In this fast-moving time, everything is online; whether it is payment of a bill or booking of a ticket, everything has gone online. Nobody has time to go from place to place to get any work done, and so, shopping has also changed its means, from small retail shops scattered in the market, to showrooms in the malls and now, on the screen of our computers.
Like other parts of the world, online shopping has taken a grip on Indian market as well. No matter where we are, we get unlimited choice and the items delivered to our doorstep.
But then, there are so many portals that people get confused from where to get things. People choose a shopping portal according to the past experiences of themselves and their friends.
The best service is the one where the client is thoroughly connected with the service provider of the ecommerce site and gets updated information about the status of the order. Fast delivery and good quality of the product further add to the plus points of any shopping site. Also, addressing the grievances after the product is bought plays a major role in getting into good grades of the customer.
The best 15 ecommerce websites that we recognize as trustworthy are discussed in detail here:
Founded by Sachin Bansal and Binny Bansal in year 2007, Flipkart has now become one of the most trusted ecommerce websites in India. It was registered in Singapore, and has headquarters in Bangalore, India. Its current net worth is $5.54 billion as of November 2016.
Currently, it delivers in India only, but one can order from various parts of the world as long as the delivery address is in India. Flipkart sells a big range of products, starting from electronics and mobile phones, to fashion clothing and furniture. It also has its own manufacturing company called digiflip which makes mobiles, its accessories and bags.
Flipkart has acquired several well performing ecommerce companies over the years, like Myntra and Jabong, and is looking for expanding its business even more.
The fastest growing online shopping portal worldwide, Amazon provides all the things a person might need, viz., household items, books, electronics, car accessories, clothing, jewelry, sports items, anything and everything people need on daily basis.
Amazon was founded on 5th July 1994 in Seattle, USA by Jeff Bezus. It has grown a market capital of worth USD 292.6 billion as of May 2016. It is rated as the topmost ecommerce store in the whole world.
Snapdeal was founded in 2010 by Kunal Behl and Rohit Bansal as a part of Kunal’s the dual degree M&T Engineering and Business program at Penn, which got investment from a numbers of renowned investors.
Having an assortment of over 10 million products, Snapdeal is recognized as one of the biggest online marketplace in the country. Since it installed 15 hand-pumps in a village, the villagers named their village after it, which made Snapdeal a well-known name in Indian Household.
One of the oldest ecommerce website (along with amazon), this 21 years old company was founded in year 1995, by Pierre Omidyar in San Jose, California.
It started as an auction website, but, its growing success made Omidyar take it as a serious business, and not just a part-time hobby.
And so, eBay took off as an online shopping portal providing new and old, refurbished items at the doorstep.
Now it is a multi billionaire company and expands over 30 countries. Not only this, users can also sell stuff through eBay.
This ecommerce company is incorporated in Delaware, USA and headquartered in Gurgaon, India. It was founded in Silicon Valley, California in 2011 by Radhika Aggarwal, Sandeep Aggarwal and Sanjay Sethi and has a registered office in Vadodara, Gujarat.
Like other e-commerce websites, Shopclues also provides a lot of products in their portal to choose from and purchase.
Starting from the portal exclusively for payment of bills, to cash transfer app now, paytm has come a long way since its inception in 2010. It was founded by Vijay Shekhar Sharma, the founder of One97 Communications, and so, incubated by One97. It is a purely Indian ecommerce website headquartered in Noida. Not only it provides all that the other e-commerce websites provide, but it also offers bus and movie tickets online.
In 2014, it started a service called Paytm wallet, by which one can add and spend money on any purchase.
Since demonetization of INR 500/1000 currency notes, it has become the most popular way for money transfer to everyone, for all purposes.
Founded by Vishal Mehta in 2007, Infibeam is headquartered in Ahmedabad and serves India and middle-east. In 2010, Infibeam launched India's first e-book reader, called ‘Pi’. The various sections in its e-commerce website include gifts, lifestyle, fashion store, entertainment etc.
Infibeam’s slogan “Shop with a smile” makes it easy for its customers to shop given its hefty discounts and sale; though, Forbes describes its strategy as the one "that seems to defy most standard models."
