July 23, 2014
End of summer sale is in full swing. There are offers from every top brands. If you are looking for a perfect gifts for your loved ones, gift them gift cards and gift vouchers from the great brands. This is the best opportunity of gifting your dear and near ones a chance to shop at their favorite brand’s outlets at amazing discounts. They are going to get more spending power on their gift cards.
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July 15, 2014
It’s the end of summer sale season! This is the best time to grab hold of top summer brands at a fraction of their pricing, at ridiculous discounts. It’s the smartest time to shop for gifts for your loved ones as well. There are offers everywhere! What better time than to buy gifts, than when you know you can get two birds with one stone? When you know you can make your loved ones happy and save money?
So What Are These Offers And Where Are They?
Good question. Of course you want to know what these end-of-summer sale offers are and where they are and who’s offering them. Well, get ready. Here it comes.
- Everyone’s favorite department store, Lifestyle, has an upto 50% sale right now. Yes, you heard right. Upto 50% on several brands and a wide range of goods.
- Then there’s Central Mall with upto 51% off on many brands and goods store-wide.
- Love the formal look? Don’t wait a single minute more. Head out to Van Heusen and you get one shirt for every 2 shirts you purchase.
- Denim lovers, take heart. Levi’s got discounts up to 50% store-wide on jeans, jean jackets and more!
- And those of you who love to spend the entire day browsing Westside’s goodies, there’s even better news. Westside’s got an ongoing upto 60% off sales right now.
That’s Great, But How To Choose The Right Gift?
Now you know where to find great end-of-season-sales discounts. Your concern is how are you going to se
lect the right items for your loved ones? You cannot accurately predict what they’ll like, can you? That’s where we come in. Don’t bother to select anything for your loved ones. Just get them gift cards and gift vouchers from these great brands! Let your friends and family members enjoy a nice shopping holiday browsing at their favorite stores for what they like. Could it get better than that?
Here’s How You Can Become A Smart Gifter
There’s the gifter, and there’s the smart gifter – what’s the difference? The smart gifter is one who understands that all offers are for a limited period. The smart gifter is savvy enough to make use of every available hour. So how do you become one? Now let’s see – Van Heusen, Westside, Lifestyle and Levis offer both gift cards and e-gift cards. Grab an e-gift card from one of these brands now and let your loved ones shop today itself. Howzat for smart gifting!?
As appeared in Economic Times on 23 June 2014, by Radhika P Nair.
Gift card technology startup QwikCilver Solutions is set to launch a prepaid gift card that can be used across multiple brands. The company is also piloting a mobile wallet that can be used to pay for products at offline stores.
QwikCilver provides the backend technology that powers the gift card business of retailers and brands like Shoppers Stop, Lifestyle, Westside, Titan, Croma and others.
The company received a prepaid wallet licence from the Reserve Bank of India last year. But TP Pratap, cofounder and chief marketing officer at Bangalore-based QwikCilver, said such a licence is not needed by a brand that is issuing a gift card redeemable at its own stores.
“When it (a prepaid card) is to be used at stores of multiple brands the authenticity of the issuer becomes important. Now with the licence we can launch such a card,” said Pratap. Under pilot at the moment, Pratap said the company’s over 90 clients are ready to partner for this service. QwikCilver has already issued a gift card that can be used to buy products from multiple sellers on online marketplace Flipkart.
The gift card industry in India is expected to grow from the current 2,500 crore to about 9,000 crore in three years according to industry estimates.
“There is a good market for gift cards in the country and a product that can be used across multiple retailers will help increase the popularity of this product,” said Arvind Singhal, chairman at retail advisory Technopak. At present banks and plastic money operators like HDFC and American Express offer prepaid instruments that can be used for shopping.
QwikCilver intends to launch this product next quarter. It also plans to launch a mobile wallet that can be used at multiple retail stores.
June 11, 2014
Father’s Day is coming up soon – in fact, it’s on Sunday, the 15th of June, 2014. Are you ready with the perfect gift to wish your darling father on this special day? Somehow, we feel that people tend to remember Mother’s Day more often than Father’s Day! Do you feel this is true as well? In that case, please feel free to go ahead and celebrate Father’s Day this year with great aplomb. Take your father out to dinner, pamper him, buy him the gifts he wants, and make the whole day something to remember and cherish.
