Category Archives: E-Commerce

Shopify secures $100 mln Series C funding

The ecommerce platform provider, Shopify, has raised $100 million in Series C funding round. The funds have come in from OMERS Ventures and Insight Venture Partners along with existing investors Bessemer Venture Partners, FirstMark Capital, Georgian Partners and Felicis Ventures.

The funding will be utilised to let the company work towards its plans to expand focus on offline retail world as well. Shopify is aiming to introduce a unique product that will fuse the offline world with the online world.

Keeping the offline retail world, the company earlier this year had launched a point-of-sale system and Square-style mobile card reader. These products were to synchronise the in-store and online inventory, process and accept credit cards, and generate sales reports.

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Zivame raises $6 mln

India’s niche ecommerce player, Zivame, raises $6 million funding from Unilazer Ventures.

A Ronnie Screwvala‘s funding firm, Unilazer is investing most of the money along with other participating investors. The funds will be utilised to up the marketing and also upgrade the platform to make it more personalised for consumers.

Zivame is India’s leading name in online retail of lingerie and sleepwear for women. The e-retailer also recently ventured in fast fashion products.

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Now bid for products as Pepperfry launches Auctions service

One of India’s leading marketplace for home and furniture segment, expands it services as it launches auctions. With this service, the consumers will be able to win items at the price they wish to pay. Pepperfry Auctions is an exciting and engaging format for enthusiastic and evolved Indian shoppers who’d definitely enjoy the thrill of purchasing unique home merchandise by competing with fellow shoppers.

Pepperfry Auctions allow customers to bid for products that are perceived expensive and hence the customers can bid the price they wish to pay. Customers new to the auctions format can opt for Auto-bid which will act as their bidding manager and keep bidding on their behalf until the maximum amount set the by the customer is reached.

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Kashyap Vadapalli, CMO-Pepperfry.com said “Pepperfry Auctions add excitement and provide a bit of an adrenaline rush for customers. This is a test pilot to help customers engage with the Pepperfry brand. Other categories such as Electronics and Apparel have bargain sales and there are ready price-references available that indicate the amount of savings. In Furniture and Home items the value is not only in the material and quality but also in the design and the concept, so auctions provide a fantastic opportunity for our customer to discover a price and also pay only what they wish as per the value they perceive. Our Auctions concept is simple, easy to use and coupled with a chance to take away a beautiful product for your home.”

 

India gears up for Great Online Shopping Festival

Tomorrow is indeed a day to remember, not just because its 11.12.13, but also a day to splurge online as Google announces the launch of Great Online Shopping Festival (gosf.in). The festival will go on from 11.12.13 to 13.12.13.

This year the 72 hour shopping festival has gone bigger has the categories participating includes eading eCommerce players, local & classified companies, online travel sites, auto companies, telecom companies, fashion labels, health and well being companies, to banking financial Services. Consumers can avail great discounts and deals.

The initiative was launched by Google last year to boost the adoption of online shopping in India and saw tremendous response with most players seeing over 350 percent growth in daily sales. The festival saw participation from all over India with 50 percent buyers making a online purchase for the first time. Speaking about the momentum of online shopping in India, Rajan Anandan, VP & Managing Director, Google India said, “Great Online shopping festival is India’s version of cyber monday in the west and is an exciting platform to raise awareness and consumer adoption of online shopping in India. With over 200 million Internet users in the country, more and more Internet users are opting to shop online and fueling the growth of both large multinational and homegrown companies. Industry estimates suggests that there are close to 20 million online shoppers in India and its estimated to grow to 50 million in next few years making it a 16 billion dollar industry.”

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Buyers can look forward to exciting deals across categories. Great Online shopping festival promises to offer something for everyone with great discounts on footwear, imported cars, property deals, holiday packages, insurance, spa packages, event tickets, grocery coupons, books, jewellery etc. Buyers can find discounts ranging from 20% up to 80% in many categories. Upto 60% off on luxury watches, 20% off on air tickets on domestic routes, upto 50 % off on speakers, headphones and men’s accessories, upto 80% off on home decor, flat 40% off on furniture, upto 50% off on TVs, upto 40% on mobile phones, upto 45% computers and tablets, upto 30% on cameras, 40% off on mens footwear and many more.

 

Amazon launches ‘One Day Delivery’ service; pilots COD

The ecommerce marketplace, Amazon India, has launched its pilot project for Cash on Delivery service driven by India Post. The service is being tried along with reverse logistics.

COD will only be practiced on products that are being ‘Fulfilled by Amazon’. The customer can see the tag of ‘Fulfilled by Amazon’ on the product and “Eligible for Cash on Delivery” on the product details page. COD is currently being offered with no extra charges but going further a convenience fee of Rs 39 will be charged.

The marketplace has also launched ‘One Day Delivery’ service. The service is limited to selected pin codes and cities including Bangalore, Mumbai, New Delhi, Ahmedabad, Hyderabad and Pune. So customers in the selected pincodes can choose for the service at the time of check-out. To avail the service, you have to pay Rs 99.

