As cash turns scarce, online grocers and food-delivery companies are reaping a minor windfall as hungry customers turn to them for their daily bread by paying for it digitally. Even as other ecommerce peers are hurting from the withdrawal of cash-ondelivery as a payment option for online sales — following the demonetisation drive launched by the Union government last week -online food and grocery-delivery companies are seeing a spike in sales fuelled by shoppers choosing them over cash-reliant corner stores.

“Sales have increased by 5%,” said Hari Menon, chief executive of BigBasket who estimates that while cash payments accounted for half of all sales prior to the demonetisation drive, it has now dropped to a fifth of all transactions in the past week.

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