Flipkart has launched a new grocery app called Flipkart Nearby for Android users. Livemint had first reported last week that Flipkart was testing the app in Bangalore. As of now, the company only delivers in Koramangala, HSR Layout, BTM Layout, Ejipura, Jayanagar, JP Nagar, and Bellandur in Bangalore. Interestingly, the initiative claims it will deliver ordered items within a ‘matter of minutes’, going as far as to say that users in a gym can order a health drink, which will reach them before their workout is complete. Users living in the delivery area can order on any working day between 10am to 8pm. Note that Flipkart specifically mentions that it will offer free shipping only for a limited period of time. For now users can buy groceries, branded food, beverages, chocolates, chips, bread, energy drinks etc., along with bathroom supplies like soap, creams, hand washes, toothbrushes, wellness products like pain relief sprays, sanitary pads, condoms and baby products like baby food, diapers, baby powders and oils etc. Users can add any items to their cart and make payments as they would on Flipkart. Note that late last month, it was reported that Flipkart bought back its logistics business from WS Retail Services, relegating the retailer to only a seller. The acquisition was made through an entity called Instakart Services, which seems to be a new company incorporated as recently as June with the same address as Flipkart’s. With this move, it's possible that Flipkart is looking to grow its logistics business…
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