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Amazon: Launches Smart Commerce To Help Offline Stores Setup Digital Store-fronts

19 May 2022, Mumbai:

Amazon to help store setup online outlets.
Amazon has launched a new initiative called smart commerce that will help offline stores set up their own digital store-fronts in addition to selling on its India marketplace.

 

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This will be similar to Canada's Shopify.

Amazon's initiative to help kiranas open e-store fronts offer firms expertise in logistics and payments.

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Amit Agarwal Senior VP India and emerging markets, Amazon.

We remain committed to our pledge to digitize 1 crore small businesses in India by 2025 and are super excited by the possibilities unlocked by smart commerce to accelerate progress Agarwal said.

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CREDITS: ET Dt 19-05-2022 (The news article has not been edited by DFU Publications staff).

Amazon: Launches Smart Commerce To Help Offline Stores Setup Digital Store-fronts

Piyush Goyal chairs meeting of National Startup Advisory Council

18 May 2022, Mumbai:

Minister urges NSAC to focus on tier-2 and tier-3 cities for VC funding, capacity building and awareness generation on government schemes that promote startups.

Council deliberates on protecting ownership of startups with original promoters, incorporating in India, listing in India, and developing innovation hubs.

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The meeting was attended by key stakeholders, officials, and existing startups in the country.

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It is a one of its kind congregation wherein the policy-making process is driven as part of a collaboration between all the key stakeholders of the Startup ecosystem.

During the course of the meeting, the members also shared many interesting insights and views about the startup ecosystem and gave recommendations as to how the ecosystem can be strengthened further through various initiatives and programmes.

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CREDITS: PIB (The news article has not been edited by DFU Publications staff).

Piyush Goyal chairs meeting of National Startup Advisory Council

ONDC: Flipkart, Amazons Of The World Look @ Joining

12 May 2022, Mumbai:

Open network for Digital commerce suddenly arouses a lot of excitement within The E-Commerce space.
Flipkart, RIL, and Amazon ONDC is a decentralized platform that connects buyers and sellers.

Can deliver products via their logistics partners.

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It aims to enable online commerce for small sellers and businesses.

The network will be open to the wider public in Bengaluru, Coimbatore, Delhi, Bhopal, and Shillong by the first week of June.

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Likely to be up and running in 100 cities by August in the entire country buyer.
Logistics companies EKART, DUNZO sign up on platform; Phone pe in final stages of integration.

The bigger eCommerce players have indicated to ONDC that they will support it.

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CREDITS: ET Dt 12-05-2022/ET Research and ONDC research strategy paper (The news article has not been edited by DFU Publications staff).

ONDC: Flipkart, Amazons Of The World Look @ Joining

ONDC is working on a framework for an in-house settlement system

18 May 2022, Mumbai:

The open network for digital commerce (ONDC ). The government-backed initiative aimed at curbing digital monopolies is working on a framework for an in-house settlement system.

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According to its CEO MP Koshy.

koshy expects that it will bring in 'efficiency in processing' payments, especially for new entities. It is said to be ready in a month's time.

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A committee with representatives from ONDC, Bombay stock exchange, and National stock exchange as well as from the national payment corporation of India (NPCI) and a few leading banks are evaluating the regulatory framework for the service which can be offered by any service provider on the network.

ONDC which is being pitched as a solution to make the E-Commerce platform agnostic and therefore break the dominance of large etailers.

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CREDITS: ET Dt 18-05-2022 (The news article has not been edited by DFU Publications staff).

ONDC is working on a framework for an in-house settlement system

Fashinza Raises $100 Million Series B Funding

17 May 2022, Mumbai:

Fashinza Raises $100 Million Series B Funding Led by Prosus, Westbridge Capital.

Fashinza, the AI-driven B2B marketplace and real-time global supply chain for fashion brands and retailers, today announced it has raised a $100 million in Series B funding round led by Prosus Ventures (f.k.a. Naspers Ventures) and Westbridge along with participation from existing investors Accel, Elevation, and DisruptAD.

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The round also saw participation from angel investors Naval Ravikant, Jeff Fagnan, Jake Zeller, Nivi, and Nitesh Banta. The funding round is a combination of equity and debt financing. Fashinza will utilize the funds towards creating a sustainable supply chain for the global fashion industry and in expanding the company’s presence globally.

This includes monetizing fintech offerings, expanding into raw material procurement, helping Indian SME apparel manufacturers with supply chain financing, creating a sustainable (i.e. net positive) supply chain by 2030 and Industry 4.0 solutions for SMB manufacturers.

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In the past 12 months, and in the middle of a global pandemic, Fashinza grew the business 10x crossing $150 million in annualized GMV run rate. The company also reduced minimum order units to as low as 50 and reduced design to delivery TATs by 50% in a single year.

Fashinza has a roster of over 250 manufacturers in India, Bangladesh, China, and Vietnam that currently serves 200+ brands across 6 countries, including the United States, Canada, UAE, and India. “We are excited to expand our global presence and offer fast and sustainable tech-based supply chain solutions -- especially to our customers in North America.

