OnlyMobiles.com tie-up with Logistics firm – Delhivery

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OnlyMobiles.com announces its exclusive tie-up with Logistics firm – Delhivery, to provide quick product delivery services to its customers across India. Through this partnership, OnlyMobiles hopes to meet the increasing demand of consumers during the festive season, and will use Delhivery’s services to enable smooth delivery of products.

The tie up comes just a month after the launch of OnlyMobiles.com 30 Days Guarantee Price Protection scheme wherein customers can claim the price drop of their purchased products within a period of 30 days. Since its launch, the scheme has received positive feedback from customers, and as a result, significantly increased OnlyMobiles.com customer base. Thus, in an effort to manage its logistics, OnlyMobiles.com decided to associate with Delhivery, facilitating smooth product delivery to its growing clientele.

Apart from prompt packing and faster delivery of products, the tie-up with Delhivery will also ensure that the right merchandise reaches the right customer via pre-shipment scanning facilities, which can help OnlyMobiles.com mitigate any errors during dispatch.

Delhivery will also facilitate OnlyMobiles.com with an exclusive warehouse for their products in the city of Chennai to specifically cater to orders received from South India. This development will enable OnlyMobiles customers to expect product delivery within 24 hours to 72 hours.

Commenting on this partnership, Mr Shrutam Vijay Desai, Co-Founder OnlyMobiles.com said, “Our tie-up with Delhivery couldn’t have come at a much better time, since this is the busiest season for most offline and online vendors. We have begun to receive orders for most of our products well in advance. Moreover, with the inclusion of new brands like Huawei Honor, LeEco, etc. coupled with aggressive offers on our platforms, our order receipt is expected to quadruple within the next couple of weeks. Thus, we are confident that our association with Delhivery will enable quick and smooth delivery of products to customers, creating a hassle-free system that is mutually rewarding.’

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Inkspell Drivers of Digital Awards 2016 to be held in Delhi on 28 September

Inkspell will announce results of DOD Awards (Drivers of Digital Awards 2016) – India Chapter on 28 September, 2016 in the Park Hotel, New Delhi. This event has been conceptualized with the idea of furtherance of the ongoing digital momentum in India. The DOD Awards also aligns itself with the Government’s visionary programmes like ‘Digital India’ and ‘Start-up India’.

Eminent personalities like Anil Wanwari (IndianTelevision.com), Apurva Chamaria (HCL), Debasis Chatterji (Netxcell), Deepak Chandnani (Wordline), Devang Narella (Atom Technologies), Dr A Nagarathna (NLUIS), Gaurav Mehta (OLX), Gyan Gupta (Dainik Bhaskar Digital), Hitesh Rajwani (Social Samosa), Nandita Khaire (Rembrand Consulting), Noor Warsia (DMA), Piyush Pushkal (Dell), Rahul Ramchandani (Google), Rubeena Singh (MoneyControl), Salil Kumar (India Today Group Digital), S Rajendran (Acer), Vidyadhar Kale (Facebook) and Yateesh Srivastava (The Grey Space Consultants) were on the jury panel which decided the winners of the Drivers of Digital Awards 2016.

 

The objective of the Drivers of Digital Awards is to motivate the agencies and enterprises to continue doing phenomenal work for the uplift of the digital economy in the country. The DOD Awards will encourage the entrepreneurship spree in the digital arena and celebrate the brisk pace of digital advancement in the country. It also aims to acknowledge and recognize the exceptional contributions to the digital growth by individuals, groups, as well as enterprises across different segments and sectors of the industry and act as a catalyst to the technological advancement and the growth in the national economy.

 

More than 700 Brands, Agencies, and professionals are competing for the coveted Awards. There has been overwhelming response in the entry phase with participation from the following industries: Digital marketing, e-Commerce & m-Commerce, Media, FMCG, BFSI, Auto, Electronics, OEMs, Technology and Conglomerates. There are a total of 41 Awards to be given away. The entries have been submitted in five broad categories viz. Digital Marketing Awards, Website Awards, Mobile Awards, Digital Financial Awards, and Special Awards.

Bandbaajaa.com an NDTV Group ventureto be the first multilingual wedding portal

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Bandbaajaa.com, an NDTV Group venture is a wedding ecommerce startup that caters to wedding planning and all wedding related services. The website is currently the only wedding portal to operate in multiple languages- English and Hindi, and is planning to go vernacular and explore more languages to gauge greater reach and adoption.

The Hindi website is already seeing huge traction, up to 20% of which contributes to the entire wedding portal’s reach. According to Google India statistics, Hindi content consumption is starting to take off and has grown 94% year-on-year as compared to a mere 19% growth in English content. The report also says that at least one in five persons in India prefers to access Internet in Hindi. It is with this idea that Bandbaajaa.com has ventured into multilingual websites.

Founded by Sachin Singhal, CEO and Smeeta Chakrabarti, MD, Bandbaajaa.com aims to be the ultimate wedding planner and curator of selective wedding merchandise. The website has around 5000 vendors across 20 categories, is operating in over 22 cities.

