The UPS Store ranks high in top franchise list

The UPS Store, the world’s largest franchisor of retail shipping, postal, print and business service centers, has been ranked again as one of the top franchise brands, according to Entrepreneur Magazine’s 2020 Franchise 500. Ranked at No. 5 overall out of 1,000 companies, The UPS Store is also first in the postal and business services category and the only retail business service center brand in the top 10. This marks the 30th year the retail chain has appeared on the list, and its fourth consecutive year in the top five brands overall.…

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CCI recommends transparent discount policy by e-commerce firms

The Competition Commission of India (CCI) recently released a Report titled ‘Market Study on E-commerce in India: Key Findings and Observations’ which has strongly advised e-commerce firms to adopt stricter self-regulation norms on most of the critical operational parameters including pricing.  ( https://www.cci.gov.in/sites/default/files/whats_newdocument/Market-study-on-e-Commerce-in-India.pdf). While acknowledging that the growth of e-commerce business has expanded the domestic retail market and given a new dimension to it, the CCI report strongly pitched for adopting more transparent norms. For instance, the report has advised that there should be more clarity on the discount policy of…

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Snapdeal plans to add 5000 plus manufacturer-sellers in 2020

Snapdeal has set the target of adding another 5000 manufacturer-sellers on its platform this year. It expects most of these manufacturers to join from India’s production hubs like Meerut, Ludhiana, Tirupur, Jaipur, Panipat, Surat, Rajkot etc.  Through these additions, Snapdeal expects to deepen its selection for kitchen utensils, leather products, toys, bedsheets & blankets and ladies fashion (kurtis, sarees, hosiery garments & knitwear). According to a Snapdeal Spokesperson, “E-commerce has immense potential to stimulate economic growth by increasing efficiency and improving access. By taking specific measures to link domestic demand with…

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BrewHouse launches India’s First Certified Organic Ice Tea

 BrewHouse Tea Brewing has launched India’s first certified Organic ready-to-drink Ice Tea, which is available across all metros & Tier-I cities. Established in the year 2017, BrewHouse has recently been certified organic by USDA & India Organic. The brand is available in five flavours – Blueberry, Forest Berry, Mojito Lime, Classic Lemon and Classic Peach. Available only in glass bottles as of now, the brand will soon be rolled out in affordable variants, to cater to a larger market. Siddharth Jain, Founder and CEO, BrewHouse Tea Brewing Co. said, “The ice tea category in India…

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UrbanClap signs Unicommerce for supply chain management of warehouses

UrbanClap, India’s leading home services marketplace, signed up with the leading e-commerce and supply chain enablement platform Unicommerce, for warehouse management to manage the supply chain for goods being delivered to their service partners. UrbanClap enables consumers to hire premium service professionals, from beauticians and masseurs to appliance technicians, carpenters, yoga trainers and more. The company has a partner network of more than 20,000 micro-entrepreneurs who are provided product and consumables support. It has signed up Unicommerce to streamline supply chain and logistics over a network of 4 warehouses and…

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GOFRUGAL eyeing to make ‘Collaborative Commerce’ a reality for MSME Retail Sector

GOFRUGAL, India’s leading cloud ERP Company, has announced the launch of its ‘Easy suite’ of products including RetailEasy, ServeEasy, and ManageEasy for Retail, Restaurant and Distribution businesses respectively. Kumar Rajagopalan, CEO of Retailers Association of India launched the company’s first of its kind experiential digital store using advance technologies like AI and ML for the traditional retail industry. Research reports indicate that the Indian retail industry is estimated to be over $700 billion from over 14 million retailers. Of this, the MSME segment contributes 60-90% of the market requirements. “ The owners of physical…

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Snapdeal adds 3500 pin codes in 2019

Snapdeal, India’s third-largest online marketplace, has reported significant expansion in its reach in 2019 by adding another 3500 pin codes to its logistics network. It now serves more than 26,000 pin codes across all 28 states and 9 Union Territories. After this expansion, Snapdeal covers all the metros, Tier 1 & 2 cities and most of Tier 3 and 4 towns of India, the company said in a statement.   Snapdeal has expanded its network to cover small towns in key markets like Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra, West Bengal, Karnataka, Gujarat,…

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Railways to formulate guidelines for e-Commerce consignment

Indian Railways is keen to tap on the opportunity of adding e-commerce consignments to its freight portfolio and is expected to formulate a specific guideline soon. It had recently initiated a pilot project to examine the feasibility of using Railways’ parcel service for e-commerce players. Under the pilot project, Amazon India has been provided 2.5 tonnes space in the SLR/Break Van under Guard’s charge for loading/unloading of consignments, in New Delhi-Sealdah Rajdhani Express and  New Delhi-Mumbai Rajdhani Express trains. Railways is expected to come out with the guideline after completion…

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Nationwide protest by traders against e-commerce majors

Members of trade body, Confederation of All India Traders (CAIT), organized a nationwide protest on Wednesday against unethical and unfair business practices of Amazon and Flipkart by observing ” National Protest Day.” In a press release, the association claimed Protest Dharna being organized in more than 700 cities of different states attended by lakhs of traders. A massive dharna was reportedly seen at Sadar Bazar, Delhi’s prominent market.   CAIT claimed that the prominent leaders of transport, small industry, hawkers, consumers and other sections also joined their Dharna lending their…

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Snapdeal joins International Trademark Association

Snapdeal, India’s leading e-commerce marketplace, has joined the International Trademark Association (INTA), as part of its on-going efforts to support the protection of intellectual property on online marketplaces. INTA is a global association that has more than 7200 members across 187 countries. INTA’s members comprise large brand owners, small and medium enterprises, government offices, non-profits, among others. INTA aims to protect and promote the rights of trademark owners, support efforts for the advancement  of trademark rights and work towards the development of appropriate legislation in this regard. Through these initiatives, INTA…

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