Kashmir now has its First Online Grocery App: ‘Groxery- The Store Next Door’

A 28 year old local entrepreneur from Kashmir has started to provide home delivery service. He has developed an app called ‘Groxery – The Store Next Door’, making it the first online grocery store in the valley.

Malik Aadil who is 28 years old is behind the venture of this online grocery store. Owing an MBA degree with work experience in the industry, he is confident about the success of the venture in the valley.

After working in the marketing department of the online grocery delivery app ‘Grofers’, Aadil decided to initiate the same service in Kashmir as the valley did not have any such service. The Groxery app already has over 5,000 downloads on IOS and 45,000 downloads on Android. It allows its users to order the items they require online, then the app connects the orders with any of the nearest grocery stores and promises to get the items delivered within 70 minutes or less.

The app founder Aadil told India Today that though the service was currently available in Jammu city, there were plans to expand operations in other districts of the Valley such as Budgam, Baramulla, Pulwama and Ganderwal.

Originally from Kashmir’s Bandipora district, Aadil aspires that his app can help the common people of the valley by making good quality products available at affordable prices as compared to retain prices. Adil’s company employs thirty-five men and women till date. This graduate from Alliance Business School in Bangalore is sure the numbers are set to grow.

His next plan is to expand his business idea into a chain of retail grocery stores across cities. But frequent internet shutdowns can damage any online business like Aadil’s so he being the young entrepreneur knows about the obstacles that could cause hampering of his business.

“If high speed Internet would have been working, we would have received more customers on the app because everyone here has not the high speed Internet facility,” Aadil was quoted by India Today as saying.

Despite all the difficulties, the entrepreneurs in Kashmir are venturing a lot into e-Commerce. Three more local entrepreneurs, Ahmed Nabeel Wani, Naveed Qadir Wani and Arif Ahmed Najar – launched an e-commerce portal named the  ‘Jhelum Cart’ to connect the local sellers to the potential buyers.

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