ONLINE SHOPPING

  • Hachette and Amazon bury the hatchet, reach agreement on e-book sales November 14, 2014

    Hachette Book Group and Amazon.com said on Thursday they reached a multi-year agreement for e-book and print book sales after months of bitter fighting that pitted writers and publishers against the world's largest online retail store. Hachette, a unit of France's Lagardere SCA and the fourth-largest US book publisher, said the...
  • Local businessman gains momentum through online initiatives November 13, 2014

    New Delhi: In this Internet revolution, a majority of consumers look online for local products or services. Why to go out and explore your requirement when you can 'get online'. With local businesses flourishing in India in every state, city or even small towns, more and more people are connecting...
  • Indian e-commerce market to reach the $20 billion mark next year: Report November 9, 2014

    New Delhi: The e-commerce market in the country is expected to grow 37 per cent to reach $20 billion by next year on the back of growing internet population and increased online shoppers, a report has said. "E-commerce in India is a $11 billion market, and is estimated to reach $20...
  • Online retailer HomeShop18 stops selling books online November 1, 2014

    New Delhi: In what comes as a surprise, e-commerce major HomeShop18 has stopped selling books online. The company has issued a notice announcing that it will no longer be selling books on the site. The notice, however, states no reason as to why the company has discontinued the books section. The...
  • Amazon India launches Kannada books, movies, music store November 1, 2014

    Bangalore: Amazon.in, has announced the launch of its Kannada books, movies and music store. The store with a wide selection of more than 7,300 books, 4,700 movies and 2,500 music albums are available at "great" prices and convenience of shopping online, making it thus the largest selection in India, Amazon...
  • India one of the fastest growing e-commerce markets in Asia-Pacific October 19, 2014

    New Delhi: The India eCommerce market will reach $6 billion in 2015, a 70 per cent increase over 2014 revenue of $3.5 billion, Gartner Inc. said. "Digital commerce is at a nascent stage in India. However, India is one of the fastest-growing e-commerce markets in Asia/Pacific," Praveen Sengar, research director at...
  • Amazon to open its first physical store: Report October 10, 2014

    New York: Amazon is planning to open its first physical store. That's according to a report in The Wall Street Journal that said Thursday the largest US e-commerce retailer will open a store in Manhattan ahead of the holiday shopping season. It cites anonymous sources familiar with the matter. It is not...
  • Flipkart accepts shoddy performance, apologises for glitches October 8, 2014

    New Delhi: A day after its mega sales scheme, Indian e-commerce giant Flipkart today accepted its below expectation performance with an apology and promised to come better prepared next time. "While we stand humbled by the sheer faith that such a large number of customers have shown in us, we are...
  • Flipkart sends apology mail to customers after its botched 'Big Billion Day Sale' October 7, 2014

    New Delhi: E-retailer Flipkart's "The Big Billion Day Sale" on Monday started with a roar and ended in a whimper. While many customers failed to log in, others could not book their desired products. A day later, Flipkart admitted that the company was not prepared for the mega rush for...
  • Charges dropped against a man who tried to sell a rhinoceros head online October 7, 2014

    Milton, NH: A New Hampshire man who tried to sell a 70-pound rhinoceros head online is happy that charges against him have been dropped. Ari Goldenberg of Milton was charged by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in 2012 with selling an endangered species and falsifying records. Local media report that...
  • Flipkart claims billion hits, buyers feel cheated on discounts October 7, 2014

    Bangalore: India's largest e-retailer Flipkart claimed to have got a billion hits for its special sales offer Monday, but millions of buyers felt cheated on its discounts, as they alleged the prices quoted were higher, even as its portal crashed during the day. "The prices printed in its advertisements in leading...
  • Has e-commerce hit the business of traditional retailers? October 6, 2014

    Discounts are perhaps not new for e-commerce giants. But now they've taken it to the next level with prices hitting a rock bottom. These websites have hit the business of traditional retailers. Shylaja Varma checks out how e-commerce is burning a hole in their pockets and what the customer really...
  • 'I don't need it, but it's on sale! Add to cart': 10 things every online buyer went through during the Flipkart Big Billion Day sale October 6, 2014

    From the front page of newspapers to Twitter trends, Flipkart's Big Billion Day sale was the talk of the town this morning. Online shopping addicts were up since morning, adding products to cart way before the sale had begun. As soon as the clock struck 8, users were hit by...
  • Live: Best online deals you shouldn't miss out on October 6, 2014

    It seems to be a big day today - at least in terms of online sales. From Flipkart to Snapdeal, online retailers have been luring customers with their steal offers since morning. While some buyers have managed to grab the best of the deals under Flipkart's 'Big Billion Day' and...
  • Amazon to sell packaged food and beverages in India from mid-October: Report October 2, 2014

    Bangalore: Online retailer Amazon.com Inc plans to sell packaged food and beverages in India from mid-October, the Economic Times reported, citing a person familiar with the matter. Amazon, which has already started accepting bookings for Coco-Cola Zero - the beverage's low-calorie variant, will eventually start selling fresh food in India, the...
  • 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...