Zomato Extends Zomato Gold To Deliveries, Restaurant Body Calls It “Desperate” Attempt To Save Zomato Gold

Zomato Extends Zomato Gold To Deliveries, Restaurant Body Calls It “Desperate” Attempt To Save Zomato Gold

Zomato doesn’t seem to be backing away from its  tiff with restaurants over Zomato Gold — it’s instead doubling down on the program. Zomato has extended its popular Zomato Gold loyalty program to include deliveries. Zomato Gold on delivery will offer the second-highest priced item on the order for free, except for combos, MRP items and special dishes. It will only apply on minimum order values of Rs. 300, and the discount will be capped at…

Here’s How India’s Corporate Community Has Reacted To Nirmala Sitharaman’s Tax Bonanza

Here’s How India’s Corporate Community Has Reacted To Nirmala Sitharaman’s Tax Bonanza

India’s corporate community had been somewhat skeptical of newly-appointed Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman since the beginning of Modi government’s second term, but today they’re singing a different tune. Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman has been hailed by India’s corporate honchos after she announced a broad-ranging set of reforms today morning. Chief among them had been the reduction of the effective corporate tax rate from 30% to 25%, which put India at par with more developed Indian…

Google Pay Launches The Spot Platform, Customers Can Place Orders Right Through The App

Google Pay Launches The Spot Platform, Customers Can Place Orders Right Through The App

Google doesn’t seem to be content with Google Pay being India’s largest UPI app — it now seems to what to turn what was a simple payments platform into a whole new ecosystem. Google today announced the launch of the Spot platform, which runs within the Google Pay app. The platform will help merchants build customized experiences for their customers using Google Pay. The Spot platform supports HTML and Javascript, and Google claims that businesses can convert…

Flipkart’s PhonePe To Let Users Subscribe To IPOs Through UPI, Becomes First Non-Bank Company To Do So

Flipkart’s PhonePe To Let Users Subscribe To IPOs Through UPI, Becomes First Non-Bank Company To Do So

When UPI had been first introduced in 2016, it was seen primarily as a workaround for the cash crunch that India was facing following the demonetization exercise. But as the payments system has matured and become more mainstream, it’s finding its place in interesting new uses. The National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI) has allowed PhonePe to let its customers make their bids for Initial Public Offerings (IPOs) through its UPI implementation. This will make PhonePe…

Zomato Delivery Partners Strike After Company Reduces Payment For Each Delivery From Rs. 40 To Rs. 30

Zomato Delivery Partners Strike After Company Reduces Payment For Each Delivery From Rs. 40 To Rs. 30

After restaurant partners logged out of Zomato Gold last month, its delivery partners are now logging out too. Six thousand Zomato delivery executives across Mumbai and Bangalore have logged out of the app, protesting the reduced payments from the food delivery company. Zomato’s executives earlier made Rs. 40 for each delivery, but now have seen their payment reduced to Rs. 30. The protesting delivery executives allege that Zomato has also reduced incentives — executives were…

Google To Launch Entry-Level Job App Kormo In India

Google To Launch Entry-Level Job App Kormo In India

Google has looked to enter several different verticals in India over the last few years, and has been met with different levels of success — it had launched a hyperlocal app for deliveries and home services in 2017 called Areo that now largely lies forgotten, but its entry into payments created quite a splash — Google Pay is now India’s largest UPI app. The company is now looking to enter yet another market that isn’t…

Oyo Partners With Drivezy, Self Drive Vehicles To Be Parked On Its Properties

Oyo Partners With Drivezy, Self Drive Vehicles To Be Parked On Its Properties

Most Indian startups are currently unprofitable with their current business models, but they appear to be working with each other to unlock some synergies. Oyo Rooms has tied up with self-driving startup Drivezy to have its vehicles parked at Oyo properties around the country. The partnership is commercial in nature, but the exact nature of the revenue sharing was not disclosed. Drivezy has already stationed 1,200 two wheelers in Oyo’s properties in Bangalore and Hyderabad,…

Zomato Enters Video Streaming Space, Will Launch 18 Original Shows On Its App

Zomato Enters Video Streaming Space, Will Launch 18 Original Shows On Its App

At this point, you might as well have monkeys throw darts at a dartboard than predict which startup will enter which space next.  After Flipkart started selling flight tickets, Paytm started selling mutual funds, and Oyo started its own cloud kitchens, Zomato has perhaps managed the strangest startup crossover yet — the restaurant aggregator and food delivery app has now entered the video streaming space, and will launch 18 original shows on its app over…

Oyo Rooms On Hotel Buying Spree, Buys Luxury Hotels In Las Vegas, Jaipur And Ahmedabad

Oyo Rooms On Hotel Buying Spree, Buys Luxury Hotels In Las Vegas, Jaipur And Ahmedabad

From starting off as a website that aggregated hotels, to buying them outright, Oyo Rooms seems to have come a long way. Oyo has made several high-profile hotel purchases over the last few weeks. Starting with buying a Oyo Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas last month, to the purchase of a 4-star hotel in Jaipur from Emaar, to the acquisition of a 64-suite hotel in Ahmedabad, Oyo Rooms appears to be aggressively expanding its owned hotel portfolio. …

Paytm Spent Rs. 7200 Crore To Make Rs. 3300 Crore Last Year

Paytm Spent Rs. 7200 Crore To Make Rs. 3300 Crore Last Year

The math behind how startups work is weird, but it’s easy to forget how weird it really can be. Paytm’s parent company spent Rs. 7,278 crore to earn revenues of Rs. 3,319 crore last year. This meant that the company’s overall losses were 3,959 crore, up 2.6x from losses of 1,490 crore last year. In comparison, revenues only rose 8 percent from Rs. 3,229 crore last year. Losses rising 165 percent and revenues going up…

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