Switching to e-commerce?

Thinking of switching to online retail or e-commerce? Read these first and know the problems faced E-commerce is trending but what seems like a “low-investment-fast-growth” business idea to entrepreneurs might not be an accurate assumption. Treat this not as discouragement to start something new, but as a caution note from a person who has faced/seen […]

Online Retail- Threats & Opportunities

It’s very common nowadays to see empty stores with all materials decked up and waiting for consumers. This simple sight speaks a lot about the state of the Indian Retail Industry at the moment. This state of the Indian brick and mortar retail might be attributed to many factors, but one of major reason is […]

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 […]

Many casualties in modern retail as clicks kill bricks

Ahmedabad: While the number of online shoppers in India is expected to go up to 3.80 crore by 2015 and e-commerce would grow to $24 billion, in the last five years e-retailing has adversely affected some categories due to increasing preference for online retail. Brick-and-mortar retailers which so far sold books, music, gift items, mobile […]

Shopping through smartphones on the rise: study

An online study among smartphone users has found that 65 per cent of them use their phones to make a retail purchase, and 81 per cent of them frequently use social media to seek advice before making a purchase. As many as 78 per cent of smartphone users also frequently use their phones in a […]

ShopClues plans to raise $50 million

ShopClues.com, India’s first and the largest managed marketplace firm, is looking to raise $30-50 million (Rs 180-Rs 300 crore) in private equity (PE) investments. The Gurgaon-based company is understood to have initiated talks with PE players such as Warburg Pincus, SoftBank, Digital Sky Technologies and Goldman Sachs for this round of fund-raising, which is expected […]

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 […]

Is India ready for SHOWROOMING?

In a decade or so, the shopping experience is going to be completely digital, and it would be impossible to miss digital billboards, virtual shops, interactive posters or cyberstores as you walk down your favourite shopping lane. Unqiue QR codes on interactive billboards and kiosks will gleam at you, and invite you to ‘check them […]

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 […]

E-commerce firms gets ready with sail-through plans

E-commerce companies in India have rushed to make announcements on new offerings or are strategising fast on their next move, in the wake of Amazon, the world’s largest e-commerce company, entering India on June 5. Seattle-based Amazon’s US rival, the San Jose-headquartered eBay, has made two back-to-back announcements in India. Earlier this week, it announced […]