Bengaluru-based food delivery platform Swiggy on Monday announced the launch of Swiggy Packaging Assist, a marketplace for the newly-instated unicorn's restaurant partners to access different packing solutions according to their menu needs at different price points.
Commenting on the launch Srivats TS, VP Marketing, Swiggy, said in a statement, “We have been working with our restaurant partners to understand their challenges when it comes to suitable packaging solutions. With ‘Swiggy Packaging Assist’, we will enable restaurants to package their dishes using the most innovative solutions, so that the food can be consumed with convenience and leftovers disposed of without any hassles.”
The marketplace currently lists close to 30 products across eco-friendly and food-grade-certified materials. This includes breakthrough packaging suitable for various functions- leakproof, sturdy, stackable, eco-friendly and heat-insulant among others.
The Swiggy team believes that packaging materials for food delivery platforms have several challenges like high costs, limited availability and several quality issues. To address these challenges Swiggy announced the launch of Packaging Assist and also to help its restaurant partners have access to different eco-friendly packaging options.
The materials on the marketplace are made of aluminum or paper and can be recycled. Swiggy plans to expand its catalogue on the marketplace to introduce eco-friendly meal trays and other items made of materials such as cornstarch and bagasse.
After launching Swiggy Capital Assist- its partner financing programme last year, this is Swiggy’s second partner-focused initiative. Since the launch of Swiggy Capital Assist, the team claims the programme has helped 363 restaurant partners across the 10 Swiggy cities to grow and expand their business through seamless access to additional working capital.
The programme has been rolled out for partners in Bengaluru, Mumbai and Pune. Swiggy will make it accessible to the rest of the cities within the next three months.
Sellers on the marketplace will offer restaurants trade discounts of up to five percent to aid in the hassle-free onboarding. The packaging material will be delivered in three to four working days. The payments can be made at the time of delivery by cash or cheque, directly to the sellers. Restaurants can log onto the websites given below to purchase the packing materials:
Today, even Zomato announced the launch of its initiative concerning eco-friendly packaging. With the growing number of people ordering online, the biggies in the space seem to be focusing on ways to reduce the impact they are causing.