Exclusive: Former India head Latif Nathani quits eBay

Latif NathaniLatif Nathani, who was heading eBay’s India business up until recently, has resigned from the company. Nathani served as the managing director and vice president of eBay India since May 2013 until last month when he moved back to the US. Nathani decided to move to the US for personal reasons, a person aware of […]

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Exclusive: Amazon elevates India head Amit Agarwal

For-Amazon-Amit-Agarwal-Story-TC_ThinkstockPhotos-1809439971US-based Amazon.com, Inc. has elevated India chief Amit Agarwal to senior vice president (SVP), making him one of the few SVPs at the e-tailing giant globally, a person familiar with the development told VCCircle. The meatier role is a likely reward for Agarwal’s successful efforts in building the India business organically despite the presence of […]

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Flipkart suffers yet another valuation markdown

Flipkart22Just when Flipkart Internet Pvt. Ltd was consolidating its position under the new CEO Kalyan Krishnamurthy, a fresh bout of valuation markdowns could prove to be a damper. More so, as the largest consumer internet company in India had experienced a tumultuous 2016. In fact, Macquarie Group-owned Optimum Fund’s decision to lower the value of […]

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Morgan Stanley trims Flipkart valuation to $5.39 bn

VCCircle_Flipkart8Indian e-commerce firm Flipkart has suffered its second markdown in as many months with a mutual fund managed by Morgan Stanley slashing the value of its stake in the company by 3%. According to filings with the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), a Morgan Stanley fund lowered the value of the Flipkart shares it […]

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911—The number that spooked Snapdeal

Snapdeal-Boxes_feOn Wednesday, Snapdeal founders Kunal Bahl and Rohit Bansal said they will not take salaries for an undisclosed period as the company struggles to survive. Well, that makes financial and ethical sense. It’s ethically right because it takes a large heart to admit mistakes and share the pain of employees, many of whom are losing […]

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Exclusive: eBay India’s head of product development Ramkumar Narayanan quits

Ramkumar NarayananRamkumar Narayanan, general manager and global head of monetisation products at eBay Marketplaces in India, has resigned from the firm. He was primarily responsible for generating revenues for eBay. Narayanan has confirmed the development to Techcircle. Previously, he was the vice president of global product management at Yahoo and also worked with Microsoft in the […]

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Is Flipkart clawing back in the game against Amazon?

In early signs of a reversal in fortunes, Flipkart has outrun rival Amazon India in gross sales in two consecutive months, after trouncing the US-based ecommerce company with its Big Billion Day sales in October. The Indian ecommerce giant recently witnessed a top-level management rejig. Citing four unnamed people familiar with the numbers of the […]

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Amazon plans to launch brick-and-mortar food outlets in India

Amazon005Ecommerce major Amazon has sought the Indian government’s approval to open food-only physical outlets combined with an online platform to sell locally produced food items. Citing a person who saw the application submitted to the government by Amazon Corporate Holding Pvt. Ltd, The Economic Times reported that Amazon wants to enter the food space in […]

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Amazon to set up two customer service facilities in Coimbatore, Noida

Amazone_shshAmazon Development Centre (I) Pvt. Ltd has announced plans to open two new customer service facilities in Coimbatore and Noida, taking the total number of such facilities in India to five. It has two sites in Hyderabad and another in Pune, which opened in 2015. “Both Coimbatore and Noida are fast-growing, vibrant cities with a […]

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Forrester trims India e-tail market estimate on note ban, regulatory woes

e-commerce_feUS-based market research company Forrester Research has cut the size of India’s online retail market by 36%, saying it will touch $48 billion by 2020. Last year, the firm estimated the sector to reach $75 billion by 2020. The retail market shrunk due to demonetisation, restrictions on e-commerce, slowdown in investments and fewer buyers, a […]

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