New Year, New Sales But Same Old Problems

Flipkart Big Billion SaleJust as history repeats itself, the Flipkart and Snapdeal big sales have disappointed several online shoppers yet again. As soon as the sale started on Tuesday midnight, both Flipkart’s website and app struggled to cope with the huge traffic coming their way.

Irked customers took to Twitter to vent their feelings. While Shubham Luthra @Shubham_096 tweeted “The app is showing error after every search !!! Not showing the results !” (sic), Asad Khan @Asad96Khan tweeted, “How do you’ll expect us to shop when the app doesn’t open a single thing @Flipkart?”

Even when we tried to access the website, we got the message “503 service unavailable”. It is only after refreshing the page for quite a few times, it loaded fine.

It is to be noted that Flipkart Big Billion Day Sale 2015 is app-only. Users can browse through the site but to avail discounts, it is mandatory to download the app.

Ricky @vohrarohit tweeted, “Big billion days are back on #Flipkart! Anything you click gets out of stock! Flipkart should stop this flop show.”

Some even taunted the owners Sachin and Binny Bansal by asking them to start writing an apology email again, just like last year.

Flipkart Big Billion Sale started just after Snapdeal’s big Monday sale that had some amazing deals and the latter seemed to have handled everything just fine with just a few raised eyebrows about certain offers. However, it is noticeable that Snapdeal does seem to have a lesser inventory for their sales.

Amazon is also holding the Great Indian Festive Sale during the same time period as Flipkart i.e. from 13th October to 17th October. With another couple of days remaining, it is now to be seen who will be able to deal the deals with élan.

 

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What’s Cooking With The FlipKart Nearby App?

flikpart nearby appE-commerce giant Flipkart has dabbled in the online grocery industry with the Flipkart Nearby app. To start with, the app has been launched in a few areas in Bengaluru. The app enables you to order beverages, eggs, milk and other groceries online. It also provides healthcare products.

Flipkart Nearby has some tough competition from established players in the market such as Big Basket, Grofers and Pepper Tap. Some customers are loyal to these apps. To break their loyalty, Flipkart has to offer exceptional services and products.

“Nope. It is Big Basket,” said media professional Malvika Gupta when we asked her  whether she would like to order from the Flipkart app. Talking about the logistics and product quality of Big Basket she added, “Very good actually. If we have an issue with the product they have a nice customer care service and it is immediately exchanged or returned.” (sic)

The Flipkart Nearby app will benefit because Flipkart is an established name in terms of online delivery and customer trust. However, what customers really want are good products and reliable logistics.

For now, if you are living in Koramangala, HSR Layout, BTM Layout, Ejipura, Jayanagar, JP Nagar or Bellandur areas of Bengaluru, you can start using the Flipkart Nearby app.… Read the rest

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Flipkart Co-Founders In Forbes India Rich List

The co-founders of Flipkart, Binny Bansal and Sachin Bansal are the latest names on the Forbes India Rich rooster that was released on Wednesday. These new billionaires, who made a splash in the e-commerce industry, have an individual net worth of about $1.3 billion each. Forbes India lauded the fact that the e-commerce segment has added a new couple billionaire who currently stand at position 86 on the list.

Flipkart Co-Founders Make It To Forbes India Rich ListRevealing the top ranks

The top spot has not seen any shift with Mukesh Ambani of Reliance Industries Limited retaining the position with a net worth of $18.9 billion. Ambani has been topping the Forbes India list for the last eight years but this year saw his net worth drop by about $4.7 billion owing to plummeting oil prices that adversely affected the company.

The second rank is occupied by Dilip Sanghvi of Sun Pharmaceuticals, who has a net worth of $18 billion. Third in line is Azim Premji, who is the chairman of IT major Wipro. He has a net worth of $15.9 billion. His figures fell by $500 million compared to last year, given that he pledging 18 per cent of his stake to a trust.

The Women’s Club

Noticeably, only a couple of women have made it to the top 100 list for billionaires in India. First up is USV Limited chairman Leena Tiwari with a net worth of $1.9 billion and Bennett, Coleman And Co Limited’s chairperson Indu Jain with a net worth of $1.85 billion.

Forbes India editor Sourav Majumdar says, “This year’s list reflects the churn in the global economy and the growing clout of emerging sectors like e-commerce in India.”… Read the rest

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Why Is It Worth Lapping Up The Micromax Canvas Xpress 2?

Mid range smartphone shoppers can be euphoric thanks to the Micromax Canvas Xpress 2 that is now available for just Rs. 5,999 on Flipkart. To begin with, Micromax Canvas Xpress 2 is too plasticy until you spot a gold strip that renders a metallic impression on the sides. The phone is a standard 5 incher but with the narrowed down bezels and sleek form factor, it does appear premium.

