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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