Online Shopping

  • Chinese ecommerce giant Alibaba in talks with Snapdeal to enter India: Report September 18, 2014

    Mumbai: Chinese ecommerce giant Alibaba is in talks with online retailer Snapdeal to enter India, the Economic Times reported on Thursday, citing two people aware of the development. Alibaba, whose shares are set to debut on the US market on Friday in what could be the world's largest ever initial public...
  • Croma partners with Snapdeal to sell its products online September 16, 2014

    New Delhi: Tata Group promoted electronics retail chain Croma and Snapdeal.com entered into a strategic partnership to sell products online. As per the agreement, Snapdeal.com would create Croma's Flagship Store on its ecommerce website to sell electronics items including mobiles, tablets and laptops, a statement by both the retailers said. The two...
  • London designers target fashionhungry shoppers with 'tech firsts' September 15, 2014

    London: Fuelled by the boom in online sales for the latest trends, London's designers are finding new ways to deliver instant gratification to fashion hungry shoppers, amid high hopes of boosting growth in the sector. British retailer Topshop, whose website attracts an average of 4.5 million hits a week, launched a...
  • Twitter tests shopping service with a 'buy' button on tweets September 9, 2014

    Bangalore: Twitter is testing a "buy" button in some tweets that allows a mobile user to buy directly from a tweet. A small percentage of US users will be able to see the "buy" button from Monday, Twitter wrote in a blog post. "Users will get access to offers and merchandise they...
  • 'What do you do online if you don't shop?!': 16 struggles only a compulsive online shopping addict will understand September 8, 2014

    Do you get excited every time you receive a mailer from an online shopping website declaring new offers? Don't worry; you're not the only one. With the mushrooming of several ecommerce websites on the internet, you've probably bought everything from clothes to diapers and shoes to jewellery online.Every time you...
  • India Post commemorative postage stamps now available on Snapdeal August 29, 2014

    New Delhi: Philately enthusiasts rejoice. Commemorative postage stamp collections from India Post are now available for online purchase through ecommerce site Snapdeal. The philately collectibles from India Post put on sale on the site include the ones issued to mark Sachin Tendulkar's 200th Test match, FIFA World Cup 2014 and...
  • How online retail in India is shaping up August 15, 2014

    Mumbai: Finding a way into India's vast but vexing market has long frustrated foreign retailers. Now, overseas investors are pouring billions of dollars into ecommerce ventures that are circumventing the barriers holding back retail powers such as WalMart and Ikea. Some investors see India as the world's next big ecommerce opportunity,...
  • Online retailer Jabong plans to introduce private label brands August 10, 2014

    Mumbai: Online fashion retailer Jabong.com is planning to launch private label brands in the next 45 months, a top company official said. "We are setting up a fullfledged design team in London because we also want to create our own brands that provide good, fast, western fashion to the Indian consumers....
  • OLX, Flipkart partner to leverage each other's strengths August 7, 2014

    Mumbai: Ecommerce portal Flipkart has partnered online classifieds player OLX.in for a marketing tieup that will leverage each other's strengths to offer combined benefits of their platforms to users. The first phase of the tieup will be kicked off with a joint marketing campaign urging consumers to upgrade by selling their...
  • Amazon infuses $2 billion into Indian arm, a day after Flipkart announced $1 billion funding July 30, 2014

    New Delhi: On Tuesday Flipkart announced that it raised a fresh round of funding worth $1 billion. This is seen as a part of Flipkart's aggressive scale up after Amazon's rapid expansion in India that has heated up competition. Now a day later, Amazon announced that it will invest an additional...
  • Flipkart adds $1 billion to its armoury to battle the Amazon invasion July 30, 2014

    Mumbai: India's top ecommerce company Flipkart said on Tuesday it had raised $1 billion (Rs 6,000 crore) in funds as it battles US giant Amazon for supremacy in the hypercompetitive local market. Flipkart, set up in 2007 by two former Amazon employees, said Singapore sovereign wealth fund GIC was among those...
  • Flipkart raises $1 billion funding, highestever in Indian ecommerce industry July 29, 2014

    New Delhi: Indian ecommerce marketplace Flipkart has raised $1 billion (about Rs 6,013 crore) in one of the largest funding rounds for any ecommerce company globally and the single largest round by an internet company from India. Coled by existing investors Tiger Global Management and Naspers, the funds will...
  • Amazon India to open 5 new centres for faster delivery July 29, 2014

    New Delhi: Global ecommerce giant Amazon will open 5 new centres across India to ensure faster product delivery in the fiercely competitive online shopping space, which is dominated by homegrown players like Flipkart and Snapdeal. The USbased firm already has two fulfilment centres (FCs) in Mumbai and Bangalore. With the addition...
  • Facebook tests 'Buy' button to help advertisers boost sales July 18, 2014

    New York: Facebook is testing a "Buy" button in its latest effort to help businesses boost their sales through the world's biggest online social network. The company said in a statement Thursday that the button will let people buy products directly from businesses without leaving Facebook. A "Buy" button appears at...
  • Visa launches new Visa Checkout service to make online payments simpler July 17, 2014

    New York: Payment processor Visa is launching a new service called Visa Checkout that eliminates a few steps in online payment. The company and its retailing partners, including Neiman Marcus, Pizza Hut, Staples and others, hope a quicker payout will lead to fewer abandoned shopping carts online. As more customers shop...
  • Amazon brings #AmazonCart to India July 16, 2014

