Ola Joins ONDC for Food Delivery Services and Eyes New CEO for Cab Business

Ola Joins ONDC for Food Delivery Services and Eyes New CEO for Cab Business

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Published on September 3, 2023

Ola, the mobility giant, is venturing into the food delivery arena once again by partnering with the government-backed Open Network for Digital Commerce (ONDC). This move places Ola in competition with the likes of Swiggy and others in the food delivery space. The feature has been under testing for over a month within the Ola app, initially for employees and a select group of users, under the name 'Ola ONDC food.'

While this venture marks Ola's fourth attempt at food delivery, it appears to have promising potential. The ONDC platform connects online buyers and sellers, and Ola's integration with it simplifies the process of bringing multiple restaurants and food brands to Ola's app for food delivery. This strategic move eliminates the complexities associated with integrating restaurant partners and consumers.

Moreover, there's buzz about Ola appointing a CEO for its cab business. This shift is aimed at streamlining operations and enhancing efficiency. The new CEO, possibly an ex-Unilever executive, is expected to join the company soon, according to reports.

These moves come on the heels of Ola reporting losses amounting to INR 3,082 crore in the fiscal year 2021-22. However, Ola's foray into food delivery and the appointment of a new CEO signal the company's determination to diversify and expand its services, potentially leading to a more competitive and dynamic future in the mobility and food delivery sectors.

As ONDC continues to make waves in the e-commerce landscape, this partnership could redefine the food delivery industry by offering restaurants and food chains more competitive pricing options due to lower or non-existent commissions, depending on buyer-seller agreements. This strategic integration positions Ola for growth and innovation, while the appointment of a new CEO reflects the company's commitment to strategic leadership and operational excellence.

Experience the Essence of Ethiopian Coffee with Luckin Coffee's Gesha Series

Experience the Essence of Ethiopian Coffee with Luckin Coffee's Gesha Series

By Nithyakala Neelakandan

Published on April 11, 2024

Luckin Coffee, the renowned Chinese coffeehouse chain, has unveiled its newest addition to the menu: the SEO Black Cup Gesha series. This exclusive lineup features single-origin espresso (SOE) beverages crafted from Gesha beans sourced from Bench Maji, Ethiopia.

Handpicked by Luckin Coffee's global bean-hunting team, these beans are cultivated at elevations ranging from 1,909m to 2,609m, resulting in a distinct flavor profile that coffee aficionados are sure to appreciate.

The Gesha series offers a variety of options including Americano, Flat White, Latte, and Dirty. Each cup is priced at $4.50 and is available in limited quantities, ensuring a premium coffee experience.


For those eager to try out this new series, Luckin Coffee is offering a special promotion for new app users, allowing them to purchase their first Luckin Black Cup for just $0.99.

Crafted under the guidance of the World Barista Championship team, the Gesha series exemplifies the essence of single-origin espresso, showcasing the unique flavors influenced by the region's climate, soil, and altitude.

In addition to the Gesha series, Luckin Coffee has introduced other premium offerings such as the Hambella line and the SOE Yirgacheffe collection, with plans to launch the Sumatra Gayo range in the near future.

Hyatt Continues its Legacy on Fortune's "100 Best Companies to Work For" List

Hyatt Continues its Legacy on Fortune's "100 Best Companies to Work For" List

By Nithyakala Neelakandan

Published on April 10, 2024

Hyatt Hotels Corporation (NYSE: H) proudly maintains its position among the elite "100 Best Companies to Work For," a coveted annual recognition bestowed by Fortune in partnership with the renowned research and consulting firm, Great Place to Work. For an impressive 11th consecutive year, Hyatt secures its spot on this prestigious list, solidifying its status as one of the most esteemed hospitality brands.

Susan Santiago, President of Hyatt U.S. and Canada, underscores the company's unwavering commitment to fostering a sense of belonging and genuine care among its global workforce. "At Hyatt, we prioritize the well-being of our colleagues and guests, championing a culture of empathy and integrity," she remarks. This ethos reflects in every aspect of Hyatt's operations, affirming its mission to support and uplift the communities it serves.


Hyatt's success lies in its dedication to nurturing a people-centric environment, where personalized experiences, wellness initiatives, and ample growth opportunities abound. Anchored by values of empathy, inclusion, integrity, experimentation, respect, and wellbeing, Hyatt celebrates the unique contributions of each team member, providing a nurturing platform for professional development.

Central to its corporate philosophy is the World of Care initiative, a comprehensive framework that underscores Hyatt's commitment to environmental stewardship, social responsibility, and ethical business practices. Embracing diversity and inclusion as cornerstones of its organizational ethos, Hyatt's 2025 Change Starts Here commitments outline robust diversity, equity, and inclusion objectives, spanning recruitment, development, partnerships, and procurement.

The recognition by Fortune as one of the "100 Best Companies to Work For" adds to Hyatt's growing list of accolades, including acknowledgment by Forbes, Fortune, and Newsweek for its exemplary workplace culture and innovative practices.

For those seeking to join the Hyatt family or explore career opportunities across its global network, visit careers.hyatt.com. To view the complete list of the 2024 "Fortune 100 Best Companies to Work For," visit fortune.com. 

Discover Serenity at JW Marriott Hotel Nairobi

Discover Serenity at JW Marriott Hotel Nairobi

By Nithyakala Neelakandan

Published on April 5, 2024

Nairobi, Kenya welcomes the newest jewel in its crown with the unveiling of JW Marriott Hotel Nairobi, a towering presence in the bustling Westlands commercial district. As part of Marriott Bonvoy's esteemed portfolio, JW Marriott Hotel Nairobi stands as a testament to the brand's dedication to providing exceptional hospitality experiences worldwide.

Embracing Kenya's natural beauty and rich heritage, JW Marriott Hotel Nairobi offers travelers a sanctuary for the mind, body, and soul. With 315 beautifully appointed guestrooms, five diverse dining venues, and a luxurious Spa by JW, guests are invited to immerse themselves in an environment designed for holistic wellness and rejuvenation.

At the heart of the hotel's allure lies its meticulous interior design, crafted by George Wong. Drawing inspiration from Africa's captivating landscapes, the décor echoes the hues of the savannah and Maasai culture, creating a harmonious blend of luxury and authenticity. From sculptures to regional textiles, every detail narrates the story of Kenya's mesmerizing beauty, inviting guests on an immersive journey.


The culinary scene at JW Marriott Hotel Nairobi is equally enchanting, with a diverse array of dining options to suit every taste. From the relaxed elegance of MIDI Café & Patisserie to the opulent ambiance of Mughal, each venue offers a unique culinary experience enriched by African influences and global flair.

Beyond leisure and dining, JW Marriott Hotel Nairobi serves as a premier destination for meetings and events, boasting over 1,700 square meters of flexible space equipped with state-of-the-art facilities. Whether hosting corporate gatherings or celebrating life's milestones, the hotel's venues offer unparalleled sophistication and versatility.

With its strategic location, luxurious amenities, and commitment to mindfulness, JW Marriott Hotel Nairobi emerges as a beacon of hospitality excellence, promising guests an unforgettable journey through the heart of Kenya's vibrant capital.

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