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Bengaluru, Jan 23, 2017: With a view to drive digital literacy among women entrepreneurs in Nagaland, Amazon India on Monday partnered with the state government and the National Skill Development Corp (NSDC) to provide them a global platform to sell their products at zero initial cost.

Amazon India will conduct training and skill development workshops to help the women entrepreneurs in Nagaland understand nuances related to online selling and develop skills necessary to successful online enterprises.

“We hope to drive this transformation in Nagaland by helping our women become e-entrepreneurs on Amazon. We look forward to extending all possible support to Amazon India in helping women artisans and entrepreneurs to participate in India’s vibrant digital economy,” said Temjin Toy, the Principal Secretary to Nagaland Chief Minister.

The programme also aims to encourage cottage industries in Nagaland by helping them grow through online commerce.

The first two-day workshop kicked off in Kohima on Monday where the participants at a workshop will be endowed with essential skills required to help them start an online business.

“With specialised training, skill development workshops, technology support and market access at zero initial cost, the initiative will not only boost the cottage industry run by women in Nagaland but also lead to the overall advancement of women e-entrepreneurs from the state,” said Gopal Pillai, Director and General Manager, Amazon India.

The company’s “Global Selling Programme” was launched in India in May 2016 and has garnered over 18,000 sellers selling ‘Make in India’ products on Amazon’s nine global marketplaces. (IANS)

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After a brief hiatus, second-tier Chinese handset maker Gionee is geared up for a big splash in India with new smartphone launches amid a revamped strategy to be among the top five players in the country, a senior company executive has said.

The smartphone maker confirmed its restructuring plans last month, saying it will adopt a new business model under which distributors across the country would do their own marketing to enhance sales.

“India is becoming the second-largest mobile phone market globally and, for Gionee, it is as important as China or the European market. It is our commitment to invest further in this market to bring major change,” David Chang, Global Sales Director, Gionee India, told IANS in an interview.

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The Chinese handset maker is in talks with the government to set up its own manufacturing unit in Faridabad, Haryana. Wikimedia Commons

 

“Setting up a manufacturing plant will help us in making all our phones by ourselves,” Chang added.

“We are aiming to get into the top five smartphone brands in the second half of 2018. In the first half of 2019, we will target to be among the top three players in the Indian smartphone market,” said the Gionee executive.

Buoyed by the response of its first bezel-less display smartphone — the “M7 Power” which was launched in November 2017 — the smartphone maker is set to introduce a series of full-view display devices.

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The company said it will launch its first smartphone for 2018 as early as next month. Wikimedia Commons

 

This will be followed by several other bezel-less smartphone launches within the price bracket of Rs 10,000-Rs 15,000 — essentially either selfie-focused or battery-centric devices.

In an attempt to take on its rivals, the handset maker is also exploring the in-display fingerprint scanning technology.

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“We are working on this new technology. We are working on a smartphone with under-the-display fingerprint scanner which would be launched globally,” Chang noted. Wikimedia Commons

The company will also introduce wireless chargers by the end of this year.

Acknowledging that its online distribution channel is not up to the mark, Chang said: “We started investing more in online channels beginning October 2017 and we believe online and offline channels are equally important. Now, we want to be more involved and would invest more in our online partners.”

“We have our exclusive stores, but right now we will focus more on building relationships with retailers directly,” Chang noted.

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The handset maker is also mulling to restructure its strategy for online channels. Wikimedia Commons

 

“Gionee would be partnering with Amazon India, Flipkart and Paytm for introducing our new devices on their platforms.

“We will choose our best-selling models to be showcased online. We’ll also make sure there is no difference in price of the product that is available both online and offline,” Chang said.

Gionee, which has more than 600 service centres in India, said it will also work towards further strengthening its after-sales services in the country. IANS