Flipkart Internet Pvt, which operates the ecommerce platform of Flipkart India, has reported reduced losses for FY 2017 but the growth in overall sales of the company, which was recently bought by US retail giant Walmart, also slowed down, ET reported.
Flipkart Internet reported a loss of $244.2 Mn (INR 1639 Cr) versus a loss of $343.6 Mn (INR 2,305 Cr) in the year-ago period and this was mainly led by a drop in logistics and storage costs.
“The decrease in the net loss by 28.96% is due to a reduction in logistics and storage service charges, collection charges, and other expenses,” Flipkart said in the filings according to livemint.
On the whole, expenses witnessed an 8% drop to $580 Mn (INR 3,892 Cr) in FY17 from $634.4 Mn (INR 4,257 Cr ) during the last fiscal. Majority of the costs fell under the categories of employee benefits and other expenses.
When it came to operational revenue, the company saw a growth of 15% to $280.5 Mn (INR 1,882 Cr) versus sales of $243.6 Mn (INR 1,635 Cr). Flipkart is looking to diversify its revenue streams and a part of that plan may involve the launch of grocery services in five cities by July.
Commenting on the development at the time, a Flipkart spokesperson had said, “We are looking to solve consumer needs in (the grocery) category. That’s the first step, and we will build the category through the course of the year.”
With the Walmart acquisition, Flipkart will be aiming to see an uptick in these revenue numbers with Amazon breathing down its neck and Amit Agarwal, country head of Amazon India, claiming on Thursday that the global ecommerce giant is ahead of Flipkart both in gross merchandise value (GMV) and net sales.
Amazon is not only making headway in sales but also in search, with Amazon India accounting for 46.01% of all mobile searches within the category, revealed recent research conducted by Jana.
Flipkart’s historic deal with Walmart, wherein the US company bought a 77% stake in the former with the investment of $16 Bn is a game-changer for Indian ecommerce and the continued Walmart-Amazon battle.
Walmart brings with it decades of expertise in operating private labels, grocery businesses, and operating on a much larger scale.
As a consumer, one can expect the price wars to get more heated and more courtship requests by the ecommerce companies.