Introduced in Flipkart's grocery store, 'Supermart', the Voice Assistant will enable consumers to discover and buy products using voice commands in multiple languages, starting with Hindi and English.
DPIIT Secretary Guruprasad Mohapatra said the e-commerce is a fast emerging sector and it is difficult to predict where it will go in the next couple of years.
As people stayed indoors and brick-and-mortar stores remained shut during the health crisis, online orders surged, with the company's core commerce business rising nearly 19 percent to 93.87 billion yuan ($13.16 billion) in the quarter.
This will be a variety of roles in their fulfilment centres and delivery network including part-time flexible work opportunities as independent contractors with Amazon Flex, it said in a statement.
The report has argued that the experiences and lessons emerging from the COVID-19 crisis could be a further incentive for global cooperation in the area of e-commerce, which could help to facilitate cross-border movement of goods and services, narrow the digital divide, and level the playing field for small businesses.
The comments came after the government allowed neighbourhood and standalone shops, including those located in residential complexes in urban areas, to open (at 50 percent strength and after taking necessary precautions) during the ongoing lockdown till May 3.
According to the survey report published by IT company Capgemini, with lockdown measures in place across India, there has been a surge in the use of online channels and the trend will continue even after the lockdown is lifted.
Congress senior spokesperson Ajay Maken demanded a level-playing field for retailers and asked the Home Ministry to issue guidelines for online sales.
"Walmart and Flipkart have already secured 300,000 N95 masks and 1 million medical gowns, and they will continue to leverage their global supply chains to source these critical necessities for medical workers...," a statement said.
Amazon India also underlined the fact that it has increased the frequency and intensity of cleaning at all sites, including regular sanitisation of door handles, handrails, touch screens, scanners, and other frequently touched areas.
The clarification from a senior home ministry official came a day after Union Home Secretary Ajay Bhalla issued revised guidelines for the extended lockdown period till May 3.
The company has also partnered with resident welfare associations (RWAs) of over 100 societies across metros to make essentials available to a larger number of people amid the 21-day lockdown imposed to contain the spread of COVID-19.
"We are currently experiencing unprecedented demand. In light of this, we are restricting access to our website to existing customers only. Please try again in a few hours," it said.
Those delivering parcels for e-commerce sites could also transmit the virus, said Aurangabad Jilha Vyapari Mahasangh's Jagannath Kale.
The new policy will be India's latest effort to tighten control over e-commerce and is likely to raise compliance worries for top firms such as Amazon and Walmart's Flipkart that are already battling stricter foreign investment rules since last year.
Quickjet Airlines first cargo flight is scheduled to take off for Bengaluru at 1.20 am tomorrow from the Indira Gandhi International airport here, an airline spokesperson said.
Majority of e-commerce departments and businesses have increased their turnover since last year and present a good opportunity for the industry to develop further, says the Assocham report.
The funding will be used to expand PepperTap's presence to 75 cities from the current 18 cities, customer and talent acquisition, PepperTap Co-Founder and CEO Navneet Singh told reporters here.
The Mountain View-based company has a programmatic display advertising platform that leverages artificial intelligence, real-time data and other tools. Founded in 2012 by Asif Ali, the company has customers across the US, India and the UK.
According to property consultant CBRE' India Logistics and Industrial Market View for H1 2015, around 6 million sq ft was taken up by warehousing space occupiers, a growth of nearly 60 percent from January-June 2014.
Facebook, Pinterest and Twitter contribute USD 5,483, USD 4,504 and USD 4,308 respectively every half-a-minute to the figure. The study report added that the maturity of social media and its reach across masses and classes makes it a suitable platform for online sales.
The City-based firm, which has set up a centre in Bangalore, is investing heavily in new technologies related to multimedia and image in the coming quarters.
The issues which would come up for deliberations include definition of e-commerce, tax related matters besides other pertaining to working of e-commerce industry, sources said.
Founded by Pramod Nair and Satya Krishna Ganni, MartMobi creates mobile sites and apps for e-commerce stores, small and medium-sized businesses.
Dabbawalas have for decades collected hot lunches from customers' often distant homes and, using a complex delivery system and overladen bicycles, carried them to offices and schools across the city.