Jabong was founded by Praveen Sinha, Lakshmi Potluri, Arun Chandra Mohan in the year 2012 as a fashion and accessories shopping portal and had tasted the sweet fruit of success as early as in first year of its launching.
It is one of the most successful online shopping portal for clothing, accessories and furnishing. Showcasing millions of items from various brands, that include clothing range by famous Indian fashion designers, and providing exemplary service, Jabong made its way to other parts of the world.
It was acquired by Flipkart in July 2016, through Myntra, for a hefty but undisclosed amount. The products and service remain the same.
Myntra was founded by IIT Graduates in 2007 as a personalized gift items e-shop, but since 2010, it has focused in the retailing of branded apparels. It is headquartered in Bengluru, India.
This fashion e-commerce marketplace company showcases its fashionable clothing in an attractive manner and along with great deals and discounts; it becomes almost irresistible for any viewer.
The best part of Myntra is that it shows the clothing and accessories that is ‘in’ for the season and updates as soon as the fashion changes.
In May 2014, it merged with Flipkart.
Established in April 2011, Yepme has positioned itself as a private label fashion brand which sells men’s and women’s clothing and accessories.
Its founders Vivek Gaur, Sandeep Sharma and Anand Jadhav are IIT and IIM alumni. It has a different place and position in the market because they sell private label apparels as opposed to other fashion clothing portals that sell mostly the branded clothes.
Since a large chunk of shipment goes to smaller towns in India, Yepme has also introduced Hindi, tamil, telugu, malyalam and kannada languages to make it easy for the people to understand and shop.
Pepperfry was founded in January 2012 by Ambreesh Murty and Ashish Shah. An exclusive seller of Furniture and home decor, Pepperfry offers a wide range of furniture which is categorized into groups like Décor, lamps, bed and bath, garden, kitchen, dining, hardware and electrical appliances etc. From here, people can also buy in bulk as well as sell their furniture easily.
After establishing its name in the furniture market, this online shopping portal is also opening up offline pepperfry stores to shop from.
Owned and operated by Reliance Industries, Homeshop 18 is a part of Network 18 media. It is an online as well as on air retailer and distributer of clothing, furnishing, appliances, mobile and electronics, and beauty products. It has added partnerships of major brands, like Samsung, Panasonic, Philips, Canon, Nikon, LG, Prestige, Godrej, Titan etc.
It has over 15 on air TV shopping channels in different Indian languages which sell different products on attractive discounts and are available on all cables and DTH operators like Tata Sky, Dish TV, Reliance, Videocon, Airtel, DD Free Dish etc.
It is an e-commerce division of The Times of India Group which, like other sites, sells everything, clothes, mobile phones, appliances, books, flowers, cakes and what not. It was created by Gautam Sinha, Saurabh Malik and Vivek Pandey, who launched it in the year 2000. It also gives reader’s offers in its Print Business (newspapers).
Its headquarters is located in Gurgaon and has offices and customer care centres across the country. Its mobile app was launched in 2012 and has contributed to the surging company growth.
Firstcry is an exclusive online store for kids. All the products for babies and kids are available here, from clothes to toys to books to everything else. Founded by Supam Maheshwari in 2010, Firstcry is, today, the largest online and offline shopping store for kids and expecting mothers in Asia.
It has over 1 lakh items for babies and kids in its inventory and an estimated turn-over of approx. 50,000 crores.
An exclusive retailer of furniture, décor and home appliances, Fabfurnish was founded by Vikram Chopra, Mehul Agrawal and Vaibhav Aggarwal in March 2012. It is headquartered in Gurgaon and has been restructured a couple of times since its inception.
First, Vaibhav Aggarwal called quits; then, Ashish Garg and Ankita Dabas were introduced as new co-founders of the company. In year 2016, it was included in the Future Group and now seems to have stable position in the market now, since it is now a part of the Group’s long term growth plan.
Its selection of exquisite pieces and reasonable rates show a lot of promise in the field of eCommerce.
All these ecommerce portals have one thing in common, that is their commitment towards providing more and better to the customers, in terms of both products and services.Not only this, there are some sites that provide the facility of trial at home for its customers.
The efficiency and availability of these e-commerce sites are surely revolutionizing the shopping experience of people all over the country.