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The Indian government has refused Flipkart proposal to enter the food retail business in setback for Walmart, which has most Indian e-commerce companies and who recently counted its business in Asia’s third largest economy as one of the most severely affected by the global coronavirus pandemic.

The Department of Industry and Internal Trade Promotion (DPIIT), the country’s wing Ministry of Trade and Industry, told Flipkart, which competes with Amazon India, that its proposed plan to enter the food retail business violates regulatory guidelines.

The proposal of the Flipkart food retail business, called Flipkart FarmerMart, cannot be compiled based on 100% foreign direct investment, the Indian agent said. Rajneesh Kumar, head of corporate affairs at Flipkart, told TechCrunch that the company is evaluating agency responses and intends to re-register.

“At Flipkart, we believe that markets driven by technology and innovation can add significant value to our country’s farmers and food processing sector by bringing efficiency and transparency to the value chain. This will further help increase farmers’ incomes & change Indian agriculture, “he added.

When announcing plans to enter the country’s growing food retail market, Kalyan Krishnamurthy, CEO of Flipkart Group, said in October last year that the company plans to invest $ 258 million in new ventures.

Flipkart plans to invest deeply in local agriculture-ecosystems, supply chains, and work with tens of thousands of small farmers, their associations, and the nation’s food processing industry, Krishnamurthy said. The food retail unit will help “double the income of farmers and bring affordable and quality food to millions of customers across the country.”

Several e-commerce companies and grocery stores in India, including Amazon, Zomato and Grofers, have previously received approval from New Delhi, which previously allowed 100% foreign direct investment in food and several other sectors, to enter the food retail business.

The Indian government has since reviewed the guidelines to clarify that food retailing, like other e-commerce sectors, can only operate as a market that allows third-party sellers to engage with buyers – and does not offer their own inventory, nor does they have equity in either players who sell on the platform.

Food and food ingredients are an attractive category for e-commerce businesses in India because it allows them to engage more often with their customers. According to research firm Forrester, India’s online food and food market is still very small, accounting for only 1% of total sales.

In the latest quarterly revenue call, Walmart said limited operations at Flipkart negatively impacted the group’s overall growth. New Delhi announced one of the world’s tightest locks across the country in late March which restricted Amazon and Flipkart from shipping in many states and only sold “essential goods” such as food and hygiene products.

India maintains permanent orders at home for 1.3 billion of its citizens, even so ease some of the restrictions in the last few weeks to awaken the economy.

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After applying the fact checking label u00a0Tuesday for misleading voting-by-mail tweets made by US President Donald Trump, Twitter is active and has labeled another of the president’s tweets – this time filtering his words out of ordinary view with what he calls “public interest notifications” stating the tweet breaking the rules about glorifying violence. u00a0

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Public interest notifications replace the substance of what Trump wrote, meaning users must actively click to see the offending tweet.

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Engagement options are also limited as a result by this label, which means users can only retweet tweets that are offensive with comments; they can’t like it, reply to it or vanilla retweet it.

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Twitter’s next notification explains why it did not completely remove the offending tweet – and this is where elements of the public interest of the policy emerge – with company posts: “Twitter has determined that it might be in the public interest for the Tweet. to remain accessible. ” u00a0

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Indonesia seems to ignore the president’s decision yesterday to sign executive orders targeting legal shields relied on by internet companies to protect them from accountability for user-generated content – double because of displeasing Trump, who accuses social media platforms of deliberately suppressing conservative views despite a lot of evidence that the ad targeting platform algorithm actually enhances anger-induced content and display – which tends, on the contrary, to strengthen a conservative point of view.

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In the latest clash, Trump was tweeted in connection with a violent demonstration that took place in Minneapolis triggered by the murder of a black man, George Floyd, by a white police officer – with the president claiming that “Thugs insulted George Floyd’s memory” before threatening to send “Military.”

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“Any difficulties and we will take control but, when the looting begins, the shooting begins. Thank you! “Trump added – making bald threats to use military force against civilians.

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Twitter has been wrestling with the issue of how to deal with world leaders who have broken the rules of their content for years. Most often as a result of Trump, who routinely uses his platform to bully all sorts of targets – from rival politicians to hated journalists, disobedient business leaders and even unpleasant actors – and to issue direct threats and sometimes violence.

