India to launch open e-commerce network to take on Amazon, Walmart

India will on Friday launch an open network for digital commerce (ONDC) as the federal government tries to finish the dominance of U.S. corporations .com and within the fast-growing e-commerce market, a authorities doc confirmed.

The launch of the platform comes after India’s antitrust physique on Thursday raided home sellers of and a few of Walmart’s following accusations of competitors legislation violations. The corporations didn’t reply to request for remark on the raids.

Indian retailers, key supporters of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, have lengthy contended that and Flipkart’s platforms profit just a few massive sellers, through predatory pricing, although the businesses say they adjust to all Indian legal guidelines.

The authorities’s so-called ONDC platform will permit patrons and sellers to join and transact with one another on-line, it doesn’t matter what different utility they use. It shall be soft-launched on Friday earlier than being expanded, the commerce ministry instructed Reuters.

The authorities doc stated that two giant multinational gamers managed greater than half of the nation’s e-commerce commerce, limiting entry to the market, giving preferential remedy to some sellers and squeezing provider margins. It didn’t title the businesses.

Amazon and didn’t instantly reply to requests for remark on ONDC.

The doc stated India’s ONDC plan aimed to onboard 30 million sellers and 10 million retailers on-line. The plan is to cowl a minimum of 100 cities and cities by August.

It would focus on apps in native languages for each patrons and sellers, with a particular emphasis on small retailers and rural customers, the doc stated in regards to the challenge.

The authorities stated it had already acquired assist from retailers and enterprise capital companies. Lenders such because the State Bank of India, and have already dedicated whole investments of two.55 billion rupees ($33.26 million) into ONDC.

A Reuters investigation final 12 months, primarily based on Amazon inside paperwork, confirmed the corporate had given preferential remedy for years to a small group of sellers on its platform and used them to bypass Indian legal guidelines. Amazon denies any wrongdoing.

(Reporting by Krishna N. Das; Additional reporting by Aditya Kalra; modifying by David Evans)

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard employees and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

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