Why Is It Worth Lapping Up The Micromax Canvas Xpress 2?The volume rocker and the power keys stand placed on the phone’s right edge, while its MicroUSB port is placed at the bottom with the speakers. Compact and elegant – these words define the Micromax Canvas Xpress 2. 

The screen sports 720×1280 pixel resolution with 294 pixels per inch density.  The 2,500mAh battery lends meat to the budget ware that is powered by 1.4GHz octa-core MediaTek MT6592M SoC coupled with 1GB of RAM. Users will be happy with 8GB internal storage taht can be expanded to 32GB using a microSD card. Support for 3G and dual-SIM are better add ons that boost the value of the Micromax baby.

Of course, the Micromax Canvas Xpress 2 runs on Android 4.4.2 and this is a lowdown given that most low budget smartphones sport Android 5.0.

As for the shutter story on the Canvas Xpress 2, we love the 13MP primary camera but the selfie cam is not great at 2MP. The snaps are high res but there are issues with crispness and sharpness. Performance wise, the phone is superb for video playback and music foe short spans but heavy games take a toll on load times on this Micromax ware. However, for light internet browsing and the like, the Xpress baby sails you smoothly through!

 

 

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How Willing Are People To Shop At App Only Websites?

Myntra recently shut down its website and turned app only. The e-commerce giant took this step to tap the burgeoning number of smartphone and mobile users. Flipkart will also be operating exclusively through its mobile app from September. This seems like the next step in the journey for online companies. OLA Cabs, MakeMyTrip and Snapdeal are also said to be considering the trend and may soon bring down the curtains on their websites.

Indian companies going app onlySo, why are more and more Indian companies planning to go app-only? Is India really becoming a hub of smartphone users?

According to Flipkart, “India is gradually transitioning from a mobile first to a mobile only country” and it is expected that over the years people would like to shop from the comfort of their phones.

Apparently, most of the traffic on Flipkart and Myntra comes from their mobile app. Myntra claims that around 85 percent of all users come to the site via the app whereas on Flipkart 70-75 percent traffic is from the mobile app. This is not the only reason why the companies are going the app way.

According to Myntra head of e-commerce Prasad Kompalli, the apps enable better user experience because they are quick and easy to use. “Mobile apps are the best platform for Myntra today, as they allow you to integrate with contacts, calendar, and camera, which can be used to improve the user’s experience in a number of ways,” he said to NDTV gadgets.

It also brings down the cost of website maintenance and according to reports customer retention is also higher with apps. This could be because one does not tend to remove as many apps. Moreover, according to avid online shopper Sushant Sharma, the reach of an app is higher at places where people don’t have access to laptops or desktops.

“In places like Leh, where broadband connectivity is big issue, the phone Internet and app market is like a a boom. Not only does it give one the ease to shop, it makes for a great user experience. I am almost addicted to Myntra shopping app,” he says.

It’s clear that users are shifting to mobile platforms for the ease of use and e-commerce websites are following suit for better profits. However, there are some users who are not happy purchasing only through the app. According to one user, the products don’t appear to be what they are on the app, especially in terms of color.

“The product I ordered through the app did not have the same tint of color as it appeared on my mobile,” the user says. This discrepancy is lower on desktops and laptops as the product is seen in its full glory. Many users are not comfortable using their credit card details on an app. Therefore, they would prefer buying on a website with a desktop presence such as Jabong over an app-only e-commerce company like Myntra.

Also, the deletion and re-installation of the apps is a common tendency. Founder CEO of Freecharge Kunal Shah has raised this issue in his Facebook post. “Based on research, most Indians have only 19-20 apps on their android smartphones. Out of this 15-odd apps are the ones that can’t be deleted. One hypothesis is users are low on memory and keep deleting apps and install them when needed. With such challenge, is “app only” is a good strategy? Maybe this explains high uninstall rates companies see,” he wrote on his Facebook page.

Of course, there are always two sides to a coin but having a no desktop presence could shake the loyal base of a company’s customers. But as they say, there is no harm in experimenting and taking risks and e-commerce seems to be doing so. It remains to see how they perform in years to come.… Read the rest

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Xiaomi Mi 4i’s Open Flipkart Sale On Monday, Tuesday Is A Treat For Smartphone Lovers

Flipkart has made available Xiaomi Mi 4i online in an open sale to promote this month-old device for the general public. Xiaomi, the Chinese mobile manufacturing giant has made this offer only for two days ie. 25 and 26 May, 2015.

These two days of May are truly exhilarating for the smartphone lovers as first it was Lenovo A6000 Plus up for grabs and now its Mi 4i.

XiaomiMi 4i’s open sale on Monday, Tuesday is a treat for smartphone loversAt the competitive cost of Rs 12,999, this device by Xiaomi is an ideal competitor of Asus Zenfone 2, another smartphone offering high grade hardware at affordable price. With its Mi 4i, Xiaomi is able to bring back the glorious moments of its debut year ie. 2014.

