E-commerce: News

05 Sep 2023

Indian Government

ONDC revises incentive scheme: Here's what has changed

Indian government-backed Open Network for Digital Commerce (ONDC) has introduced a revamped incentive scheme aimed at empowering buyer-side applications with more flexibility while extending support to smaller cities.

17 Aug 2023


Meesho could launch IPO in 12-18 months

Bengaluru-based e-commerce start-up Meesho is considering an initial public offering (IPO) within the next 12 to 18 months.

08 Aug 2023


ONDC to enter financial services; releases draft specifications

ONDC, or Open Network Digital Commerce, is aimed at transforming India's e-commerce. The government-backed network has already shown glimpses of what it can do in food and grocery delivery, ride-hailing, and more.

08 Aug 2023


Pepperfry co-founder Ambareesh Murty passes away at 51

Pepperfry co-founder Ambareesh Murty (51) tragically passed away from a cardiac arrest in Leh, shocking the business community.

28 Jun 2023


How Google's accelerator program can improve ONDC

India's government-backed Open Network for Digital Commerce (ONDC) has been growing in popularity. The open e-commerce network has attracted the interest of various companies.

02 Jun 2023


Meesho becomes fastest shopping app to cross 500 million downloads

Indian e-commerce start-up Meesho has achieved a significant milestone in downloads. The shopping app now has over 500 million combined downloads across Google Play and iOS App Store.

04 May 2023


E-commerce platform Shopify fires 20% of employees, sells logistics business

Canadian e-commerce platform Shopify has announced it is laying off 20% of its workforce. This is the second time company has decided to fire staffers in 10 months.

04 Apr 2023


Walmart-backed PhonePe launches Pincode app in e-commerce push

PhonePe, India's leading UPI payment app, is making an e-commerce push. The Walmart-backed company has launched a hyperlocal, consumer-facing app dubbed Pincode.

20 Feb 2023


Karnataka: Customer fails to pay for iPhone, kills delivery agent

A 20-year-old man reportedly murdered a delivery agent in Karnataka's Hassan district as he was unable to pay for the iPhone he had ordered.

14 Feb 2023


Amazon now takes a whopping 50% cut of seller's revenue

Amazon's sprawling online marketplace is a favorite of buyers due to the variety of products it offers and the discounts it provides. There are millions of sellers on the e-commerce site.

GAC portal to address social media grievances from March 1

The portal for Grievance Appellate Committees (GAC) aimed at looking into complaints against online platforms is likely to be activated by March 1.

20 Aug 2022


You can now order printouts from Blinkit: Here's how

Blinkit, the Zomato-owned grocery delivery app, has launched a new service to make it stand out in the crowded quick commerce segment - delivery of printouts.

19 Jul 2022


Digital minimalism 101: Get a focused life with digital declutter

Dealing with overflowing inboxes, e-commerce, social media, and news notifications, your smartphone can make you feel as though your time spent online isn't in your hands.

09 Nov 2021


How this woman entrepreneur helps small retailers run online stores

Helping tie various elements of a growing e-commerce business together, Mason is a no-code Software as a Service (SaaS) platform that businesses need to ensure the customer-facing storefront always stays shipshape.

15 Oct 2021


How to create efficient supply chain management systems

E-commerce platforms are experiencing immense growth and this has led to the boom in supply chain management (SCM). Therefore, SCM Analytics is essential. It helps to analyze available data and gather metrics that can determine how systems can become more efficient.

04 Jul 2021


Here's how Mighty is empowering children through e-commerce and entrepreneurship

Just when you thought that e-commerce is at its pinnacle, a Los Angeles-based start-up called Mighty is here to take it up a notch.

27 May 2021


Instagram launches new 'Shop' tab section exclusively for product drops

In yet another move markedly reducing dependency on advertising revenue, Instagram has announced that it will add a new section called "Drops" under the Shop tab on the app.

19 May 2021


Google expands partnership with Shopify to enhance shopping experience

Google announced on day one of the Google I/O 2021 conference for developers that it has expanded its partnership with e-commerce platform Shopify, and that it will offer an enhanced shopping experience for Photos and Chrome users.

25 Feb 2021


Where should social commerce sit on the path to purchase?

Social commerce might be the flavor of the month, but it's an industry cooking on gas without any real recipe.

