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City shops get hooked to FB

entertainment Updated: Jun 15, 2011 01:45 IST
Vaishali Bhambri
Vaishali Bhambri
Hindustan Times
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The next time you are caught up with work and have no time to pick up the phone and place an order for grocery, food or even grub for your pet, then log on to your Facebook account and get going!



Facebooking for

kirana


Now, Delhiites can place orders for their routine home grocery at a web portal called Aaramshop — that takes orders on Facebook and gets them delivered at the time according to your convenience. “Users can log on to the platform using their Facebook account and then choose the nearest

kirana

shop,” says Vijay Singh, MD of the portal. The newly launched page lists 32 general stores of the city. The portal also lists 32 categories of products and over thousand brands.



“Within a week of its launch, more than 250 people have placed orders with us,” says Singh. “What better than ordering grocery along with chatting with your friends online,” says Sakshi Kulkarni, 27, a financier.



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Cashing on the trend are restaurants in Delhi, which are taking orders on their Facebook pages. Gunpowder Restaurant in Hauz Khas Village allows customers to place orders and book tables on their Facebook page. The guests are then sent back a contact number, on which they have to confirm the order. About 4,000 people like the page.



Another Delhi-based restaurant Kylin Premier - Teppanyaki Grill takes reservation orders on Facebook, but only when they are messaged. “From booking tables to catering orders, people respond on a daily basis on our Facebook page. We get about two - three Facebook reservations per week. We also get reservations from international guests as they are traveling,” says Saurabh Khanijo, CEO of Kylin Premier.



Food for your pet

Many city-based pet food stores deliver munchies for people with pets at their doorsteps nowadays. While some take orders online, others take it on phone. “We deliver all popular brands of pet food. We only charge the cost of the food product from our clients,” says Ajay Guliani of A to Z Animals Clinic in Mayur Vihar. The clinic also takes orders online.



Vinod Kumar of Delhi Pet School in Vasant Kunj, who have more than 100 clients now, says, “Our client base increased ever since we started taking orders online.” For Shubhi Gupta, 25, a dog owner and a resident of Noida, the concept is quite a success. “Every time I used to see a home delivery vehicle, I wished that there was something similar for Scoobie, my pet dog. And now, I have it,” she says.