Put In Some Extra Effort!
You still have some time left, so make it a priority to find out what daddy dear wants. Is he a sports fanatic? Or does he stay glued to the TV all day long? Does he have a thing for the latest tech? Does he like to shop for clothes? Make a list of his likes and decide what he really wants as a gift. He may not tell you this if you ask him – dads are like that. They’re always giving; receiving doesn’t come easy for them. It’ll be your job to make sure that dad not only enjoys receiving gifts from you, but also looks forward to them!
OK, You’re Still Not Really Sure What To Buy For Dad
OK, so you’ve done your homework but you’re still not really sure about what gift to give your dad. Never fear. We’re here to help you out. Just pick up a gift card, gift voucher or e-gift card from a great brand that offers what he likes! Could it get simpler than this? How about gift cards from Reliance, Croma or The Mobile Zone if your dad has a thing for tech stuff? Say he loves to shop for fine suits and ties. What could be more appropriate than a gift card from Arrow, Van Heusen or Raymond for that matter? Suppose you don’t know which fashion brand he likes. Just buy the GiftBig Fashion Gift Card and let your dad use it to buy a gift card from the fashion brand he likes!How about gifting a fine dining experience? All you do is pick up the GiftBig Dining Gift Card. Your dad can redeem it against a gift card or gift voucher from major restaurant brands on GiftBig.com. Easy? Yes? So go on, make this Father’s Day your father’s most special day of the year.
Let’s face it – our kids have put in a long hard year. They’ve slogged for their exams day and night, and the results are pouring in. While they’re wiping the sweat off their brows in relief, it’s time for us parents, uncles, aunts, grandparents and friend to think of rewarding them for their hard labor. Let us show them that with great effort, comes great rewards!
What Will Your Kid Like?
Idea 1: Books!
Think about gifts that’ll keep them occupied; the long summer hols are ahead of them. How about a gift card from a brand such as Landmark, Sapna Book House or Starmark? Books are ideal for kids who love to read – they like nothing better than burying those noses in a book all day. Kiddie book-lovers like nothing better than to browse a huge collection of books all day long. Your chosen gift card will enable them to do just that, which is a gift in itself!
Idea 2: Special Summer Clothes
Though clothes won’t keep your kids occupied all through the hols, they make an excellent reward gift. Summer means birthday parties, picnics, family outings, weddings, summer camps – so many occasions to get dressed up for! How about getting your kids a gift card from Westside, Izod, Energie, Gini & Jony or Celio? All these brands offer an incredible range of special summer clothes and party wear that your kids will love. Hand your kids your chosen gift card and let them have fun pulling out ensembles and trying them on at the store. What fun!
Idea 3: Toys
Kids love toys of all kinds. The young ones love kiddie toys while older ones like video games and remote-operated toys. So go ahead and gift them what they love! Try gift cards and gift vouchers from Babyoye, Flipkart and Appleofmyi for your little ones. Let them pick the toys they want, all on their own! For your older kids, how about gift cards from Croma, the Mobile Store, Landmark and Flipkart? Let them go wild browsing the latest smartphones, video gaming consoles, video games and all the digital thrills they can stand!
Don’t forget to include a sweet message of congrats and love to your kids along with your gift card, e-gift card or gift voucher. Your kids will love to read your words of encouragement. After all, every child wants to be rewarded with more love each day.
As appeared in The Hindu Business Line on 5 May 2014, by Jessu John, when QwikCilver managed 500 crore transactions on gift cards across all retailers and partners in last fiscal.
Well-thought-out ideas offer investors the incentive to fund at the seed stage. It is widely perceived that seed capital is hard to come by for entrepreneurs in India.
We’ve also discussed here previously how product development and manufacturing receiving support and investment are going to be good for this economy.
A good number of reports and books published on early-stage funding as well as conversations with various stakeholders reveal relatively mature ecosystems have more seed capital available than entrepreneurs here enjoy.
In early February, we looked at how BrizzTV attracted interest and commitment from Ojas Venture Partners. The start-up had displayed deep thinking and had a sound plan for leveraging the power of the television platform in India.
