After months of speculations, Walmart finally announced the long-awaited news of acquiring a major stake in Indian e-commerce giant, Flipkart group. Accordingly, the multinational retail titan, Walmart had announced that 77 percent of Flipkart’s stake worth $16 billion was acquired via the deal.
With the deal confirmed and sealed, Walmart is set to support the creation of more job opportunities while rejuvenating the start-up business ecosystem in India by creating means of support for those looking to start a liaison office in India or set up their company.
Since the Indian government is committed to building the nation’s economy, startups are now encouraged to support entrepreneurship ideas. Therefore, the registration processes in the country for those looking forward to starting a liaison office in India or set up their companies in the country are made simpler.
Now, with the Flipkart-Walmart deal, which has been noted to be the largest global e-commerce deal, fully in place, the Indian government’s goal is set to be supported. Also, with the deal aiming to advance Flipkart’s original goal of transitioning into a “publicly-listed subsidiary”, Walmart hopes to channel investments towards the advantages offered by investors.
As a result, job opportunities for small business owners, entrepreneurs, etc. would be made available without negating the services of the platform to its customers. Walmart reportedly plans partner with more startups for a more stabilized economic growth in the agricultural sector as well as in retail and the food industry.
Accordingly, the future is mapped out to entail extensive job opportunities via investors starting a liaison office in India or placing their bets on deals like these along with supply chains developments and direct employment opportunities. Especially with Walmart moving towards partnering with Kirana store owners for the modernization of its retail practices and general adoption of digital payment methods, the company is set to thrive on Indian soil.
Notably, Walmart’s services in India had been restricted to a ‘cash-and-carry’ wholesale business in India due to the harsh regulations on foreign investments in India in the past. Flipkart has been reportedly at loggerheads with Amazon for the best e-commerce services in India. With Walmart’s holdings in Flipkart, it would seem that Flipkart is equipped to pursue its goal while precipitating Walmart’s entry into the Indian e-commerce market.
This move is set to create an economic boost with the agricultural sector benefiting from high demands while consumers leverage the low prices and a wider variety of better goods that would be integrated via the spin-off of the battle of leadership between Amazon and Flipkart.
It is noteworthy that with large-scale businesses channeled into supply chain developments where farmers and small-scale producers are directly linked to the market while loss due to transportation and storage efficiencies are curtailed, the ‘Make in India’ innovation can be realized.
The deal is, therefore, set to move this innovation forward with its framework along with providing opportunities for exports via e-commerce and global sourcing, thus, propelling the Indian economy higher.