said, “If we allow customers to visit the shop at unique time (minimum difference of 5 minutes between 2 customers), then there will be only one customer at the store location and the person will be exposed to risk for 5-10 minutes only.”
“We expect that, with the help of this platform one shop can fulfill the weekly need of around 1500 families without any mass-gathering, therefore this will help us minimize the crowd in marketplace by 75-80%, hence control community-spread of COVID-19,” he said.
“This tool will not only change traditional shopping habits but also our social behaviour. We’ll be more disciplined and punctual” –-Achal Chauhan, Founder
“To fight this virus social distancing is important and this mobile app resembles our traditional shopping habits. More people should accept this,”
– Devsurabhee Yaduvanshi, User and resident of St. Andre
“Both customers and store owners have started using this in St. Andre. This can cater to whole Goa as it serves it’s purpose. Medicine and groceries are the needs which we all are stepping out for. The tool solves this problem.” — Ruth Cardozo, Sarpanch St Andre
• Create an account
• Find the store near you
• Select the store from where you want to buy
• Create your shopping list
• Submit your shopping list to the store
• Get confirmation from store
• Check the pick-up time in order-confirmation
•Visit store ONLY at given pick-up time
For Store Owner
• Create an account
• Receive shopping list from customer
• Edit the list as per availability
• Send the final list to customer
• Get final order confirmation from customer
• Allocate the DELIVERY TIME
• Prepare the order
• Deliver it on allocated time