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Future Prospects of E-Commerce in India

Posted by retailigence on February 10, 2012

The real challenge to an average retailer in India is not from FDI, but from E-Commerce sites like flipkart.com, snapdeal.com, eazybuy.com, menzkart.com. The various growth drivers for e-commerce in India are busy lifestyles, increasing disposable income, lower prices available at online stores as they save on distribution and elimination of set up costs of physical entities. This in itself is sufficient to provide a push for online shopping. Another main factor encouraging e-commerce is that the people are now comfortable using credit cards on the internet. And mobile has truly come out to have multi functional benefits. It is now very easy to use mobile phone for activities other than casual talks and message forwarding. Electronic flow of information has increased manifold.

A few points which speak in favor of e-commerce are:

1. Marketing is very important and it is generally believed that online people are easier to target. The savings in marketing costs can be passed on and prices can be reduced.

2. Now it is actually possible to get a product at less than what the manufacturer is selling it for.

3. FDI will help improving the efficiency in supply chain.

4. FDI will also help in boosting the confidence levels of the customers in which foreign players will play an important role.

5. The industry is still in the growth phase so profit margins are still likely to be high. The B2C e commerce is likely to be the main engine driving growth in the immediate future.

6. Spontaneous activity has reduced considerably and consumers now try to make better use of the time spent online.

7. Facebook has touched nearly 45 million in India and we are still not talking of the mobile phone users.

8. Websites are starting to come up in local languages which will help increase the penetration level.

Jockey Fashion Trunk Online shopping is still in the growing stages and has still touched only a few sectors like automobiles, stocks and shares, real estate, travel and tourism, gifts, hobbies, matrimony and employment. Even some websites sells products like men underwear, lens etc. The reason for the numbers not being as large as the businesses wish it to be is the lack of certain key elements in the existing business models. So there is a scope of improvement in this area.

             The main reasons responsible for this sudden growth of e-commerce in India are the emergence of blogs as a means for the information dissemination, bigger web presence of SMEs and corporate because of low marketing and infrastructural costs, a safe and secure business environment due to improved fraud prevention technologies, and most importantly the youth finds online transactions to be easier.

            There is  no doubt that the cost of running an e commerce  is still high but with a billion and counting population which is slowing being hooked up to the e-commerce the growth potential is too significant to be easily ignored. The existing users count more than the users who have recently joined. India can become industrialized and modernized if it can extensively apply IT to enhance productivity and international competitiveness, develop eCommerce and e-governance applications.

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