Bangalore, September 5: In the middle of speculations that the government may soon impose a nationwide ban on single-use plastics, e-commerce giants Amazon India and Flipkart have set targets to stop the complete use of single-use plastics in packaging. Amazon to Foray Into Offline Retail Space to Take On Flipkart.
According to an Economic Times report, Amazon India announced on Wednesday that it would stop using single-use plastic in its packaging operations by 2020. The company further informed that they have plans of introducing paper cushions in place of protective plastic wrapping and bubble wraps to look into the safety of the product.
Competition Flipkart last week said that it has achieved a 25 percent reduction in single-use plastic usage as of August, and is committed to eliminate single-use plastic in packaging and move towards a 100 percent recycled plastic consumption by March 2021. Flipkart is replacing bubble wraps and airbags with carton waste shredded material and 2 Ply paper rolls.
In other news, Amazon has plans to enter the offline retail space to compete with Flipkart's similar strategy. The company is in talks with three retail chains — Future Group, retail chain More and Shoppers Stop— to sell a range of Amazon products offline. The company has further plans to roll out its grocery and fashion private brands through these stores.