Having full HD 5 inch display with OGS glass equipment, Mi 4i will be seen working on out-of-box Android 5.0 Lollipop. The device also features a 13 MP rear camera, which is said to be a highlight adopted from Mi Note, as per Hugo Barra. It is also equipped with a 5 mega pixel front camera. XiaomiMi 4i is powered by 64-bit second gen Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 processor having RAM of 2 GB.

So, if you heading over to Flipkart for this open sale, it will be a tough decision to make between Lenovo and Xiaomi.

 

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Xiaomi Mi4i Flashsale To Begin On April 30

Xiaomi Mi4i will be up for grabs in the first flash sale on Flipkart at 2:00 p.m. today. Like the previous flash sales on Flipkart, this one too will be open only to registered users. However, registration does not confirm purchase as there is an overwhelming response with more than 3 lakh people.

Xiaomi Mi4i Flashsale To Begin On April 30To get hold of the Xiaomi Mi4i at today’s flash sale, registered users are recommended to hop on the website couple of minutes before the sale starts. Keep reloading the page every couple of seconds when the countdown ends.

If possible keep the page open both on a smartphone and a PC. Also make sure to get a stable internet connection before you add the phone to your cart.

With a huge rush of buyers looking to  grab the handset, the flash sale is expected to get over in a couple of seconds, so keep yourself glued to the Flipkart app or the website before the sale starts. For those, who could not complete registration this time or cannot purchase the phone even after registration, there will be some more waiting till the company declares its second sale.

Also Read: Great XiomiMi Band preview sale at Rs. 1

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Lenovo A7000 Joins Flipkart Flash Sale League At 2 PM Today

After huge success of Lenovo A6000 Plus’ flash sale, the maker has again put up Lenovo A7000 on Flipkart for sale today at 14:00 hours IST. Register yourself by noon time today and get ready to steal the sexy A7000. As of now, we are anticipating close to 1 lac units to be put on sale.

Lenovo A7000 Joins Flipkart Flash SaleWith the 5.5-incher HD sceen clubbed with PS display, the physicals of the Lenovo A7000 are a head turner. The device is average in terms of processor build– 64-bit class Mediatek Octa-core SoC but the standard 2 GB RAM will not let you face app hang ups. The 8 GB onboard memory is good news for those who horde files and music on their smartphones.

Here again, music streaming is fast and of good quality due to the Dolby Atmos audio system. Beef up usage with 2900 mAh battery that promises about 12 days of standby time. Clicking selfies are a breeze with the 5 MP front camera and the 8 MP back camera oozes appeal.

 

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Lenovo Offers A6000 Plus On Flipkart For Flash Sale Today

Lenovo A6000 Plus is set to go on flash sale on Flipkart today at 14:00 hours IST. The Chinese giant Lenovo has made 1 lac units available for A6000.

Lenovo Offers A6000 Plus On Flipkart It comes with 2 GB RAM and 16 GB onboard storage. That is manifold of what its predecessor, A6000 offered. If the A6000 could see sales of 3 lac units, in three months since its January release, the latest model too could be a steal at Rs 7499.

 The other specs of the A6000 Plus are exactly as its previous counterpart and are listed here-

  • 5 incher screen size with HD capacity and 1280x720p resolution
  • IPS Display
  • OS Android 4.4.2 KitKat topped up with custom Lenovo Vibe UI v2.0
  • 64-bit class 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 CPU processor
  • GPU Adreno 306   
  • 8 MP rear shutter with LED flash
  • 2 MP front shutter
  • 2300 mAh battery

Also read: Microsoft Set To Unveil Lumia 940 As Early As June This Year, Promises 25 MP Main Camera And 3 GB RAM

 

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Xiaomi Plans To Strengthen Its Position In Indian Market

Xiaomi has emerged as one of the highest selling smartphone brand in the Indian market. The company made its debut just last year by collaborating with Flipkart. The company started India operations by launching a budget android smartphone Xiaomi Mi3 in Indian market. The rest as we all know is history since Mi3 broke all sales record and company was unable to meet the growing demand of its handsets in the Indian market.

Xiaomi further strengthens In order to compensate for the growing demand, the company started organizing flash sales of its mobile handsets through online retailer Flipkart. Xiaomi soon followed up by launching Red MI, Mi4 and Note in the Indian market. All these products were very well received by the Indian consumers as they provided high-end specifications at an affordable price.

Over the past few months, Xiaomi has realized that India will play an important role as the research and development center and sales market. To encourage Indian customers and gaining trust has become the primary objective of the company. This is clearly evident from the fact that Xiaomi will launch a new device in the Indian market on April 23. This will also be the global launch for this device and is a clear indication that the company has got some serious plans for the Indian market and its consumers.

By launching a series of affordable mobile devices in the Indian market, Xiaomi has further strengthened its presence in the Indian mobile market. The future seems to be very promising for Xiaomi as they are planning to set a manufacturing and research unit in India. 

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