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Here comes Art-tickles: Showcase your creative talents and reach new heights

Art-tickles, is an initiative started by iGrow, committed to entrepreneurship & retail. As the name suggests, Art-tickles, is being developed as a community to promote and nurture the ‘Creativepreneurs’ and bringing forth entrepreneurs who have leveraged their creativity into their business. Art-tickles is a platform to bring a wide array of Creativepreneurs under one roof and promote their works across various products and service categories. We believe that pure creativity has no limits thus, the Creativepreneur could be a person who designs and makes products that are exclusive or custom made like apparel, jewellery, home decor, footwear, perfumes etc. and also, can be people who offer creative services, for instance, in the field of photography, sculpting, painting, cake baking, makeup and many other things. The only aim is to promote creative brands which at times go unnoticed in the mass market industry.

Going further the vision is to form a community and have skill based workshops, networking events, exhibitions, award night’s etc. where best practices are shared and propagated.

Come this 17th January 2014, Art-tickles will kick start the community by bringing together handpicked designers to showcase their products and services to a wide array of consumers at a 3 Day Event at The Stainless Art Gallery, Mira Corporate Suites, Ishwar Nagar (Near New Friends Colony), New Delhi.

You are invited to showcase:

Exclusive, customised and non-mass market products Creative consumer dedicated services
  • Apparels
  • Accessories
  • Jewellery
  • Footwear
  • Home Furnishing/Home Improvement
  • Gadgets/Accessories
  • Kid’s uitlity
  • Stationery
  • Green Products
  • Invitations
  • Others
  • Photography
  • Interiors
  • Bakes & Cakes
  • Gadget Customisation
  • Packaging
  • Beauty & Makeup
  • Chocolate making
  • SURPRISE US WITH MORE

 

  • Benefits 360°:
  • If your focus is creating a niche brand then Art-tickles is you platform. The event ensures you Benefits 360°:
  • Brand Exclusivity: Help you create your own niche among consumers
  • Brand Visibility: The brand will get a strong stand which at times goes unnoticed among mass market products.
  • Dedicated audience: B2C & B2B
  • Page 3 visitors
  • Media Visibility

MAIL US AT : eventarttickles@gmail.com

Shopping & selling with Juvalia & You just a tap away

The jewellery and accessories e-retailer, Juvalia & You, now comes to your mobile devices as it launches shopping app.

The app that allows direct selling and buying, is available in its beta version and can be installed on Android v2.2 and iPhone. It is primarily intended to be a fully functional version of the website to enable the stylists (direct sellers) of Juvalia & You to be empowered while on the go. It enables them to view catalogues, place orders, process online payments, further facilitating their ability to do robust business.

The app has an average user review rating of 4.6/5 and has already witnessed 250 downloads since its launch.

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Speaking on the launch, Mr. Chaitanya Aggarwal, Founder & CEO, Juvalia & You said, “The idea behind the app is to further galvanize sales of the exceptional jewellery designs on our website. It is also intended to empower the stylists/direct sellers so that they have access to the design catalogues anytime – anywhere and can process sales and payments on the go. At Juvalia & You, we are continuously attempting to ease the selling processes for our stylists to improve the efficiency of the business. The app caters to this overall objective. ”

 

Flipkart launches iOS app

After launching a successful app two months ago for Android (Google Play), Flipkart launches iOS (Apple) app. Looking at the growing user base of Apple/iPhone users, this app will surely prove helpful for consumers.

Flipkart, which has been in news for raising a huge sum of money in past few months, has been working towards creating a stronger reach to Indian consumers through the marketplace model.

The app will allow users to place and track orders, along with sharing product display listing with friends and also access Flipkart browsing history offline.

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DTDC launches online shopping store

The logistics company, DTDC, has now launched its own online shopping site. The store, shop.dtdc.com, has been powered by Martjack and operates on the marketplace model.

The online store is selling a wide variety of products ranging from clothing, eatables and accessories. Moreover, the shipping is being done across India and other 225 overseas countries including Canada, USA, UK and Australia.

It was earlier this year that the logistics company had started a separate arm to provide courier services to ecommerce players.

mebelKart launches e-store; vouches on growing infrastructure industry

With the expanding infrastructure market, mebelKart, a new venture has emerged in the home and decor e-commerce space. Started by industry professionals from IITs and BITS, have joined hands and are currently operational in Bangalore, Mumbai, Pune and Delhi.

With an aim to offer good quality products and bring about transperency in the system of Furniture selling through the use of technology. MebelKart intends to use various technical tools to make the process of furniture selling customer friendly and seamless.MebelKart is already present in Bangalore, Mumbai, Pune, Delhi, Chennai, hyderabad and other various cities of india. The company is also working towards building web and mobile technologies for making a customer’s selection procedure and purchase easier. Furthermore, they plan to expand to reach to tier-2 cities, adding more categories to their portfolio.