Zomato and its founder Deepinder Goyal’s reply to one Zomato user’s ridiculous demand and Zomato’s rival Uber Eats supporting Zomato’s decision after the incident has divided people on the internet. Both the Companies attracted angry reactions from some rightwinged Twitter users, with demands to boycott both the food delivery services and #BoycottZomato and #BoycottUberEats trending on Twitter.
The controversy happened after a Zomato customer took to Twitter to express his anger about getting a “non Hindu” delivery executive. He further added the Company refused to change the delivery executive delivering his food as well as refused a refund for his cancellation. Zomato responded to his tweet by stating, “Food doesn’t have a religion. It is a religion.”
Many right wing handles on Twitter backed the customer. However, Zomato and its founder’s replies to the customer’s tweet has been winning hearts on the social media platform as well.
Food doesn’t have a religion. It is a religion. https://t.co/H8P5FlAw6y
— Zomato India (@ZomatoIN) July 31, 2019
We are proud of the idea of India – and the diversity of our esteemed customers and partners. We aren’t sorry to lose any business that comes in the way of our values. 🇮🇳 https://t.co/cgSIW2ow9B
— Deepinder Goyal (@deepigoyal) July 31, 2019
Uber Eats, which is the food handling unit of Uber, came in support of its rival, Zomato, with a tweet which read, “[email protected], we stand by you (sic.)”
— Uber Eats India (@UberEats_IND) July 31, 2019
Post the incident and the support Uber Eats extended to Zomato, many people expressed their anger by sharing videos and screenshots wherein they uninstalled the food delivery apps from their phones.
Apart from Uber Eats, there has been support pouring for Zomato from people all over India, including from celebrities like former Chief Minister (CM) of Jammu and Kashmir Omar Abdullah and Bollywood actresses Swara Bhaskar, Gauhar Khan and Richa Chadda. These celebrities tweeted in support of Zomato.
Respect. I love your app. Thank you for giving me a reason to admire the company behind it. https://t.co/nohfkYsrJQ
— Omar Abdullah (@OmarAbdullah) July 31, 2019
— Swara Bhasker (@ReallySwara) July 31, 2019
Know the difference between what you eat and who serves it. #Halal food is akin to #vegetarian food — a customer choice. Rejecting a food order on the basis of who delivers it on the basis of creed, caste, gender or religion is a matter of negative social discrimination #Zomato
— Madhavan Narayanan (@madversity) July 31, 2019
ज़्यादा नफ़रत नहीं करते, acidity हो जाती है। ठंड रख, जो खाना है, खा ले! Announce क्यू करता है , Twitter पे थाली चम्मच ले के शोर ही मचता है, असल में थाली चम्मच नहीं मिलता खाना खाने के लिए दोस्त। ❤️ pic.twitter.com/x3P5VFn3l2
— TheRichaChadha (@RichaChadha) July 31, 2019
The customer whose tweets triggered the controversy deactivated his Twitter handle after the situation blew up.
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India’s Reliance JioMeet To Take On Zoom
Mukesh Ambani seems to be having one of the best years of his career, proving that the COVID-19 pandemic is not a hindrance to his goals. Mukesh Ambani’s latest product is a video conferencing app which aims to take on the hottest video conferencing app, Zoom. The telecommunications vertical of Reliance Industries, Reliance Jio, formally launched Reliance JioMeet, on Thursday evening, which has an uncanny resemblance to Zoom.
Zoom has emerged as one of the companies which has thrived due to the COVID-19 pandemic, as businesses are forced to shut down their offices and shift their operations to remote work. This meant the demand for a good video conferencing software shot up and Zoom stepped up to the task before Google, Microsoft and Facebook could catch up. Zoom has also removed time limits for the conference calls and made the entire suite free of cost for schools and businesses in the affected regions across the globe, thereby further increasing its popularity.
However, JioMeet has a similar if not better offering than Zoom. JioMeet offers unlimited number of free calls in high definition (720p) to users and supports as many as 100 participants on a call. Interestingly, JioMeet appears to not impose a short time limit on a call’s duration. Jio Platforms says a free call can be uninterrupted for “up to 24 hours” long. The service currently has no paid plans and considering Jio’s reputation for giving services for free for years like Jio data plans, it would come as no surprise if JioMeet is also made free for the time being.
JioMeet comes at the perfect time as the Indian government suggested that Indians need to aggressively work on homegrown technologies and develop them so that they are on par with technologies developed by global giants. The government has called for leading Indian software and IT companies to come up with an alternative for Zoom and it looks like Jio has stepped up to the task.
Infosys Considering Permanent Work From Home For 30% Or More Employees
In what could be considered as a game changing move if it becomes a reality, Infosys is considering the idea to permanently let about one third of its employees to work from home. Infosys is considered as one of the leading companies in the software and Information Technology (IT) sector in India, as well as the world. This Indian IT giant is always at the forefront of innovation and setting new market trends for others to follow.
Many companies and organizations across the globe and India have been forced to shift to a remote working model due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The decision to work remotely is because the virus is highly contagious and can spread very quickly. Infosys might become one of the first companies to consider a plan for transitioning a large part of its employees into remote work, permanently.
In an interview with a popular business news daily, Infosys’s Head of Human Resources and Executive Vice President, Richard Lobo said “Once things are normal, over a period of time, probably 50 per cent of employees will come to office and the rest will work from home. Moving on, 66 per cent will be in office but 33 per cent will work permanently from home (sic.)” This translates to roughly 80,000 employees out of its total workforce of 2,42,371 employees. As offices are opening up gradually, Infosys has currently about 5 percent of its workforce going to offices in India while the rest are working from home. Commenting on the plan of action for the next few months Lobo said “we can’t predict the course of the pandemic but if it is following the path that it is, for most countries and if everything goes well, a third of total employees will come back to office (sic.)”
However, Infosys is not the only company mulling over transitioning into permanent work from home model. Another Indian IT giant, Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) announced a whopping 75% of its 4,48,000 employees globally would be working from home by 2025.
Let us know if you think the work from home model will be adapted by various other companies in the future post COVID-19!
Target Sets A Benchmark By Raising Minimum Wage
Target Corporation is a well known organisation in the United States of America (USA) as one of leading retail chains in the Country. Target is always at the forefront of retail innovation and competes with its rival, Walmart to gain an upper hand. However, in a recent operational move Target has one upped its competitors when it announced it would raise its minimum wage from $ 13 an hour to $ 15 an hour permanently beginning from July. The increase to 15 dollars an hour is significant as it impacts 275,000 employees that work in their stores and distribution centers. Target has nearly 1,900 stores and 41 distribution centers.
The significance of its move is very high as it comes at a time when the world is battling its worst pandemic in years which has led to businesses shutting down, offices and governments declaring emergencies and lockdown. The decision to increase the minimum wage comes at a time when the world is celebrating retail store workers for their essential services and this move will only strengthen the employee loyalty while increasing the brand value of Target.
However, the decision to implement the minimum wage of 15 dollars per hour was announced in 2017 as a goal by Target Corporation. The employees of Target already received a temporary wage pay when the COVID-19 pandemic arrived and now the minimum wage pay is made permanent. The retail corporation will also offer a one time bonus of $ 200 to hourly employees at the end of July “for their efforts throughout the Coronavirus pandemic.”
The new minimum wage by Target is also important considering that the Federal average minimum wage in the USA is $ 7.25 per hour. The hourly wages at Walmart is at $ 11 per hour and although Walmart has been paying hourly bonuses to employees during the pandemic, it has ceased to do so in the recent weeks.
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