History of eCommerce in India From 1999-2015 [Infographic]



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Parul Saxena

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Last updated: May 1, 2021

Even though eCommerce is rampant in the country today, a sizable population of the country is not aware that the concept was first introduced in India in the late 1990’s.

Many people are also unaware that Rediff had been trying to capture the Indian market since the year 1999 and that IRCTC was the first company to create a successful eCommerce portal.

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Here’s an Infographic to recapitulate India’s history of ecommerce journey which is depicted by important milestones.


Also, check out the ultimate guide to eCommerce marketplaces

It is only the beginning of the journey as India’s small and medium enterprises have just started joining the phenomenon. Do-It-Yourself eCommerce stores builders like Zepo and  Shopify are making it increasingly simpler for SMB’s to sell online. We had tremendous feedback on this article: Choosing the Right eCommerce Platform for Your Online Store.

If you also are planning to start an online store, you can talk to one of our software analysts for suggestions and tips.

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