Indian Railways introduces Onboard shopping facility in trains. Till now, onboard shopping has only existed in flights. It is the first time that Railways has come up with such an initiative in Indian trains. Western Railways, Ahmedabad Division has begun with shop on the go in 12934 Ahmedabad Jn-Mumbai Central Karnavati Express.
It is expected that in coming weeks Ahmedabad Division will start shopping facility in 12932 Ahmedabad Mumbai Central AC Double Decker Train as well for 3 months on a trial basis. Each train has two salespersons dressed in a uniform with a shopping cart. They are properly equipped with machine sales by providing the facility of credit and debit cards.
Passengers can also browse through catalog to have a look at the list of items available before placing their respective orders. The salespersons can only sell products from 8 AM to 9 PM. Also, they are not allowed to carry out promotional activities like using a microphone or shouting, etc.
Till now, onboard shopping was only restricted to local trains like Memu trains, and Demu trains and city locals.
So one would get magazines, slippers, cosmetic items, clothes, umbrella, wristwatch and what not when you travel by local trains. These hawkers were only restricted to local trains and were not allowed to board express, mail or premium trains.
But now, Indian Railways has come up with the shopping facility in Express and double-decker trains as well. People onboard can buy day to day products like oral care, skincare, hair care, cosmetics, health-related items, confectionery, stationery items, and paper products. Although these items would be sold by railway personnel only and not by the local hawkers and vendors.
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