Competition in the Indian ecommerce turf is not one-dimensional. Online marketplaces are trying to create self-sustaining business wherein they are trying to become the leader in every ecommerce vertical. The aim is to keep winning small battles while on the way to the top position.
Flipkart emerges as the winner of Festive Season Sales
A recent survey conducted by a Bengaluru-based Internet Research firm, CaanvasIndia revealed that Flipkart was the preferred choice for most of the online shoppers during the festive sale season. ET reports that 1,500 people were part of the research, with 46% from tier-2 cities, 89% of them were men and 1/3 of the total fell under 30-40 years age group.
Amazon came second, followed by Snapdeal.
Flipkart leads in the app world too
Again, homegrown company Flipkart leads here. Credit can be given to its focus on the rumoured app-only transition.
The Financial Express report states, Snapdeal’s total app downloads is 24.26 million, Amazon’s 20.15 million, whereas Flipkart’s is nearly double with 41.5 million. Flipkart also leads in average daily downloads, average time spent by users and number of times app used.
However, when it comes to user ratings, all three are neck-to-neck with ratings between 4.1 – 4.2 on Google Play Store. In addition, the number of Amazon app users is increasing steadily so the US based ecommerce giant might overtake Flipkart.
Amazon and Flipkart – different strategies, common goal
Amazon is focusing on offering a wide range of products at affordable prices whereas Flipkart is exploring other avenues such as advertising to earn revenue.
This Live Mint report highlights how ‘both the companies have adopted complex corporate structures and used loopholes in the law to deploy a mix of the marketplace and the direct-selling business model.’
The US based etailer learned a hard lesson in China and hence don’t want to leave any chance of capturing the Indian ecommerce market. On the other hand, Flipkart is keen on replicating Alibaba’s success by following the advertising-driven revenue model and raising capital via IPO.
Both the leaders, Flipkart and Amazon are trying different strategies to achieve the same thing – becoming India’s numero uno ecommerce platform. Although, there’s a long road ahead before we find out who ultimately succeeds in reaching that position.