17 Feb 2021


Entrepreneur Luke Bielby found his niche in e-commerce

Luke Bielby is an entrepreneur and CEO of an e-commerce site, Ecom Unlocked. He started his professional career as a sales representative for a furniture company. Realizing that he was not reaching his full potential, Luke started down the marketing path.

05 Feb 2021


PayPal will shut down domestic payments business in India

PayPal will be shutting down its domestic payment services from April 1. The move will not affect international transactions, as small and large Indian businesses can continue to receive/send money from/to their international contacts.

01 Feb 2021


Khushwant Singh all set to take Indian brands international

Khushwant Singh made eight figures in three months and is all set to launch Indian made online brands in the international market. His e-commerce store for Indians has helped entrepreneurs earn through the internet.

10 Oct 2020


Flipkart 'Launchpad' offers students a chance to earn Rs. 22,500

Ahead of the Big Billion Days festive sale, e-commerce giant Flipkart has announced the 'Launchpad' internship program for students in India.

10 Oct 2020


Now, Google plans to make YouTube a shopping hub

With a user base of more than two billion, YouTube dominates as one of the biggest video streaming services in the world.

27 Aug 2020


Annakoot: FMCG & Sattvik restaurants with a touch of finesse

A new retail chain called 'Annakoot - God's own cuisine' has announced its arrival in the Indian food and FMCG market.

26 Aug 2020


Amazon accused of unfair business practices in India: Details here

Amazon's antitrust troubles are not just limited to the United States or the European Union.

22 Aug 2020


Flipkart partners with Nepal's Sastodeal, opening new market for MSMEs

In a bid to enable cross-border trade for small Indian businesses and sellers, e-commerce giant Flipkart has partnered with Sastodeal, a leading online shopping platform in Nepal.

15 Aug 2020


Flipkart is gearing up to deliver alcohol in India

After groceries, essentials, and travel bookings, e-commerce major Flipkart is looking to expand into the alcohol delivery category, Reuters has reported.

23 Jul 2020


Flipkart buys Walmart India, foraying into online wholesale

In a major move, homegrown e-commerce giant Flipkart has acquired Walmart India.

09 Jul 2020


Government wants shopping sites to display 'origin country' of products

Amid calls to boycott the foreign goods, especially those from China, to make way for Atmanirbhar Bharat, the Government of India is looking to have 'origin country' of products displayed across online shopping portals.

09 Jul 2020


Now, Walmart is bringing an Amazon Prime-like membership service

More than 15 years after the launch of Amazon's Prime subscription service, its competitor Walmart is set to bring its own membership - Walmart+.

08 Jul 2020


Verishop = Pinterest + Instagram + TikTok

The idea of online shopping has long revolved around visiting e-commerce websites, searching for products, or exploring categories.

28 May 2020

South Korea

South Korea's coronavirus cases surge raising fears of second wave

The number of daily coronavirus infections rose for the third consecutive day in South Korea raising fears of a second wave of the outbreak.

20 May 2020


'Facebook Shops' to take on Amazon in e-commerce: Here's how

After launching several scattered features aimed at buying and selling products, Facebook is making a full-fledged move in the social e-commerce arena to take on players like Amazon.

05 May 2020


Mi Commerce, Xiaomi's new e-commerce platform to boost sales

In a bid to boost sales in a market hit by the novel coronavirus pandemic, Xiaomi is launching a new e-commerce service called 'Mi Commerce'.

20 Apr 2020


#LockdownRelaxation: Industries which will be operational from April 20

India entered the second phase of the coronavirus-enforced lockdown on April 15, after Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced the extension of the nationwide lockdown till May 3 to contain the spread of the deadly COVID-19.

#Lockdown: MHA changes rules again, only essentials to be delivered

The Ministry of Home Affairs on Sunday introduced changes in guidelines for the operations of e-commerce websites during the lockdown.

26 Mar 2020


Amid India lockdown, delivery boys allegedly harassed by police

Even though essential services such as food and groceries are exempted from the 21-day lockdown in India, e-commerce companies faced disruption of services.

01 Nov 2019


A Singaporean company bought (unicorn) ShopClues for peanuts

ShopClues, a once-popular marketplace in India's online shopping space, has been acquired by Singapore-based e-commerce platform Qoo10 in an all-stock deal.

