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The Indian division of Wal-Mart Stores Inc, Wal-Mart India has been testing out an e-commerce pilot for its wholesale business at two stores in Hyderabad and Lucknow. And now the retail giant is planning to extend its online option to its remaining 18 stores by January.
Wal-Mart India is offering this e-commerce option to its registered business members, where the retailers can order their merchandise online and avail the convenience of doorstep delivery.
In a Livemint report, Kris Iyer, President and CEO, Wal-Mart India, is quoted as saying, “The response has been very good (in Lucknow and Hyderabad) and we are learning more about the members, what they need, and are fine-tuning the operations accordingly.”
Wal-Mart India intends to launch several new stores in the next five years, equipped with the e-commerce option. Currently the retail giant is looking to create mobile applications that can help the company tap into the mobile internet user market in India, which is estimated to be around 180 million.