SHOPPING

  • Amazon to launch home services marketplace; will connect customers with electricians, plumbers, painters Yesterday

    Chicago: Amazon.com is launching a home services marketplace that will connect customers with electricians, plumbers and painters in a move to have its services tied to every product sold on its website. Amazon Home Services, which will launch on Monday, will allow customers to buy 700 services such as car maintenance,...
  • Facebook making Messenger a platform for direct business 5 days ago

    San Francisco: Facebook Inc on Wednesday opened up its Messenger service for developers to create apps and for shoppers to communicate directly with retailers, as the Internet company seeks to expand its reach. The new features mark Facebook's latest effort to transform its mobile messaging service into a full-featured platform with...
  • Flipkart aims to generate 20 lakh jobs in 2015 6 days ago

    New Delhi: Domestic eCommerce major Flipkart today said it will generate over 20 lakh jobs through its marketplace and ancillary services this year. The Bangalore-based firm expects 60 per cent of this employment to be generated in the logistics and warehousing sector. "Sellers on our marketplace have been directly responsible for...
  • Safety guard: 6 rules on how to avoid online shopping fraud March 23, 2015

    As online shopping in India and around the world is growing exponentially, the threats that online shoppers face are also increasing. It is always better to err on the side of caution. This helpful infographic guides you on how to keep your money safe while shopping online. ...
  • Teesta - The Tea Shop: A good evening hangout place for students, young office goers March 22, 2015

    In the busy metro life of Delhi-NCR, a cup of tea is always soothing. Be it after a long drive or just a long walk with someone special on a drizzly evening, everything is incomplete without a good cup of tea or coffee. On one fine evening driving aimlessly with...
  • Weekend Reading List: From recorrecting the myth of Steve Jobs to why news media should drop apps March 21, 2015

    The weekend's here and here are five recommended reads from the intriguing world of technology: The evolution Of Steve Jobs: Rick Tetzeli, revisits - and attempts to correct - the myth of Steve Jobs. The story of the Apple co-founder "can't be explained by a set of stereotypes that haven't changed...
  • Amazon gets approval to test delivery drones outdoors March 20, 2015

    Seattle: Amazon.com has won approval from US federal regulators to test a delivery drone outdoors, as the e-commerce company pursues its goal of sending packages to customers by air, even as it faces public concern about safety and privacy. The Federal Aviation Administration said on Thursday it issued an experimental airworthiness...
  • India's fashion e-retail market to touch $35 billion mark by 2020: Google March 20, 2015

    New Delhi: Increasing Internet penetration and growing preference for online shopping is expected to help the online fashion retail market touch $35 billion by 2020, Google India today said. Fashion retail on e-commerce portals is expected to constitute 35 per cent of the total online retail revenue generated in India by...
  • Indian e-commerce market growing rapidly; set to cross Rs 1 lakh crore mark by 2015-end: Report March 19, 2015

    New Delhi: The technology driven e-commerce market in India has come of age and is growing rapidly to cross Rs.1 lakh crore by the year-end, an industry report said on Wednesday. "Growing at 33 per cent, the digital commerce market is set to cross Rs.1 lakh crore by December 2015 from...
  • PM Modi's brother attacks Centre for failing to live upto peoples' expectations March 17, 2015

    New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi's younger brother Prahlad on Tuesday lashed out at the BJP government at the Centre, saying it has "failed" to live up to peoples' expectations and lacked will to resolve their problems. Prahlad participated at a protest here at the Jantar Mantar organised by the...
  • Amazon working on app for Apple Watch; to let you shop straight from your wrist March 16, 2015

    New Delhi: Amazon is said to be working on a version of its online shopping app for Apple's latest wearable- Apple Watch- that would allow users to shop at the e-commerce site with a single click. The Amazon shopping app for the Apple Watch will allow consumers to search for products...
  • Facebook to buy and shut down shopping search engine TheFind March 14, 2015

    New York: Facebook says it is buying shopping search engine TheFind to help boost its advertising business. Terms of the deal have not been disclosed. The acquisition is expected to close in the next few weeks. TheFind, which was founded in 2006, will shut down and some of its key employees will...
  • How Snapdeal is turning Mumbai's Dharavi into a battleground for new customers March 13, 2015

    Mumbai: For viewers of Oscar-winning film Slumdog Millionaire, Mumbai's vast Dharavi slum is a byword for poverty, but to online retailer Snapdeal.com it is a battleground for new customers and, it hopes, a source of better margins. The company's aspirations are backed up by serious investment from the likes of Japan's...
  • Amazon. Empowered by women. March 5, 2015

    To all men - we're afraid we have some bad news. The women want to let you know that they have found a more-than-satisfactory alternative that attends to most of their needs, and it has to do with one simple thing - Shopping. Shopping- there was a time when it...
  • Smartphone shopping in India grows by 100% over last two years: Survey March 5, 2015

    New Delhi: Online purchases made through mobile phones in India have grown by more than 100 percent over the past two years, indicating a steep upward trend in e-commerce propelled by expediency, reveals the MasterCard Online Shopping Survey 2014 released here on Wednesday. The survey covers 14 countries across Asia Pacific. China...
  • IRCTC joins hands with Amazon.in for online shopping February 28, 2015

