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Indian startups like Zomato, Housing.com, One 97 Communication and others offer fringe benefits to ensure that folks can party as hard as they work - Economic Times
Indian startups like Zomato, Housing.com, One 97 Communication and others offer fringe benefits to ensure that folks can party as hard as they work
Economic Times
Pranay Chulet, founder & CEO of digital classifieds player Quikr , says the Indian market is different and so are the perks. "People seem to prefer samosas over salmon , andcricketover foosballsothat's what we focus on. We want to celebrate our quirks ," he says. Facebook Twitter Linkedin Email

Amazon takes kirana route to deliver goods; move can help to overcome the problem of failed deliveries, a pain point for most e-tailers globally
Times of India
"We are continually innovating to find solutions that enhance convenience and experience for our customers. We are running a pilot for in-store pick-up service in Bangalore.", says Amazon. Facebook Twitter Linkedin Email

Online taxi aggregator Ola Cabs raises $30 million in the latest round of funding led by venture capital firm Sequoia Capital along with existing investors
Economic Times
Ola, in fact, helps drivers in financing loans at lower interest rates for the purchase of their cars. Radio cab pioneer Meru, and other traditional players, on the other hand owns its own fleet. Facebook Twitter Linkedin Email

E-tailers go the subscription way to lure buyers; half a dozen ventures offer on a monthly subscription basis, mimick a popular model in global markets - Economic Times
E-tailers go the subscription way to lure buyers; half a dozen ventures offer on a monthly subscription basis, mimick a popular model in global markets
Economic Times
"Subscription-based selling is cost-efficient for a startup like us since we get a better estimate of demand and there is no need to store inventory," said Arunprasad Durairaj, co-founder of recreational toys provider Flinto. Facebook Twitter Linkedin Email

Bang in the Middle to work on Jabong's summer campaign; agency will create a series of campaigns for the brand, across offline and online media - afaqs
Bang in the Middle to work on Jabong's summer campaign; agency will create a series of campaigns for the brand, across offline and online media
afaqs
Fashion and lifestyle e-tailer Jabong.com, after an extensive review, has awarded its creative mandate to Bang in the Middle. The agency has already started the work on the new summer campaign slated to be released soon. Facebook Twitter Linkedin Email

Grocery e-tailer BigBasket in talks with private equity firms in the United States and India to raise Rs 300 crore to expand to seven cities
Economic Times
"Technology is the backbone of this business. It is a 'cookie cutter model' that we can replicate in other markets," said VS Sudhakar, co founder of BigBasket. Facebook Twitter Linkedin Email

Dell joins the bandwagon of manufacturers warning shoppers against buying its laptops and tablets from e-commerce websites in India
MediaNama.com
So it's not clear if Dell is against the pricing and warranty policy of one seller who may have been under cutting price on the site. It is also worth noting that many of these retailers were against e-commerce websites due to FDI policies and a lot of them signed up as sellers on eBay last month. Facebook Twitter Linkedin Email

Japanese e-commerce company Rakuten likely to enter India  in the next six to eight months; seeks to tap Rs.62,000 crore e-commerce market - Livemint
Japanese e-commerce company Rakuten likely to enter India in the next six to eight months; seeks to tap Rs.62,000 crore e-commerce market
Livemint
Rakuten is exploring the possibility of starting a travel and hospitality portal in India, said one of the three persons, an executive with a large consulting company. Facebook Twitter Linkedin Email

How LocalBanya.com has managed to set up Mumbai's first online supermarket?
Economic Times
As of now, LocalBanya is targeting the urban population and the customer base varies from single professionals, working couples, nuclear families and students fending for themselves to new mothers, senior citizens and even large families. Facebook Twitter Linkedin Email

