India’s biggest online retailer Flipkart Ltd is growing its full fledge online groceries business even as it intends to now explore new area selling film tickets online ahead of a proposed big bang takeover of the company by American retailer Walmart Inc., people aware of the developments said.
Flipkart will likewise soon enter the food retail business, the people specified above said.
Arch-rival Amazon India has piloted its food retail business in Pune.
Flipkart will also soon launch consumables and FMCG (fast moving consumer goods) products under its Billion private label brand, which is the brainchild of founder and executive chairman Sachin Bansal.
Billion was propelled in mid-2017, as a major aspect of a push to convey new clients to Flipkart by offering low valued products.
The Bengaluru-based retailer has reserved several hundreds of millions of dollars to grow its online groceries and FMCG business, the people specified above said.
It is driving hard to extend the basic need business to abstain from losing more ground to any semblance of Alibaba-supported Bigbasket, Grofers and Amazon India.
Flipkart, which is in chats with Walmart to offer a larger part stake to the American retailer, is relied upon to use Walmart’s abilities in the basic need business after the arrangement is finished.
Basic supply is presently an inconsequential income hotspot for Flipkart yet an imperative long haul opportunity.
In late 2016, Flipkart re-contracted two previous officials Manish Kumar and Nitin Rajput to assemble its grocery business.
Flipkart is betting big and pushing that sales of everyday household items will keep shoppers and customers coming back to the company’s website again and again.
Till now, online grocery business sales have taken off very slowly and expected to pick up gradually.
As per the studies and Market research firm RedSeer Consulting Pvt. Ltd estimated it to be barely $1 billion in 2017.
By and large, online retail business grew 23% to $17.8 billion a year ago, up from $14.5 billion in net stock esteem (GMV) in 2016.
Yet, given the high request volumes and rehash buys of goods, the division is required to be a key battleground for online retailers; the biggest web financial specialists in India are wagering that online basic supplies will transform into a multibillion-dollar classification throughout the following three to five years.
Separately, Flipkart also plans to sell movie tickets online, as per the sales this domain is currently dominated by BookMyShow, trailed by Paytm.
Flipkart’s entrance into selling movie tickets comes after the organization’s proposed minority interest in BookMyShow didn’t appear toward the end of last year.