SOLV conducts charity drive "Fight Hunger, Fight COVID-19" on International Labour Day, distributes ration kits to migrant laborers and construction workers

SOLV, an e-commerce growth platform for MSMEs, conducted a charity drive called “Fight Hunger, Fight COVID-19”, on Friday, 1st May on the occasion of International Labour Day. As part of the drive, 200 kits with ration and PPEs were distributed to migrant laborers and BPL construction workers residing in and around HSR layout.  The entire exercise was conducted in consultation with BBMP and with the help of HSR layout police station, in order to maintain social distancing norms as well as law & order. The drive was led by Mr. Nitin Mittal, Founder and CEO of SOLV. Bengaluru South MP Shri Tejasvi Surya attended the event.

SOLV is India’s 1st B2B conversational commerce platform for SMEs with a mission to build India’s largest, fully digital, growth platform for the 60 million+ small and medium enterprises of India. It is a fully-owned entity of the Standard Chartered Group.

SOLV Partners with Akshay Patra Foundation, Helps in Uninterrupted Supply of Essential Goods Sourcing & Delivery

Bangalore, April 29, 2020:  SOLV, a B2B digital platform for MSMEs backed by the Standard Chartered Group, announced its partnership with Bangalore-based NGO Akshay Patra Foundation to connect Akshay Patra, to robust network of MSMEs on SOLV’s platform, engaged in supplying essential goods. The partnership will not only ensure smooth delivery of supplies to the foundation’s kitchens but also help sustain several kirana stores & small businesses engaged in manufacturing and distribution of essential food supplies.

With the partnership, SOLV is helping Akshay Patra during the current Covid-19 lockdown with sourcing materials for their Covid-19 Relief Feeding Program which aims to support the needy with 1 crore cooked meals and 5 lakh packaged grocery kits. Going forward, SOLV also aims to source and deliver raw materials for the foundation’s flagship mid-day meal scheme that provides fresh nutritious meals every school day to children in government schools and government-aided schools.

Akshay Patra first collaborated with SOLV during the start of the current Covid-19 nation-wide lockdown when there was an unprecedented disruption created in inventory and raw materials supply-chain for its kitchens to sustain ongoing programs. SOLV was able to leverage its network of hundreds of MSMEs as well as its logistics partners to source and deliver 300+ metric tonnes of raw materials to Akshay Patra within 2 days. This initial success and experience led to the forging of a longer term partnership for SOLV to support Akshay Patra with its supply-chain services and sourcing partners.

Commenting on the partnership, Nitin Mittal, CEO and Founder, SOLV, said, “SOLV has continuously been working with our MSME and delivery partners to maintain uninterrupted supply of essentials to NGOs, kiranas, small hospitals and others during the lockdown crisis. We are very pleased to partner with and support an NGO like Akshay Patra Foundation to ensure they can continue with their programs during this situation and after, without worrying about supply-chain interruptions or disruptions.”

“SOLV not only helped us keep our supply-chain operational when the COVID19 outbreak led to unavailability of essential supplies, but also demonstrated reliability and on-time delivery with excellent sourcing support, crucial in times of crisis like these.” said Vishwas Ujire, Head- Food Procurement, Akshay Patra Foundation. “We look forward to continuing this successful association with SOLV as we expand the reach of our flagship programs across the country.”

During the current crisis being faced by the SME sector due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, SOLV is playing a critical role by leveraging its B2B commerce platform for SMEs in new ways. SOLV is using the strength of MSME network and resources on its platform; connecting sourcing units like tier 2 manufacturers and villages on the one hand and delivery channels on the other, to deliver essential goods to kiranas, RWAs, NGOs and small hospitals.