47 Facts About Flipkart


Flipkart is an Indian e-commerce company, headquartered in Bangalore, and incorporated in Singapore as a private limited company.

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Flipkart initially focused on online book sales before expanding into other product categories such as consumer electronics, fashion, home essentials, groceries, and lifestyle products.

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Flipkart has a dominant position in the apparel segment, bolstered by its acquisition of Myntra, and was described as being "neck and neck" with Amazon in the sale of electronics and mobile phones.

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Flipkart owns PhonePe, a mobile payments service based on the UPI.

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Flipkart was founded in October 2007 by Sachin Bansal and Binny Bansal, alumni of the IIT, Delhi and former Amazon employees.

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Flipkart initially focused on online book sales with country-wide shipping.

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Flipkart slowly grew in prominence and was receiving 100 orders per day by 2008.

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In 2010, Flipkart acquired the Bangalore-based social book discovery service WeRead from Lulu.

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In February 2014, Flipkart partnered with Motorola Mobility to be the exclusive Indian retailer of its Moto G smartphone.

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Flipkart subsequently held exclusive Indian launches for other smartphones, including the Xiaomi Mi 3 in July 2014, and the Redmi 1S and Redmi Note in late 2014.

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On 6 October 2014, coinciding with the company's anniversary and the Diwali season, Flipkart held a major sale that it promoted as "Big Billion Day".

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Flipkart stated that it would use Appiterate's technology to enhance its mobile services.

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In December 2015, Flipkart purchased a minority stake in the digital mapping provider MapmyIndia.

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In October 2015, Flipkart reprised the Big Billion Days event as a multi-day event exclusive to the Flipkart app.

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Flipkart bolstered its supply chain and introduced more fulfillment centers to meet customer demand.

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Flipkart achieved a gross merchandise volume of US$300 million during the event, with the largest volumes coming from fashion sales and the largest value coming from mobiles.

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In January 2017, Flipkart made a US$2 million investment in TinyStep, a parenting information startup.

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In July 2017, Flipkart made an offer to acquire its main domestic competitor, Snapdeal, for US$700 to 800 million.

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Flipkart stated that "there is the huge growth potential for e-commerce in India and significant opportunity for multiple players to succeed in India's diverse, domestic market.

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Flipkart invested US$4 million in the customer engagement and rewards platform EasyRewardz on 19 November 2019.

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In 2020, Flipkart Wholesale launched a digital platform for kiranas and MSMEs.

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Flipkart announced it will roll out Flipkart Quick, a hyperlocal 90-minute delivery service for product categories such as groceries, home accessories, mobile phones, stationery, and more.

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The following month, Flipkart acquired the intellectual property of gaming startup Mech Mocha for an undisclosed amount.

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In November 2020, Flipkart acquired augmented reality company Scapic, which provides a suite of tools to create and publish augmented reality, virtual reality, and 3D content quickly and without coding.

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In July 2021, Flipkart launched its social commerce marketplace called Shopsy, which allowed individuals and small businesses to direct sell and resell products to customers via social media channels.

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Gujarati language was added to their platform in 2021 which resulted in Flipkart being available in 8 local Indian languages that were Gujarati, Bengali, Odia, Hindi, Telegu, Kannada, Marathi and Tamil.

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In 2022, Flipkart entered the Non-Fungible Tokens and Web3 segment by letting the Indian purchasers of Nothing Phone 1 to get Nothing's NFT through the app called Nothing Community Dots.

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In 2012, Flipkart co-founders sold WS Retail to a consortium of investors led by Rajeev Kuchhal.

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Flipkart started Flipkart Health+ in 2021 that deals into providing medicines and health services through technology.

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Flipkart has made 22 acquisitions and 24 investments, spending over US$395M for the acquisitions.

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Flipkart has invested in multiple sectors such as e-commerce, consumer electronics, local services and more.

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On 24 August 2012, Flipkart announced the completion of its 4th round of funding, netting a total of US$150 million from MIH and ICONIQ Capital.

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Flipkart announced on 10 July 2013 that it had raised an additional US$200 million from existing investors, including Tiger Global, Naspers, Accel Partners and Iconiq Capital.

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In July 2013, Flipkart raised US$160 million from private equity investors.

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In October 2013, it was reported that Flipkart had raised an additional US$160 million from new investors Dragoneer Investment Group, Morgan Stanley Wealth Management, Sofina SA, and Vulcan Inc, with a share of the funding coming from existing investor Tiger Global.

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On 26 May 2014, Flipkart announced that it had raised US$210 million from Yuri Milner's DST Global and its existing investors Tiger Global, Naspers, and Iconiq Capital.

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On 29 July 2014, Flipkart announced that it raised US$1 billion from Tiger Global, Accel Partners, Morgan Stanley Investment Management, and a new investor, Singaporean sovereign-wealth fund GIC.

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On 20 December 2014, Flipkart announced its filing application with Singapore-based company regulator ACRA to become a public company.

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The US$700 million in funding raised by Flipkart added new investors to the company's board, including Baillie Gifford, Greenoaks Capital, Steadview Capital, T Rowe Price Associates, and Qatar Investment Authority.

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In March 2021, it was reported that Flipkart was considering the possibility of going public through a merger with a special-purpose acquisition company to speed up its listing process in the United States.

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In November 2012, the Indian Enforcement Directorate began investigating Flipkart for alleged violations of the foreign direct investment regulations of the Foreign Exchange Management Act of 1999.

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On 30 November 2012, Flipkart's offices were raided by the Enforcement Directorate.

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Flipkart operates several house brands, including Citron and Digiflip (formerly for electronics and accessories).

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In 2017, Flipkart launched additional house brands, including Billion, Smartbuy (electronics accessories, effectively replacing Digiflip), and MarQ (for large appliances, although its launch was complicated by a trademark dispute with an existing company, Marc Enterprises).

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Flipkart launched an in-app streaming service called Flipkart Video in August 2019, so as to compete with industry rivals like Amazon who were offering premium video options.

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Vendors on Flipkart have faced several challenges while doing business on the company's marketplace, to the extent that some of them have quit the portal.

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Some of these challenges include Flipkart's alleged unfair policies towards sellers, the lack of a competent logistics service, and customer returns that are a result of consumer fraud.

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