Business Today

Cover story | May 24, 2015

Who'll win the great e-commerce slugfest?

Who'll win the great e-commerce slugfest?

Flipkart vs Amazon vs Snapdeal. Quickr vs Olx. Zomato vs Foodpanda. Jabong vs Myntra. Urban Ladder vs Pepperfry. Eventually each e-commerce segment will have only one winner.

Flipkart, Amazon, Snapdeal vie for top spot

Flipkart has a 44 per cent share of the $6.3 billion Indian e-commerce market. Snapdeal is No.2 with 32 per cent share while Amazon has 15 per cent.

OLX, Quickr battle it out for online classified mkt

The classifieds market, which was largely divided between print classified and some online players, saw a tremendous shift after 2008 when both Quikr and OLX started to focus on the Indian market.

Jabong or Myntra: Who will win the e-tailer war?

For Myntra, a big advantage in the battle to get ahead is the way it can piggyback on Flipkart's logistics. Jabong has also been extremely active in bringing international brands to the India and forging exclusive partnerships.

Zomato or Foodpanda: Who will win the online food delivery space?

On paper, Zomato is still leagues ahead of everyone else in the food space but online food delivery company Foodpanda has picked up enormous funding and is on an acquisitive and marketing binge.

Who'll win the online furniture market: Urban Ladder or Pepperfry?

The online furniture market got off the ground in January 2012 with the launch of Pepperfry. About two months later, FabFurnish started and later, Urban Ladder joined the fray.



Small finance banks will face huge challenges

The 72 applicants for small finance bank licences are a mixed lot, indeed, a good number having had nothing to do with banking before.

Editor's Note


Battle for Supremacy

All market battles of the past pale in comparison to the big fights taking place in the different e-commerce segments in India today, writes the Business Today editor.

News Maker


How the Modi government fared in the last one year

The country's economy has acquired a new sheen since Modi became Prime Minister and installed Arun Jaitley in the finance ministry.

Debate: Should the Rupee be fully convertible?

Grant Thornton India partner Harish H.V. and Macquarie Capital India MD Gaurav Gupta debate on the proposal.



Book review: Becoming Steve Jobs

'Becoming Steve Jobs' is an eminently readable and inspiring book that presents the late Steve Jobs as a real human being.

Book review: The Mindful Marketer by Lisa Nirell

'The Mindful Marketer' is an enjoyable, refreshingly different perspective on marketing as a profession.



People in news: Hugo Barra, Rishad Premji and more

People in news: Ashok Trivedi, Sunil Wadhwani, Hugo Barra, Rishad Premji and more.

Leadership Spotlight


'Strip away the wires and GE Healthcare can monitor you all the time'

John Flannery, President and CEO of GE Healthcare, the $18-billion unit of General Electric, tells BUSINESS TODAY that as capabilities change, markets change, currencies change, the business dynamics in India keep getting interesting.



Digital humanitarianism is the new buzzword

In the old days, the process of banding together took time. Today, social media acts as an instant bridge, connecting people in a matter of seconds to provide relief when disaster strikes.



Platforms will become critical for businesses

Sangeet Paul Choudary, founder and CEO, Platform Thinking Labs, and Co-Chair, MIT Platform Strategy Group, explains to BUSINESS TODAY how platforms will become critical for businesses.


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Wockhardt needs to win back US FDA's confidence to revive its fortunes

Industry observers feel it would take a lot of effort for Wockhardt to regain its glory and it won't be easy considering the company's business mix, strategies and product portfolio.

Vijay Mallya can still go the distance. Here's why

Mallya is an influential Member of Parliament and carries goodwill with several leading politicians cutting across political boundaries.

These India Inc scions are blazing their own trails

Had enough of business family scions who follow in their parents' footsteps? Business Today finds some who are doing their own thing.



There's still some time for drones to take to the sky

The earlier the Directorate General of Civil Aviation takes a call on the licensing nitty-gritty for drones, the merrier.

Why you must experience the Amazon Kindle Voyage

Experience the amazing Amazon Kindle Voyage. It's not just another ebook reader.



Will AAP be able to offer free wi-fi in Delhi?

It seems the government is still trying to figure out the economics of providing the service in the entire city.

Supreme Court saves the web with its latest ruling

The apex court saves the Internet companies from the arduous task of monitoring online content and also preserves freedom of speech.

Q4 earnings signal road to recovery for India Inc

For the entire fiscal 2014/15, too, an analysis of 226 companies whose results have been declared shows close to 13 per cent growth in topline (excluding oil and gas companies).

Daiichi's India misadventure ends as it exits its investment

For Daiichi, the exit from India is an opportunity lost in an industry where toplines are growing 15 per cent a year on average and margins are 15 to 20 per cent.

China's investments in Pak could trouble India

The investment would go into building the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor. This would include a road connecting Gwadar port in Balochistan with Kashgar in Xinjiang province of China via Pakistan-occupied Kashmir.



US President Barack Obama clarified that he was not opposed to China's Asia Infrastructure Investment Bank, reports AFP, but that a multilateral lending institution had to have strong guidelines by which to operate, as the World Bank does.