Ministry of Commerce and Industry, in collaboration with the National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad, has organised a competition for Covid19 Street Vending Cart Design for designing new and cost-effective cart models. The NIDs students in Ahmedabad, Andhra Pradesh, Assam, Haryana and Madhya Pradesh took part in it from 22.12.2020 to 05.02.2021.
National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad coordinated with other NIDs and conducted a Design Hackathon for designing new carts to cope with the recent challenges emerging due to COVID-19. After selection, it is also proposed to offer these models in mass scale to street vendors.
The Current Status of categories of Challenge conducted by NIDs is given below:
|Details of events||Ahmedabad||Andhra Pradesh||Assam||Haryana||Madhya Pradesh|
|No. of Teams/ Students participated & fees(if any)||27 Teams participated||19 Teams|
(Team of 3 students)
(Team of 3 students)
|13 teams registered||6 (Top three teams will be selected)|
|Design Shortlisted along with categories details||Street Vending Cart for Food Business:|
Street Vending Cart for Fruit/ Vegetables (3)
1st Runner-up: CHARIOT
2nd Runner-up: APNA CART
Street Vending Cart for General Merchandise (1)
ShruchiJaiswal, 4th year, TAD
JananiSridharan, 4th year, ID
TEAM JOGAD GADI
TejasPawar, 3rd year, ID
Shubham Sawant, 3rd year, ID
Himanshu Sharma, 2nd year, ID
IshikaArora, 2nd year, CD
AshwinMajli, 2nd year, ID
|THELA GAADI-A dream cart for the street retail vending entrepreneur|
KART BUOY-A fast food cart keeping in mind the current pandemic situation
EXTRA-Innovative multipurpose food cart design
CARTWALK-A cart with a modern form and an innovating stacking and storage system.
|To be shortlisted by the Jury panel||To be shortlisted by the Jury panel|
1st Runner up
2nd Runner up
|Top 3 teams received INR 21,000 cash prize||15000/- Cash Prize to each of the winning teams.||To be declared||To be declared|
The objective of the competition was to design a new and cost-effective solution for a modern vending cart to cope with the recent challenges emerging due to COVID-19. The cart should also provide better business prospects in the post COVID-19 world. Design should also consider issues and opportunities for street vendors so that they can sell better with improved efficiency and pride. It should address the needs of all segments of society.
As Street vendor uses conventional vending carts but, in the post COVID-19 era, the requirements from a cart have evolved in terms of packaging of goods, display, billing, hygiene, foldability, compactness, mobility, accessories like dustbin, seat etc., provision for shade, lighting, power supply etc. Indian Street Vendors are going through a tough phase due to COVID -19 scenario. Loss of customers and demand, restriction of mobility, hygiene issues, and competitive challenges predominant in the present time. Post COVID-19 time, there are new emerging scenarios in street vending. There lies an opportunity for street vendors to innovate their businesses and attract customers adapting to these changes. These Street carts could become a turning point for product, storage, mobility and branding point of view.