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Flipkart, Amazon claim record online festive sales

World’s retail giant Walmart on August 18 completed acquiring 77 per cent equity stake in Flipkart for a whopping $16 billion (Rs 107,662 crore).

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Bengaluru, Oct 18 : India’s leading e-tailer Flipkart and its American rival Amazon on Thursday claimed record online sales ahead of Dusshera and Diwali festivals.

“We made a record-breaking business during the five-day sales festival on October 10-14 in diverse categories, including smartphones, electronic gadgets, home appliances, furniture and fashion,” Flipkart said in a statement on Thursday.

The Indian arm of Amazon also said it had record sales across categories during its great Indian festival celebration from October 10-15, with a 12-hour prime early access to its prime members.

“We had an overwhelming response to the fifth edition of the fest, with sales in the first 36 hours surpassing the first wave of last year and exceeded our plans,” said the city-based Amazon.

Both have, however, admitted that maximum sales were in the smart phones category, followed by televisions, laptops, home appliances and fashion in Gross Merchandise Value (GMV).

“We accounted for half of the e-tailer industry’s GMV, driven by higher sales in mobiles and fashion verticals, which grew 70 per cent and 78 per cent,” said Flipkart.

“Smart-phones had their biggest season, with Xiaomi selling over 1 million devices in a day followed by OnePlus with sales of Rs 400 crore in a day and premium phones sales exceeding a month of all India online sales,” said Amazon India head Amit Agarwal.

On the second day of sales, Flipkart began its offers on mobiles and sold one million in the first hour, ending the day with 3 million units.

“Three-in-four mobiles bought during the fest was on Flipkart,” said the Walmart-owned company.

World’s retail giant Walmart on August 18 completed acquiring 77 per cent equity stake in Flipkart for a whopping $16 billion (Rs 107,662 crore).

“We recorded 70 per cent share of the e-tail market in the country to match the scale of marquee retail events and demonstrated our position as market leader,” said Flipkart Chief Executive Kalyan Krishnamurthy.

Flipkart also claimed 85 per cent share of online market in fashion and 75 per cent in large appliances.

Amazon customers from 99 per cent pin codes placed an order in 4 days, with 80 per cent new customers from small towns.

“Large appliances sales in a single day for Amazon exceeded that of first wave for last festive sale; with 50 per cent sales from tier-2 and below towns,” said Agarwal.

One out of 2 Flipkart shoppers used payment options like EMIs and bank offers, driving 60 per cent of its overall sales and enabling customers to upgrade products in categories like mobiles, TVs and laptops.

“Fashion has brought in 40 per cent new customers and enabled us to maintained leadership with 85 per cent share,” added Krishnamurthy.

For Amazon too, fashion was the biggest category in units sold and new customers acquired, with 63 per cent orders from tier-2 and 3 cities.

“Two out of three of our customers benefited from exchange, EMIs and bank offers. New sellers who took part in the fest for the first time saw 300 per cent jump in sales, with 7,000 of them crossing the millionaire mark,” noted Agarwal.

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India’s WPI inflation rises to 5.28% in Oct

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New Delhi, Nov 14: India’s annual rate of inflation based on wholesale prices increased to 5.28 per cent in October from 5.13 per cent in September, according to official data. 

Even, on a year-on-year (YoY) basis, the Wholesale Price Index (WPI) data furnished by the Ministry of Commerce and Industry was higher than 3.68 per cent reported for the corresponding period of 2017.

“The annual rate of inflation, based on monthly WPI, stood at 5.28 per cent (provisional) for the month of October (over October, 2017) as compared to 5.13 per cent (provisional) for the previous month and 3.68 per cent during the corresponding month of the previous year,” the data showed.

“Build up inflation rate in the financial year so far was 4.64 per cent compared to a build up rate of 2.12 per cent in the corresponding period of the previous year,” the Commerce Ministry official statement said.

