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    The whole country is under lockdown to fight against Coronavirus. The time is testing everyone as they are going through a phase which they never experienced before. One such problem is maintaining social distance which is at present the most effective remedy to contain the deadly virus.

    A student of BBA at The Maharaja Sayajirao Universty fo Baroda, Yesha Dhiren Shah, has developed a website as a solution for the problem of crowding and queuing at the shops of essential items. The website is for the common person or customers and a mobile app for store owners to respond. The startup has a website – click4q.com which has simple concept functions.

    1. The store owners who wish to address customers can register on the website with a minimal fee of Rs.20 for a week and Rs.50 for a month

    2. The customers or housewives can select from the merchants they visit regularly/prefer through their name or through the unique link of that merchant generated by the website. 

    3. The customer will submit a list of the items they need to that merchant simply through website click4q.com 

    4. The customer will also select a time slot for example: from 7:00 to 7:05 to collect their orders. 

    5. Website generates a unique token automatically unique which the merchant can use to identify and give the ordered goods at the given time slot to that costumer.

    6. For, the store owners to manage the orders easily, an app is built, having features for accepting, cancelling or delaying the order with the option of handling items not available. 

    7. The merchants can put in the working hours of their shop and change the duration of time slots to 5 minutes, 10 minutes or 15 minutes, they can even set the frequency of costumers per minute.

    With this simple arrangement the store owners need to address only one consumer at given time slot who will simply ‘collect ‘ goods physically, pay and leave. This will help to reduce queuing, waiting, crowding and gathering at stores to a great extent. 

    This arrangement prefixes the timing of arrival and departure of the customer. Also eliminates the time of preparation of goods as the store owner will keep the goods ready. Moreover, the data from the app can help the administration to track people coming into the contact of a store owner and trace the chain of contacts if needed.

    Yesha has tried to implement by action, the basic learning of the first year BBA course which taught her that ‘sustainable businesses always solve problems’. She aims to bring about a change and contribute positively in current scenario with this start up as a youngster. 

    The website and concept was developed with professional help from Samay Software who moved their skill and staff swiftly to bring the concept into the action. The concept is ready and Yesha is now trying to get store owners and customers to take benefit of this concept.

    Yesha was supported by Center for Startup and Innovation, Office of Career Advancement for Students of The Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda and numerous activities under Students’ Startup and Innovation Policy of Government of Gujarat.

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