Covid-19 creates new essentials on online platform

A range of “new essentials” is now becoming an integral part of online buyers’ shopping lists in India. According to e-commerce firm Snapdeal, every third shopper s buying products relating to safety & immunity. These include masks, sanitizers, traditional immunity boosters like Chyawanprash, vitamins, herbal health supplements etc.  Masks are the single largest purchased item in this category of new essentials, accounting for nearly 70% of the order volumes. The sale of masks has more than tripled in the last 30 days as greater awareness, easy availability and reduced prices have prompted more…

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CAIT promises national scale e-commerce platform with Bharatemarket.in

The Confederation of All India Traders (CAIT), will soon be launching a national  eCommerce Marketplace “bharatemarket” for all retail traders. According to a recent release by the association, the marketplace will integrate capabilities of various technology companies to provide end to end services in the logistics and supply chains from manufacturers to end consumers including deliveries at home.  The e commerce portal will include a nationwide participation by real-world retailers, who have served Indian consumers over the years, and in many cases, even across generations. To be owned by the…

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NRAI launches R4R platform to support members, employees

The Restaurant Industry with an annual turnover of approximately INR 4 Lakh Crore and providing direct employment to over 7 million Indians is in a very precarious situation currently, fighting a grim battle for its basic survival. Keeping this in mind, NRAI (National Restaurant Association of India) which represents the interests of over 6 Lakh restaurants across India, has launched first-of-its-kind platform to support its Members and their Employees – Rise For Restaurants. Diners can support restaurants by buying Virtual Cash worth Rs 1000 at a flat 25% discount from an expansive list of Restaurants…

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Retail giants not buying directly from farmers

The Centre’s directive to states on 4 April, asking them to facilitate direct purchase of farm produce including grains, pulses and fruits and vegetables by big retailers, aggregators and food processors hasn’t produced any immediate results. Except Madhya Pradesh, no other state has so far acted upon the Centre’s advisory, leaving farmers, the intended beneficiaries of the move, high and dry. The idea behind the Centre’s move was to unshackle the farmer community hit hard by the current lockdown from the fetters of the APMCs that control mandis. While most…

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CAIT says Facebook known for violating domestic laws

The leading trade body Confederation of All India Traders (CAIT) has expressed concerns over the mega deal between Facebook and Reliance Jio saying the US firm has a massive data base of Indian consumers which can be used to influence them.   “ Facebook has been known to be violating domestic laws globally. Therefore, the data already generated with Facebook or its allied organisation Whatsapp should not be used for this new venture else it will be a back stabbing to the people of the country. The existing users of…

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Ecom firms not to sell non-essentials till lockdown

In a specific note issued on Sunday, the Ministry of Home Affairs clarified that even as the government would allow some relaxation in consumer centric services starting from 20th April, this does not entail permission for e-commerce platforms to commence their normal functioning before the removal of lockdown in the country owing to Covid-19 crisis. The note, therefore, has made it clear that online players like Flipkart and Amazon will have to wait to resume their full operations till the lockdown period. At least till May 3rd, they will have…

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Snapdeal joining hands with Kisan Mandis to boost supplies

 Snapdeal, India’s leading value-focused e-commerce marketplace, has resumed operations in 96 cities covering more than 15,000 pin codes. Other than metro cities, the list also covers smaller cities like Agra, Bhopal, Dehradun, Jalandhar, Kanpur, Lucknow, Jaipur, Kota, Nashik, Patna, Raipur, Surat etc.   The current operations cover essential goods in high demand and include grocery items like rice, tea, coffee, atta etc. Also, supplies of household cleaning supplies are being prioritized.   To boost supplies, Snapdeal has tied up with local grocers and wholesalers to make fast intra-city deliveries. It is also…

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Mall operators seek immediate financial relief

Responding to COVID-19 threat, state governments have ordered complete shut-down of shopping centres, malls, multiplexes/cinema halls etc. until March 31, 2020, in major metros like Mumbai, Pune, Banaglore, Chennai, Gurgaon and other locations. And mall operators are apprehensive of a prolonged troubled period even if normalcy is restored in a few weeks from now.   “The impact of the shut-down of the Shopping Centres across various cities has been beyond comprehension,” says Abhishek Bansal, Executive Director, Pacific Malls.  “The rental income has come down to zero since the closure of malls.…

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23 e-commerce agencies supporting handloom marketing

In a written reply submitted in the Lok Sabha recently, Minister of Textiles Smriti Irani informed that the government has engaged 23 e-commerce agencies for online marketing of Handloom products as per the extant policy framework. An amount of Rs. 93.79 crore has been generated from online marketing of Handloom products as on Feb, 2020. E-commerce agencies are on boarding weavers/handloom producers for online marketing by organizing awareness programme/workshops in the handloom clusters. In addition, weavers/handloom producers are also being on boarded on Government e-Market place (GeM) for on-line marketing…

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Detel ties up with Hotspot

Detel’s economical feature phone, TV and Accessories would now also be available at Hotspot retail store units following an arrangement between two companies. Detel will sell its range of connected essentials and Home Theatres through this tie-up. Launched in 2005, Hotspot is one of the leading mobile retail stores with over 100 stores across Delhi/NCR and Kolkata, offering over 200+ SKUs of smartphones, gadgets, and mobile accessories. With the plan to expand its offline presence, Detel has been taking the conventional and unconventional route. Right from tapping communities like Dabbawala, to opening its exclusive…

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