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Bezos and Ambani battle for India's online pharma crown

Entry of giants Amazon and Reliance rocks brick-and-mortar establishment

Amazon's Jeff Bezos, left, and Mukesh Ambani of Reliance Industries have taken their companies into India's growing online pharmacy market. (Nikkei montage/photos by Reuters)

TOKYO -- The battle lines are drawn in India's online pharmacy sector as Jeff Bezos' Amazon.com and top Indian billionaire Mukesh Ambani's Reliance Industries stake out positions in a growing market.

With the coronavirus pandemic keeping many of India's 1.3 billion people indoors, demand for online shopping has surged. When Amazon began offering drug deliveries in some parts of India in mid-August, it was quickly followed by Reliance, the country's biggest conglomerate.

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