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JIO MART GETS A WHATSAPP NUMBER

Reliance Retail signed a commercial pact with Facebook’s WhatsApp to reach its online venture JioMart, for the same the Reliance went live in the suburban Mumbai areas of Navi Mumbai, Thane, and Kalyan.

To render their services the customer needs to add JioMart’s WhatsApp number 88500 08000 on their phone. After the message, the JioMart will send a link to the customer’s Whatsapp chat window. The link is valid for 30 minutes. When the customer clicks on the link received it directs the user to a new page wherein he has to fill his address and phone number, after which the catalog of products is made available to order from. Products available include sundry brands along with Reliance Retail’s own private labels.

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Once the final order is placed, the details of the order placed by the customer is shared will the local Kirana store on WhatsApp. The customer receives a notification with the order and the Kirana/JioMart store details on his number. The customer will also receive an alert once the Kirana bills the order. Three days after Reliance Retail signed a commercial pact with Facebook’s WhatsApp to further the reach of its online venture JioMart, the retailer went live in the suburban Mumbai areas of Navi Mumbai, Thane, and Kalyan.

Reliance’s tie-up with WhatsApp means it gets direct access to WhatsApp’s user base of over 400 million.

To order from JioMart, customers need to add JioMart’s WhatsApp number 88500 08000 on their phones. JioMart sends a link to the customer’s Whatsapp chat window. The link is valid for 30 minutes. Clicking on the link directs the user to a new page wherein he has to fill his address and phone number, after which the catalog of products is made available to order from. Products available include sundry brands along with Reliance Retail’s own private labels.

 

Once the final order is placed, it is shared with the local Kirana store on WhatsApp. The customer receives a notification with the order and the Kirana/JioMart store details on his number. The customer will also receive an alert once the Kirana bills the order.

Currently, the only payment option available is cash and the customer has to pick up his order from the store.

Reliance Retail Ltd, the retail arm of Reliance Industries Ltd, had last December soft-launched its new commerce venture named JioMart. Calling itself “Desh Ki Nayi Dukaan”, JioMart is currently catering to online shoppers in the suburban Mumbai areas of Navi Mumbai, Thane and Kalyan.

 

Last July Mint had reported that Reliance Retail is hiring distributors to sell private-label brands through neighborhood stores.

 

Through these Kirana stores, RIL will sell its own private labels under brand names such as Best Farms, Good Life, Masti Oye, Kaffe, Enzo, Mopz, Expelz and Home One.

 

Reliance Retail operates neighborhood stores, supermarkets, hypermarkets, wholesale, specialty and online stores. It has consolidated merchants under the e-commerce platform. The merchants, in turn, will cater to the demand. This will help the company save costs and enter areas currently outside the traditional purview of e-commerce companies.

 

Through this RIL is offering local merchants offering an O2O (online-to-offline) marketplace, a business model pioneered by the Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. Under the O2O model, a consumer searches for the product or services online but buys it through an offline channel.

 

Currently, the only payment option available is cash and the customer has to pick up his order from the store.

 

Reliance Retail Ltd, the retail arm of Reliance Industries Ltd, had last December soft-launched its new commerce venture named JioMart. Calling itself “Desh Ki Nayi Dukaan”, JioMart is catering to online shoppers in the suburban Mumbai areas of Navi Mumbai, Thane, and Kalyan and the scheme shall be launched in complete India soon.

From these Kirana stores, RIL will sell its own private labels under brand names such as Best Farms, Good Life, Masti Oye, Kaffe, Enzo, Mopz, Expelz, and Home One, etc.

 

Reliance Retail operates neighborhood stores, supermarkets, hypermarkets, wholesale, specialty, and online stores. It has consolidated merchants under the e-commerce platform. The merchants, in turn, will cater to the demand. This will help the company save costs and enter areas currently outside the traditional purview of e-commerce companies.

 

From this RIL is giving local merchants and offering  O2O (online-to-offline) marketplace, a business model pioneered by the Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. Under the O2O model, a consumer searches for the product or services online but buys it through an offline channel.

~ABDUL QADIR

A Social Media geek who enjoys writing about youth and their life. Marketer by profession, Digital marketer by passion.

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