Quartz summarizing data from Bengaluru-based data curation platform Tracxn: Four of the seven Indian unicorns—Flipkart, Snapdeal, Paytm, and Shopclues—are into e-commerce. However, unlike these multi-category players, the next batch will be those focused on specific segments such as furniture, jewellery, or apparel. Here’s the list of e-commerce soonicorns as per Tracxn: Company Category Pepperfry Furniture […]


Zalando’s private labels, under the umbrella brand zLabels since June of this year, are going to be available at other stores than just Zalando’s. (Source: German summary of an interview with zLabels CEO Jan Wilmking) zLabels is now counting 17 labels. First up is shoe label Zign, now also available at Asos, Amazon and TMall/Alibaba. […]


Amazon is building out Junglee into a P2P marketplace à la eBay for India. Business Standard: Jeff Bezos has upped the ante in his bid to win India’s e-commerce market by propping up Junglee, the comparison shopping engine, to become a platform for individuals to buy and sell goods to each other, with Amazon managing […]


Facebook and Twitter both have tried more than once to bring ecommerce capabilities to their networks. Neither has succeeded yet. Bloomberg is reporting now on how Alibaba is going the opposite direction. The Chinese online retail giant is bringing social and media features to its mobile marketplace Taobao, and, it seems, successfully so: Alibaba’s Taobao […]

Amazon Echo

High praise from Tim O’Reilly, amongst other things inventor of the term “Web 2.0”: Every once in a while, a product comes along that changes everyone’s expectations of what’s possible in user interfaces. The Mac. The World Wide Web. The iPhone. Alexa belongs in that elite group of game changers. He goes on to talk about […]

Dollar Shave Club

Jason Del Rey, who is reporting on ecommerce for Recode, on the implications of the recent acquisitions of Jet.com by Walmart and Dollar Shave Club by Unilever for U.S. investors and U.S. online retail: “You’re no longer going to be out on an island doing a deal of great importance,” said Greg Bettinelli, an investor […]


The sheer success of Alexa is one part that is fascinating to watch playing out. But, as someone analyzing strategies, it is equally fascinating to watch how exactly Amazon is successfully building out a general-interest platform with Alexa. SDKs and partnerships with companies are one part. But fostering a developer community is something else, and […]