Two Techies in Chennai developed an application AroundU, a swiggy for medicines, for the flood victims in Chennai


In November 2016, when Chennai was devastated with floods, the two buddies Aravindh Rajendran and Arunbabu Tamilselvan came up with an idea of developing an  application useful for ordering medicines, named as AroundU.  The college buddies, have completed their engineering. After completiong their graduation the yparted their ways, Arunbabu went on to run his household enterprise in Chennai, whereas Aravindh labored for an IT agency. Each time they caught up, they spoke about beginning a enterprise of their very own, however couldn’t zero in on an concept.


When asked about the idea of developing an application AroundU they said,  “We noticed folks in want of medicines as a lot as they wanted meals. It was a necessary want which was very tough to satisfy. After the floods subsided, we noticed how tough it continued to be for folks to obtain prescription medicines. Generally, the medicines they wanted weren’t out there within the neighbourhood’s small medical retailer, however at a bigger medical retailer 10 km away. It wasn’t simply entry to medicines, even routine lab assessments have been cumbersome for individuals who needed to journey just a few kilometres to get to the closest lab.”

 It is a profitable technique for the patrons and the pharmacies

The duo developed an application in February 2017 AroundU, tagging it as an internet pharmacy. With the help of this application, one is able to insert an order of medicines which will be delivered within 24 hours of your order. AroundU also presents the lab assessments at your residence, paleo weight loss plan consultations and physician consultations, amongst different companies. There’s additionally  a categorical supply choice for emergency instances the place the order could be fulfilled inside an hour. “However most often, we reply inside 20 minutes from the second the order is acquired,” says Aravindh. Clients can select to order on the AroundU app, and even by way of a cellphone name.

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Aravindh says, “We don’t see the offline native pharmacies and medical outlets as opponents. Whereas most on-line pharmacies provide reductions, thereby taking enterprise away from native medical outlets and pharmacies, we give them extra enterprise. Normally, you’ve gotten individuals who have been going to a selected pharmacy or medical retailer for years and there’s mutual belief concerned.  We imagine that this equation of belief deserves to be revered. And we’re solely offering a platform to assist them proceed that transaction, albeit digitally.


As soon as an order is acquired, it’s routed to the pharmacy the place the drugs is out there and is closest to the client’s location. The associate pharmacy validates the prescription, raises the bill and inside 10 minutes the client is notified of the invoice quantity. As soon as the client accepts this, the order is delivered.

AroundU additionally has an choice the place prospects can present the prescription on the time of supply. In instances the place the pharmacy doesn’t have a supply supply, AroundU makes use of its personal workforce. In the intervening time, the startup works with 70 pharmacies and medical shops in Chennai, and 40 pharmacies throughout different cities within the state. They have also collaborated with 4 more pharma chains which are present throughout in Tamil Nadu.

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