The platform, which is known for its effective ways of connecting brides and grooms to credible and curated network of vendors, is working to become one-stop shop for all wedding needs, with its Average Order Value Rs 6000. Currently valued at 20 million USD, Bandbaajaa.com is looking to expand and generate revenue of Rs 180 Crore by the year 2021.

Speaking on the popularity of the Hindi website, Sachin Singhal, Founder & CEO, Bandbaajaa.com says, “We see a large number of people coming to our Hindi site to discover new trends in the wedding industry, shop for products, read about vendors and their services from across India. The whole idea here is to diminish the hassles of wedding planning and help customers by providing stress-free modes of solutions. This is something we’re constantly working towards, and we are glad we’re reaching out to the right audiences.”

Started early this year, the website, apart from featuring leading designers like Anita Dongre, Neeta Lulla, Payal Singhal, etc., also displays some of the leading wedding couture brands like Manyavar, Mohanlal & Sons, and Outhouse on Board, etc.

ToneTag strikes a chord with UPI for a Digital India

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ToneTag’s sound based technology enablescontactless transfer of the UPI virtual address at the point of sale, without the merchant or customer having to manually divulge the information.With UPI at the backend, ToneTag can make end to end digital payments in under 3 seconds at scale.Customers using ToneTag can make contactless payments from their feature phones, smartphones or tablets with just one-click using nothing but sound waves.ToneTag reduces digital acceptance costs for merchants by removing hardware dependencies.

At present, there is a misconception that mobile payments are to only serve the tech savvy urban consumer, but digital payments can help with the financial inclusion of a large number of Indians. Almost 2/3rds of the Indian population live in rural areas where they have limited access to financial services, as residents often have to travel large distances to be able to deposit, withdraw or transfer funds. Mobile payment enablers such as ToneTag possess the capability to completely transform the lives of millions of such Indians by removing the hardware dependencies involved with digital payments. By using its proprietary sound based technology, ToneTag is bridging the last leg of UPI; offline, in-store contactless payments.

A 2016 report by the Boston Consulting Group, in association with Google, said that digital payments will overtake cash payments in India by 2023, constituting at least 59% of all consumer payments by then. The report also states that by 2020 digital payments will be a $500 billion industry having grown 10 times its current value.

The Digital India initiative, has put pressure on the banks from the Indian government, to increase digital acceptance points in proportion to the number of payment cards issued. Currently only 1.24 million POS terminals serve the 665 million card holders in the country, according to recent RBI data. The goal is to have digital acceptance points within a 15-minute walk throughout the country. High cost of set-up and operation are the primary reasons due to which this hasn’t been possible yet. There is a need to improve infrastructure at rural and remote locations in a cost effective manner to ensure that financial services remain accessible to the majority. Hardware independent payment solutions such as ToneTag can help reduce the cost of digital acceptance.

Through the Indiantechnology stack of Aadhaar, e-KYC/e-Sign, UPI (Unified Payments Interface) etc., the government of India has ensured a robust framework over which, quick and secure payments could take placeat the backend. ToneTag promises to enable contactless payments using this infrastructure at the ground level. Since one has to exchange a single identifier, such as a phone number or a virtual address to make or receive payments through UPI, there is a need for technologies which could facilitate the seamless and contactless transfer of this identifier that represents payment information at the point of sale, without the merchant or customer having to verbally divulge the information. ToneTagcan be integrated with UPI to enable transfer of the single payment identifier through sound waves, while keeping the identifier anonymous and encrypted.

“This is a new chapter in the payment space. While UPI simplifies and quickens the speed of payments at the server / backend level, ToneTag plays a vital role in enabling quick contactless payments at the ground level. The ToneTag technology has the capability to completely transform the way people pay during an offline in-store transaction. In the coming days banks will offer UPI through ToneTag experience.” said Kumar Abhishek, founder and CEO, ToneTag

ToneTag which is available as an SDK(Software Development Kit), works over almost any device with a microphone or a speaker, irrespective of platform or specifications. The unprecedented technology utilizes alreadyexisting point of sale infrastructure such as EDC machines, smartphones, PCs to enable contactless acceptance. Customers using ToneTag can make contactless payments or cash deposit/withdrawals from their feature phones, smartphones or tablets with just one-click using nothing but sound waves.

The transmitted sound waves go through multiple layers of encryption, along with technologies such as whitebox cryptography, and tokenization to ensure payment security. Since ToneTag is available as an SDK, players in the payment ecosystem, such as banks, mobile wallets and financial service providers can easily integrate ToneTag with any oftheir UPI based payment apps to enable easy, quick and secure payments at the physical point of sale.

While UPI can handle payment mapping in milliseconds atthe backend, ToneTag can help the backend get the virtual address in a few seconds, making end to end digital payments possible in under 3 seconds at scale for the first time ever, as both the payment technologies perfectly complement each other’s capabilities. ToneTag sound based technology has already been evaluated and appreciated in a May 2016 documentby the NPCI.

As ToneTag can be integrated with any app, that operates on almost any device on any platform, to allow highly secure and contactless exchange of payment information, it’s extremely interoperable. The flexibility of the technology means it has found applications over a variety of use cases. The unique technology carries the potential to become the standard in contactless payments as financial service providers, governments, retailers and other players in the payment ecosystem discover and develop transformative payment products and services over ToneTag.