The core & beyond
QwikCilver Solutions, a technology product platform company, is another enlightening case. The company is in the business of providing end-to-end stored-value-card solutions to its retail and corporate customers.
What QwikCilver seems to have addressed early on is the question of how it will go beyond developing a solution and actually grow its connect with end-consumers. According to Chief Marketing Officer Pratap TP, QwikCilver now services nearly 90 per cent of the retail sector, especially department stores such as Shoppers Stop, Lifestyle and Westside and also brands such as Flipkart, Yahoo! and PVR Cinemas.
“The DNA of the organisation is technology, but we also took on the mantle of category creation and distribution for our clients. Our clients are actually our partner brands. From design, procurement and warehousing of cards to enabling digital gift cards, we’ve thought around all of it,” shares Pratap.
Since kicking off operations in early 2009, QwikCilver has received three rounds of funding from Helion Venture Partners and Accel Partners.
Prashant Prakash, Partner at Accel Partners, says: “What we like about QwikCilver is that their value-proposition was razor-sharp. They saw the large opportunity in gifting very early and over the last five years have grown to be the largest provider of gifting solutions in the retail and corporate space. QwikCilver is now a technology-cum-consumer business because they’ve built direct touch points with customers.”
Keeping investors hooked
QwikCilver’s Pratap admits that in spite of retail being perceived as a sunrise sector, the first two years were difficult just because of natural sales cycles in the beginning. The company has seen 300 per cent growth year-on-year for the gift card category.
Although the department stores give QwikCilver large returns, the growth in the e-commerce sector with Myntra, Flipkart and others has been sizeable.
QwikCilver managed 500 crore transactions on gift cards across all retailers and partners in the last financial year.
Four million cards across 300 cities and points of sale even in non-metros is the company’s latest count. As a next step, QwikCilver is keenly looking at the mobile platform. “With mobile platforms becoming open to gift cardholders and access to a variety of gifting instruments becoming possible, the gifting market will grow.
“As investors, we tend to get in at the seed stage. So, with most of our investments, we go in early and stay for about 10 years,” says Accel India’s Prakash, indicating the firm is in no rush to exit QwikCilver. If anything, these stories show investors are not averse to seed investments.
Some of them are even seen to be displaying commitment for the longer haul.
It’s important that entrepreneurs think deeper about the strength of their ideas.
February 6, 2014
Come February and love is definitely in the air. With Valentine’s Day lurking in the corner, the smell of red roses fill the air, and so does the anxious, happy faces of those who are waiting for 14h February with abated breath. The day dedicated for love has lovers waiting to declare and express their feelings, surprise their loved ones with a well planned day and exchange gifts that show they care about each other. Valentine ’s Day is a special day to celebrate the universal feeling of love. Love, which Pablo Picasso fondly described as ‘the greatest refreshment in life’. Truly, there is no other feeling quite like love and a day dedicated to it, is just what it deserves.
18th century England saw lovers presenting flowers and greeting cards and gifts to one another. This tradition continues to this day as well. Over the years, 14th February has often been chosen by lovers and couples to declare their love, express their feelings and even get married. The day is usually well-planned with pink and red clothes out of the closet, gifts are kept ready after months of careful selection, restaurants booked well in advance and calendars booked solely for this purpose.
When it comes to gifting, gift cards too are quickly gaining popularity. Gift cards from Giftbig.com are all the rage because it helps you choose gift vouchers, customize them with personalized messages and send it to your loved ones. Gift cards from Giftbig.com prove to be quite a boon especially on the occasion of Valentine’s Day when the greatest question seems to be ‘Will they like this?’ With Giftbig.com gift cards one has the convenience to choose the amount, particular brand or category of gifts. Gift cards are a unique way to show you care because you give your loved ones the freedom to choose.
So this Valentine’s Day pick up a gift card from a multitude of choices from Giftbig.com. They offer gift cards from shopping places like Shoppers Stop, Westside, Lifestyle that have a huge collection of gifting options for everyone – right from personal accessories, clothing, perfumes, ethnic wear, shoes, bags and what have you. You can also choose from well-known brands, movie houses, wine and dine places, Spas as well as florists and chocolatiers. Make their day special with a gift card. Happy Valentine’s Day!