‘You need to support your smaller suppliers’

Indian online furniture retailer Pepperfry was severely affected during the Covid-19 lockdown, and had to ask staff to take pay cuts. But co-founder Ambareesh Murty says it was just as important to make sure smaller businesses, whom his firm rely on, also survived.

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