14 Oct 2019


Online retailer Bewakoof.com receives $11.28 million funding

Mumbai-based Bewakoof.com, the e-commerce platform which sells creative and distinctive fashion apparel at affordable prices, has raised $11.28 million funding in venture round.

15 Sep 2019


Traders' body seeks blanket ban on Amazon, Flipkart festive sales

Recently, the Confederation of All India Traders (CAIT) urged the government to ban festive season sales conducted by e-commerce companies like Amazon and Flipkart.

10 Sep 2019

Alibaba Group

#AnEraEnds: Alibaba co-founder Jack Ma hangs up his boots

After spending two decades at Alibaba's helm, Jack Ma stepped down as Chairman of the e-commerce giant on Tuesday, his 55th birthday.

13 Feb 2019


How 27-year-old Ankiti Bose built a $1bn fashion start-up

On Tuesday, Singapore-based online fashion retail site Zilingo Pte raised $226mn to fund its expansion to Australia, Indonesia, and the Philippines.

29 Jan 2019


Worried Flipkart wants six-month delay in implementing new e-commerce rules

American retail giant Walmart-owned Flipkart has written to the government that it faces "the risk of significant customer disruption" if the deadline for implementing the new e-commerce curbs, which could cause huge disruption in the space, isn't extended by six months.

18 Jan 2019


Reliance to enter e-commerce sector to take on Amazon, Flipkart

The e-commerce landscape in India might change soon as Mukesh Ambani has announced his plans to enter the sector.

11 Dec 2018


#FinancialBytes: 5 best cashback websites to save money

Everyone loves to shop online but when it comes to saving money on their purchases, many don't have a clue on how to save.

10 Dec 2018


Flipkart looks to abolish Myntra CEO post, Ananth Narayanan resigns

Weeks after denying he has no reason to quit Myntra, CEO of fashion-focused e-commerce arm of Flipkart, Ananth Narayanan, has reigned, LiveMint reports. Further, the company is seeking to remove the post altogether.

08 Nov 2018


CCI concludes Flipkart, Amazon not violating norms, rejects vendors' complaints

Fair trade watchdog Competition Commission of India (CCI) has concluded that the business practices of Flipkart and Amazon aren't in violation of competition norms and rejected allegations of abuse of market dominance made by a grouping of online vendors.

17 Oct 2018


Man orders mobile phone from online site, gets brick instead

A man in Aurangabad, Maharashtra has filed a complaint against a leading online retailer for allegedly sending him a piece of brick instead of a mobile handset that he ordered.

05 Sep 2018


Amazon reaches $1 trillion mark, but that's just the start

On Tuesday night, Amazon's shares briefly touched $2050.50, taking the e-commerce giant's market capitalization to $1 trillion, and making it the second company after Apple to touch the mark.

29 Aug 2018


5 exclusive features that Paytm offers

Paytm was founded by Vijay Shekhar Sharma in August 2010; it is based out of Noida.

19 Aug 2018


Walmart completes acquisition of Flipkart, pumps in $2bn

On Saturday, Walmart announced that it had completed its $16bn acquisition deal with Flipkart.

12 Aug 2018


Malls evolving to entertainment-cum-shopping centers as retailers woo away customers

As e-commerce continues to eat into traditional retail including modern trade, shopping malls are remodeling and rearranging themselves as recreation centers offering a "shop entertainment" experience to customers, say industry experts.

05 Aug 2018


Godrej Consumer Products eyes 5% e-commerce revenues in 3-4 years

Homegrown FMCG firm Godrej Consumer Products (GCPL) is bullish on the prospects of e-commerce and is expecting 5% of its revenues to come from this channel in the next three to four years.

31 Jul 2018


#NewPolicy: Are these the last days of cheap online shopping?

Online shoppers might be in for some bad news if the government's new draft e-commerce policy is approved.

24 Jul 2018


#EndOfAnEra: Flipkart to shutdown eBay.in in August

According to ToI, Flipkart is all set to shutdown one of India's oldest e-commerce sites, eBay.in, marking the end of an era.

19 Jul 2018


Flipkart-sale ends today: Best gadgets to buy under Rs. 1,000

Flipkart's Big Shopping Days sale is coming to an end today. The e-commerce giant is offering mega-discounts and exclusive deals across several product categories including smartphones, gadgets, mobile accessories, appliances and fashion wear.

