ONDC Goes Beta Live in Meerut
Open Network for Digital Commerce (ONDC), an initiative of the Department of Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT), Ministry of Commerce, Government of India, envisioned to create a facilitative model to revolutionize digital commerce, opened its network to consumers and sellers in Meerut city starting December 22, 2022, from 12:
00 PM onwards.
ONDC is not an application, platform, intermediary, or software but a set of specifications designed to foster open, unbundled, and interoperable open networks, thereby eliminating the dependency on a single platform. It aims to enable e-commerce for sellers of every scale and size across India by making the operational capabilities required for eCommerce available at scalable costs, stitched together by Network Participants enabling the network.
The fact that anyone can join ONDC, including small-scale sellers, start-ups, and regional players empowers otherwise undiscovered local sellers to gain visibility across all ONDC buyer applications with equal opportunity to compete with other large-scale sellers in the country.
ONDC had its Alpha Rollout on April 29, 2022, in 5 cities in its network to test live transactions with a closed group of sellers and buyers and marked its footprint in 85 cities across India. As part of the beta testing period, on September 30, 2022, the network will launch 5 buyer applications (PayTM, IDFC, Mystore, Spice Money, Craftsvilla) and 12 seller applications (GoFrugal, Growth Falcon, eSamudaay, Digiit, Ushop, Sellerapp). ), Bizom, uEngage, Innobits, eVitalRx, Mystore, nStore), and two logistics providers (Loadshare, Dunzo).
Since September, several other buyer, seller and logistics applications (ITC, EkSecond Technologies, Meesho, Uengage, Grab, Delhi, Shiprocket) have gone live, bringing the total to 26, with over 70 participants participating in the advanced integration is in stages. Additionally, four social sector companies (Tamul, Creyo, Shwet and Anubhuti) have launched his ONDC with the support of SIDBI (Small Industries Development Bank of India).
Following initial insights from the Bangalore beta test, ONDC is now working to get its network operational in Meerut, the first-ever Tier II city where network expansion is planned. The city was strategically chosen for beta testing due to its high vendor density. The ONDC launch in Meerut will provide insightful insights to understand network adaptations in Tier II cities and further drive the integration of regional vendors into the network.
Meerut’s launch event will be held at the Hotel Harmony Inn on Main Gar Road, Meerut, and as the chief guest he will be attended by DPIIT Deputy Secretary Shrianil Agarwal. In addition, Sri Arvind Kumar, I.A.S., Additional Chief Secretary (Industry), Government of Uttar Pradesh, will speak on the changing e-commerce landscape in Uttar Pradesh. The in-person event will also include representatives from existing network participants, UP Govt. Meerut Administration, local trade associations and their members. The event is hosted and organized by ONDC with the aim of bringing all SMEs, start-ups, local vendors, retailers and restaurants from Meerut and Lucknow into the network.
Currently in the Beta launch stage of Meerut 4, there is a Live His Buyer application where consumers can transact with his ONDC (IDFC First Bank, Mystore, Paytm, Spice Money).
1.Koshy, his MD and CEO of ONDC, said: We hope that today’s beta release will pave the way for more vendors and local businesses to join his ONDC in Meerut and UP and across India for him to realize his vision of Vocal4Local. ”
ONDC is implementing several new initiatives, the earliest of which will be an incentive program.