E-commerce in India is picking up pace and numerous companies are coming out with unique ideas to use the space to do business. Online gift portals are very common in countries abroad, with companies like Amazon brining out gift cards and vouchers as easy gifting options for consumers. A similar idea is behind Amit Sharma’s brain child, Vouchersmate.com.
This e-commerce gifting portal is a privately funded venture started in September 2011 and has more than 500 offering for Indian consumers. It functions as a 24X7 online gift shop where you can buy and send gifts to recipients anywhere in the world. Vouchers from some of the top fashion brands, greeting cards, gift cards are available for gifting and the vouchers are redeemable at stores across India.
Some of the partner brands featuring on the website are Shoppers Stop, Lifestyle, Pizza Hut, Costa Coffee, Lakme Salons, Café Coffee Day, Dominos Pizza, Reebok, Adidas, PVR Cinemas, Landmark Bookstores, United Colors of Benetton among others.
The website is user friendly and one can purchase gifts instantly. Users can browse for gifts according to the occasion (like birthdays, anniversaries, wedding, Diwali, Holi) or brands, and add select items to the shopping cart. The payment methods are many and very convenient. The portal accepts Credit Cards, Debit Cards, online transfer and Paypal. The gift is shipped within 24 hours to the mentioned address after order confirmation.
Currently based out of New Delhi, the company is planning to increase its presence in Tier – 1 and Tier – II cities, and include popular local chains, besides the more common big brands.