Niche online portals seniorshelf.com and oldisgoldstore.com find India with 100 million elderly a good market - Economic Times
Niche online portals seniorshelf.com and oldisgoldstore.com find India with 100 million elderly a good market
Economic Times
The OldIsGoldStore.com is self- funded with seed capital of Rs 25 lakh. "Earlier no one thought contact lenses could be sold online , but LensKart changed that. Same way I think these companies will change the way people shop for elderly care products," said Lodha. Facebook Twitter Linkedin Email

25% of counterfeit luxury goods are sold via eCommerce portals; 7% fake goods sale for global luxury goods market which is worth around $22 billion - India Business Blog
25% of counterfeit luxury goods are sold via eCommerce portals; 7% fake goods sale for global luxury goods market which is worth around $22 billion
India Business Blog
ASSOCHAM has calculated that this fake luxury industry is growing at a compounded annual growth rate of almost 40-50% and within the next 3 years, it will become Rs 5600 crore. Facebook Twitter Linkedin Email

Indian retailers look to global firms like Best Buy,  for best practices in a number of initiatives to lure customers - Business Today
Indian retailers look to global firms like Best Buy, for best practices in a number of initiatives to lure customers
Business Today
Taking best practices from Best Buy, which is attempting to script a turnaround, the domestic players have already figured out the various threats and are working towards avoiding a difficult situation. Croma opened its 101st store in Mumbai recently. Facebook Twitter Linkedin Email

Info Edge-owned Naukri-com security attacked, asks users to change passwords
Economic Times
Some Naukri.com user accounts, along with their passwords, have been impacted, a company representative said, declining to reveal how many accounts were affected. Naukri says it hosts 3.7 crore resumes on its website. Facebook Twitter Linkedin Email

IPay Tech floats An offline e-commerce platform that helps even small retailers sell TVs, flight tickets, phones and remit utility bills - Hindu Business Line
IPay Tech floats An offline e-commerce platform that helps even small retailers sell TVs, flight tickets, phones and remit utility bills
Hindu Business Line
The firm has conducted a beta launch in Hyderabad where 500 retailers have taken part, completing 17 lakh transactions for five lakh consumers over a period of 200 days. It plans to expand to other metros. Facebook Twitter Linkedin Email

Office Supplies eStore, Zoffio.com Turns One; grows to 45000 orders, 100 plus employee, 3 million unique visitors, Rs. 8 crore turnover in 1 year
Moneylife
On its first anniversary, Mr. Kamani commented, "I am thrilled to announce that we have received tremendous response from the market in the last one year. It also bears testimony to the fact that there was a huge demand for a professional office supplies partner in the industry. Facebook Twitter Linkedin Email

Rocket Internet Partners With Qatar's Ooredoo In New Fund For Asian E-Commerce Startups, especially those focused on mobile services
Tech Crunch
For Rocket Internet, the move is an obvious one. Creating a JV with a local partner provides a streamline of investment in the businesses; interesting distribution networks; and in general a strong degree of local knowledge. Facebook Twitter Linkedin Email

Future Group plans standalone stores for in-house brands; plans to set up exclusive stores for two of its private apparel brands- Bare and Rig - Economic Times
Future Group plans standalone stores for in-house brands; plans to set up exclusive stores for two of its private apparel brands -- Bare and Rig
Economic Times
The plan includes setting up more than 10 stores this year in tier-II and tier-III markets. "There are lots of concepts and plans to expand into fashion retailing, including the e-commerce space," said Rachna Aggarwal, CEO of Indus League, a division of Future Lifestyle Fashions. Facebook Twitter Linkedin Email

Bookmyshow CEO Ashish Hemrajani a passionate seaman; would love to experience a yacht ride with Ratan Tata
Economic Times
"They are my dream team and I won't part with them even if I can swap them with the best sailors in the world," says Hemrajani. Facebook Twitter Linkedin Email

Affiliate sites aid traffic for ecommerce industry in India; force multiplier for both online retailers and consumer internet companies including travel portals - Economic Times
Affiliate sites aid traffic for ecommerce industry in India; force multiplier for both online retailers and consumer internet companies including travel portals
Economic Times
Right now affiliates which offer coupons that translate into direct sales dominate this space accounting for nearly 90 per centof the traffic generated said experts who believe price comparison sites are yet to build up their presence. Facebook Twitter Linkedin Email

