Category India

Flipkart

Why the Battle Between Flipkart and Amazon Has to Be a Battle Between Marketplaces

Because of Indian laws, the battle between Flipkart and Amazon (and Alibaba via Paytm) is a battle of marketplaces. Ben Thompson at Stratechery on the regulatory particularities regarding the Indian market (paywall): The Indian government forbids foreign direct investment in retailers that sell directly to consumers; therefore Amazon (by virtue of being owned by Amazon, […]

eBay

What the Flipkart Deal Means For eBay

Economic Times on the new partnership between eBay and Flipkart and the sale of eBay India: eBay.in will continue to operate as an independent entity within Flipkart and the deal is expected to close later this year, the company said. The Bengaluru-based e-tailer has also signed an exclusive cross-border trade agreement, as a result of […]

Flipkart

Flipkart Acquires eBay India and Raises $1.4Bn from eBay, Tencent and Microsoft

The new financing round we had talked about here, is official now. Economic Times: India’s largest e-commerce marketplace Flipkart has announced a $1.4 billion fundraise from new investors Tencent, eBay and Microsoft. This is the largest fundraising round for Flipkart that has raised around $4.6 billion from investors like Tiger Global Management, Naspers Group, Accel […]

Fight for India Intensifies: Flipkart May Buy Snapdeal, and May Merge With eBay India

There are rumors going around for a while now that Snapdeal is in talks with rivals Flipkart, Paytm for a potential sale: Online marketplace Snapdeal is in talks with domestic rivals Paytm E-Commerce Pvt Ltd and Flipkart for a potential sale, Indian daily business newspaper Mint reported on Wednesday, citing sources. ​There seems to be […]

Fight For India: Alibaba Goes Paytm, Snapdeal Cuts Costs, Flipkart Cuts Merchant Fees

The biggest news from India over the last couple of days has been Paytm getting $200 million from Alibaba and SAIF Partners. Reuters: Alibaba.com Singapore E-Commerce Pvt Ltd picked up a 36.31 percent stake in Paytm E-Commerce for investing $177 million, according to a regulatory filing by the Indian company that runs an online marketplace. […]

Amazon vs. Alibaba

Fight for India: What Alibaba Plans Against Amazon

Great analysis on the pros and cons for Alibaba in the coming battle with Amazon in India at Tech in Asia: For one, Alibaba owns the mobile browser that comes preloaded on many Chinese smartphones (which also get sold in India): Last month in Alibaba-owned UCWeb’s headquarters in Guangzhou, I got a glimpse into its […]

Fight for India: Flipkart is Planning Private Labels While Still Ahead of Amazon And More

Tech in Asia: India’s Flipkart launched its first self-branded products, dubbed Flipkart Smart Buy, in December, focusing on phone chargers and data cables.+ The aim is to gain higher margins for the Amazon arch-rival, which in turn could help with profitability. Internally codenamed Project Ice, Sachin is planning to make self-branded items in more than […]