Myntra yet to shutdown its website
Myntra, which was to shut down its desktop website on the first of May, seems to have put its plans on hold at least for now. Users visiting the website will notice nothing has changed. However the platform does encourages visitors to download its app to get a 25% discount.
Earlier in March, Flipkart and Myntra, India’s largest e-commerce players, shut down their mobile websites and users are now redirected to Google’s Play Store and iOS’ App Store to download the application instead. This was reportedly a part of Flipkart’s strategy to become an app only platform. The report also added that Myntra already generates more than 90% of its traffic and 70% of its orders from its mobile app.
Paytm partners with CCD, Dominos and other QSRs
Paytm has partnered with Cafe Coffee Day and Domino’s Pizza for offline payment, reports ET Tech. The company claims to have partnered with over 7,000-10,000 outlets in cities like Bangalore, Delhi, Mumbai and Hyderabad for the service, which is expected to be live in June.
Note that Paytm had raised $575 million from China’s Alibaba in return for 30% stake in January this year. Besides the investment, the deal was also a strategic one for both Paytm and Alibaba. It was reported that Paytm would start featuring merchants from Alibaba’s Taobao marketplace while Alibaba’s payment platform Alipay would also be make it to Paytm’s mobile wallet solution. Last week, Paytm partnered with the IRCTC to offer its wallet as an option to pay for tickets online.
Amazon launches ASPN for sellers
Amazon India has launched Amazon Service Providers Network (ASPN), targeted at professionals and small and large companies that specialize in services like imaging and transportation. At launch the network claims to have 21 service providers across 35 cities including imaging studios, local transportation companies and digital design studios.
The network claims it provides its users with formal coaching & training programs structured for self-learning through online videos, instructor led webinars, face-to-face in institute learning as well as seller forums and workshops. It also provides services called Amazon Fly and Amazon Boost, which provide an integrated suite of services that a seller can use to launch on Amazon, and services such as Fulfilled by Amazon shipment creation respectively. Sellers registered with Amazon.in can access the information through Seller Central.