Flipkart finally seems to have a blueprint of its business model

IndiaLive Mint — Bengaluru: Nearly nine years after starting out, squaring up against two of its role models and making some costly missteps along the way, Flipkart Ltd, India’s largest e-commerce firm, finally seems to have a blueprint of what its business model will look like.

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Flipkart collaborates with MapUnity to launch Map Services

IndiaEnterprise Innovation — Indian eCommerce marketplace, Flipkart, will collaborate with MapUnity, a Social Technology Lab, known for developing a variety of platforms for urban management, safety and transport. The collaboration may see Flipkart’s Mapping business – Flipkart Maps – taking a more central role in the company’s business schemes.

http://www.enterpriseinnovation.net/article/flipkart-collaborates-mapunity-launch-map-services-1703963519

Flipkart, Amazon may fail to meet vendor sales norm this year

IndiaTimes of India — NEW DELHI: Leading ecommerce companies may not be able to comply immediately with the recent stipulation to cap any vendor on their platforms at 25% of total sales. They will only be able to do so after the current financial year ends, said people aware of the matter.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/tech/tech-news/Ecommerce-companies-like-Flipkart-Amazon-may-fail-to-meet-vendor-sales-norm-this-year/articleshow/51975221.cms

Flipkart unveils mobile site on Chinese browser

IndiaTimes of India — BENGALURU: Leading e-retailer Flipkart on Wednesday opened a mobile website using a UC Browser of China to enable its users to access its offerings even on a slow 2G network. “Our mobile-site on UC browser brings a wider base of shoppers closer to a better mobile experience with core features such as search, offers and cart,” the city-based e-commerce major said in a statement here.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/tech/tech-news/Flipkart-unveils-mobile-site-on-Chinese-browser/articleshow/51715426.cms

Flipkart’s Ekart to deliver goods for Paytm

IndiaTimes of India — BENGALURU: Online marketplace Paytm is piloting a service where goods shipped from its platform will be delivered by Ekart, the logistics arm of Flipkart, signalling collaboration between the leader and a fast-growing rival in the fiercely competitive e-tail sector.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/tech/tech-news/Flipkarts-Ekart-to-deliver-goods-for-Paytm/articleshow/51695826.cms

How an Alibaba arm offers mouth-watering deals that Indian e-commerce players can’t

IndiaTimes of India — When Sumit Malhotra, a Delhi-based advertising professional, wanted to buy a 64GB pendrive for his son, he didn’t hunt for the best deal on Flipkart, Amazon, or Snapdeal. Neither did he call his office stationery person. He got it directly from China — via AliExpress, an online shopping arm of Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/tech/tech-news/How-an-Alibaba-arm-offers-mouth-watering-deals-that-Indian-e-commerce-players-cant/articleshow/51669609.cms

Half of online smartphone purchases done on Flipkart

IndiaTimes of India — BENGALURU: Flipkart was the most preferred e-commerce website by online consumers buying smartphones last year, with the company accounting for almost half of the online sales, says a research report by Counterpoint Research, a mobile phone sales tracking platform. Snapdeal and Amazon followed with market shares of 22.3% and 21.5% respectively. Flipkart had a 47.5% share. The top three players contributed to 91% of all online smartphone sales.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/tech/tech-news/Half-of-online-smartphone-purchases-done-on-Flipkart/articleshow/51646439.cms

Watch out Flipkart, Amazon: Alibaba plans to enter Indian e-commerce market this year

APACFirst Post— Chinese e-commerce major Alibaba Group is planning to enter India this year and is looking at opportunities to build the business organically or through other means. “We are planning to enter the e-commerce business in India in 2016. We have been exploring very carefully the e-commerce opportunity in this country, which we think is very exciting on the backdrop of Digital India,” Alibaba Group president J. Michael Evans said in New Delhi.

http://tech.firstpost.com/news-analysis/watch-out-flipkart-amazon-alibaba-plans-to-enter-indian-e-commerce-market-this-year-305099.html

Flipkart plans to sell cars, motorcycles

IndiaTimes of India — BENGALURU: Online retailer Flipkartsees a big opportunity in selling automobiles and accessories online as it scouts for categories to both boost revenue and deliver profits. The Bengaluru-based company plans to aggressively push sales of motorcycles, scooters and cars on its platform besides selling spare parts and services, according to a top official.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/tech/tech-news/Flipkart-plans-to-sell-cars-motorcycles/articleshow/51354257.cms

Flipkart to increase technology team’s headcount by 50%

IndiaTimes of India — BENGALURU: Flipkart will spend more on technology this year, as it ramps up its online capabilities, especially in mobile, thereby boosting the headcount of its technology and engineering teams by at least half. This comes at a time when India’s largest ecommerce firm is locked in a battle for supremacy with arch rivals Amazon and Snapdeal.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/tech/jobs/Flipkart-to-increase-technology-teams-headcount-by-50/articleshow/51153858.cms

Flipkart to shut down grocery delivery app Nearby

IndiaTimes of India — NEW DELHI: Leading Indian e-commerce player Flipkart has announced that it is shutting down its hyper-local service ‘Nearby’. The app was launched five months back in order to experiment grocery delivery in Bengaluru. Flipkart Nearby provides wide range of products ranging from daily use items such as toothpaste, soap, groceries to various personal and baby products. The app consists of several categories including branded food, groceries, beverages, dairy and eggs.

