The imposition of nationwide lockdown led to the rise in demand for home automation appliances as it was difficult for people to manage without domestic help. The demand is increasing from 10000 cleaning robots in FY20 to 4,00,000 in FY21. Xiaomi received 75% pre-order on its May-launched robotic vacuum cleaner. Electronic retail store chain Croma’s sales saw 25% hike. Automated dishwashers, smarter kitchen appliances and ACs are also fetching sales.