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Why Flipkart has devised a complicated maze of inter-connected and purportedly independent entities?
These documents, accessed by Mint, show there are three entities registered in Singapore as 100% subsidiaries of FPL: Flipkart Marketplace Pvt. Ltd, Flipkart Logistics Pvt. Ltd and Flipkart Payments Pvt. Ltd. Facebook Twitter Linkedin Email

Amazon inching closer to Jabong acquisition; deal could be worth $1.2B; Sweden's Kinnevik owns 25 per cent stake in Jabong
It is not immediately clear how the deal would be structured as Jabong is an inventory-based e-tailer, where foreign investment is not allowed at present. But others point out that if Flipkart can buy Myntra, Amazon can seal this deal too with some careful structuring. Facebook Twitter Linkedin Email

Snapdeal, Ola backers say no to SoftBank's buyout offer; Investors see the value multiplying further
"I haven't sold any shares so far. If someone is offering a valuation which I expect the company to reach in the next one-two years, then I can think about it," said People Group founder Anupam Mittal, one of the early backers of Ola. Investments like Ola come once in a lifetime, he added. Facebook Twitter Linkedin Email

Flipkart announces the launch of the 'Flipkart Fashion Files' - an exclusive lifestyle content page on its platform
Flipkart has joined hands with the Conde Nast Group to co-create high quality fashion content for its young and dynamic customers, the Bengaluru-based company said.
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Flipkart closes a $500-600 million fresh financing round led by its existing large investors at a valuation of $10 billion
Sources said the latest move was part of Flipkart's regular fund-raising plans till it readies itself to go public on the US bourses in the next 36 months. As reported by this newspaper, the company could raise anywhere between $2 billion and $3 billion within this time frame.
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Flipkart plans to launch exclusive sales for over 30 global brands, as more marketers seek to benefit from the rising reach of online retail in India
Marketers are of the view that online channels where overhead costs are not built into the price paid by a consumer will become more attractive. "We plan to launch newer models exclusively on Flipkart in 2015, which includes Mi4 smartphone," said Hugo Barra, vice-president of Xiaomi Facebook Twitter Linkedin Email

Alibaba founder Jack Ma in India; to meet Snapdeal's Kunal Bahl; will participate in a number of meetings with local businesses
Sources said that in the list of entrepreneurs meeting Ma is Snapdeal's Kunal Bahl. SoftBank is an investor in both Alibaba and Snapdeal and ET reported in September that the Chinese firm is considering an investment in the Indian e-tailer to enter the country. Facebook Twitter Linkedin Email

With no e-commerce companies on listed space, speculators betting big on logistics segment; significant gains in stock prices of logistics companies
Most small- and mid-sized logistics companies are currently trading at a price to earnings (P/E) multiple of above 50, and in some cases, above 100. While some may be able to show strong earnings growth in coming years, that may not be the case with all the companies. Facebook Twitter Linkedin Email

H1FY15 revenue at fashion etailer Jabong skyrockets 187%; reports net revenue at Rs 3.24 billion; GMV increases to Rs 5.1 billion
As a result of the decision to continue to invest in topline growth following market pressure of higher discounts, gross margin trended down to a negative 17.5 per cent, which was however 400 basis points lower from last year. Facebook Twitter Linkedin Email

Startups hoard funds fearing flood of money from deep-pocketed investors may become a trickle soon
These startups, many of which are battling competitors in the fast-growing consumer Internet space, are building up cash reserves that have resulted in a shortening of fund-raising cycles -- from an average of 10 months even a year ago to a mere three months now. Facebook Twitter Linkedin Email

Retailers focus on how to spend wisely with Google, continue to fight for top rankings via natural search: Survey
Internet Retailer bases its findings on anonymous responses from 95 participants, of whom the majority, 67.7%, identified themselves as working for web-only retailers. Facebook Twitter Linkedin Email

Summer internship stipends sizzle; jump 30-40%
Companies are offering as much as Rs 4.2 lakh for a two-month internship and large and established companies are jostling with upstart ecommerce startups for fresh talent. Facebook Twitter Linkedin Email

