Today’s top tech news: Mukesh Ambani launches ecommerce portal for neighbourhood shops, Amazon and Flipkart fight over sale days, and Apple pulls its cheap devices off shelves in India

Amazon Prime Day sale goes up again Flipkart's Big Shopping Days event in IndiaAP


  • Mukesh Ambani’s Reliance Jio has launched an e-commerce portal for neighbourhood shops to sell them groceries at lower prices.
  • Amazon’s Prime Day sale and Flipkart’s Big Shopping Days event coincide as the global e-commerce players compete for dominance in India’s e-commerce space.
  • Apple is pulling the iPhone SE, iPhone 6, iPhone 6S Plus and iPhone 6 Plus off the shelves in India just as Indians plan to replace their phones over the next 12 months.
  • India’s low cost missions into space come at the cost of fewer instruments and less data collection.
  • Infosys is planning to bring 18,000 new freshers on board after Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) registered its highest hiring spree in five years during Q1 2019.
  • Amazon Prime Day is a busy day for shoppers but it’s busier for Amazon, which has ‘war rooms’ set up to deal with the rush.

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​Mukesh Ambani's Reliance Retail wants to beat Big Bazaar and More before taking on Flipkart and Amazon

​Mukesh Ambani's Reliance Retail wants to beat Big Bazaar and More before taking on Flipkart and Amazon

So far, Mukesh Ambani’s Reliance Retail for posturing to take Flipkart and Amazon in the India e-commerce race. But now it seems to want to head off its competition in the retail space like Big Bazaar, More and Easy Day by directly sourcing its groceries to neighbourhood kirana stores.

Using discounts and cashbacks smaller retail shops will be able to source materials at lower costs, at par with retail giants, to offer the same savings to its consumers.

Reliance Fresh, SMART and Market stores — catering to grocery demand — were one of the main reasons behind Reliance’s 89% jump in revenue during the last financial year.

Flipkart, Amazon fight it out on discounts with sale events on the same days

Flipkart, Amazon fight it out on discounts with sale events on the same days

Amazon and Flipkart are going head-to-head this sale season will the Amazon Prime Day sale happening from July 15 to July 16 and Flipkart hosting its Big Shopping Days Festival between July 15 to July 18.

Amazon is certainly treating the even with more fanfare than Flipkart, advertising the Prime Day Sale on TV, newspapers and online. Flipkart is more quiet, but its main event — the Big Billion Days sale — is still around the corner.

Apple pulls cheap iPhones off shelves just as Indians plan to replace their premium devices

Apple pulls cheap iPhones off shelves just as Indians plan to replace their premium devices

Apple has reportedly halted the production of the iPhone 6, 6 Plus, SE, and 6S Plus in India. Now, the cheapest iPhone that users can buy is the iPhone 6S for ₹29,555.

The revelation comes at a time when premium smartphone users are pegged to be at the start of a new upgrade cycle. Counterpoint Research shows that smartphone owners are looking to buy a new premium smartphone over the span of the next 12 months and willing to spend upwards of ₹40,000.

India’s low cost space missions come at a price

India’s low cost space missions come at a price

India is globally touted for its cost-effectiveness when it comes to space exploration. And, while keeping costs down is an achievement in itself — it comes at the price of fewer scientific instruments being on onboard space crafts and shorter mission durations.

Participation from India’s private sector can be a potential source of technology and investment for India to launch more complex and longer missions in the future.

Amazon India sets up ‘war rooms’ to handle Prime Day pressure

Amazon India sets up ‘war rooms’ to handle Prime Day pressure

Rome wasn’t built in a day and neither was Amazon Prime Day. Akshay Sahi, Amazon India Head, told Business Insider India that teams start prepping six to nine months in advance to prepare for Amazon Prime Day.

It’s not about the batter, according to Sahi, but about having a place to coordinate and pivot plans in case things go wrong — like unexpected rains that can hold up timely delivery and coordinate with merchant partners for storage and shipments.

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