Reliance’s e-commerce venture JioMart makes a silent debut, calls for pre-registrations
JioMartlaunches as a grocery retail platform delivering in Navi Mumbai, Thane and Kalyan. Relianceis also calling for pre-registrations which promises to save ₹3,000 at the time of launch.
- Jio’s entry is a threat to
e-commercebigwigs, Amazon, Flipkart and also startups like BigBasket, Grofers, Swiggy, Dunzo.
JioMart is a grocery retail platform that calls itself ‘ desh ki nayi dukaan’. The website says that it is currently available in Navi Mumbai, Thane and Kalyan - suburbs of Mumbai.
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Reliance is also calling for pre-registrations from users with savings of as much as ₹3,000.
This step can help boost the valuation of the business which has 10,901 physical stores across the country. Reliance Industries said that it plans to spin off its retail venture, and the new digital avatar can boost its valuation.
An IANS report pegs the value of Reliance Retail at ₹2.4 lakh crore as per a share swap scheme. It basically calculated the value of the business as RIL offered one share of the combined entity for every four shares of retail business. Also, RIL stock touched ₹10 lakh crore this year, boosting the value of all its businesses.
JioMart’s debut is a threat to several e-commerce players who have been scaling up their grocery retail operations like – Amazon, Flipkart to startups like BigBasket, Grofers, Swiggy, Dunzo.
For over a year now, rumours of Reliance e-commerce debut had been doing the rounds. The company has also been buying into startups in the sector.
Going by an offline-to-online model, in December Reliance acquired 85% stake in the Hyderabad-based startup Nowfloats for ₹141.63 crores. Nowfloats offers SaaS based solutions to SMEs, and enables their digital presence.
In August 2019, Reliance acquired a majority stake in the Google-backed fashion e-commerce startup Fynd. In March 2019, Reliance had acquired Mumbai-based logistics platform Grab A Grub.
Reliance Retail has made a much bigger promise to build its online business on the back of its 364.3 million Jio subscribers.
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