E-commerce in India – Version 3.0?

  Flipkart‘s successful raising of $200 million (about Rs 1,200 crore) in its fifth round of funding could well mark the launch of version 3.0 for India’s still fledgling but rapidly maturing e-commerce activity. The timing of this announcement could not have been more propitious since till just before this event, there were growing legions […]

Big boys of retail want to move online

New Delhi: Brick-and-mortar retailers such as Future Groups’s Big Bazaar and Aditya Birla Retail are understood to be ramping up their back-end to gear up to the e-commerce revolution. The idea is to find additional revenues, reach out to Net-savvy consumers as well as mitigate costs related to real estate among others. Players such as […]

Flipkart launches payment gateway solution for merchants

Flipkart, India’s largest e-commerce company has launched its own payment gateway service called PayZippy. The current version of PayZippy will only power card payments for websites and mobile sites of Indian merchants. The company however said it would soon launch a larger customer-centric payment gateway solution. “This launch is a pre-cursor for a larger customer-centric […]

Women- a major force behind the rise of e-commerce

Zivame.com, an online lingerie brand, is tapping micro-blogging site Twitter to interact with its customers, mostly women, on a daily basis. It does about 1,000 transactions a day, says its founder Richa Kar. For Zivame and many other online and offline players, the findings of a recent Google study titled “Women and Web’ would be […]

Amazon plans to storm India with Fulfilment plan

E-commerce giant Amazon.com has launched its website for India with Amazon.in. It is designed to facilitate transactions between buyers and sellers. The marketplace will help Amazon overcome regulatory hurdles which prevents foreign retailers from having an Indian arm directly selling products in India. According to the marketplace model, Amazon does not own any of the […]

What after cash on delivery?

After cash on delivery (CoD), what? Many e-commerce websites in India are grappling with precisely this question two years after Flipkart offered that game-changing option to its buyers. Now, CoD is like a hygiene factor in the business. You either do it or you are not there at all. Consider the stakes. Global e-commerce sales […]

Flipkart allows third-party sellers on its website

In a bid to bring independent sellers and buyers together, Flipkart Online Services Pvt. Ltd., which runs India’s biggest online shopping portal flipkart.com has launched Flipkart Marketplace. It will virtually bring sellers and buyers at one place from where they can do the transaction. This will mean that a third party merchant can sell his […]

Snapdeal growth surge gets eBay’s interest

Shilpa Gupta and her colleagues have caught the online shopping bug. Each morning, the human resources staffers for an Indian newspaper try to guess whose purchases will arrive that day. Increasingly, their packages arrive from Snapdeal.com, one of India’s fastest-growing e-commerce sites. The three-year-old startup has caught the attention of eBay, which recently led a […]

Flipkart move to marketplace is triumph of clicks over bricks

With India’s largest e-commerce entity Flipkart announcing the launch of a marketplace platform, many in the sector wonder if this model is more suited for the Indian market than the inventory-led one. The marketplace model, as propagated by eBay, brings buyers and sellers in direct contact. As in an inventory-based model, a marketplace platform does […]

American Swan ropes in Unmukt Chand as its brand ambassador

American Swan (www.americanswan.com) – India’s latest entry to premium global online fashion and lifestyle genre announced its association with the rising star of Indian cricket, Unmukt Chand as its sports brand ambassador. The ethos of American Swan resonates with young achievers who have defined their own path and have become exceptionally successful in their respective […]