Indian Retailers Hobble Online as E-Commerce Firms Race Ahead

Snapdeal's fulfilment centre in Mumbai | Source: Reuters

The head of Future Group, one of India’s largest and most established retailers, admits he can’t keep up with web sites like Snapdeal and Flipkart when it comes to spending money to entice shoppers to buy online.

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Global Gatekeepers

Top L-R: Monica Mendes, Miroslava Duma, Omoyemi Akerele, Melvin Chua, Susan Sabet, Bandana Tewari | Illustrations by Clym Evernden

The gilded key to the world’s most dynamic emerging economies is a combination of on-the-ground intelligence and loyal contacts. Six in-demand emissaries in global fashion sat down with BoF to share a few home truths about the markets on their doorstep.

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Amazon to Invest Extra $2 Billion in India as E-Commerce Race Heats Up

Amazon shipping warehouse | Source: Reuters

Amazon.com Inc. on Wednesday said it will invest a further $2 billion in India just a day after the country’s largest e-tailer Flipkart attracted $1 billion of fresh funds, raising the stakes in a nascent but fast-growing e-commerce sector.

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E-tailers Growth Ensnared in India’s Logistics Jungle

EBay headquarters | Source: Reuters

MUMBAI, India — Online retailers jostling for a chunk of India's $13 billion e-commerce trade are so desperate to avoid snarled roads and inefficient railways that they fly their packages in the passenger cabin of costly commercial flights. The cargo, however, often gets bumped off.

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Sonam Kapoor, Bollywood’s Fashionable Sweetheart

Sonam Kapoor styled by Nikhil Mansata | Photo: R Burman for BoF

BoF columnist Bandana Tewari speaks to 28 year-old actor Sonam Kapoor — daughter of legendary Bollywood actor Anil Kapoor and a member of the recently launched BoF 500 — about the power of entertainment and Bollywood’s unique ability to move the Indian fashion market.

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Galliano hearing, Pinterest’s retail problem, Bosideng in Europe, Indian retail, Teen Vogue story

John Galliano | Source: This Photo Life

John Galliano in court to challenge dismissal from Dior and label (Telegraph) “Galliano appeared at a hearing at the conseil de prud’hommes (France’s equivalent to an employment tribunal) in Paris yesterday. His lawyer claimed victory after the court ruled it was qualified to hear the 52-year-old designer’s claims against his dismissal of creative director of Christian Dior in March 2011.”

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Tavi’s girl world, September issues, Luxury in Beirut, Mumbai fashionista, DVF muses

Tavi Gevinson by Emily Beri | Source: NY Times

The Oracle of Girl World (NY Times) “By the time Teen Vogue named her ‘the luckiest 13-year-old on the planet,’ in 2009, Ms. Gevinson had appeared on the covers of Pop and Love magazines and starred in a video for Rodarte’s Target line. Later, she was profiled by both The New Yorker and The New York Times Magazine.” Beirut: All Gucci and no gigabytes (Reuters) “You name it, Beirut’s got it. These

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