CAIT: CAIT to soon launch ‘bharatemarket.in’ for online retail trade – Latest News

CAIT: CAIT to soon launch 'bharatemarket.in' for online retail trade - Latest News

CAIT: CAIT to soon launch ‘bharatemarket.in’ for online retail trade – Latest News

The Confederation of All India Traders (CAIT) on Friday announced that it will soon launch an e-commerce platform — bharatemarket.in — for retail traders across the country.

“The e-commerce portal will include a nationwide participation by real-world retailers, who have served Indian consumers over the years, and in many cases, even across generations. To be owned by the traders themselves, it will ensure privacy of consumers’ data,” CAIT said in a statement.

On April 24, CAIT had said that it has joined hand with the Department for Promotion of Industry & Internal Trade (DPIIT) to come up with an e-commerce platform for local retailers and grocery stores.

It said that the marketplace will integrate capabilities of various technology companies to provide end-to-end services in the logistics and supply chains from manufacturers to end consumers including deliveries at home.

CAIT Secretary General Praveen Khandelwal while addressing the media in a video conference on Friday said that the portal is a result of the experiences gained by CAIT, while working with DPIIT to ensure supply of essential goods in containment zones during the periods of lockdown.

Khandelwal said: “We have already started this program as a pilot, initially with a limited number of essential commodities, in six cities, Prayagraj, Gorakhpur, Varanasi, Lucknow, Kanpur and Bengaluru with tremendous response from retailers, distributors and even consumers. This has now grown to 90+ cities in a matter of two weeks.”

The learnings from the pilot will allow CAIT to scale up to many more locations and soon to categories beyond groceries, he said.

Further, the traders, their employees and all delivery persons will invariably use the Aarogya Setu app for their safety.

The development comes days after Amazon announced its new programme ‘Local Shops on Amazon’ aimed at enabling local and small shops and retailers to sell their products online. Further, Reliance Industries also has announced the JioMart-WhatsApp partnership to enable transactions between ‘kiranas’ and consumers and support small businesses.

Khandelwal and CAIT have been critical of the e-commerce majors Amazon and Walmart-owned Flipkart for a long time largely on the “deep discounting” issue and have alleged the online behemoths made the trade uncompetitive for the offline traders.

Fitbit expected to launch smartwatch for kids with 4G connectivity this year

Fitbit expected to launch smartwatch for kids with 4G connectivity this year

Google-owned Fitbit is said to launch a new smartwatch specifically for kids, according to a report by Engadget that cites a source close to the matter.

As per the report, this alleged kids smartwatch by Fitbit will offer 4G connectivity support. For this, the company has acquired Doki Technologies, the company that made the world’s first kids smartwatch with video calling support — in 2016 — called DokiWatch.

As per the report, Doki has apparently notified its customers hat it is ending the support for dokiWatch, dokiWatch S and dokiPal on July 1 through an email.

The upcoming Fitbit smartwatch for kids is expected to be launched later this year, claims the report even though both Fitbit and Doki denied to comment on any developments on the subject matter. However, according to the Hong Kong Companies Registry, Doki’s director is now listed as “Andrew Paul Missan,” is Fitbit’s executive vice president, general counsel and secretary, points out the report. The date of Missan’s appointment is listed to be October 22, 2019, which the report suggests is likely to be the date of Fitbit’s acquisition as well.

Meanwhile, last month, the company launched its latest fitness band in India, called Fitbit Charge 4 — the successor of the Fitbit Charge 3 which the company launched in 2018.

The Fitbit Charge 4 comes in Black, Rosewood, and Storm Blue/Black colour options and is priced at Rs 14,999. The company has also launched the Charge 4 Special Edition granite reflective/black woven band priced at Rs 16,999. The company also claims that users can customise Charge 4 using new accessory bands. Some of the features that are offered by Fitbit 4 are wireless sync, Sleep Mode, App Dashboard, Payments, Spotify Control, Do Not Disturb Mode, On-Wrist Stats, etc.

JioMeet: Reliance Jio’s video calling platform will launch soon

JioMeet: Reliance Jio’s video calling platform will launch soon

By: Tech Desk | New Delhi |

Updated: April 30, 2020 10:10:10 pm


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Alongside JioMart, Reliance Jio is working on its own video calling platform called JioMeet. The company announced to commercially launch JioMeet in India soon. JioMeet has been in the testing process for a long time and the company has smartly selected a time to launch the platform for everyone when working remotely and self-quarantining have become normal thanks to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Reliance Jio hasn’t revealed when JioMeet will launch but given everyone is highly dependent on video calls to connect with the world we can expect the rollout very in a few weeks or even days. With the JioMeet Reliance Jio is definitely aiming to take on the likes of other popular existing video calling platforms such as Zoom, Google Meet, Skype, and more. Jio will reveal more details about the JioMeet in the days to come such as how the video calls will work, number of participants for each video call and so on.

