E-commerce gets a boost in India: Ratan Tata snaps a deal with Snapdeal

Ratan Tata
Mumbai, Aug 27: E-commerce in India got a major boost as business tycoon Ratan Tata made a huge investment in online marketplace Snapdeal.com. However, investment amount by the Tata Sons chairman emeritus has not been disclosed yet.

Speaking about Mr Tata and his investment in Snapdeal, cofounder and CEO of the e-commerce site -- Kunal Bahl was quoted as saying, "Mr Tata has made a personal investment in the company."

"This stands testimony to the growth and success that we have seen in a short span of 4 years," Mr Bahl said.

Snapdeal, which has raised about $400 million since its inception, has invested about $100 million in logistics and operations to expand its presence in the $3 billion Indian eCommerce market.

"An investment by a legendary and respected figure like Mr Tata is an excellent validation of our focused strategy on building a long term enterprise and marks the start of a very important phase for the company," Mr Bahl said.

Snapdeal has seen 600 per cent growth year-on-year for the last two years

Snapdeal has seen 600 per cent growth year-on-year for the last two years, he added.

Snapdeal currently houses over 5 million products across 500 diverse categories from over 50,000 sellers.

The city-based firm had raised $100 million (about Rs. 600 crore) in May from Temasek, BlackRock Inc, Myriad, Premji Invest and Tybourne, while in February, it had received funding worth $133.7 million (about Rs. 830 crore) from its existing investor, eBay and others.

A report by consulting firm Technopak pegs the $2.3 billion e-tailing market to reach $32 billion by 2020.

Snapdeal rival Flipkart on July 29 announced a $1 billion funding, which is the largest in the fledgling ecommerce sector. A day later, world's largest e-tailer Amazon said it will pump in $2 billion to bolster business here.

Another report by consultancy firm PwC and industry body Assocham suggests that e-commerce firms are expected to spend up to $1.9 billion by 2017-2020 on infrastructure, logistics and warehousing.

OneIndia News
(With agency inputs)

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