Indian E-commerce Hype – The Reality check

Indian Ecommerce - Reality CheckWe have already covered the phase of Indian eCommerce Startup Valuations breaking through the roof between 2013 to 2015. The year 2016 saw funding crunch, the sector has had a reality check. GMV is no longer the holy grail and the focus has now shifted to metrics such as the net promoter score, user monetisation and customer experience. Also, there is a growing recognition of the fact that India is different from China and may not necessarily mirror the early e-commerce trends and trajectory in China.

Indian e-commerce firms have pursued several initiatives including increasing the commission rates (at an overall portfolio level), controlling the logistics costs (particularly returns), rationalising discounts and shifting the portfolio mix in favour of high-margin categories to curtail the losses and create a foundation for achieving profitability. Regulations have so far been (more…)

Rise and Fall of Indian eCommerce 1.0 Startups Valuations

Indian eCommerce Storry 2013 to 2015The Indian eCommerce Saga trails the Americas by a decade. 2013 to 2015 were eventful years for the Indian internet sector. Overall, 2015 GMV growth for the e-commerce sector saw the fastest pace in the past five years, despite a higher base. Funding activity, too, peaked in 2015. Investor optimism was high as well valuations doubled in many successive rounds of funding within a gap of just a few months. There were several large funding rounds such as Flipkart’s US$1 bn one, followed by a couple of US$700 mn funding rounds over the next six months, valuing the company at US$15 bn. Snapdeal raised over US$600 mn in 2014 and followed it with another US$500 mn round in mid-2015, while Paytm raised US$680 mn in Sep-15 from Alibaba and Ant Financials (Alipay). Ola also raised over US$1.1 bn between Oct-14 and Nov-15, in three rounds of funding

The Flawed GMV Based Valuations Model
GMV was the most widely tracked key performance indicator for ecommerce companies — not only internally, but for investors as well. Companies expanded GMV without focusing much on unit economics. This led to an increase in discounting and marketing (more…)

How Amazon’s Competitors Rank on Last Mile Delivery ?

ecommerce-delivery-modelsAmazon’s strategy, with ever-shorter delivery options, has allowed a pure eCommerce player to gain a foothold in Local commerce and an increasingly bigger share of consumers’ wallets. But while Amazon has always been and will remain retailers’ top competitor in many product categories – especially in consumer products – some of these retailers could actually benefit from the company’s growing fulfillment capabilities. Today, Amazon remains the clear leader in fulfillment, based on number of offerings, global fulfillment center footprint, and ability to manage demand elasticity through its digital assets.

Today, however, services such as Google Express, Postmates, or Instacart and new fulfillment models based on real-time driver networks such as Uber, Lyft, and (more…)

How eCommerce Impacted Logistics Business in India?

eCommerce Logistics IndiaECom Express is a logistics company catering to the needs of e-commerce industry, which is growing at a fast pace in India. The company was launched in early 2013 focused on providing the last mile delivery services to the eCommerce companies. ECom Express started with 311 employees in 35 cities. It has grown to 653 delivery centers in 180 cities with 15,000 employees and 450,000 Shipments/day. 90% of the staff are delivery people.

Logistics is a relatively large part of cost for eCommerce players and they intend to rationalize it. However, ECom Express believe that the quality of services in terms of timely delivery, reliability and lower product returns are key factors for eCommerce player to select a logistics company and not necessarily pricing. ECom Express is confident that given the quality of its services and its ability to delivery products to even less-accessible areas places it well in the market. The company (more…)

Jabong & FabFurnish Sales / Profit Metrics

Jabong Sales MetricsIn an industry where not much data is available given most companies are unlisted, we have got some details from Rocket Internet which has stake in Jabong (fashion) & FabFurnish (furniture).

Jabong’s Gross Merchandise Value (GMV) rose 136% yoy in CY14 leading to a 136% yoy increase in net revenue. Encouragingly, Jabong indicated that majority of the orders are being placed by repeat customers. FabFurnish’s GMV too rose 125%yoy during the same period. Jabong’s gross loss expanded to Rs1.6bn (+400%yoy), indicating high competition. Capex intensity has risen from 3.7% capex/sales in CY13 to 4.8% in CY14 on investment in IT and infrastructure. Net working capital too rose by ~250%yoy driven by (more…)

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