Amazon’s leading seller Cloudtail’s fashion and apparel business will be taken over by Cocoblu Retail in 2022.
Cocoblu Retail will take over Amazon’s largest seller, Cloudtail’s fashion, apparel, and accessories division, which will shut down approximately in a month, according to four industry executives.
Amazon will not own any shares in Cocoblu Retail, just as it has avoided Dawntech Electronics, which has been taking over Cloudtail’s electronics division since November. Salarpuria-Sattva Group, South’s foremost real estate corporation, owns Dawntech.
Cocoblu is a subsidiary of RattanIndia, is in the Other Miscellaneous Store Retailers industry, and is based in Delhi, India. Rattan India is the result of the Indiabulls split in 2014 when the energy component was renamed as RattanIndia. The National Stock Exchange and the Bombay Stock Exchange both list the company. Brickwork Ratings assigned a grade to the Bank Loan Facilities in October 2020, totalling Rs.7617.99 crores. RattanIndia is a firm based in India that works in the energy sector. The company uses coal from South Coalfields Limited and Mahanadi Coalfields Limited to supply power to Maharashtra.
Rattan India has two thermal power plants: the first is the Nashik plant, which is expected to be decommissioned in 2020 due to a lack of long-term purchase agreements and land acquisition problems. The other power plant, which was completed in 2015, is located in Amravati. In 2019, Goldman Sachs Varde Partners took over the Rs 4050 crores debt-ridden Amravati power facility in exchange for a 15% stake.
The company was also in the solar energy sector, but in September 2020, that component was sold to GIP for Rs 1067 crore, and the company departed the solar business. It is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Delhi-based RattanIndia Enterprises, which received a Rs 350 crore financial infusion from the promoters in January. It is a newly-floated e-commerce seller founded last October. RattanIndia Enterprises is the RattanIndia Group’s leading company for new-age enterprises like electric motorcycles, drones, and fintech.
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Cocoblu will be well-positioned to give value to important brand-owners and sellers in India’s ever-expanding e-commerce ecosystem, according to RattanIndia Enterprises Ltd (REL) Business Chairperson Anjali Rattan Nashier. RattanIndia Enterprises announced a Rs 350-crore investment in Cocoblu Retail Ltd, its e-commerce unit, on January 12 this year. Cocoblu will use this funding to develop its business, including creating tech-enabled access to consumers for select brand owners and sellers on the platforms of leading e-commerce sites in India. It has a presence in new-age sectors such as electric motorcycles, drone solutions, and fintech.
REL wants to establish a strong e-commerce presence through its dedicated e-commerce subsidiary. Cocoblu plans to work with a number of big and small firms in India to help them get their products onto the country’s most popular online platforms, according to the company. Cocoblu is dedicated to helping local micro, small, and medium manufacturers grow their businesses and realize their full potential through digital channels, according to the company. REL stated that digital e-commerce is still a central pillar of growth for the company and that the initiative is crucial in its growth strategy.
REL has purchased a 100 per cent stake in Cocoblu Retail Limited, making it a wholly-owned subsidiary of REL. Because the target firm was recently incorporated and has yet to begin operations, shares were purchased at face value. The acquisition cost is Rs1,000,000 for 10,000 equity shares for Rs 10 per piece.
Cocoblu will collaborate with a number of big and small firms in India to bring them to the country’s most popular online platforms. Cocoblu is dedicated to helping local micro, small, and medium manufacturers scale up their businesses by assisting them in developing their brands and realizing their full potential through digital channels. This creates a fantastic potential for internet retail in India, free of the hassles and capital expenditures associated with physical retail.
Cocoblu aspires to be the country’s leading seller in a variety of categories on major online retail platforms. REL’s interest in India’s high-potential e-commerce business will be bolstered by its investment in Cocoblu. E-commerce sales in India are expected to increase significantly from Rs 2.8 trillion in 2021 to Rs 8.8 trillion in 2025. This will be emphasized by India’s rapidly growing internet user base, which is expected to reach 900 million by 2025.
Taking advantage of its massive population advantage, India has access to one of the world’s largest pools of Gen Z and Millennials. REL’s digital e-commerce remains a key pillar of growth, with strategic importance in its expansion plans. Cocoblu will use the funds to expand its company, including creating tech-enabled consumer access for chosen brand owners/sellers on the platforms of India’s largest e-commerce sites.
Brands and sellers will be able to get end-to-end solutions from the company, which will enable them to establish a highly efficient and rapidly scalable model. Cocoblu plans to work with up-and-coming brands/ventures by providing them with the correct positioning in a highly competitive market.
By 2025, India’s e-commerce business is predicted to have 300-350 million customers, with a Gross Merchandise Value of US$ 100-120 billion. With less than 5% e-commerce penetration, India has the world’s second-largest internet-enabled population and third-largest E-commerce consumer base, providing plenty of space for growth in the sector. The internet, increased prosperity, awareness, reach, and sheer convenience are all driving factors in India’s online retail boom. The latest pandemic has increased the country’s trend toward online shopping.
Opponents, including small merchants, have accused Amazon and Walmart-owned Flipkart of using front companies to get around India’s restrictions prohibiting foreign-owned marketplaces from selling their own products. According to company experts, the claims and the possibility of regulatory action are among the numerous reasons why Cloudtail is being wound up. Both markets have always stated that they adjust to the fundamentals. The Indian Competition Commission had earlier this month approved Amazon’s attempt to buy Infosys founder NR Narayana Murthy’s 76 per cent ownership in Cloudtail’s parent company, Prione Business Services, through his investment firm Catamaran Ventures.
Because large suppliers are limited to 25% of total sales, Amazon is bringing in multiple vendors to replace Cloudtail, according to the CEO of a multinational fashion firm that sells a variety of brands on Amazon. He explained, “Cocoblu would be about fashion and lifestyle.” Another CEO of a company that sells a variety of brands through Cloudtail said that starting in the second week of April, the company will transition to selling through Cocoblu.
Edited by Prakriti Arora