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CAIT vows not to work with Flipkart or Amazon on kirana project

Nov 11, 2019

The Confederation of All India Traders has stated on Friday that it will not work with e-commerce giants Flipkart and Amazon to aid kirana store growth and would prefer to work with Indian businesses.

As CAIT prepares for a nationwide protect against Flipkart and Amazon, it has vowed not to work with them - CAIT- MAHA- Facebook

Reports had circulated that the Minister of Commerce and Industry Piyush Goyal had asked CAIT to work with foreign-owned Flipkart and Amazon to aid kirana store growth through online partnerships. However, the traders’ organisation issued a press release on Friday to clarify that it had not been asked to do so by the ministry, the Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade, or the concerned businesses to work on such a project, and that it would not be willing to do so.  

“We have not heard from any parties concerned to work along with these ecommerce companies,” CAIT’s general secretary Praveen Khandelwal told the Economic Times about their stance on Flipkart and Amazon.

“Even if we do hear from them, we will say no. We would rather work with our own large retailers if need be.”

CAIT has been very vocal about its concerns over Flipkart and Amazon’s business practices online. The organisation has criticised their alleged predatory pricing and believes they have violated India’s foreign direct investment regulations.

“It’s a very complicated matter since the offline businesses have suffered loss of about 50% in the recent festive season due to the malpractices of ecommerce players who are indulging in predatory pricing, deep discounting, loss funding, controlling inventory, preferential treatment to a few sellers, influencing prices which constitute violation of the FDI policy of the government,” said CAIT’s press statement on November 8.

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