04 Jul 2018


In 10 days, Maharashtra relaxes plastic ban yet again

The Maharashtra government is a confused lot. Since a plastic ban was imposed 10 days ago, it has changed rules at least twice.

01 Jul 2018


Maharashtra government likely to ban plastic packaging of e-commerce products

Maharashtra government is likely to ban plastic packaging of e-commerce products as well as plastic bottles below 200ml capacity for water and beverages.

25 Jun 2018


Reliance Jio enters e-commerce space with app for offline merchants

Making its first big foray into the Indian e-commerce space, Mukesh Ambani-led Reliance Jio is set to launch a dedicated app for kirana or neighborhood general stores.

24 Jun 2018


Google plans to enter the e-commerce space from Indian market

Google is reportedly planning to debut into the e-commerce space from the Indian market. In fact, it might launch an e-commerce platform by Diwali this year.

15 Jun 2018


Snapchat launches privacy-safe developer kit called Snap Kit

Snapchat has announced the launch of its much-awaited Snap Kit - a tool for third-party developers to integrate with Snapchat and its features.

22 May 2018


Gurugram start-up Milkbasket raises $7mn in funding

Gurugram-based micro-delivery start-up, Milkbasket, has raised $7mn in a Series A funding round led by Bengaluru-based Kalaari Capital and Singapore-based BeeNext.

09 May 2018


Walmart buys 77% stake in Flipkart for $16 billion

The cat is finally out of the bag - Walmart Inc. has announced its acquisition of India's leading e-commerce platform, Flipkart, for a whopping $16bn, taking 77% stake. This makes it the world's most expensive e-commerce acquisition, so far.

26 Mar 2018


Flipkart is reinventing its back-end technology by infusing Artificial Intelligence

For any successful business, and especially in an e-commerce space, back-end technologies must scale proportionally with the fast-growing demands.

17 Feb 2018


Walmart may soon buy more than 40% of Flipkart: Reports

In a direct attack on Amazon, American retailer Walmart may soon buy more than 40% of India's e-commerce giant Flipkart. The talks are to begin from next week, Reuters reported on Friday.

31 Jan 2018


Walmart to acquire minority stake in Flipkart, compete with Amazon-India

The world's largest retailer, US-based Walmart Stores, is in advanced discussions to buy a significant minority stake in India's leading e-commerce company Flipkart, reported Economic Times.

03 Jan 2018


Flipkart's Bansal brothers set up new company, Sabin Advisors

In a quiet move, Flipkart founders Sachin Bansal and Binny Bansal set up a new company, Sabin Advisors, in December, 2017, reportedly for new businesses, that could range from venture capital funding to insurance.

02 Jan 2018


Amazon offering massive Rs. 36,000 discount on Google Pixel XL

Amazon India, offering a nearly 50% discount, has listed the first-generation Google Pixel XL (128GB) for Rs. 39,990, slashing its price by Rs. 36,010.

31 Dec 2017

Indian Startups

Drones, chatbots, AI: How will Indian e-commerce change in 2018?

The Indian e-commerce industry has been growing by leaps and bounds. Till 2016, it made up 2% of the total retail market, but this number is set to rise to 12% by 2026.

17 Dec 2017


Here's your chance to get "iPhone 8" for Rs. 59,999!

E-commerce giant Flipkart is running a three-day "New Pinch" sale (15-17 December) in which it is offering big discounts on all variants of the world's "Most Searched Smartphone for 2017" - the iPhone 8.

28 Nov 2017

Aadhaar Card

Amazon makes linking Aadhaar mandatory for tracking lost packages

If you thought you'd linked your Aadhaar number with everything imaginable, you're mistaken. The list of products, services demanding mandatory linking is only getting longer each day.

13 Nov 2017


Indian start-up 'Buttalks' is helping men buy better underwear

At a time when internet-based companies are changing the way Indians pay bills, buy groceries, and commute, three Chennai-based entrepreneurs (Brijesh Devareddy, Surej Salim, and Manish Kishore) are using an e-commerce platform to help Indian men buy better underwear.

12 Nov 2017

Alibaba Group

Singles' Day: Alibaba generates $25.3bn sales; more than Iceland's GDP

Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba's Singles' Day on 11th November saw the company make around 168.2 billion yuan ($25.3 billion) in sales - more than Iceland's GDP - in just 24-hours.