On a sequential basis, the expenses on primary articles, which constitute 22.62 per cent of the WPI’s total weightage eased to 1.79 per cent, from a rise of 2.97 per cent in September.

Similarly, the prices of food articles declined. The category has a weightage of 15.26 per cent in the WPI index.

However, the cost of fuel and power segment, which commands a 13.15 per cent weightage, edged higher by 18.44 per cent from a growth of 16.65 per cent.

The expenses on manufactured products registered a rise of 4.49 per cent from 4.22 per cent.

On a YoY basis, onion prices declined by 31.69 per cent, whereas potatoes became dearer by 93.65 per cent.

In contrast, the overall vegetable prices in the month under review declined by 18.65 per cent, against a rise of 36.67 per cent in the same month a year ago.

Among the non-food items, the price of high-speed diesel rose by 19.85 per cent on a YoY basis, petrol by 31.39 per cent and LPG by 18.44 per cent.

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Chinese investors to invest $30 Million in 8 Indian start-ups

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New Delhi, Nov 13 :Chinese venture capital (VC) funds are likely to invest around $30 million in eight Indian start-ups, the Ministry of Commerce and Industry said after the 2nd Startup India Investment Seminar held in Beijing on Tuesday.

“In the 1st Startup India Investment seminar, 12 Indian start-ups participated, of which 4 secured a funding of $15 million from Chinese VCs. In the current round, 8 start-ups out of 20 participants are set to get commitment of around $30 million,” it said.

The Ministry said the seminar was organised by the Embassy of India in China in partnership with Startup India Association and Venture Gurukool to foster innovation and entrepreneurship among the Indian youth. The first seminar was held in November 2017.

“The event was planned to expose Chinese VCs and investors to the promising Indian start-ups and also help Indian start-ups to reach out to the large Chinese investors for receiving investment for their companies,” the Ministry said in a statement.

42 Indian entrepreneurs representing 20 Indian start-ups participated in the event and pitched before Chinese investors. More than 350 Chinese VC funds and angel investors participated in the day-long seminar, it said.

Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (ICBC) CEO Zheng Bin shared ICBC’s experience in India and gave an overview of the Indian start-up ecosystem and explained the process of investment.

ICBC India has established a $200 million fund for investing in promising Indian MSMEs and ventures, he said.

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Swiggy to engage 2,000 women for food delivery

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Bengaluru, Nov 13: Leading food ordering and delivery start-up Swiggy on Tuesday said it would engage about 2,000 women as delivery personnel by March 2019.

“About 2,000 women will join our delivery team by March next year. Over the last few months, we have been working on training women for opportunities in this growing food delivery sector,” the city-based online food delivery platform said in a statement here.

By deploying more women as delivery personnel across the country, the company said it aimed to create an inclusive workforce.

The company engages around a lakh personnel daily to deliver food across 45 Indian cities it operates in.

Currently, about 60 women are tied up with Swiggy across 10 cities, including Ahmedabad, Kochi, Kolkata, Mumbai, Nagpur and Pune, to deliver food.

World over, the employment of women as delivery personnel has been meagre.

“We are creating a women-friendly work environment with a dedicated helpline for any concern, as well as appointing more women in managerial roles,” the company said.

Swiggy is identifying ‘safe zones’ for women delivery personnel to operate in and will allow them to complete their deliveries by 6 p.m., it added.

“Since inception, we have seen the potential in investing in logistical prowess, which has helped us in having end-to-end control over the food delivery experience,” Swiggy Vice President (Operations) Sachin Kotangale said in the statement.

Set up in 2014, the food delivery platform claims to receive about 20 million orders a month across 45,000 restaurants in 45 cities, including New Delhi, Hyderabad, Mumbai, Bengaluru, Chennai, Kolkata, Gurugram and Pune.

It raised $210 million (around Rs 1,500 crore) from multiple investment firms, and has so far raised over $460 million (around Rs 3,350 crore).

The company, which has over 4,000 employees, reported an operating revenue of Rs 442-crore for the fiscal 2017-18.

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