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eCommerce Roundup: Zansaar Bulk Buy, ShopClues Brand Stores & Snapdeal Magazines

Zansaar.com, a Bangalore based online portal retailing home décor products, has launched its wholesale channel at zansaar.com/bulkbuy. Through this initiative, Zansaar informed that it is looking to reach out to Hospitality, Housing Societies, Builders, Corporate Gifts and Resellers and the company is currently selling home and world food products at wholesale prices.

Note that only institutions with a valid TIN or CST number can register on the site, and that Zansaar.com ID won’t work on the bulk buy site. Zansaar needs to approve the registration before users can login to the bulk buy section. On its website, it states that the volume of discounts will depend on the product and quantity purchased and it will be indicated on individual pages.

Besides this, Zansaar also claims to have tied up with International brands like UK’s Rayware group for exclusive distribution agreements in India. In February 2012, Zansaar had raised $6 million funding from Accel Partners and Tiger Global.

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ShopClues.com, an eCommerce marketplace run by Clues Network Pvt Ltd, has launched official brand stores on its site, reports Techcircle. ShopClues had launched brand stores in beta in 2012.

ShopClues brand stores will allow brands or brand authorized dealer/distributor to have their own online store at ShopClues.com. Currently, the site has more than 200 brand stores such as Sony, Toshiba, Nokia,Micromax, Panasonic, HCL, Kingston, Arrow, HTC, Philips, Videocon, Morphy Richards, Swipe Telecom, among others, as indicated by the report.

Launched in December 2011, ShopClues.com is a fully managed e-commerce marketplace. While the company doesn’t have any inventory of its own, it allows merchants, brand owners and authorized dealers to showcase their product merchandise to prospective customers, and takes care of the marketing, payment and the product fulfillment processes. In March 2013, it had raised Rs 54 crore ($10 million) from Helion Venture Partners, Nexus Partners and Netprice.com CEO Teruhide Sato. It had also raised around $15 million across multiple funding rounds, as indicated by the report. This includes a $4 million Series A funding in September 2012, and more than $2 million angel funding from unknown International angel investors in December 2011.

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Online marketplace Snapdeal.com has added international magazines to its catalog allowing users to buy one year subscription pack for international magazines from the website, reports Trak.in. While the report states Snapdeal offers 2500 magazines across various genres, when we checked we noticed that the site was currently offering 1123 magazines. Update: Trak.in has updated their article to mention that Snapdeal mailer did not mention 2500 magazines, and the report now claims that Snapdeal has removed half of the magazines and dailies previously listed.

The website states that the delivery time for the 1st issue of the magazine since order could vary anywhere between 8 and 12 weeks. When we checked we noticed that the site was offering magazines at an yearly subscription starting at Rs 2,400. Other sites that offer physical magazine subscriptions in India include Infibeam, and Indiatimes Shopping.

Earlier this month Snapdeal had reportedly raised $50 million Series C funding from eBay Inc and existing investors Nexus Venture PartnersBessemer Venture Partners and IndoUS Venture Partners.

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