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West Bengal Govt Scouting For Partners To Boost Online Liquor Sale

west bengal govt scouting for partners to boost online liquor sale

Kolkata, Jun 2 (PTI) The West Bengal State Beverages

Corporation Ltd (WBSBCL) is looking to partner with companies,

including start-ups, to strengthen its online liquor sale

channel, an official said on Tuesday.

It has already floated an expression of interest for

handling online sales and home delivery of alcoholic liquor,

and convened a pre-bid meeting on Wednesday.

The WBSBCL, the only wholesaler of liquor in the

state, has already introduced e-retail and home delivery by

enlisted off-shops to ensure social distancing and minimising

footfall at outlets during the lockdown.

"But, to use the channel for home delivery of liquor

in a more focused and effective manner, the West Bengal State

Beverages Corporation Ltd has invited EoI from reputed online

ordering and delivery platforms including start-ups and stake

holders association for handling electronic ordering,

purchase, sale and home delivery of alcoholic liquors from

licenced retail outlets," a notice said.

The corporation planned to create a panel of such

online ordering and delivery platforms, the official said.

The Supreme Court had recently asked states to

consider non-direct contact or online sales and home delivery

of liquor during the lockdown period to prevent the spread of


"A pre-bid meeting has been convened on Wednesday to

address the queries of interested parties," the official said,

adding that the last date for submitting the expression of

interest is June 15.

Leading food ordering and delivery platforms - Zomato

and Swiggy - have started home delivery of alcohol in Odisha

and Jharkhand, as a part of efforts to prevent overcrowding

of people at shops amid the coronavirus outbreak. PTI BSM




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