Twitter to use S-money service for payments in France, allows its customers to transfer money to other people via tweets on social network
The move by Groupe BPCE, France's second largest bank by customers, coincides with Twitter's own push into the world of online payments as the social network seeks new sources of revenue beyond advertising. Facebook Twitter Linkedin Email

6 Foundational Ecommerce Marketing Tactics to Stop Your Bucket from Leaking
Facebook Ads, Google Adwords, SEO, blogging, social media and guest posting are all great methods to drive traffic, unfortunately, most of the time they don't work as expected. There are lots of possible reasons for this, however, many times it's because you have a leaky bucket. A website that leaks visitors as fast as you can bring them in. Facebook Twitter Linkedin Email

Differentiation is the Key for Customer Loyalty in E-tail, says OLX CEO
How sustainable is e-tail in India where customer loyalty is only towards price and people flock to whoever is offering the lower price.  Facebook Twitter Linkedin Email

Fake shopping portal BIGSOP.com to be shut down, lured gullible customers by advertising on its pop-ups
"We will order shutting down the fake web site after completing the investigation and filing charge-sheet against the six accused partners who created the portal (BIGSOP.com) and used payment gateways of many banks for transactions," Bengaluru Joint Commissioner of Police Hemant Nimbalkar told IANS here. Facebook Twitter Linkedin Email

5 Promotional Campaign Ideas to Boost Sales This Holiday Season
To take on larger retailers who are looking to win over shoppers with low prices and free shipping, as a small and medium-sized business, you can turn to more personalized and creative ways to promote your store on a budget. Facebook Twitter Linkedin Email

Smart banks ride the e-wave; Foreign and new-age private sector banks take the lead in facilitating online transactions
The country's internet population, 213 million as on 2013, is seeing an addition of five million every month, driven by the rapid growth in smartphones. Most banks are cashing in on this opportunity, as it helps them earn revenues and in lowering costs. Facebook Twitter Linkedin Email

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4 Tips To Help You Sell More in Retail, Backed By Science and Bob the Builder
As a small business owner with a brick-and-mortar store, you probably spend a lot of resources getting people to walk through your doors. But, what do you do once they're in? However, instead of leaving your retail sales to chance or talent, you can alternatively rely on a science that you can teach to your staff or apply yourself. Facebook Twitter Linkedin Email

Reducing supply chain vulnerability Reducing supply chain vulnerability

How to use analytics and visualization to reduce supply chain vulnerability. Facebook Twitter Linkedin Email

How e-commerce is reshaping retail real estate
How e-commerce is reshaping retail real estate
With the recession's financial strains still raw, consumers demand even more value, on top of the greater convenience they have come to expect. There are outstanding opportunities in the retail sector, but investors must be more selective in their asset selection, preferring well-located sites and unique shopping environments over commodity space in inferior locations. Facebook Twitter Linkedin Email

The physical side of E-commerce
The physical side of E-commerce
Before a company is online and making sales, they are faced with the daunting task of setting up their web platform and deciding whether it should be hosted locally or globally. E-fulfillment should also be considered under this context. Facebook Twitter Linkedin Email

Global Perspective on Retail: Online Retailing
Global Perspective on Retail: Online Retailing
Cushman & Wakefield
This report targets the growth of online retailing. It firstly looks at the factors that are driving and constraining the growth of e-commerce in the retail market and how this growth varies globally. The report then considers the implications of online retailing for physical retail space and looks at how shopping centre owners and managers are either adapting to or leading the new market. Facebook Twitter Linkedin Email

E-Tailing in India: Pushing The Retail Frontier

E-Tailing in India: Pushing The Retail Frontier

The 2000's can be better described as a decade of foundation building, when Internet penetration increased steadily, technological advancements enabled better online interfaces with safer transactions, and e-commerce inched into the common man's life. Now that critical mass has been achieved, the decade of 2010s is expected to see this fledgling launched into the next orbit. FacebookTwitterLinkedinEmail

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