JusTransact Sees E-commerce Retail Explosion in India

New Delhi, India, 2018-Jul-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — E-commerce retail operations in India supported by unprecedented growth of smart phone and internet penetration has made Indian retail industry the most potent, sustainable and fastest growing industry  in 2018 compared to many of the world’s leading economies.

Even in rural regions, where people used to make retail purchases from the nearby mom-and-pop or physical stores for their grocery, electronic, or any other domestic goods, are now flaunting with tablets or smart phones with dependable internet connectivity and make purchases from online stores using debit or credit cards or internet banking or through digital wallets offered by payment companies such as Paytm, Rupay, Freecharge, MobiKwik, Jiomoney, to name a few.

According to market research firm eMarketer, Indian e-commerce sector will show rapid growth of 31 per cent this year to reach $32.7 billion. With the growing internet penetration and rapid usage of smart phones, the report predicted that by 2022, Indian e-commerce businesses will worth a whopping $71.94 billion surpassing the growth of China and other leading economies in the world.

As per the 2017 Goldman Sachs report, the online retailing sector in China will grow from the current 17 per cent to 25 per cent by 2020.

Factors contributing growth

Industry analysts from Millennium India, a leading e-commerce advisory and supplier of advanced POS technology to Indian retailers, say that the E-commerce growth in India has been contributed by the arrival of leading names – Flipkart, Amazon, Paytm Mall, Zomato, Bigbasket, Naaptol, Urban Ladder, etc, which have forayed into newer fields to address the daily needs of customers.

For example, Flipkart, Amazon and Jio are in the process of integrating nearby grocery shops to provide customers the pleasure of shopping daily need items, fruits and veggie from home, says Kiran Bhargava, an industry analyst based in Mumbai.

According to Bhaskar Venkatraman, CEO and Director of JusTransact.com, which is India’s only e-commerce portal for Point of Sale (POS) electronic products, says: “E-commerce in India has seen vertical growth over a decade and is now in the consolidating mode spreading its base to several other fields to satisfy growing customer demands. Customers, who are empowered by mobile technology, want everything online.  Today’s shoppers are highly demanding and tech-savvy which forces retailers to  open all doors – physical, internet, mobile, land-line, desktop/smart mobile/tablets, O2O, cloud- to reach them and vice-versa. No one wants to lose-out customers because of lack of technology.”

“E-commerce is getting further boost due to cheaper smartphones and increased internet users, and this trend is catching up fast in tier II and III cities as well,” adds Bhaskar, who also heads Millennium India.

Not only, groceries, customers can now order their daily needs and essential items such as furniture, electrical and electronic items, hardware, home utility items, laundry services, food from their smart phones, whose penetration and internet connectivity and also overwhelming online presence by young population and expanding middle class are catapulting the number of digital buyers in India.

The online retail space has been witnessing fierce competition in the recent times for the larger pie with market leader Flipkart (which has been taken over by Walmart recently), Amazon and Paytm Mall (backed by Softbank and Alibaba) infusing huge capital for improved logistic and payment system and also planning to woo customers with attractive discounts on competitive products.

Though as of now, no one has emerged clear winner of the e-commerce space in India, one can surely say that coming months will be more crucial for these entities and customers are in for delightful surprises with deep discount offers, concludes Bhaskar.

 

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Bitt.com signs MoU with the Caribbean island Montserrat to launch a digital payments platform

Barbados-based Bitt a portfolio company of Overstock.com blockchain subsidiary Medici Ventures
SALT LAKE CITY, 2018-Feb-28 — /EPR Retail News/ — Overstock.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:OSTK) portfolio investment company Bitt.com has signed a memorandum of understanding with the Caribbean island Montserrat to launch a digital payments platform.

Bitt has been working to position island nations in that region as global leaders in the adoption of digital national currencies, allowing everyone with a smartphone, tablet, or computer to easily make digital domestic transactions.

This work has included actively building a financial ecosystem in the Caribbean that remedies the issues which people in the region experience daily, including high frictional fees from banks and other money services operations that make sending money in and out of the region cumbersome and costly.

“The people of Montserrat will benefit from increased financial inclusion, and a significant reduction in their need for cash to make payments for goods and services, or as a means of saving,” said Donaldson Romeo, Premier of Montserrat.

The move by Montserrat follows last year’s declaration by the International Monetary Fund’s Christine Lagarde that digital currencies “may one day be easier and safer than obtaining paper bills, especially in remote regions,” and that “virtual currencies could actually become more stable” than paper-based currency.

“For decades economists have spoken of ‘the unbanked’ and the difficulties they face because they are disconnected from the global financial system,” said Patrick M. Byrne, CEO of Overstock.com. “In recent weeks Bitt.com has launched a mobile app-based solution that allows people in Barbados to walk into a store and buy goods or services with digitized Barbados currency. Now, with this incredibly forward-thinking step by the premier and government of Montserrat, Bitt can begin bringing this technology to serve the poor, disconnected, and unbanked of that beautiful nation, and begin connecting them to a leading-edge blockchain-based monetary system. Then, as Montserrat goes, so goes the world!”

“We’re honored to assist Montserrat in meeting its objective of boosting financial inclusion while reducing reliance on cash while building resilient and sustainable socio-economic progress together,” said Rawdon Adams, CEO of Bitt.

About Overstock.com
Overstock.com, Inc. Common Shares (NASDAQ:OSTK) / Series A Preferred (Medici Ventures’ tZERO platform: OSTKP) / Series B Preferred (OTCQX:OSTBP) is an online retailer based in Salt Lake City, Utah that sells a broad range of products at low prices, including furniture, décor, rugs, bedding, and home improvement. In addition to home goods, Overstock.com offers a variety of products including jewelry, electronics, apparel, and more, as well as a marketplace providing customers access to hundreds of thousands of products from third-party sellers. Additional stores include Pet Adoptions and Worldstock.com dedicated to selling artisan-crafted products from around the world. Forbes ranked Overstock in its list of the Top 100 Most Trustworthy Companies in 2014. Overstock regularly posts information about the company and other related matters under Investor Relations on its website, http://www.overstock.com.

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