Last week, Reliance Industries Limited, Jio Platforms and Facebook announced the signing of binding agreements for an investment of Rs 43,574 crore by Facebook into Jio Platforms. Facebook’s investment will translate into a 9.99 per cent equity stake in Jio Platforms on a fully diluted basis.

TheJio and Facebook partnerships has already resulted in JioMart, an e-commerce platform, which is under testing right now. Jio says that partnership will enable new opportunities for businesses of all sizes, but especially for small businesses across India. This is because it will “create new and exciting digital ecosystems that will empower, enrich and uplift the lives of all 1.3 billion Indians.”

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For the JioMart, Jio Platforms and WhatsApp have entered into a commercial partnership agreement to further accelerate Reliance Retail’s New Commerce business. JioMart is integrated with WhatsApp to ensure that consumers are able to access the nearest kiranas who can provide products and services to their homes by transacting seamlessly with JioMart using WhatsApp.

The testing has already begun and the companies have announced a phone number that the consumers need to save on their mobile phone and then send a message. The automated message will guide consumers through the online shopping process. The service is currently being tested in some parts of Maharashtra. We can expect commercial launch to happen very soon.

Read all about JioMart here: How it works, and how you can buy daily essentials from the platform

Amid the coronavirus pandemic, Jio also partnered with Microsoft platforms and enabled Work From Home, Learn From Home & Health At Home initiatives for everyone. The operator also made changes to its plans in order to provide better offerings to the users. Here are some changes Jio brought in due to the pandemic: double data and additional offnet minutes to all mobility add-on pack users, double data for all JioFiber users, complimentary 10mbps JioFiber plan, extended validity of JioPhone users for free incoming calls and provided 100 minutes call and 100 SMS to JioPhone users who have not been able to recharge, and some more.

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HMD Global to launch Nokia 125, Nokia 150 feature phones soon

HMD Global to launch Nokia 125, Nokia 150 feature phones soon

NEW DELHI: It seems that HMD Global is all set to expand its feature phone product portfolio with the launch of two new feature phones. Recently, the company launched Nokia 5310, Nokia 110, Nokia 2720 and now it is planning to launch Nokia 125 and Nokia 150 (2020).

According to popular tipster Roland Quandt, HMD Global will launch Nokia 150 and Nokia 125 feature phones. The company originally launched the Nokia 150 in 2016 and the latest Nokia 150 2020 edition is said to come with improved features.

Both the feature phones are said to run KaiOS and offer VGA cameras. It is expected that the company might price the Nokia 125 for 36 Euro (Rs 2,945) and the Nokia 150 for 42 Euros (Rs 2,435). It is not clear when the company will launch these two devices.

Recently, HMD Global launched the Nokia 220 4G feature phone in China. The Nokia 220 4G offer support for 4G VoLTE and comes with a polycarbonate body. The feature phone sports a 2.4-inch display and it comes with a 0.3MP VGA camera with LED flash.

The device comes with Feature OS and packs 16MB of RAM and 24MP internal storage. The feature phone offers Bluetooth for connectivity and is backed by a 1,200 mAh battery. The company claims that the device can deliver more than 6 hours of talktime and 27 days of standby time on a single charge.

HMD Global to launch Nokia 125, Nokia 150 feature phones soon - Latest News

HMD Global to launch Nokia 125, Nokia 150 feature phones soon – Latest News

NEW DELHI: It seems that HMD Global is all set to expand its feature phone product portfolio with the launch of two new feature phones. Recently, the company launched Nokia 5310, Nokia 110, Nokia 2720 and now it is planning to launch Nokia 125 and Nokia 150 (2020).

According to popular tipster Roland Quandt, HMD Global will launch Nokia 150 and Nokia 125 feature phones. The company originally launched the Nokia 150 in 2016 and the latest Nokia 150 2020 edition is said to come with improved features.

Both the feature phones are said to run KaiOS and offer VGA cameras. It is expected that the company might price the Nokia 125 for 36 Euro (Rs 2,945) and the Nokia 150 for 42 Euros (Rs 2,435). It is not clear as to when the company will launch these two devices.

Recently, HMD Global launched the Nokia 220 4G feature phone in China. The Nokia 220 4G offer support for 4G VoLTE and comes with a polycarbonate body. The feature phone sports a 2.4-inch display and it comes with a 0.3MP VGA camera with LED flash.

The device comes with Feature OS and packs 16MB of RAM and 24MP internal storage. The feature phone offers Bluetooth for connectivity and is backed by a 1,200 mAh battery. The company claims that the device can deliver more than 6 hours of talktime and 27 days of standby time on a single charge.