eCommerce and Online Shopping Sites Worth Tracking in India

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A mobile shopper in India.

In the United States we have ecommerce giants eBay and Amazon. In China there have Alibaba. But are you familiar with some of the key online shopping and ecommerce platforms in India, the fastest growing online retail country in the Asia Pacific?  Many online retailers are looking at India as a possible destination for global expansion. Here’s why.

Consumers in India are accustomed to products being available 24/7 online and prefer COD (cash on delivery) as the way to pay for their online purchases – something that poses a challenge for American companies interested in doing online business in India.

Young consumers (as shown) are the drivers of growth in India via their smartphones and have a lot of purchasing power. One thing you will notice in exploring the following Indian online retailers is that all legitimate ones have an optimized mobile site and many have a smartphone app to make the mobile commerce experience even better for consumers.

Rediff
http://shopping.rediff.com/shopping/index.html

Rediff.com is an Indian news, information, entertainment and shopping web portal founded in 1996 as "Rediff On The NeT." It is headquartered in Mumbai, with offices in Bangalore, New Delhi and New York City.

Flipkart
http://www.flipkart.com

Flipkart, is an ecommerce company established in 2007 by Sachin Bansal and Binny Bansal. It is registered in Singapore, with headquarters at Bangalore, Karnataka. Products sold online are books, mobile phones, digital cameras, laptops, watches, clothing and other products at attractive prices in India.

Homeshop18
http://www.homeshop18.com

HomeShop18 is an online and on-air retail and distribution venture of Network 18 Group, India. HomeShop18 was launched on April 9, 2008, as India's first 24-hour Home Shopping TV channel. 

Micromax India
http://www.micromaxinfo.com/

Micromax is a leading Indian consumer electronics company headquartered in Gurgaon, Haryana, India, and the 10th largest mobile phone player in the world.

 n 2000, Micromax started as an IT software company, and over the past decade has offered innovative product offerings that are affordable. Micromax is a brand that is close to the heart of young, hip people and celebrates the vibrancies of life and empowerment with its products, such as Android smartphones, the latest mobile phones, Android tablets, data cards and led televisions. 

Indiatimes Shopping
http://shopping.indiatimes.com

Indiatimes Shopping is the ecommerce division of the The Times of India Group, India's largest media conglomerate. It offers a large collection of mobiles, electronics, cameras, books, apparel, jewelry, computers and home appliances.

Xolo
http://www.xolo.com

Xolo is an Indian smart devices brand launched in early 2012 by Lava International. Its head office is located at Noida, Uttar Pradesh, India. It has a successful range of technologically superior products in India.

Yebhi
http://yebhi.com

This is an online shopping site in India where you can shop for shoes, clothing, home and kitchen, bags and accessories. If nothing else, for my women readers, you will get some great fashion ideas. For example, on the Yebhi blog, you can find Christmas party outfits (http://blog.yebhi.com/welcome-to-christmas-party-outfits-and-dresses/).

Bestylish
http://bestylish.com

This site offers clothing to shoes to accessories and more in India.

Koovs
http://www.koovs.com

Online shopping in India for men and women’s fashion apparel, including dresses, accessories and shoes. 

Babyoye
http://www.babyoye.com

Babyoye is an online shopping platform for baby-care products like toys and apparels at best prices. The company was conceived to provide the online generation of modern Indian parents with the opportunity to access the best in pregnancy infant-care and mother-care products and services at the click of a button.

ZOVI
http://zovi.com

The ZOVI brand was born out of a simple yet powerful idea: to locally design and manufacture high-quality lifestyle apparel and accessory products and exclusively offer them online at reasonable prices.

ZOVI goes from design and production direct to consumers with a final price, thereby eliminating retail middlemen and any store overhead costs (rent, staff and utility costs, for example).

It also imitates Tiffany’s famous little blue box concept by wrapping its packages in a special black and silver ZOVI box, which customers love enough to put to good use later.

Myntra
http://www.myntra.com

Myntra.com is a one-stop shop for all your fashion and lifestyle needs. Being India's largest e-commerce store for fashion and lifestyle products, Myntra.com aims at providing a hassle-free and enjoyable shopping experience to shoppers across the country with the widest range of brands and products on its portal. 

Note: There’s talk of a merger between Myntra and Flipkart (Source: http://tinyurl.com/ognfgh7). Stay tuned.

Taking everything into account, India is a country to watch from an ecommerce perspective, and it’s definitely one to keep an eye on in the coming years.

Photo Credit:  Mandy Turner