    New Delhi: In order to provide convenient online shopping experience to customers, IRCTC has tied up with Amazon.in to sell various products. Customers who access the IRCTC portal can now buy products ranging from consumer electronics, books, shoes, apparel, bags to toys, exotic food products, personal hygiene products, pet supplies, musical...
  • Sugar, kerosene, tea leaves for poor in ration shops in Bihar February 25, 2015

    Patna: Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Wednesday announced bonanza for the poor by including sugar, tea leaves and kerosene in the list of items to be provided through ration shops. The decision was taken at a review meeting of food and civil supplies department by Chief Minister Nitish Kumar. Cooperative Minister...
  • Snapdeal buys luxury fashion portal Exclusively; expands presence in high-end fashion segment February 18, 2015

    New DelhiExpanding its presence in the high-end fashion segment, online marketplace Snapdeal has acquired luxury fashion portal Exclusively.com for anundisclosed amount. With this acquisition, the city-based firm that gets a little over $1 billion in gross merchandise value(GMV)from its fashion business expects this figure to touch $2 billion by the end...
  • Here's why discounts, low prices may not be viable for e-commerce sites in the long run February 15, 2015

    Mumbai: E-commerce companies have incurred combined losses of around Rs 1,000 crore due to heavy discounting strategy and this model is not feasible in the long run, a PwC report said. "Offering lower prices will not be viable in the long term. Despite luring in customers in the initial stages, lower...
  • Amazon to set up warehouse centre in Hyderabad February 5, 2015

    Hyderabad: Online retail giant Amazon will set up a warehouse centre and start operations from a leased facility in about two months before its own facility is constructed. A delegation from Amazon, led by global director and head for Real Estate and Facilities John Schoettler, met Telangana IT Minister K T...
  • Mobiles, tablets account for 22 per cent of online transactions: Study February 1, 2015

    New Delhi: Online shoppers are increasingly using smart devices to shop online with mobile phones and tablets accounting for 22 per cent of the transactions, a study has said. "Mobile and tablets account for 32 per cent of visits and 22 per cent of transactions on the website and the average...
  • Italian brand Galvanni to launch in India with FashionandYou January 23, 2015

    New Delhi: Italian fashion brand Galvanni is making a foray into the Indian market via FashionAndYou, a fashion and lifestyle website. The brand will be launched Friday. Aimed at those who embrace a sporting lifestyle blended with fashion, the entire range of Galvanni shirts, sweaters, polo t-shirts and sweatshirts will be available...
  • Babumoshay.com: A new online shopping site for daily needs, fashion launched January 18, 2015

    New Delhi: Looking to tap the fast growing e-commerce business in India, a few Rotarians have joined hands to launch a new online shopping site - babumoshay.com for daily needs, including vegetables and fruits, apart from fashion products. Keeping in mind the increasing number of nuclear families, the portal will have...
  • Why the way India shops is completely changing January 1, 2015

    New Delhi: From Amazons of the world to Chinese Alibabas to desi Flipkarts, everyone wants to have a pie of the burgeoning e-commerce market in India and consumers are not complaining with sweet sale deals coming their way. In the process, these e-retailers rubbed the brick-and-mortar traditional retailers wrong way in...
  • E-commerce boom: Why shopping for Indians would never be the same again after 2014 December 30, 2014

    Kolkata: Lured by heavy online discounts and easy home delivery of almost any product at the click of a button, shopping for Indians would never be the same again after 2014. What was limited to books, gadgets and few accessories in the earlier years, now expanded to include apparel, kitchen items,...
  • Average expenditure by online shoppers to rise from Rs 6,000 to Rs 10,000 in 2015: Study December 28, 2014

    New Delhi: The average annual spending of Indians on online purchases is expected to rise 67 per cent to Rs 10,000 next year, according to a study. Currently, online shoppers spend around Rs 6,000 a year on average, said the Assocham-PwC study. About 40 million consumers purchased something online this year and...
  • 2014: A year like never before for e-commerce in India December 26, 2014

    New Delhi: It's still a small component of India's Rs 38 trillion ($600 billion) overall retail trade industry. Yet, the e-commerce format with sales of Rs 1 trillion ($16 billion) managed to create a buzz in 2014 like never before - not just with mega promotions but also with mergers,...
  • Alibaba claims to have spent $161 million fighting fakes since 2013 December 23, 2014

    Beijing: China's Alibaba Group Holding Ltd, the world's largest e-commerce company, spent over 1 billion yuan ($160.7 million) combating fake goods and for improving customer protection from the beginning of 2013 to the end of November, the firm said Tuesday. "From Alibaba Group's perspective, we bear a serious responsibility in this...
  • How reliable are warranties for online purchases? December 22, 2014

    Kolkata: Even as online retail sales continue to shoot up with the e-commerce industry expected to touch Rs 216 billion ($3.5 billion) in the current fiscal, the sector has recently come under fire with both manufacturers and consumers questioning the reliability of warranties for online purchases and the consequences of...
  • Delhi beats Maharashtra as India's e-commerce hub: eBay December 19, 2014

    New Delhi: Delhi has toppled Maharashtra as the No 1 market where maximum number of mobiles and accessories were sold online this year, e-commerce major eBay said today. Last year, Maharashtra was the top market of eBay. According to eBay's Census 2014, tier-II and -III cities are driving the e-commerce market in...