Google Announces Great Online Shopping Festival for Indians

great-online-shopping-festivalE-commerce in India has been experiencing rapid growth over the past few years. It’s estimated to be worth $1.6 billion in 2012 (Forrester Trends Report), which is not a huge number by global standards, but is impressive considering the demographics. However, still many Indians shy away from buying stuff online. Trusting retailers who are probably located several thousand kilometres away to deliver goods that one hasn’t checked first-hand is a scary proposition for many Indians.

Google is trying to break the shackles and initiate more Indians to online shopping by leveraging its brand name and deep pockets. The online giant is organizing a “Great Online Shopping Festival” on Dec 12. It has roped in most of the biggies in the Indian e-commerce space, including Flipkart, Myntra, Snapdeal, Pepperfry, and Jabong. Google has also partnered with classifieds, matrimonial services, job portals, and real estate agencies. You can avail attractive discount on premium memberships for services like Bharat Matrimony and

In addition to leveraging its online assets and getting the buzz going on social media, Google is also campaigning on radio channels. The target is obviously the middle class that has so far stayed away from e-commerce. It has even prepared a handy collection of tips for new shoppers. Unlike in most western countries, winter shopping is not a big deal in India. It will be interesting to see if Google can help change that with its Cyber Monday-esque shopping festival.

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Sennheiser Launches Official Online Store in India

Sennheiser Electronic India Private Limited,  a wholly owned subsidiary of Sennheiser electronic GmbH / Germany since February 2007, has launched its official online store The online store will sell to Indian consumers and complement the brand’s existing distribution channels via authorized distributors.

The store allows music lovers and audiophiles to browse, choose, and buy from more than 150 Sennheiser products. The products will be delivered free of charge within 7 working days for all metros and serviceable locations in more than 10,000 pin codes across all the cities in the country. While the usual payment options are available right away, cash-on-delivery, a critical factor in Indian e-commerce ecosystem, will be launched soon. Additionally, buying the products directly from the brand allows customers to avail the best post sales service support from Sennheiser India and a 2 year warranty on every product.

Sennheiser Electronic India has launched this e-store keeping in mind the changing buying habits and growing e-commerce market in India. The e-store is for the convenience of consumers as it provides freedom to shop anytime they want even from the comfort of their home. It will also benefit our reach across breadth and depth of the country by complementing and boosting our strong distribution network in India.

– Kapil Gulati, VP – Consumer Business, Sennheiser Electronic India

The online store initiative is powered by Net Distribution, a leading e-Commerce Services company that creates and operates online shopping channels for several brands in India.

Airtel Launches Online Store for Mobiles and Telecom Services

Bharti Airtel, India’s leading integrated telecommunications company, has launched airtel shop – a one stop destination for mobile handsets, digital TV, and broadband connections at


While selling mobile handsets might be a way to push integrated data packs and subscription plans from Airtel, the online store enters a crowded ecommerce market in India with cutthroat competition over pricing and experience. The store also offers broadband and digitalTV connections – a trivial addition to complete the catalog since there would rarely be returning customers for the same.

The store offers handsets from seven brands as of now-Nokia, HTC, Apple, Sony, LG, Samsung, and BlackBerry. I randomly checked prices of few latest phones on airtel shop and and found them to be very competitive, and in several cases lesser at the time of writing. At this moment, airtel shop also offers additional benefits to online customers over walk-in customers on retail counters:

  • Upto 33% off on mobile devices with exclusive Airtel plans
  • Rs 500 cashback on new broadband connections
  • Rs 250 cashback on new digitalTV connections

While the idea of an integrated store for telecom products and services sounds interesting, this clearly looks like a quick and dirty job. It is also a bummer that a store from Airtel doesn’t sell the obvious mobile phone connections and other value-added services apart from 3G connections.

The interface has been borrowed by the Airtel homepage at and the store is managed by Infibeam, a leading ecommerce store in India. The site clearly states that since Airtel doesn’t sell or deliver mobile phones, the ones ordered on the site are made available and delivered by NSI Infinium Global Pvt. Ltd., an Airtel partner.

Google Releases Google Catalogs for iPad

Google is continuing to release new projects aimed at the mobile market. They previously released Google Shopper which helps users find local deals and online prices for popular products. Now, they have brought the experience of catalog shopping to the iPad. Their newest product is called Google Catalogs, and it’s exactly what it sounds like it is.

This app brings digital versions of many popular catalogs to tablets. They cover the categories including fashion and apparel, beauty, jewelry, home, kids and gifts. They have hooked up with many top brands including Crate and Barrel, L.L. Bean, Lands’ End, Macy’s, and Sephora.

These digital versions bring a number of unique features to catalog shoppings. You gain the ability to zoom, tap on tags to get more information, or even look at cool pictures or videos. You can then look up products in nearby stores or find it to purchase it online. You can then share your favorite products and catalogs with your friends via email.

Another really cool feature of Google Catalogs is the ability to create your own catalog to share. You can collect your favorite products and pages from various catalogs and compile them into one set. Then, you can send that catalog to family or friends. I see this being a great way to establish a  gift list for loved ones to shop from.

