Now, shop through Railways' website - The New Indian Express

Now, shop through Railways' website

Published: 02nd September 2013 07:38 AM

Last Updated: 02nd September 2013 10:14 AM

The world of online shopping has a new entrant, the Indian Railways.  To leverage its huge user base on train ticketing website, Indian Railway Catering and TourismCorporation (IRCTC) has tied up with an online shopping company to sell consumer products ranging from bed sheets to shoes, tablets, and jewellery.

The online shopping mall of IRCTC (Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation) website, currently see 12 million train tickets booked every month, became operational this week.   “We have tied up with online shopping company Yebhi to start a shopping channel. Our website has the largest user base of 2.5 crore people in the country.  The IRCTC will provide the front operations, while the backend operations will be provided by Yebhi,” an IRCTC official told Express.

Under the arrangement between the two, for every product sold through IRCTC, Yebhi will pay a certain commission to the railways. We are keeping a watch on the experiment. The profits may flow in slowly, the IRCTC official added. The e-commerce is expected to be worth over $12 billion in the next few years.

To lure train ticket booking visitors on the website, the shopping channel is even offering inaugural `2000 discount and up to 85 percent off on various products. The website www.shop.irctc.co.in claims to offer 30,000 products from over 500 brands.  A new user has to log onto the site and create a username to start shopping. After the orders are placed, Yebhi with its backend staff would ship the product through courier companies at the users’ doorsteps.

The IRCTC officials say if their online shopping channel catches on, it will change the existing market. Unlike the other online shopping stores, our users are spread over every nook and corner of the country. Currently, the online shopping is limited to metros and urban centres.

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