For Indian e-commerce firms, already struggling to shrug off the ill-effects of demonetisation and goods and services tax, this festival season is likely to be crucial. What has made the situation all the more tricky is the entrance of a new deep-pocketed player, Paytm Mall.
Flipkart, the country’s largest e-commerce marketplace, has received an investment of $2.5 billion from SoftBank Vision Fund, giving it the much-required arsenal to continue in pole position for the next 18-24 months, as it fends off competition from global behemoth Amazon.
SoftBank’s new $93 bn Vision Fund is putting $2.5 bn into online retailer Flipkart, in the biggest private investment to date in India’s technology sector.
Snapdeal called off the USD 950 million-takeover (over Rs 6,000 crore) by Flipkart, apparently over differences in valuation and terms of what could possibly have been the largest deal in the Indian e-commerce space.
As Snapdeal vacates its number three position in the Indian e-commerce market to embark on a new independent path inspired by Chinese marketplace Taobao, will founders Kunal Bahl and Rohit Bansal turn lucky with its second avatar?
Snapdeal, the struggling Indian ecommerce company, has called off talks on a sale to rival Flipkart that had been pushed by SoftBank, its biggest shareholder. The company, which has been steadily losing market share to Flipkart and Amazon’s Indian subsidiary, said that it would seek to reinvent itself under a strategy that it dubbed “Snapdeal 2.0”.
India’s third-largest private-sector lender Axis Bank snapped up beleaguered digital wallet firm FreeCharge for $60 million (Rs 385 crore) last week. In the process, it pipped other suitors such as bigger digital wallet firms Paytm and MobiKwik, e-commerce major Amazon, payments firm PayPal, Airtel Money and South Africa’s Internet group Naspers.
Seattle-based Amazon, known for its strategy of investing in the future, has reported a 77 percent plunge in profits to $197 million from $857 million a year ago in the second quarter. The sharp fall in profit has been attributed to the investments the company is making in faster growing economies like India and in video content, Reuters reported. It could lose up to $400 million in operating profit during the current quarter, Reuters reported.
不过最近，有消息称虽然 Flipkart 已经完成了尽职调查，但双方交易还是遇到了一些障碍，因为 Snapdeal 公司董事会已经拒绝了 7-8 亿美元的收购报价。
With the government approving Amazon’s proposed $500 million investment in the sector, the floodgates of the food retail sector seem to have been thrown open. Most analysts believe that after e-commerce, the food retail sector will be the next big space which is a low-hanging fruit say some. They expect the sector to see a few new entrants and consolidation to heat up further.
It wasn’t a coincidence that on July 10 when ecommerce giant Amazon unveiled its first Prime Day sale in India, Inside Edge, its maiden Indian Original series, was aired on Amazon Prime, the company’s video streaming platform.
American online retail giant Amazon has infused $20 million (Rs 130 crore) in Amazon Pay, with the much talked about wallet services for third-party payments finally rolling out in India.
India’s largest e-commerce company Flipkart has a knack for springing surprises with bold, audacious moves. The e-tailer has taken another leap of faith with a ‘buy now, pay later’ option.
Flipkart’s acquisition of Snapdeal could come through in July, at a valuation that is much less than had been initially envisaged. While Snapdeal is gunning for $1 billion from Flipkart, the latter is only willing to pay $350-400 million.
Low-cost carrier SpiceJet Ltd has floated an online venture to sell fashion and lifestyle products, entering a highly competitive segment where even deep-pocketed companies are struggling to turn a profit.
When cross-category classifieds company Quikr announced the acquisition of home services startup Zimmber earlier this month, it marked the firm’s eleventh buyout in less than two-and-a-half years.
Online retailer Flipkart Online Services Pvt. is said to be close to a merger with smaller rival Snapdeal as it looks to fend off Amazon.com Inc. Yet, that may not be enough in a battle with the deep-pocketed American giant that has caught up with the homegrown rival.
