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UberEats launches in Mumbai

San Francisco-based Uber launched its initial UberEats service in Mumbai, and by the end of this year the company plans to expand this service to six cities in India. The country’s online population is tipped to reach 450 million-465 million people by June 2017, according to a report co-authored by the Internet and Mobile Association of India, bringing with it the potential to connect people to taxis, cars, food and more.

“Mumbai is home to a booming food industry with a vibrant food culture offering both global and local cuisines. The introduction of UberEats in India, with Mumbai as the first city, is a major step in our global expansion and showcases our commitment to the region,” Bhavik Rathod, Head of UberEats India, said.

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TechCrunch says: Uber has thrown more focus on Eats lately, beyond its ongoing global expansion. Recent updates added tailored recommendations, customizable drop-off directions for drivers and new filtering options, while it also introduced a restaurant management service that helps restaurant partners get actionable insight through data.

 

 

May 15, 2017   No Comments

India’s Infosys to Set Up Tech Center in Indiana

Bangalore, India-based information technology company Infosys announced that it will establish a central Indiana tech center, the first of four facilities it plans to launch as part of a broader expansion in the United States that is projected to create 10,000 jobs over the next two to four years.

Vishal Sikka, CEO of Infosys joined Republican Governor Eric J. Holcomb to announce an $8.7 million investment to lease and equip office space in the Indianapolis area that will accommodate 2,000 new workers by the end of 2021, reports abc News.

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Indiana Gov. Holcomb

Speaking on the occasion, Governor Holcomb said, “Indiana continues to put the tools in place, such as the Next Level Trust Fund and incentivizing direct flights, that allows us to attract and retain great companies like Infosys. In addition, our higher education institutions are producing a world class workforce, establishing Indiana as the innovation hub of the Midwest. I look forward to working with Infosys to elevate Indiana to the next level.”

 

May 14, 2017   No Comments

Facebook Rolls Out Express Wi-Fi in India

Facebook announced the commercial launch of Express Wi-Fi, its second attempt to bring millions of Indians online at an “affordable” fee. The service is currently available in the four Indian states of Uttarakhand, Gujarat, Rajasthan, and Meghalaya, where the company has 700 hotspots through other internet providers. It has also partnered with Airtel, (currently India’s largest telecom operator), to launch an additional 20,000 hotspots. Customers can sign up for daily, weekly, or monthly plans that cost about $0.15 a day.

“Express Wi-Fi is designed to complement mobile data offerings by providing a low-cost, high bandwidth alternative for getting online and access apps, download and stream content,” says Munish Seth, regional head for connectivity solutions in the APAC region.

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Mashable reports that India is the fastest growing market for Facebook. As of last month, Facebook’s marquee platform had 184 million monthly active users in the country, 50 percent of which return to the site every day. The company’s instant messaging and voice calling app WhatsApp also has over 200 million monthly active users in India. 

May 13, 2017   No Comments

In India, Montblanc’s Luxury Goods Looking Up

European luxury firm Maison Montblanc, which has a joint venture with India’s Bangalore-based Titan, is looking at a turnover of $100 million  over the next four years. The joint venture currently has seven boutique stores, and Titan’s managing director Bhaskar Bhat said, “We have a plan for about 25 stores under the joint venture … which is a five year journey plan, but we believe we can do it faster.”

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Business Standard reports that the boutiques will sell writing instruments, watches, men’s accessories and leather goods. “Large cities are our primary thrust for stores. We will explore some online [business] because the non-metro customer certainly has an allure of MontBlanc. We are not considering physical stores in non-metros right now,” Bhat added.

 

May 9, 2017   No Comments

India Contemplates Opening Up Food Retailing

Foreign food retailers may soon be allowed to sell personal care products made in India up to 25 percent of their total merchandise sales. India’s Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion has for the first time endorsed this proposal. The idea behind the move is to encourage “organized” (mass market)  retailers to source goods made in India.

The excerpt below is from an interview that India’s  commerce and industry minister Nirmala Sitharaman had with the Economic Times:

Economic Times: On food retail, are you looking at allowing more products? Could we see some announcement soon?

Sitharaman: There is a lot of discussion on it. We are already talking about what is grown and [can be] value added in India. The food ministry is saying that you would need something more to attract consumers. He would want to buy other things as well, like cosmetics.

The Seattle-based online retailer, Amazon, sought government permission to enter the food retail business in India. It proposes to invest $570 million in over five years to sell third party and its own private-label food articles, sourced and packaged locally. Other applications received by the government in food retail are from Grofers and Bigbasket.

While a political consensus needs to be reached for further opening of the retail sector, the government is also examining the proposal of opening up Foreign Direct Investment for all goods manufactured in India.

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May 8, 2017   No Comments