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Business secrets of Mumbai’s dabbawalas revealed in Dubai

These are sorted at a local office or railway station and each dabbawala gets on a train with the dabbas heading for their delivery area. Future Now Welcome to Future Now. The coding system created by our forefather is still prominent in 21 st century. He said he didn’t know what that was.

But dabbawalas have been doing it for years — and the newcomers have much to learn. Part of the problem is that companies just assumed they could transplant business models from Silicon Valley to India.

In fact, I never used the term at all. By Edd Gent 16 January They are also used by meal suppliers in Mumbai, who pay them to ferry lunchboxes with ready-cooked meals from central kitchens to customers and back.


Dabbawala – Wikipedia

As the city grew, the demand for Dabba delivery grew too. Each dabbawala has a single collection and delivery area. Your Name required Your Email required Subject.

View image of Credit: Any queries please contact us. Dabbawala Gangaram Hemade agrees: Even Richard Branson has spent a day learning their secrets. Medge told Subrata Chakravarty, the lead author of the “Fast Food” article by Forbes where this claim first appeared, [27] that dabbawalas make a mistake “almost never, maybe once every two months” and this statement was extrapolated by Subrata Chakravarty to be a rate of “one mistake in 8 million deliveries.

A pre-ordered delivery must arrive on time, however.

At each station, boxes are handed over to a local dabbawala, who delivers them. That is the statistic I used.

But their low-tech approach could be a strength. The unsurpassed year-old network that feeds Mumbai. This page was last edited on 12 Octoberat This way we can move anywhere even in heavy traffic.

The unsurpassed 125-year-old network that feeds Mumbai

The union initiation fee is 30, rupees, which guarantees a 5,rupee monthly income and a job for life. Lunchboxes have to reach the client by They are talking to Indian e-commerce giant Flipkart about carrying out last-mile deliveries.

I was impressed by the efficiency and complexity of the process by which sometiffin boxes were sorted, transported, delivered and returned each day by people who were mostly illiterate and unsophisticated. World class logistics operations: The empty boxes are collected after lunch or the next day and sent back to the respective houses. On arrival dabbas coming from all over the city are sorted again before being loaded onto bicycles and handcarts for the final leg.


In the last few years, online food-delivery companies like Deliveroo and Uber Eats have made having specially prepared food brought to your desk seem like the height of app-based luxury.

A colour-coding system identifies the destination and recipient.

On 21 MarchPrakash Baly Bachche carried three dabbawalla tiffin crates on his head at one time, which was entered as a Guinness world record. Bangalore-based Runnr has built its delivery service using a similar crowd-sourcing model to ride-sharing companies like Uber.

Most tiffin-wallahs are related to each other, belong to the Varkari [16] sect of Maharashtra, [17] and come from the same small village near Pune. The Hindu Business Line. The lunchboxes are picked up in the late morning, delivered predominantly using bicycles and railway trainsand returned empty in the afternoon.

Vithala teaches that giving food is one of the greatest donations you can make.

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