Real estate site CommonFloor acquires student focused accommodation site Flat.to; deal includes both cash and stock components
Economic Times
"We want to solve all problems related to property and we had a gap in the students and bachelor segment," said Sumit Jain, cofounder of CommonFloor, who declined to share the financial details of the transaction. Facebook Twitter Linkedin Email

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Indian e-commerce market is nowhere near maturity, very far behind BRICS and China in particular   eBay India MD - The Hindu
Indian e-commerce market is nowhere near maturity, very far behind BRICS and China in particular - eBay India MD
The Hindu
E-commerce is like any market that evolves. It has a lot of players coming in and then there is consolidation. Then again, players coming in have identified niches. We are seeing all that today. Companies identify a very narrow niche and are going into it as opposed to horizontals or say a marketplace. Facebook Twitter Linkedin Email

Pinterest: Dos and Don'ts for Ecommerce Merchants
Practical Ecommerce
Pinterest is driven primarily by imagery, so it's crucial to optimize your images specifically for the platform. Below you'll find some best practice image dimensions that will help make a great first impression, and offer your viewer the best mobile experience. Facebook Twitter Linkedin Email

6 Practical and Proven Ways to Drive Traffic to Your New Online Store
Shopify
This post is all about getting traffic your new store by targeting influencers and getting attention to your new online store. We offer some actionable tactics and provide six templates you can copy and paste to use for your campaigns. Facebook Twitter Linkedin Email
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Teaxpress: Assamese entrepreneur Kaushal Dugar using e-commerce to supply quality packaged teateal
Economic Times
Getting the freshest, most flavourful teas from garden to vacuum packs within 24-48 hours, thus sealing in taste and fragrance, with the ability to deliver to the consumer as early as within the week, a process that traditionally took up to six months. Facebook Twitter Linkedin Email

Make, Manufacture, Wholesale or Dropship: The Pros and Cons of Each Model
Shopify
It's important to understand each of these methods in order to make the right choice for your business. There are pros and cons to each of the methods, and depending on you product, market, and niche, one may be more suitable for you and your business than the others. Facebook Twitter Linkedin Email

Chinese Twitter clone Weibo makes $285.6M in its U.S. IPO, shares up 19%; to sell 20 million shares at between $17 and $19 per share
Venture Beat
According to the prospectus, $250 million of the funds raised in the IPO will be used to pay back the loans from Sina, while rest of the capital will be injected in technology and R&D. Facebook Twitter Linkedin Email

  Insight 
Retail logistics helped by e-commerce

Retail logistics helped by e-commerce
Jones Lang Lasalle Facebook Twitter Linkedin Email

This paper focuses on logistics and distribution real estate as a new emerging class of retail real estate. Facebook Twitter Linkedin Email


The changing face of stock optimization  The changing face of stock optimization
EazyStock

Inventory provides an attractive opportunity to raise top line and bottom line performance. How do you do that? Facebook Twitter Linkedin Email


Supply chain is universal Supply chain is universal
Cognizant

Planning and technological investments seem like the norm for the day. Facebook Twitter Linkedin Email


Social media has become an integral part of the recruiting process- Kavita Rao Director HR- Unisys Global Services (Premium) - View Free Sample
Social media has become an integral part of the recruiting process and this trend is likely to grow exponentially in the coming years. To understand more about the HR strategies/programs and the recent trends, Dataquest spoke to Kavita Rao, Director, Human Resource, Unisys Global Services, India, China, and Hungary.Free for Email Subscribers! Share to get access Facebook Twitter Linkedin Email

Getting ahead with your supply chain Getting ahead with your supply chain
Bain & Company

Your supply chain can make or break your retail business. Proceed with care.


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