Flipkart CEO Binny Bansal’s plan to take on Amazon, Alibaba

IndiaTimes of India — BENGALURU: For Flipkart’s new chief executive Binny Bansal, it’s not enough that the electronic marketplace is the country’s largest. He wants to build an internet powerhouse out of India that can match the might of Chinese e-commerce giants such as Alibaba and Baidu that have been able to thwart Amazon’s efforts to dominate in their home turf.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/tech/tech-news/Flipkart-CEO-Binny-Bansals-plan-to-take-on-Amazon-Alibaba/articleshow/50990960.cms

Who will be the WeChat of India? And what will it do to Flipkart and Snapdeal?

IndiaTech in Asia — The trend of buying things through chat has taken off in such a big way in China that some wonder if it’s a sign that chat commerce will pose a threat to conventional ecommerce around the world. The prime example of this trend is WeChat, China’s most popular messaging app that just turned five years old. Some of our writers have spent entire days using nothing but the chat app – and have all lived to tell the tale.

https://www.techinasia.com/wechat-india-flipkart-snapdeal

Flipkart dominates mobile commerce with 47% share: SimilarWeb

IndiaTimes of India — BENGALURU: The battle for the top spot among online marketplaces is heating up with market leader Flipkart gaining leadership in the mobile commerce space with 47% share of the traffic for December 2015 according to data mining firm, SimilarWeb.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/tech/tech-news/Flipkart-dominates-mobile-commerce-with-47-share-SimilarWeb/articleshow/50665756.cms

Flipkart starts talks with investors to raise $1.4 billion

IndiaTimes of India— BENGALURU: Flipkart has started talks with investors to raise about $1.4 billion (Rs 9,200 crore), four people aware of the development said, as it keeps up its fundraising spree and tries to cement its leadership in the online retail market. US-based Sands Capital Management, two direct sources said, is in talks to lead the round with funding of $700 million.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/tech/tech-news/Flipkart-starts-talks-with-investors-to-raise-1-4-billion/articleshow/50480635.cms

Flipkart backs mobile gaming startup

IndiaTimes of India — BENGALURU: Mobile gaming firm Mech Mocha has raised an undisclosed amount of seed funding from e-commerce major Flipkart and seed-stage investor Blume Ventures. Flipkart has been active in the mobile gaming space after having backed offline gaming startup MadRat Games last year in November.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/tech/tech-news/Flipkart-backs-mobile-gaming-startup/articleshow/50290605.cms

Accel Partners sells fractional stake in Flipkart to Qatar Investment Authority for $100 million

IndiaTimes of India — BENGALURU: Accel Partners has sold a fractional stake in Flipkart to Qatar Investment Authority for $100 million (about Rs 650 crore), in a deal that values India’s biggest online marketplace at $15 billion, according to two people aware of the transaction. Accel, the first venture investor in Flipkart, remains the second-largest shareholder in the e-commerce company behind New York-based hedge fund Tiger Global Management.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/tech/tech-news/Accel-Partners-sells-fractional-stake-in-Flipkart-to-Qatar-Investment-Authority-for-100-million/articleshow/50263208.cms

How Flipkart’s app strategy has helped Amazon India

IndiaTimes of India — BENGAULURU: Amazon has taken pole position on the web side of Indian e-commerce, a move that was perhaps aided in no small measure by Flipkart’s decision to take its eyes off the web and focus on its mobile app. Mobile accounts for 70-80% of e-commerce traffic today. Amazon issued advertisements in leading newspapers on Monday pointing out the achievement.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/tech/tech-news/How-Flipkarts-app-strategy-has-helped-Amazon-India/articleshow/50182713.cms

Mobile-only makes sense for Flipkart, says CEO Sachin Bansal

IndiaTimes of India — BENGALURU: Flipkart cofounder and CEO Sachin Bansal on Monday said the company was a firm believer in a mobile-only strategy. Bansal said the e-commerce company would not be able to become an integral part of India’s mobile revolution if employees at the firm still thought with a desktop mindset.

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Snapdeal takes on Flipkart Lite with Snap-lite

IndiaTimes of India — Taking on Flipkart Lite head-on, arch rival Snapdeal has announced Snap-lite. The Delhi-based e-commerce major has announced its own ‘lite version’, which its chief product officer Anand Chandrasekaran claimed will make browsing on Snapdeal 85% faster. In a tweet, Chandrasekaran wrote, “Is there a http://Snapdeal.com experience that’s 85% faster? Introducing Snap-lite (across all mobile browsers).”