India’s largest e-commerce company Flipkart’s recent fundraise of $1.4 billion (around Rs 9,000 crore), the biggest-ever in the country’s burgeoning consumer internet sector, has undoubtedly filled its coffers for now, but it also begs some important questions. Will this be the company’s last round of external funding as it looks to turn profitable? Is a stock-exchange listing by 2019 Flipkart’s next destination?
Jasper Infotech Pvt. Ltd, which runs online marketplace Snapdeal, is reportedly giving out pay hikes of up to 15% to its employees even as talks of its merger with India’s biggest e-commerce company Flipkart are fast progressing.
Seattle-based e-tailing giant Amazon.com, Inc has sought government approval to enter India’s food-retailing sector with investments totalling $515 million (Rs 3,368 crore) over the next five years. The company, which is already the number 2 player in India’s fast-growing e-commerce market, will open brick-and-mortar outlets as well, apart from an online portal.
A decade after allowing Amazon to start what would become India’s largest online marketplace, Flipkart co-founder Sachin Bansal appealed for government protection against his former employer.
Start-ups, the playfield of the young and the restless, have had a hard reality check.
Till a few years ago, profitability received the step-child treatment from Indian e-commerce entrepreneurs.
India’s bustling startup ecosystem is in a state of hysteria as e-commerce major Snapdeal implodes.
The e-commerce industry in India has received another blow. On Wednesday, India’s third biggest e-commerce firm Snapdeal announced that it will be laying off employees. Though the company refrained from giving out exact numbers of people to be given the pink slip, industry insiders expect it to be in the range of 400 to 600.
Indians are way behind the USA, when it comes to severance package doled out to the CXOs. Compared to 3-5% Indians getting the severance pay as a safeguard clause in their contracts, it’s almost 60-70% in the USA. The scenario came to light when the exit of Infosys CFO Rajiv Bansal happened. It has been reported that the departing Infosys CFO was gifted the “so-called golden parachutes”.
Departing Infosys CFO Rajiv Bansal’s hefty severance package was one of the central issues in the row that broke out between the company’s founders and its board, but East is far behind the West in offering so-called golden parachutes to CXOs. However, the concept is said to be fast catching on as companies increasingly hire executives from overseas.
In early signs of a reversal in fortunes, Flipkart has outrun rival Amazon India in gross sales in two consecutive months, after trouncing the US-based ecommerce company with its Big Billion Day sales in October. The Indian ecommerce giant recently witnessed a top-level management rejig.
Top-level exits continue at Snapdeal, India’s third largest e-commerce company, as Tony Navin, head of partnerships and strategic investments, decided to move on after a seven-year stint. Navin’s exit comes in quick succession of two other bigwigs — Abhishek Kumar and Sandeep Komaravelly — exiting the company.
At 43, Vijay Shekhar Sharma’s energy level is palpable, as he danced on “Malhari” the song from actor Ranveer Singh’s movie Bajirao Mastani, at the annual Paytm event. But Sharma forgot that in the era of internet, on which Paytm’s business depends, nothing is private. While many would call it an “oops moment”, Sharma, founder of Paytm went with the flow, and has grabbed unwanted attention.
Funded by foreign investors and parent companies, India’s leading e-commerce firms — Flipkart, Amazon and Snapdeal — have increased its losses by 51% in just one year to Rs 11,754 crore, to fund growth and dole out discounts to gain marketshare.
At Rs 11, 754 crore, the combine losses of ecommerce majors Flipkart, Amazon and Snapdeal is almost equal to the annual budget of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO).
A year after Binny Bansal replaced his co-founder Sachin Bansal as CEO, Flipkart has yet again undergone changes in its management structure. India’s largest online marketplace announced its head of category design Kalyan Krishnamurthy as the new CEO, while Binny Bansal will become Group CEO. This is the first instance in the Indian startup ecosystem that a company has looked beyond members of its founding team for the CEO position.
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The biggest change for technology startups came on November 8, when the government announced its decision to ban currency notes of Rs 500 and 1,000. Suddenly technology became a large driver for commerce. While retail sales in pockets dropped up to 50%, sales for e-tailers fell 20%. It was also a year of large cultural shifts – more number of buyers shopped online than ever before, and demonetisation added to the drive.