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Flipkart leads GMV share in festive season sales: Redseer report

Walmart-backed ecommerce platform Flipkart and its group companies Myntra and Shopsy maintained a lead during the first phase of the ecommerce festive season sale with a market share of 62% in terms of gross merchandise value (GMV) or total value of items sold, according to a report by strategy consulting firm Redseer. 

The report said that, during the first phase of the sale, goods worth $5.7 billion were sold by online retail platforms, a 27% increase over the comparable period in 2021. Around 75 million to 80 million shoppers participated in the sale, indicating a growth of 24% year on year. 

The report also said that, in terms of order volumes, Flipkart Group companies held a market share of 49% while Meesho came in second with a 21% share. It is to be noted that Meesho’s festive sale lasted for a shorter duration, from September 23 to 27, compared to Flipkart and Amazon India, which had a sale between September 22 and September 30. 

“Mobile as a category continued to lead GMV share, contributing to 41% of the GMV, translating to 56,000 mobiles sold per hour​. Fashion contributed to 20% of GMV, which grew 48% year on year from the last festive (season),” said Sanjay Kothari, Associate Partner, Redseer Strategy Consultants, in a statement issued by the company. 

The sale period saw the highest growth in sales of mobile phones over business-as-usual with a 7X spike in the category, followed by a 5X growth in the sale of electronics and large appliances and a 3X growth in fashion as a category. 

The share of cash-on-delivery (CoD) orders stood at nearly 47% for the first phase of the online festive sale in 2022, compared to an estimated 55-60% in 2019. Festive sales during COVID and the following year had seen a dip in the number of CoD orders as people refused to transact in physical currency. 

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The report also said that nearly 65% of the shoppers during the first phase of sale came from Tier II cities and beyond. This might result in the average turnaround time for orders going up, though the delivery timelines for metros and Tier I cities continue to be on par with festive season sales last year. 

The report predicts that, after a slow demand in the last quarter, the festive season sales have resulted in an uptick in consumption with further recovery till Diwali. 

Redseer had earlier predicted that the period of online festive sale from September 22 to Diwali will see total sales of $11 billion.

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