Medikabazaar, the online B2B platform for medical supplies, is looking at expanding its present workforce by adding 500 employees. It has expressed interest in hiring 200 people, of the 541 who have been recently laid off by Zomato, especially telecallers, telesales and telemarketing personnel. They will be hired for doing inside sales.
The candidates will be selected on the basis of psychometric tests and role-specific interviews.
The employees who lost their jobs at Zomato were mainly from the customer, merchant and delivery partner support teams. Medikabazaar is also looking to fill up positions in the technology department, and invites candidates with the required drive to be part of the Company’s mission to provide cost-effective and standard healthcare to people across India.
As Medikabazaar works in a very niche market and hardly has any competitors, ready baked talent is not available in the market for them. That is why they are looking to hire readily available talent from other industries which can be moulded to work.
“It is not as if we are going to hire all Zomato laid off employees but first preference would be given to them. They will be evaluated through all the hiring tools and processes,” says Anil Mohanty, Head HR, Medikabazaar.
Founded about five years back, this startup sells medical and hospital supplies to more than 20,000 hospitals and clinics across 23 Indian cities. It has been invested in by Delhi-based venture capital fund, HealthQuad, the VC arm of Japanese insurance company, Mitsui Sumitomo Insurance, and Belgium-based Kois Invest.
With 14 fulfilment centres in the country right now, the Company aims to take this number up to 44 by 2021.
It is looking at growing five times in terms of overall revenue, with a targeted revenue of $100 million for FY2019-20.
Not only does it stock more than 250,000 categories of medical and hospital supplies, including devices, consumables, disposables, dental products and furniture, it also caters to customers outside India— Africa, Pakistan, Nepal, West Asia, Seychelles, Indonesia, and Bangladesh.