eBZaar is now part of Top 32 Catapooolt Changemakers (presented by the The Economic Times). eBZaar is pedalling hard to make it to Top 15 (final round). Incidentally, this season 2.0 of Catapooolt Changemakers also takes eBZaar into Asia Book of Records. The record is for most number of crowdfunding campaigns launched on a single day – i.e. May 19, 2017. The campaign runs till Jun 19, 2017 and people can contribute here
eBZaar makes local shopping easy and rewarding for the consumer. Local shopping (Groceries, Fruits, Meats, Flowers, Cakes etc) has many inconveniences. Despite that customers love their local stores. We empower the local neighbourhood store to have a quick online presence while customer gets to see all of the shops at one place.
eBZaar is thus offering a new way to people to shop for groceries and other local shopping needs. In recent decades, the internet has transformed the way people buy books, electronics, music, and even clothing. However shopping for groceries has remained a necessary & a tedious job for most families. As more and more people are turning to online shopping, the entire look of grocery industry could dramatically change in a few years. In a way, eBZaar brings back the parity back between the lesser evolved offline retailers and the much more tech savvy online consumers, realising that the retailer has failed to keep pace in the embracing technology.
In other words, we empower customers to shop from a real world store without physically visiting the store. After all, who does not love their local stores? India has 14 million retail outlets, while our segment accounts for 55%+ of the $600bn Indian retail market – showing the scale of the opportunity and the challenge at hand.
Viral Thakker, Founder of eBZaar, says, “We are determined to make positive impact in life of our users, helping them lead happy life. Helping them to spend more time with their families. To the customer, we want to be their preferred destination when it comes to local online shopping. To the retailer, we should be their preferred online channel partner helping them sell more, sell better”
Today, eBZaar is live in Grocery, Indian Sweets, and Fruits, with service across Mumbai, Navi Mumbai and pockets of Surat. We have a loyal customer base, and it is growing. Viral adds, “it was difficult initially to explain our mission to the customer. But once they understood that they are getting best of both worlds – quality & prices of real world curated stores and conveniences of online shopping, they have quickly warmed up to the concept”
eBZaar is incubated at SPTBI – a Govt. of India approved incubator and is also a part of IBM’s Global Entrepreneurship Program. eBZaar is also part of Top 25 eBay Startup Cup Mumbai. eBZaar is operational since October 2015 and has steadily expanded its assortment of products from 1890 products at launch to more than 14,000 products as of date.
eBZaar has a friendly e-commerce website with thousands of grocery products to choose from. “Our business is doing well in Mumbai & Surat,” says Viral of eBZaar. “And we’re excited to bring it to your area. We’re sure it will be well received.”
“This service can benefit busy professionals, the elderly and infirm, new moms… really, all sorts of people,” adds Viral, “We make grocery shopping easy and affordable for them. They just go online and select the store, click on the items they want, and we take care of the rest.” Through the eBZaar website, www.eBZaar.com, eBZaar accepts grocery, fruits and mithai orders across Mumbai & Surat.
Crowdfunding is our way of garnering support of the crowd. And gain confidence out of that. Crowdfunding is also our way of gaining visibility to our stakeholders – consumers, sellers on the platform, employees, service providers and virtually everyone else who will help us inch forward. Crowdfunding in partnership with Economic Times and Catapooolt provides immense credibility to our mission. Thus, this crowdfunding campaign is far beyond the money aspect (afterall when people contribute, they will get our products or goodie bags worth the full value!)
Viral invites people to play their part in the making of eBZaar’s history, through their crowdfunding campaign. He adds: “Food & History, after all, are as ancient as the human civilization. Right from Salt & Dandi March, the Chapati Movement as precursor to the 1857 Uprising to Coffee & Airplanes – it has played a key role in many historic events. To make our crowdfunding campaign interesting, all rewards are themed around food & history. Customer gets goodie bag of products with linkages to history & idea of mankind and it’s progress through the ages.”
You can help
We are on a mission to connect lakhs of stores to millions of online consumers. To ensure that the bond that they store and the customer has, can remain intact even in the online world. More in this video.
You can play a part by contributing to this crowdfunding campaign. Purchase rewards from as little as Rs.100 to Rs.5000 on our crowdfunding campaign here and get products or goodie bags worth the full value. We will also add you to our wall of fame, and announce each name publicly through our social media handles.
(Delivery of rewards in Mumbai, Navi Mumbai & Surat only). If you are outside Mumbai, purchase the rewards and gift it to your friends or family here. eBZaar team can also help you donate your reward to an NGO to feed the poor children, and earn good karma.
Disclaimer: This is a contributor’s article and does not reflect the views of the Big Indian.