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/tech/tech-news/Snapdeal-takes-on-Flipkart-Lite-with-Snap-lite/articleshow/49766314.cms

Amazon looks to India learnings to cut costs

IndiaTimes of India — BENGALURU: E-commerce giant Amazon is taking lessons learnt from its daily battles with India’s choked roads and cramped cities to some of its largest developed markets, exporting a model of cheaper deliveries and reduced warehousing costs. Online shopping is booming in India, where millions of consumers are newly able to access the internet thanks to cheap smartphones. For Amazon, it is already the largest contributor of new customers outside the United States.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/tech/tech-news/Amazon-looks-to-India-learnings-to-cut-costs/articleshow/49765159.cms?

Flipkart’s wholesale arm posts three-fold jump in revenue

IndiaTimes of India — MUMBAI: Flipkart India, the wholesale arm of India’s largest e-commerce company, posted three-fold increase in revenue in fiscal 2015, reflecting the rapid growth of the country’s online retail sector. Its revenue rose to Rs 9,351.7 crore in the year ended March, up from Rs 2,846 crore in the previous year, according to a recent filing with the Registrar of Companies.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/tech/tech-news/Flipkarts-wholesale-arm-posts-three-fold-jump-in-revenue/articleshow/49754435.cms

As ecommerce booms in India, startups and giants rush to $300b logistics business

IndiaTech in Asia — A shopper in India can sign on to an ecommerce site and buy a product with the click of a button. How much does that click cost the store? According to Indian consulting firm Technopak, India’s ecommerce startups spend as much as 30 percent of their net income on logistics. In the US, Amazon is reported to spend 11.7 percent. On Alibaba’s marketplaces, the cost is entirely paid for by merchants and buyers.

https://www.techinasia.com/ecommerce-logistics-in-india/

Smartphones the biggest hit on Flipkart’s Big Billion sale

IndiaTimes of India — NEW DELHI: Flipkart, the country’s largest online retailer and marketplace, sold more than $200 million worth of mobile phones during the five-day Big Billion Days sale, with most consumers demanding 4G-backed devices, a top executive said. Flipkart sold 250 mobile phones every minute, of which 190 were 4G phones, during the five days, chief business officer Ankit Nagori said.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/tech/tech-news/Smartphones-the-biggest-hit-on-Flipkarts-Big-Billion-sale/articleshow/49539709.cms

In Amazon vs Flipkart war, consumers are the winners

IndiaTimes of India — NEW DELHI: With the onset of the festive season, it’s raining discounts and even gold bars for customers of Flipkart and Amazon as both e-tailers are trying to woo shoppers with best deals and grab market share. Both firms have invested heavily on bringing the best deals for customers across categories like apparel, electronics and household items as well as on logistics to ensure speedy delivery to ensure the customer experience doesn’t suffer, analysts said.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/tech/tech-news/In-Amazon-vs-Flipkart-war-consumers-are-the-winners/articleshow/49428488.cms

Why Flipkart, Snapdeal are on a buying spree

IndiaTimes of India — When Tanuj Mendiratta hit the road in December to raise money for his mobile marketing firm Appiterate, he found not many venture capital funds were keen on investing in business-to-business startups such as his. He needn’t have worried. The company’s product, already being used by online marketplaces such as Snapdeal, drew a lot of interest from Indian internet companies looking to beef up their mobile applications.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/tech/tech-news/Why-Flipkart-Snapdeal-are-on-a-buying-spree/articleshow/49195651.cms

Flipkart plans to get big in 20 small cities

IndiaTimes of India — NEW DELHI: Punjabi singer Diljit Dosanjh or Assam’s latest pop sensation may soon be singing praises for Flipkart. India’s largest online retailer is gearing up to launch a large-scale campaign in 20 small cities, marking the beginning of a change in the company’s approach in targeting shoppers.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/tech/tech-news/Flipkart-plans-to-get-big-in-20-small-cities/articleshow/49076004.cms

Flipkart, Snapdeal may need to beef up data security

IndiaTimes of India — NEW DELHI: India’s e-commerce companies including Flipkart, Snapdeal and Jabong need to gear up for stricter norms on data security, confidentiality of personal information and consumer protection as the country prepares to implement regulatory processes prevalent in a regional trade block. The government is looking at accepting the best practices of sectors as part of the negotiations on joining the RCEP even as it is yet to take a call on opening up the sector completely to foreign investors.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/tech/tech-news/Flipkart-Snapdeal-may-need-to-beef-up-data-security/articleshow/49076650.cms

Flipkart opens fulfillment centre in Chennai

IndiaTimes of India — BENGALURU: Homegrown e-commerce giant Flipkart today announced the launch of its fulfillment centre in Chennai, taking the total warehouse strength in the country to 15.  Owing to an increased demand and with a consistent focus on customer delight, the company has invested in improving the supply chain in Chennai and surrounding areas, Flipkart said in a release.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/tech/tech-news/Flipkart-opens-fulfillment-centre-in-Chennai/articleshow/48972430.cms

Flipkart may exit e-books business

IndiaTimes of India — BENGALURU: Online retailer Flipkart is likely to exit the e-books business as it tries to sharpen focus on retailing physical goods, according to a senior executive in the industry.  The company said in a statement that it is evaluating its e-books strategy and is working toward redefining its digital offerings to customers.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/tech/tech-news/Flipkart-may-exit-e-books-business/articleshow/48884417.cms