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Myntra says on course to clock $1 billion GMV in 2016

Tarush Bhalla
29th Jan 2016
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In an announcement on Thursday, Myntra said that it had clocked an annualised Gross Merchandise Value (GMV) of $800 million in January 2016. This brings the e-commerce company one step closer to the $ 1 billion GMV target that the company will be going after in FY-2017.

Myntra senior executives (L to R): Kalyan Krishnamurthy, CFO; Ananth Narayanan, CEO; Prasad Kompalli, Head – eCommerce Platform, Myntra
Myntra senior executives (L to R): Sundar Prabhakar, Head- Finance ; Ananth Narayanan, CEO; Prasad Kompalli, Head – eCommerce Platform, Myntra

According to the company, there were three key strategies that helped the company reach the $800 million GMV mark. First was to focus on the brand mix and performance on its platform. By last December, the platform had over 2,000 brands on its site, 800 of which were added in 2015.

Secondly, the company said, good supply chain management helped it reduce cost by six percent in the last quarter. Myntra's logistics works with eKart, the logistics arm of its parent - Flipkart. This gives it wider reach as well as ability to handle high load of deliveries during peak seasons.

Lastly, the company utilised technology for "intelligent discounting", so as to not over-discount a certain product.

“It was a conscious call. We realised that there are certain styles which are more elastic, where we saw that we will optimise the discount on them, where the customer also sees value in them.” says Ananth Narayanan, CEO, Myntra.

This has resulted in a drop of six per cent in discounts last quarter. Ananth, however, says they will never do away with discounts.

Ananth_Narayanan, CEO, Myntra
Ananth Narayanan, CEO, Myntra

In May 2015, Myntra made its biggest move of going app-only, raising doubts and speculations on its growth. It enhanced its app, making it social and interactive by introducing a style forum for customers to ask questions. Myntra also saw Ananth coming in as the new CEO to steer the company.

Amongst all those speculations, here’s a cheat sheet to how Myntra has performed:

  • While clocking an annualised GMV of $800 million, the company has seen a 70 per cent Year-on-Year growth.

 

  • Fifty-five per cent of its revenues come from Tier II cities, which also contribute to 60 per cent of its overall traffic.

 

  • Myntra, till date, has 11 private labels, which contributed to 20 per cent of its revenue. They have more than 30 International brands on the platform, which bring in five per cent of the overall revenue.

 

  • Its highest selling brand is also its private label Roadster, aiming to clock Rs 400 crore in 2015-16 and become a Rs 650-crore ($100 million) brand by end of 2016.

 

  • The company claims to have a monthly active user base of eight million on the app.

In terms of categories, the company claims that womenswear grew by 73 per cent in 2015, while brand count for menswear went up to 419, showing a growth of almost 70 per cent.

YourStory take

In recent months, Myntra's biggest competitor Jabong has not really been firing on all cylinders, owing to inadequate support from its backer Rocket Internet. The multiple exits of senior officials from Jabong in the last year is indicative of the company's issues. This has definitely worked to Myngtra's advantage.

But it is still early to say whether its app-only strategy is a complete winner, with the competition scaling up from bigger e-commerce giants like Snapdeal, which recently acquired Exclusively.com to strengthen its fashion business.

Amazon is also really upping its game and putting the spotlight on its fashion offering, where it is providing high discounts. With so much competition, FY 2017 will be when we get to know whether Myntra’s app-only strategy has truly been successful.

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