    New Delhi: Amazon.in announced the launch of its #AmazonCart service in India, using which customers can add products that they discover on Twitter to their shopping carts. Customers who have connected their Amazon and Twitter accounts can add items to their carts just by tweeting the link of an Amazon.in product...
  • Asus cautions customers about online purchases June 27, 2014

    New Delhi: After Lenovo and Gionee, another tech giant Asus has advised its customers to be cautious while purchasing devices from ecommerce platforms and online shopping sites. The Taiwanese firm has also advised its users to check pre and postsales terms as well as the authenticity of the product while buying...
  • Flipkart to hire 12,000 people this year, aims to beef up its support and technology operations June 22, 2014

    New Delhi: Flipkart will hire 12,000 people this year to beef up its support and technology operations as the homegrown firm witnesses strong surge in online shopping in the country. The online marketplace giant has already chalked out an ambitious plan to expand its reach across India, the world's third...
  • Flipkart tying up with manufacturing clusters to bring more sellers onboard June 21, 2014

    Coimbatore: Flipkart, the largest ecommerce marketplace in India, said it is holding talks to tieup with manufacturing clusters such as Tirupur and Ludhiana as part of bringing more sellers onboard to meet the strong growth in demand. "We are targeting manufacturing clusters and would sign up partnerships with Surat, Agra and...
  • Is ecommerce the new cool? Here's why young entrepreneurs are more interested in online business June 17, 2014

    New Delhi: Gone are the days when Facebook was used merely as a tool to share personal details with people. Along with Instagram and other such media, Facebook is becoming a lucrative and cheap ground for advertising for young entrepreneurs. The online platform has attracted young entrepreneurs mainly between 19...
  • China's Alibaba to launch its first US shopping website: Reports June 11, 2014

    Bangalore: Chinese ecommerce company Alibaba Group Holding Ltd is launching its first US directtoconsumer online shop on Wednesday, the Financial Times and other media reported. The website will operate as a marketplace similar to Alibaba's Chinabased TMall, which offers virtual store fronts to merchants who set their own prices and handle...
  • Amazon plans to launch local services marketplace this year: Sources June 11, 2014

    San Francisco: Amazon.com Inc later this year plans to launch a marketplace for local services, a broad term that encompasses anything from babysitters to handymen to birthday clowns, beginning with a single market, several people familiar with the matter said. Amazon aims to gauge demand and test logistics before rolling out...
  • Flipkart First: Flipkart's paid subscription service goes live at Rs 500 a year; benefits include free shipping, free inaday delivery June 11, 2014

    New Delhi: Online retailing giant Flipkart is going live with its recently announced paid subscription service, Flipkart First, starting Wednesday. For an annual membership of Rs 500, Flipkart customers can avail a bunch of exclusive benefits and priority service features including free shipping for all orders, free inaday guarantee delivery,...
  • India likely to announce foreign investment in ecommerce next month: Sources June 4, 2014

    New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government could allow foreign direct investment in India's ecommerce sector as early as next month, paving the way for global online retailers such as Amazon to expand their business, four people with knowledge of the matter told Reuters. A more robust online retail sector will...
  • Flipkart wants to be like China's Alibaba June 4, 2014

    New Delhi: India's online retailers are bulking up on acquisitions and funding as they battle the world's biggest Internet shopping giant, Amazon, for supremacy in the hypercompetitive domestic market. Late last month, Flipkart, India's largest eshopping portal, announced the takeover of rival Myntra in a deal analysts estimated at $330 million...
  • Flipkart buys online fashion retailer Myntra May 22, 2014

    New Delhi: In what is the biggest consolidation in India's ecommerce sector, homegrown eretailer Flipkart is buying Bangalorebased online fashion store Myntra. "It's a 100 percent acquisition and going forward we have big plans in this segment," said Sachin Bansal, cofounder of Bangalorebased Flipkart. Flipkart said it would invest $100...
  • Flipkart to acquire a majority stake in Myntra; announcement likely on May 22 May 21, 2014

    New Delhi: Homegrown eretailer Flipkart is likely to acquire a majority stake in online fashion retailer Myntra in what could be the biggest consolidation in India's ecommerce sector. According to sources, the deal could be worth about Rs 2,000 crore. The figure could not be independently verified. The transaction is...
  • Flipkart First: Flipkart announces paid subscription service; benefits include free shipping, free inaday delivery May 8, 2014

    New Delhi: Online retailing giant Flipkart has launched an annual membership feebased service for its customers. Flipkart First is aimed at rewarding registered shoppers, which the company claims are about 18 million for the portal, as well as getting new ones on board. With the $3...
  • Amazon wants to make online shopping as easy as a tweet May 6, 2014

    New York: Online retailer Amazon is introducing a service that lets Twitter users add Amazon.com products to their carts without leaving the social media site. The service comes as Amazon seeks to make social media a bigger source for sales. Twitter also has been seeking new revenue streams beyond advertising services...
  • Snapdeal's 50 per cent sales come via apps, mobile website May 2, 2014

    New Delhi: Domestic ecommerce major Snapdeal now gets about 50 per cent of its sales through its mobile platform as an increasing number of shoppers place orders using their smartphones. The New Delhibased firm has seen a 25fold growth in mobilebased transactions from a year ago. "With increasing consumption of data on...