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Monday, November 17, 2014

Indian retailers hobble online as e-commerce firms race ahead, (NASDAQ: AMZN)

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 purchase online. Private investors have poured $2.3 billion into India's e-commerce companies so far this year, according to consulting firm Technopak, giving them financial firepower to overwhelm shoppers with bargains and deals that brick-and-mortar retailers like Future Group, which runs a host of chains including Future Retail Ltd and Future Lifestyle Fashions, cannot match."It's all about money. The e-commerce guys have money to experiment - I don't have this kind of money to blow," Kishore Biyani, who pioneered modern retail in India and is chief executive of the Future Group, told Reuters in an interview.In an attempt to match up, traditional retailers are forging partnerships with well-funded websites such as, Inc and Snapdeal to put their wares on the web without investing heavily in their own online infrastructure.This tentative approach to e-commerce, however, leaves traditional retailers vulnerable to being completely overtaken by their better-funded online rivals in a country where a rapidly expanding middle class is doing more and more shopping on the web., Inc. ( serves consumers through its retail websites and focus on selection, price, and convenience. Shares of AMZN fell by 1.46% or $-4.77/share to $323.05. In the past year, the shares have traded as low as $284.00 and as high as $408.06. On average, 3769930 shares of AMZN exchange hands on a given day and today's volume is recorded at 4755202.