In a major milestone, the Open Network for Digital Trade (ONDC), an initiative of the Department for the Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT), has opened its network to consumers in 16 locations. locations across Bengaluru, the Ministry of Commerce and Industry said on Friday.
For starters, consumers can order in two areas – groceries and restaurants – through the buyer application join the ONDC network.
Consumers can now shop from multiple categories of products and services from a single buyer app of their choice. They can buy grocery products or order food from stores and restaurants. In the coming weeks, more apps will join the expanding network that both buyers and sellers can participate in this transaction.
ONDC started Alpha testing with a closed user pool of first buyers in Bengaluru in April 2022, expanding to more than 80 cities by September 2022. This validated the applications and Validate business processes and operations. Currently in beta testing, the public can experience shopping through ONDC and provide early feedback for necessary actions, if any, before further expansion.
To build trust between consumers, merchants and Network Participants (Buyer Apps, Merchant Apps & Gateways) in the open network, ONDC consulted with the existing ecosystem, the experts and review best practices for adapting and developing the best approach to building trust in a groupless decentralized network. This is explained in a consultation document being made available for public comment on DPIIT’s official social media, ONDC and website.
Established on December 31, 2021, the Open Network for Digital Trade (ONDC), a Section 8 company, is an initiative of the Bureau of the Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT), the Ministry of Industry and Trade. Commerce, Government of India, is conceived to create a enabling model to revolutionize digital commerce, giving greater impetus to retail e-commerce penetration in India. ONDC is not an application, platform, middleware, or software, but a set of specifications designed to promote open, groupless, and interoperable open networks, thereby eliminating dependency on a single platform.