From the launch of Ola’s new mobile app for empowering entrepreneurs on its platform to Jugnoo’s auto-rickshaw pooling feature, the week gone by has again filled the basket of innovation. Startups’ pace of product innovation is not only influencing the job-oriented mindset, but contributing significantly in upgrading India’s position in global map.
According to the “2016 Global Retail Development Index,” India ranks second among the 30 developing countries on ease of doing business. The current position of the country will further boost the startup ecosystem, thereby encouraging innovation.
Let’s have a look at a few innovations that happened last week:
AppilyEver, an integrated wedding service provider, has launched its new wedding app ‑ AppilyEver App. It is a discovery platform for all wedding-related products. Users can browse over 5,000 products across 12 categories, including wedding wear, photography, makeup services, mehendi, jewellery, accessory and invites. The company has tied up with vendors across cities and categories to enhance the experience of AppilyEver’s users.
ShopClues has launched its new Quirky Store that allows users to choose products through ‘Shop by Category’ while availing up to 79 percent discounts. The categories are named after the products ‑ ‘Colour Me Neon’ for fluorescent products; ‘Wanderer’s Delight’ for designer travel bags; ‘Party: The Party Smashers’ for party essentials; ‘The Swear Zone’ featuring apparels and goodies with catchphrases; ‘Prints’ for the printed accessories; and ‘Genius Hacks’ for innovative products. The entire store is covered with ShopClues ‘100 percent Buyer Protection Programme’ ensuring payment security, product guarantee, easy replacement, and reliability of the merchants.
Ola has launched “Ola Operator” app for entrepreneurs who have grown from one car to many on its platform over the years, as well as operators who own cars, but employ drivers to work on the platform. The mobile app will enable operators to track the location of their registered vehicle, in real-time as well as receive live alerts on their running status. Operators can also monitor log-in details, daily earnings and performance in real time.
The app dashboard will display details on operators’ current balance, total number of rides completed and earnings with break-up in cash and online payments made for selected period. The app will also act as a repository for vehicle registration, insurance, and license of appointed drivers.
Auto-rickshaw aggregator Jugnoo has launched an auto-rickshaw pooling feature ‑ ‘Jugnoo Pool’, which allows customers to share their trip with others. By using this feature, riders can avail 20 percent discount on the fare. And the drivers will earn almost 1.5 times more within the same time. Chandigarh-based Jugnoo is currently witnessing 35,000 transactions per day and it has over 10,000 autos empanelled.
ReligiousTrip.com, an online religious travel booking portal, has been launched to address the religious tourism market in India. This Gurgaon-based startup facilitates integrated travelling services for devotees, tourists, and seasoned travelers who desire to travel to any religious destination in India. With more than 1.1 billion individuals undertaking pilgrimage to and within India every year, the startup aims to develop an all-inclusive platform.
According to IT industry body NASSCOM, India ranks third among the global startup ecosystems with more than 4,200 startups, a growth of 40 percent by the end of 2015. With the number of startups augmenting every year, we are sure that there will not be any dearth of product launch every week.