Our goal to help our partner brands and manufacturers work and thrive with an agile supply chain that benefits all is now a reality and already increasingly impacting our customers’ lives,” adds Pawan Gupta, CEO and Co-founder of Fashinza.

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Fashinza Raises $100 Million Series B Funding

CEPA between India & UAE to incentavise Textile sector

14 May 2022, Mumbai:

Startup push in Indo-UAE agreement.

"THE COMPREHENSIVE ECONOMIC PARTNERSHIP AGREEMENT (CEPA) the trade pact will open doors to Indian labour and incentivize many sectors including textiles," says commerce and industry minister Piyush Goyal this Friday.

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According to Goyal the agreement which came into effect on May 2nd, the CEPA was one of the fastest trade agreements to be signed.

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The summit also saw the launch of the India-UAE startup bridge as part of CEPA.

The bridge would enable UAE investments in Indian startups and would provide UAE with the benefit of India's experience in the sector.

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CREDITS: ET Dt 14-05-2022 (The news article has not been edited by DFU Publications staff).

CEPA between India & UAE to incentavise Textile sector

FSN E-Com Operating Nykaa: Grants Fresh ESOPs

10 May 2022, Mumbai:

Nykaa Grants fresh ESOPs, and shares.
Nykaa has both granted new stock options and equity shares to their respective employees.

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Nykaa hundred 100,150 equity shares are allotted to employees who have vested their options.

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The overall share capital of Nykaa stands increased to rupees 47,42,05,026

Nykaa had allotted 100,000 optionally convertible preference shares worth a little over rupees 60 crores to employees in January last year.

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CREDITS: ET Dt 10-05-2022 (The news article has not been edited by DFU Publications staff)

FSN E-Com Operating Nykaa: Grants Fresh ESOPs

FirstCry To Defer IPO Plans

16 May 2022, Mumbai:

Firstcry halts IPO plans as volatility continues.

DRHP filing is deferred by at least a month or two.

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May recalibrate issue size and valuation it would seek.

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E-Commerce firm Firstcry will delay its planned one billion initial public offering by a few months according to people in the know who said the cautious approach by Softbank backed e-tailer followed the muted response last week to new economy issues, like that of logistics player Delhivery as well as broader headwinds in global markets.

The Pune base etailer had finalized plans to file its draft IPO paper this month but is pulling back on the advice of its investors and bankers sources said.

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CREDITS: ET Dt 16-05-2022 (The news article has not been edited by DFU Publications staff).

FirstCry To Defer IPO Plans

$15+ million financing program for SME apparel manufactures

13 May 2022, Mumbai:

Fashinza announces over $15 million financing program for SME apparel manufacturers, in partnership with Stride One, SaraLoan, and other fintech lenders.

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Fashinza, a B2B, new-age product development and production management platform enabling fashion brands and manufacturers to produce better, together, has joined hands with Stride One, SaraLoan, and other fintech lenders to empower apparel manufacturing SMEs with an over $15 million supplier-financing program.

The lack of requisite working capital has been a significant challenge and a roadblock for SME suppliers and manufacturers in fulfilling large orders from big fashion labels. The supplier finance program from Fashinza and the fintech lenders will help SMEs to receive their payments on due dates or early payments.

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This will help SMEs scale their business without capital limitations. The supplier-financing program, offered by Fashinza in partnership with Stride One, SaraLoan (Blacksoil’s fintech arm), and other fintech lenders, will help manufacturers to focus on production without financial stress, and enable brands to focus on their operations and sales without their cash getting stuck in production.

Also, the long-term benefits for SMEs are the ability to scale up capacity and get new opportunities to grow their business faster.

According to Abhishek Sharma, Co-Founder and COO, Fashinza: “India’s contribution to apparel manufacturing and the global fashion industry is undisputed.

While there is immense scope to grow for SMEs, the availability of working capital remains a challenge. Our financing program for SMEs is an enabler and is empowering small manufacturers.

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$15+ million financing program for SME apparel manufactures

Raymond Good glam engages in deal talks

04 May 2022, Mumbai:

Good glamm in talks to buy Raymond's consumer care business.

Rupees 2500 - $2800 cash and stock deal will be one of the largest M&A in the Beauty and Personal care space.

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Raymond group and its promoters may own a minority stake in Good Glamm group.

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The acquisition will mark Good Glamm's entry into the men's personal care.

Raymond group is expected to carve out its consumer care business.

Good Glamm group is believed to be talking about raising 250 million USD at an evaluation of 1.8-2 to billion USD.

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The Good Glamm group is in advance talks to buy the consumer care business of Raymond group which has Park Avenue and Kamasutra brands.


The cash and stock deal is pegged at rupees $2,500 to $2,800 crores.

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CREDITS: ET Dt 04-05-2022 (The news article has not been edited by DFU Publications staff)

Raymond Good glam engages in deal talks

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