You will have seen billboards and advertisements for apps Swiggy and Scootsy. Your parents probably order from them from time to time. I know I have! Krispy Kreme donuts, Chinese food from my favourite restaurant, bread, candles – it’s pretty amazing what you can order on an app and have delivered home within an hour or two!
Scootsy is an app and service through which you can order things like food items and presents, directly to your doorstep. There are different restaurants, stores and services that sign up to be listed on Scootsy, and then once you place an order, the Scootsy driver goes and picks it up and delivers it to your home. Scootsy is based in Mumbai.
Swiggy is a food delivery company based in Bengaluru, India. They work with restaurants around India, and if you place an order for delivery using the Swiggy app, they will send their guys to go pick it up and deliver it to your home. Swiggy does not deliver anything other than restaurant food.
This weekend, it was announced that Swiggy has bought Scootsy for Rs 50 crores, a little less than $8 million.
Why does that make sense? Swiggy can benefit from Scootsy’s strength and product variety in Mumbai. Scootsy can benefit from Swiggy’s presence in other cities in India. And perhaps together they will be stronger than their competition. Who is their competition? Some competitors include Zomato, Uber Eats and Food Panda.
Of course when two companies combine, there are bound to be some changes. Perhaps they won’t need as many delivery people in Mumbai, or there might be some change in the services they offer. We will have to wait and see!
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Written by: Sunaina Murthy. Sunaina is a biotechnologist, writer, greedy reader, and amateur photographer.