In the North Western United States, hedge fund manager turned entrepreneur was building global eCommerce giant Amazon backed by massive Technological innovations unheard of in the retail industry. In Asia, Jack Ma realizing the potential of Internet for commerce built Alibaba mostly on Winning Partnerships. We’d like to take a look on Alibaba and its group companies’ ecommerce delivery infrastructure such a bottleneck in this part of the world.
All the orders of Alibaba’s merchants are handled by over 16 third-party express companies. The top four express companies (together are known as “Tongda”) by volume have adopted the franchise model that controlled 76% of Continue reading Alibaba’s eCommerce Delivery Infrastructure – Create Winning Partnerships Lesson for India
Consolidation in the e-commerce sector seems to be picking up pace, with 21 mergers/acquisitions in 2015 versus 9 in 2014. The industry could see more such transactions going forward, as fresh funding declines. However, we still see pockets of growth for Indian e-commerce, primarily in the mobile software, gaming and content categories. These categories comprised Continue reading Pace of consolidation in Indian Internet Picks Up
Exponential growth of e-commerce in India over the last 2 years has created a massive opportunity for courier and fulfillment services in the segment. This has benefited existing courier companies like Bluedart and also led to the emergence of e-tailing focused companies like GoJavas, Delhivery and Ecom Express. They have invested heavily in technology and are a step ahead of competitors when the next wave of innovations hit the market. For example, they data mine the entire route of package delivery at the last mile from Distribution Center to Consumer Premises. Continue reading Delhivery- Fulfilling India’s E-commerce Boom
VC Circle hosted India Internet eCommerce Forum in Mumbai and here are the key takeaways from the meet.
Horizontal vs Vertical Online Retailing in India Vertical specific platforms will have enough time (2-4 years) before it will start facing competition from the Horizontals. While eventually consolidation will set in, the platform which is differentiated and has built a brand will continue to stay. Within verticals however some
consolidation has already been happening (for example within babycare, food ordering, media reports around consolidation in taxi booking). Within real estate, there are two models emerging (classifieds / listings and transaction based) however there has been limited consolidation so far. Continue reading India Internet eCommerce Forum by VC Circle – Key Takeaways
e-Commerce companies are generally well positioned to benefit from rising internet penetration, improving affordability of mobile devices/tariffs and a maturing e-commerce ecosystem.
e-Commerce in India to Takeoff from Small Base
There are 200 mn internet users (c. 100 mn are active regularly), only 15 mn are currently transacting online. In order to entice more people to shop online, companies are using heavy discounts. Also in order to build trust and transparency, they are providing a cash on delivery (COD) option. Continue reading Global Players eye e-commerce in India – Demand from Tier 2/3 Cities via Mobile