For its latest trick in India, Amazon aims to help startups in the country sell, market, and deliver their products and gain more visibility. Amazon announced Monday it is bringing its global startup program Launchpad to India. The India Launchpad portal is live with products from over 400 startups, of whom 25 are India-based. The company has also partnered with Nasscom, Government of Maharashtra, Indian Angels network and several bodies and venture capitalists to help startups on policy and financial sides. Through Launchpad, first unveiled in 2015 and now available in seven regions, Amazon partners with startups and sells their products on its giant ecommerce platform.
Amazon India today forged a partnership with Development Commissioner Handloom of the Union Ministry of Textiles under which it will educate, train and enable cooperatives and weavers to directly sell their products on the online portal. The partnership allows Amazon India to engage with weavers in Kota in Rajasthan, Nadia in West Bengal, Bargarh in Odisha and Bijoynagar in Assam. The products will carry government certifications'India Handloom Brand' and'Handloom Mark', ensuring availability of quality products to shoppers across the globe, Amazon India said in a release here. The company has already deployed teams in the four states and conducted workshops in Kota and Bargarh, introducing weavers to online selling and Amazon.in's Authentic handloom products have always found resonance with shoppers.
Amazon's latest offering for India is its mammoth global store. SEE ALSO: Amazon outstripped Flipkart as India's biggest online retailer: Report Amazon India has launched the Global Store in the country, giving people access to a range of products, many of which are yet to officially make their way to India. The Global Store currently has over four million products across 12 categories, but the company says it will be increasing its catalog over the next few months. One category that could instantly help Amazon India is fashion. The ecommerce company's India rival Flipkart (largest ecommerce player in India) owns fashion-focused Myntra and Jabong portals.
India has lately received a slew of distinct internet services that you can't find elsewhere, and Amazon is eager to pitch in. It just launched a Sell as Individual test service in India (specifically, Bangalore) that promises to take the headaches out of selling your old goods. Amazon will not only list your offerings, but pick them up, pack them and deliver them elsewhere in your city -- no awkward meet-ups or makeshift packaging here. How much it costs depends on what you're selling. Amazon asks as little as 10 rupees (just under 15 cents) for every item you sell below 1,000 rupees ($15).
India may be a big market for refurbished and used phones, but it isn't easy to sell such products in the country. SEE ALSO: 5 things you need to know about the world's fastest growing smartphone market India' environment ministry has issued a "show-cause" notice to Amazon India and 20 other e-commerce companies for importing and selling used and refurbished phones and other electronic equipments, Indian Express reports. Though India allows sales of refurbished and used phones, it requires additional approval if the devices are being imported. Currently, India doesn't permit sales of imported refurbished phones at all. Earlier this year, Apple's proposal to sell refurbished iPhones was rejected for a similar reason.