If you want to check out Google Catalogs, it is available for the iPad now. Google promises that an Android version of the application is coming soon. Check it out and let us know what you think. Leave us a comment to have your voice heard. Adds 27 New Net-Banking Options For Payment

Continuing their strong efforts to promote online shopping, eBay India now supports 27 new net-banking options in addition to the three options which were provided earlier – ICICI Bank, HDFC Bank, and Citibank. This is in addition to the Credit Card/Debit Card/Cash Card options. The complete list of supported banks is given below (in alphabetical order):

Axis Bank

Bank of Bahrain and Kuwait

Bank of Baroda

Bank of India

Bank of Maharashtra

Central Bank of India


City Union Bank

Corporation Bank

Deutsche Bank

Development Credit Bank

Federal Bank




Indian Bank

Indian Overseas Bank

IndusInd Bank

Karnataka Bank Ltd

Karur Vysya Bank

Kotak Bank

Lakshmi Vilas Bank

Oriental Bank of Commerce

Punjab National Bank

Shamrao Vitthal Co-operative Bank

South Indian Bank

State Bank of India

Union Bank of India

Vijaya Bank

Yes Bank Ltd.

Addition of more net-banking options was always requested by the community. In a country with 40+ banks (excluding co-operative banks), providing net-banking option for just 3 of them was something really serious to be taken care of. And now, it’s done.

Picture credit: Cheon Fong Liew

Buy FIFA World Cup 2010 Jerseys, Gear, Jackets, Balls and More

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If you want to show your pledge towards your favorite team, you can wear jerseys, official merchandise, jackets or play with your teams themed football. Want to buy your favorite team jersey or jacket? Head over to Amazon where you will get a hefty discount on team merchandise for the FIFA World Cup 2010. Buy FIFA 2010 Jerseys, Jackets, Balls and more online.

In addition to that you can also track the FIFA 2010 Event or get into the mood through various means, we list them below for your convenience.

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Are you supporting USA or England or Brazil or Spain or Italy? No matter who you support you need to show it off. Come on it is the World Cup and spending a few bucks once in four years is never too bad.

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If you use Google Chrome, you can use an extension to watch FIFA 2010 World Cup matches online, if you don’t then try out this link which will have live streams of the FIFA 2010 World Cup matches live online. You can also try your luck on or or where users sometimes stream the matches live online.

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Download FIFA World Cup 2010 Schedules and Calendar

There are several ways in which you can actually show that you are into the World Cup mood, few of them including using an the FIFA World Cup 2010 Excel template. In addition to that you can also track FIFA scores and more using the Google OneBox results for FIFA 2010.

If you are looking to download or view FIFA World Cup 2010 schedule you can download an excel file which has the entire World Cup schedule and will allow you to add points to the teams who have won. Learn more on how to download the FIFA World Cup 2010 Schedule.


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Google India Launches Shopping Tool

Good news, shopaholics. Google has added a shopping tool to the Indian edition of its search engine. Now, you can compare product prices and hunt down the best bargain without having to navigate away from Google Search. The new shopping options can be accessed from the left sidebar, which appears when you click on the “Show Options” button.

The shopping tool aggregates data from more than 30 thousand Indian websites and automatically serves relevant product information and prices. It also provides you the flexibility of restricting your search to a certain price range. Take a look at the screenshot below to get an idea about the tool:


“Google’s shopping tool is another step toward our goal of making the web search results page more relevant for the specific type of information you are looking for”, said Rahul Roy-Chowdhury, Product Manager at Google India.

The Shopping Tool works quite well and offers relevant results for a wide range of products. Unfortunately, it is tucked away in an obscure location and chances are that most users won’t even notice it. In my opinion, something as handy as this definitely deserves its special one box (at least during the initial launch period).

Microsoft India’s Online Store Redesigned, Gets A New Home

With Windows 7, Microsoft unveiled a newly designed online store to complement their brick and mortar stores. The website design is simple, elegant and offers a wide range of products. For quite some time Microsoft India has had an online store at, the URL indicated Microsoft’s intentions behind the website — help consumers buy original Microsoft products. Recently, Microsoft India released an updated store at which now sports  the same design as the global website. If one was to visit BuyOriginalMS now, they would be redirected to the new website. My first visit to the new website made me cringe. There were three reasons for this:

  • the logo placeholder has wrong dimensions. And this in my opinion is a horrendous blunder on the web designer’s part.
  • the website has no favicon.
  • some pages don’t have proper titles.

The range of products offered is limited and some products haven’t been added yet eg: Xbox 360. The website seems to be a work-in-progress which makes me wonder as to why would they decide to redirect their visitors to an incomplete website. Having said that, I am pleased and excited that Microsoft has localized the global store website for India and is even offering books for purchase. The website lists ‘Computers’ indicating that Microsoft plans to offer crap-ware free OEM PCs in India as well as Windows phones via the website.

One can shop using Mastercard or Visa card. The prices mentioned on the website are exclusive of taxes and delivery charges, products have varying Delivery charges and taxes.