Consumer beta testing for ONDC: In Bengaluru, the Open Network for Digital Commerce (ONDC), a technology similar to UPI that promises to democratise access to the internet for small enterprises, went live with its beta test. Consumers will be able to sample the new platform during the beta test, which will also allow for the gathering of insightful feedback. Customers may shop utilising buyer applications like Mystore, PayTM, and Spicemoney during the beta phase. By assisting them with catalogues and merchandise, seller apps let prospective merchants connect with buyers on the platform.
Consumer beta testing for ONDC: Key Points
- According to a statement from DPIIT, the Beta test would provide users a taste of the new platform while allowing for the collecting of insightful input prior to a pan-India launch.
- Customers can use any buying application to browse two categories of goods and services during the ONDC Beta test.
- An app or website that allows users to shop from all of the ONDC suppliers is referred to as a buyer app.
- Customers can use the Mystore, PayTM, and Spicemoney applications to make purchases during the beta test.
- Seller applications, meanwhile, make it possible for prospective vendors to connect with customers on the platform by assisting them with catalogues and inventories.
- DPIIT lists the following applications as part of this category right now: Bizom, Digiit, Enstore by Innobits, eSamudaay, eVitalrx, Go Frugal, GrowthFalcons, Mystore, nStore, Seller App, Uengage, and Ushop.
- According to a post on Twitter by SellerApp Founder Dilip Vamanan, the first purchase on the platform was placed via payment app Paytm for AtoZ Supermarket, K R Garden, Murgesh Pallya, Bengaluru handled by machine-learning based platform SellerApp, and fulfilled by logistics provider LoadshareHQ.
The Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT) of the Government of India founded the private, non-profit Section 8 corporation known as Open Network for Digital Commerce (ONDC) with the goal of fostering open e-commerce. It was incorporated on December 31, 2021, with the Quality Council of India and Protean eGov Technologies Limited providing the initial funding (formerly NSDL e-Governance Infrastructure Limited). The ONDC is a set of specifications intended to promote open communication and connectivity between consumers, technological platforms, and retailers. It is not an application, a middleman, or software.