Covid-19 has affected the world we live in and our outlook on normalcy. As few countries are stepping out of lockdown there is a dire need to rehabilitate and reinstate the new normal.
During this period of crisis, it is important that the supply of food and daily essentials reach every neighbourhood and individual. Centralized markets cause people to congregate, leading to logistical failures that can cause major disruptions. This makes it difficult to monitor the supply of food and other essentials. A resilient delivery system with safety measures is imperative to help contain the epidemic. Substantial changes can trigger distress and during a pandemic, change is the need of the hour. During times like this, the best approach is that of quiet subversion - where the idea of change is applied in a subtle manner so that you nudge people towards the change rather than forcing it upon them.
Market on-wheels - Inspired by the humble hand-cart, an accepted method of delivery in the Indian subcontinent and most of Southeast Asia. This delivery system helps to decentralize the market as it services different neighbourhoods. Pictured in different situations the cart can be plugged into existing markets and open public spaces. These makeshift decentralized markets allow us to be a step closer in having 15-minute cities.
These individual mobile carts can move around neighbourhoods to supply food and essentials to all, including senior citizens and the physically challenged. The decentralized mobile markets contain movement within neighbourhoods and shorten the food supply chain. This system can prove to be highly effective during a pandemic and also become a part of our daily routine during the new normal.
The reformed cart is a compact modular mobile system that transforms into a stand-alone kiosk. These tiered modules slide open to allow for the display of groceries while providing physical distancing between two customers, and the customers and the vendor. The idea is to separate the two main functions: the selection of products and the checkout process. The cart has a sanitization point incorporated within each of these zones.
It also has refrigerated containers that will allow for the supply of dairy products and help in keeping the produce fresh. The self-checkout area allows for a contact-less exchange between customer and vendor. Made of bamboo the container modules of the cart are securely placed on a metal base frame. The canopy is held up by bamboo poles. Solar panels are mounted atop the canopy that has retractable awnings providing shade for both the customer and the vendor. Market on wheels is made from circular and safe materials as sensitive and responsible design is another need of the hour.
A pandemic triggers a ripple effect and doesn’t just lead to loss of life but loss of livelihoods as well. Market on wheels not only creates a resilient delivery system but also allows to sustain the livelihood of a vendor while still protecting their health and safety.
Atharva Gune Bhakti Loonawat Namrata Tidke Huzefa Rangwala Jasem Pirani