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Digest: Mahindra e-commerce, WiFi at Lucknow station, Aadhaar & more

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Mahindra Retail to integrate Mom&Me e-store with BabyOye.com

Mahindra Retail is planning to integrate its entire e-commerce business into Babyoye.com, reports ET. Mahindra Retail already has a presence in the physical retail market through its Mom&Me chain. Mom&Me’s online store momandmeshop.in will be discontinued after being integrated with Babyoye by the next quarter, but Mahindra will add 50 Mom&Me physical stores in the next fiscal. Note that Mahindra Retail had acquired BabyOye last month.

The report also mentions that the company is looking to expand through franchisees. The company currently has 115 Mom&Me stores in India. They added that they were looking to expand their product range by selling some of Mom&Me’s collection on Babyoye and have a common loyalty programme for both.

Lucknow railway station now offers free WiFi

The Lucknow railway station is now WiFi enabled, reports IANS. Railway passengers would be able to use WiFi for free for 30 minutes and would be charged after that, which similar to what the Indian Railways offers at the Bangalore and Delhi railway stations. Apparently, the service will be available only to those people who purchase platform tickets, and are within a 50 metre area in and around the railway station. The service was launched by the North Eastern Railways and the tariff post-30 minutes will be announced later.

Also read: A history of Wi-Fi and Indian Railways: from 2006 to Infinity (maybe)

Aadhaar expenditure and Aadhaar cards as of March 2015

Over 78 crore Aadhaar cards have been generated in India as of March 10 2015, amounting to an expenditure of Rs 5,630 on the UID project (till February 2015) reports PTI. The UID scheme’s approved outlay is Rs 13,633 crores for 2009-2017. We had reported previously that 2 crore Aadhaar numbers had been assigned to Bihar’s citizens, out of a total population of 10.41 crores. The districts of Kishanganj and Arwal had reached a saturation level of over 50%, with 1 in 2 residents registered for Aadhaar.

Airtel ties up with Orange Business Services for B2B video conferencing

Bharti Airtel’s* B2B service arm has partnered with Orange Business Services (OBS) to allow a video conferencing facility among the customers of Airtel and Orange, reports PTI. This facility will be available to the customers across the world. This is OBS’ first B2B deal in India in the video conferencing domain. OBS is a business arm of Orange SA, which is a communications MNC. It offers communication services and solutions in cloud computing, unified communications and collaboration.

Mid-2012, Airtel had collaborated with 7 network and managed service providers across the world (which included OBS) to launch the first video services of the Open Visual Communications Consortium (OVCC), at Telecommunications Industry Association 2012 (TIA 2012), an annual gathering on technology suppliers, and manufacturers of global communications networks. Through the service, enterprises would be able to make and receive video calls.

Disclaimer: Airtel is an advertiser with Medianama.

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