It looks like German Incubator Rocket Internet has been aggressively rolling out several businesses in India, over the past few months. The incubator has now launched Printvenue, an online printing service in India. This was first reported by IndiaDigitalReview.
Printvenue offers various online printing solutions including printing of business cards, card holders, stamps, notepads, and letter heads for businesses and corporates. The official website also suggests that the portal will be offering leaflets/flyers, banners, posters, poster strips, invitation cards and recycled paper products in the future. The company claims to offer over 1000 contemporary designs for professionals to choose for their products and intends to target the small and medium business at its primary customers, as indicated by the IndiaDigitalReview report.
When we tried it, we observed that the site was offering free printing of 100 business cards, although it’s worth noting that these cards will come with Printvenue branding. The site also offers premium business cards starting at Rs 200 for 100 cards and laminated business cards starting at Rs 250 for 100 cards. One can choose between various categories or professions to browse through different card templates, personalize with their information to preview the card, choose their preferred paper material and finish from matte, textured, metallic and recycled paper among others and place an order.
However, if the business already has a readymade design, they can simply upload the design and the company logo into one of the card formats available on the portal and place an order. At present, the site offers various payment modes including credit cards, debit cards, net banking, cash on delivery (for orders over Rs 200) and through a Printvenue sales person. It also charges a flat Rs 50 shipping fee and claims to deliver most of the products in four business days across major cities.
Rocket Internet in India: As we pointed out, Mark, Oliver and Alexander Samwer owned Rocket Internet has been aggressively launching clones of various successful businesses over the past few months. Last month, the incubator launched 21Diamonds.in, an online jewelry store that lets users design and order their own jewelry. Before that, it had extended its online food ordering service, FoodPanda to India. The incubator had also launched a Zappos inspired e-commerce portal Jabong.com, a premium furniture and home decor portal Heaven and Home, a home products and furniture portal Fab Furnish and an office products portal OfficeYes. The company also had a Fab.com clone in form of Bamarang which offered products ranging from accessories to shoes, furniture, posters, necklaces, however it was shut down last month.
Other players: Sequoia Capital backed Printo offers a similar online printing service allowing customers to place orders for business cards, business stationary, flyers, brochures, customized diaries and so on. The company had also acquired a Bangalore based social photo service Lifeblob in November 2010. Vistaprint, an online printing organization has acquired PrintBell, an online corporate identity and marketing solutions provider in June 2011, following which PrintBell became a wholly owned subsidiary of Vistaprint and was rebranded as Vistaprint India.