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Amazon To Launch In India As Junglee.com


MediaNama has learned from multiple, reliable sources that Amazon is launching in India as Junglee.com. At the time of writing this report, Junglee.com doesn’t load, but sources in at least two Amazon partners have confirmed the development. The company, as we had reported in November, is expected to launch a marketplace, with partnerships with multiple Indian e-commerce ventures, and merely facilitate transactions for them. More details here. Amazon is not yet allowed to set up a front end Multi-brand retail store, and foreign direct investment in India has only been allowed for single brand retail operations.

When contacted, Prabhakar PJ, responsible for Business Development at Amazon.com, declined to comment on the development. We’ll update in case we get an official confirmation from Amazon PR. We’re getting varying accounts on when exactly Amazon will launch in India – one source said it was expected last week, while another said it is expected in a few days.

Junglee literally means wild in Hindi, and it’s a domain name that Amazon has held on to for a while: the company had acquired Junglee in 1998 for around $230 million (according to BusinessGyan); it was a database product, which, at the front end, had two applications – a job aggregator and a comparison shopping engine. Read about the Junglee.com story here.

(Updates: we’d incorrectly translated Junglee as mad. Thanks for correcting Rajat)

  • Anonymous

    Long time coming. Good for Amazon atleast they are making use of the very expensive $230 Million domain name they bought

  • http://www.visualdata.in/ AntarYaami

    1998. About time

  • http://rohit11.com/ Rohit11

    Seems like someone will be rich soon :)

  • Expert

    They didn’t buy the domain name for $230 million….they bought Junglee Corp which held the domain and PlanetAll for $280 million.

  • http://gigjets.com/ JoTT

    Thanks for the awesome update guys.

  • http://www.ripleonline.com/ Riple

    don’t know why they don’t use Amazon.in

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Rahul-Gupta/614383961 Rahul Gupta

    Not sure if people will buy from unknown stores, there is a better option to compare prices already which compares from major online stores for example check …. http://www.pricecheckindia.com

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Rahul-Gupta/614383961 Rahul Gupta

    Not sure if people will buy from unknown stores, there is a better option to compare prices already which compares from major online stores for example check …. http://www.pricecheckindia.com

  • http://www.facebook.com/punitkg Punit Gupta

    Not sure if people will buy from unknown stores, there is a better option to compare prices already which compares from major online stores for example check …. http://www.pricecheckindia.com

  • http://windows8beta.com/ Ranju4h

    But products are expensive .

  • netshark

    Useless until they list the top sites (FlipKart, Yebhi etc)

    http://www.SearchDeals.in is much better