Safer Online Shopping Measures at a Time of Social Distancing 0 1181

Over the past few days, the impact of the COVID-19 outbreak in Bangladesh has become apparent. The government is rushing to curb the spread of the virus and contain the economic fallout from the pandemic, businesses are struggling with the uncertainty and investors’ anxiety has wreaked havoc at the Bangladesh Stock Exchange. Families have disconnected from their daily lives to practice social distancing in keeping with the recommendations of the World Health Organisation for the pandemic.

But where do e-commerce platforms stand?

Globally, countries have witnessed reduced visits to offline retail stores with consumers only venturing out if absolutely necessary. In countries like France, Italy or Spain, where strict quarantine has been enforced, locals are not able to leave their houses without official certificates and are turning toward e-commerce to meet their basic needs. In Bangladesh, similar consumer behaviors toward online shopping have been observed for the past few days.

Daraz, the leading online marketplace in Bangladesh, is doing everything to ensure that customers have safe access to basic commodities such as flour, lentils, soaps, sanitizers, sugar, tea, surface cleaners, hand washes and baby formula. The platform is also taking measures to ensure minimal instances of price hikes and has promised to take immediate and strict actions to prevent marketplace sellers from taking unfair advantage of the situation alongside making sure all sellers are provided with support to keep their businesses running during this time of crisis.

Ensuring the health and well-being of its entire community – delivery agents, customers, sellers and users around Bangladesh – is the platform’s prime concern. All employees and delivery agents adhere to the strict protective measures recommended by the World Health Organization. Working from home has become the norm for most employees. At Daraz’ warehouses, hubs and offices, colleagues have been told to refrain from physical contact. The protocol is simple: maintain as much distance as possible from each other at all times and wash hands frequently and thoroughly. Furthermore, the temperature of all employees at the warehouse and all members of the logistics team is checked several times daily.

“It is our primary responsibility right now to ensure that our employees, delivery agents and customers remain safe. We anticipate an uptick in demand and have taken steps to ensure that we are equipped to serve the needs of our customers. At the same time, it is our social responsibility to help prevent the spread of the virus and therefore, the strictest standards of hygiene are being enforced at our facilities,” said Khondokar Tashfin Alam, COO Daraz Bangladesh.

DEX Heros – delivery agents – have been instructed to wear masks and gloves at all times. While there has been no scientific evidence that packages carry the virus according to the World Health Organization, DEX Heros have been instructed to take precautionary measures and disinfect the package at customer’s doorstep.

While the WHO has stated that there is no evidence that banknotes transmit the virus, Daraz is encouraging all customers to use digital payment options – such as bank cards and e-wallets – when shopping on the platform. With cashless transactions, Users are encouraged to make contactless reception of their orders where riders can put the parcel on the doorstep and the buyer picks it up at a distance.

As the country moves toward social distancing, e-commerce platforms have the responsibility of ensuring the safety of their customers, their logistics teams and their operations team. Strict precautions are the need of the hour to mitigate the spread of the virus.

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World Cup T20 Squads: Bangladesh 0 24

Team Bangladesh:

Bangladesh are going into this year’s T20 World Cup with great confidence. With series victories against Australia and New Zealand securing the 6th spot in the rankings. They will have momentum with them.  Bangladesh will play in Group 1 in this edition of the T20 World Cup.

Player Name Playing Role
Mahmudullah Middle Order Batsman & Captain
Mohammad Naim Sheikh Left Arm Opening Batsman
Soumya Sarkar Opening batsman & All-rounder
Liton Das Wicket Keeper Batsman
Shakib Al Hasan All-Rounder
Mushfiqur Rahim Wicket Keeper Batsman
Afif Hossain Batting All-Rounder
Nurul Hasan Sohan Wicket Keeper Batsman
Mahedi hasan off-Spinning All-Rounder
Nasum Ahmed Left Arm Spinner
Mustafizur Rahman Left-Arm Pacer
Shoriful Islam Left-Arm Pacer
Taskin Ahmed Right Arm Pacer
Mohammad Saifuddin Bowling All-Rounder
Shamim Hossain Batting All-Rounder

Travelling Reserves: Aminul Islam Biplob, Rubel Hossain

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Team Sri Lanka:

The 2014 T20 Champions are coming to this year’s T20 World Cup with a new and young squad with hopes of going long in the tournament. They will be playing in Group 1.

Player Name Playing Role
Dasun Shanaka Batting All-Rounder and Captain
Kushal Perrera Left Handed Opening Batsman
Dinesh Chandimal Wicket Keeper Batsman
Dhananjaya De Silva Batting All-Rounder
Pathun Nissanka Right Handed Batsman
Charith Asalanka Batting All-Rounder
Avishka Fernando Right Handed Opening Batsman
Bhanuka Rajapaksa Right Handed Batsman
Chamika Karunaratne Right-Arm Medium Fast Bowler
Wanindu Hasaranga Leg Spinning All-Rounder
Dushmantha Chameera Right Arm Fast Bowler
Lahiru Kumara Right Arm Fast Bowler
Maheesh Theekshana Mystery Spinner
Akeela Dhananjaya Left Arm Wrist Spinner
Binura Fernando Left Arm Medium pace

No travelling reserves in the team.

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Team West Indies:

The Defending Champions this year will hope to carry on their merry ways in this year’s T20 World Cup. Their team is filled with stars of the international T20 arena and will hope they become the first successful title defenders in the history of the World Cup T20s.

Player Name Playing Role
Kieron Pollard Batting All-Rounder and Captain
Nicolas Pooran Wicket Keeper Batsman and Vice Captain
Fabian Allen Bowling All-Rounder
Dwayne Bravo Bowling All-Rounder
Roston Chase Batting All-Rounder
Andre Fletcher Right Handed Opening Batsman
Chris Gayle Left Handed Opening Batsman
Shimron Hetmyer Wicket Keeping Batsman
Evin Lewis Right Handed Opening Batsman
Obed McCoy Left Arm Fast Bowler
Lendl Simmons Right Hand Batsman
Ravi Rampaul Right Arm Pacer
Andre Russell All-Rounder
Oshane Thomas Right Arm Fast Bowler
Hayden Walsh Jr Leg Spinner

Travelling Reserves: Darren Bravo, Sheldon Cottrell, Jason Holder, Akeal Hosein.

World Cup T20 Squads: India 0 18

Team India:

India are always favorites coming into any ICC events it seems. Because of their team balance and star-performers India are always a contender. Mystery spinners, death over specialist pacers, and trademark star batsmen will be their main USP. They will be playing in the group 2 of this year’s T20 World Cup.

Player Name Playing Role
Virat Kohli Right Hand Batsman and Captain
Rohit Sharma Right Hand Batsman and Vice Captain
Kl Rahul Wicket Keeper Batsman
Suryakumar Yadav Right Handed Batsman
Ishan Kishan Wicket Keeper Batsman
Rishabh Pant Wicket Keeper Batsman
Hardik Pandya Right Handed Batsman
Ravindra Jadeja All-Rounder
Rahul Chahar Leg Spinner
Ravichandran Ashwin Off Spinner
Shardul Thakur Bowling All-Rounder
Varun Chakravarthy Mystery Spinner
Jasprit Bumrah Right Arm Pacer
Bhuvaneshwar Kumar Right Arm Fast Bowler
Mohammad Shami Right Arm Pacer

Travelling Reserves: Deepak Chahar, Shreyas Iyer, Axar Patel. 

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