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Archived from the original on 16 December Serving their customers is like serving their god. As many of the carriers are of limited literacy the average literacy of Dabbawallahs is that of 8th grade [8]the dabbas boxes have some sort of distinguishing mark on them, such as a colour or group of symbols.

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Economics The next best thing to teleportation. World class logistics operations: Indabbawalas went on strike for the first time in years to promote and attend a rally by Azad Maidan to support Anna Hazare in his campaign against corruption. Co-founder and CEO Mumbao Kumar says they contacted the dabbawalas to get some pointers when they expanded into Mumbai a year ago. Vaze College of Arts, Science and Commerce. Dabbawalas are waved through by members of the public and traffic police alike.

Indian Institute of Management. Dabbawala Gangaram Hemade agrees: Views Read Edit View history.

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Future Now The first pirate politician in power. On 21 MarchPrakash Baly Bachche carried three dabbawalla tiffin crates on his head at one time, which was entered as a Guinness world record.


With deliveries to and from roughlycustomers each day that translates to little more than delayed or missing dabbas in a year. The markings include the railway station to unload the boxes and the destination building delivery address.

Kumar thinks adopting more technology could help the dabbawalas. As the city grew, the demand for Dabba delivery grew too.

The dabbawala then takes them to a dabbawa,as place, where he and other collecting dabbawalas sort the lunch boxes into groups. Pawan Agrawal is not so sure that the dabbawalas will be quick to adopt new daabbawalas, however. 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.

Bangalore-based Runnr has built its delivery service using a similar crowd-sourcing model to ride-sharing companies like Uber. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Archived from the original on 22 October At mid-morning they tour their neighbourhood on foot or by bicycle collecting an average of 30 dabbas.

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Dabbawalas deliver hundreds of thousands of meals on foot and by bike in one of India’s busiest cities every day. Similar start-ups are gaining popularity in India too. Following them around for the day is tough work. I did the math, which works out to one mistake in 8 million deliveries—or 16 million, since the tiffin carriers are returned home each day.

They are talking to Indian e-commerce giant Flipkart about carrying out last-mile deliveries. Pawan Agrawal – Mumbai Dabbawalas”. This page was last edited on 12 Octoberat He said he didn’t know what that was.


The sector has yet to get going, he says. And on the crowded streets of Mumbai, trains and bicycles are quicker than cars and motorbikes.

This media cannot be played on your device. The dabbawalas also spelled dabbawallas or dabbawallahscalled tiffin wallahs in older sources constitute a lunchbox delivery and return system that delivers hot lunches from homes and restaurants to people at work danbawalas Indiaespecially in Mumbai.

Any queries please contact us. In Bombay, Mahadeo Havaji Bachche started a lunch delivery service with about a hundred men. On arrival dabbas coming from all over the city are sorted again dabbawalaz being loaded onto bicycles and handcarts for the final leg. Despite the tight schedule, most of the time dabbawalas appear surprisingly relaxed, joking and chatting as they sort their dabbas.

Archived from the original PDF on 24 September And as a cooperative all dabbawalas are equal partners with supervisors called mukadams who are elected. Archived from the original on 9 April The dabbawala was late by his own standards but the customer was probably never aware of the hiccup, he says.

Future Now The new words for how we use our phones. In other projects Wikimedia Commons. Lunch boxes are marked in several ways: Many people liked the idea and the demand for Dabba delivery soared.