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Since being elected, Trump has also used Twitter’s global platform as a foreign policy weapon, firing military threats to North Korea and Iran in the form of tweets.

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Back in 2018, for example, he tempted North Korean leader Kim Jong Un with the push-button nuclear destruction (see below tweet) – before continuing to “fall in love“With the dictator when he met directly with him.

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Twitter’s main goal not to cancel Trump’s tweets in the past is that, as the U.S. president, the substance of what that guy’s tweet – however crazy, bad and dangerous – is inherently newsworthy.

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However, recently, the company has created a policy tool that allows it to intervene in the definition of the term last summer around “public interest” content on Twitter.

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It warned (almost a full year ago, in June 2019) that it was maybe place public interest notices on tweets that would otherwise violate the rules (and therefore deserve to be removed) – to “provide additional context and clarity,” rather than deleting offensive tweets.

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Fast forward one year and the tech giant began applying labels to Trump’s tweets – starting with fact check labels earlier this week, related to the U.S. election. to come, and follow it up with a public interest notification related to the violence glorifying Trump.

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So, finally, the tech giant seems to be inching toward drawing boundaries around Trump in the near future.

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Explaining its decision to badge the US president’s threat to order the military to shoot at looters in Minneapolis, the company wrote: “This Tweet violates our policy regarding the glorification of violence based on the historical context of the last line, its relationship to violence, and risk that could inspire similar action today. “

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“We have taken action to prevent others from being inspired to commit acts of violence, but still keep Tweets on Twitter because it is important that the public can still see these Tweets because of their relevance to the ongoing problems of public interest. , “Twitter continues.

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That is also the link to it a policy towards tweets that glorifies violence – which states expressly [in bold]: “You cannot threaten violence against a person or group of people. “

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Back in June, when Twitter announced the label “rude behavior”, it also warned that tweets filtered with public interest notices would not benefit from any algorithmic acceleration, by writing: “We will also take steps to ensure Tweets are not algorithmically improved on our services, to achieve the right balance between allowing freedom of expression, encouraging accountability, and reducing the potential danger caused by these Tweets.”

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But the latest news from Twitter’s decision to finally implement its own rules vis-a-vis Trump will ensure there is plenty of non-algorithmic amplification (and no small irony).

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We reach the company with questions about its decision to apply a public interest screen to Trump’s latest tweet but at the time of writing, it did not respond.

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In Wednesday night, Twitter’s CEO and co-founder, Jack Dorsey, issued a series of tweets that defended his decision to apply fact labels to Trump’s tweets that were previously misleading about voting by mail.

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“This does not make us referees of truth,” writes Dorsey. “Our aim is to connect conflicting statements and point out information in disputes so people can judge for themselves. More transparency from us is very important so people can clearly see the reasons behind our actions. “

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Dorsey’s statement follows the sharp comments made by Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg told Fox News, which sought to distinguish the “neutrality” Facebook claimed when guarding its platform with Twitter’s policy to take a stand on issues such as political advertising (which Twitter doesn’t allow).

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u201cI strongly believe that Facebook should not be the determinant of the truth of everything people say online, u201d Zuckerberg told a conservative news station. u201cPrivate companies u2026 especially these platform companies, may not be in a position to do that. u201d

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It is noteworthy that Dorsey used Zuckerberg’s exact phrase change – u201carbiter of truth u201d – to reject Facebook’s attack on Twitter policy as a foolish argument.

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Update I, Trump reacts: As an initial reaction to Twitter’s move, the Trump administration has now retweeted offensive tweets from the official White House Twitter account – reinforcing the threat of presidential violence.

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Trump also reiterated his threat to regulating social media by revoking Part 230 of the Decent Communication Act in a series of tweets this morning – accusing Twitter of ignoring “lies & propaganda perpetrated by China or the Radical Left Democratic Party.”

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Update II, Whack-a-mole: Twitter has now filtered out copies of Trump quote tweets sent by the administration from the White House Twitter account.

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Welcome back to Thisu00a0Weeku00a0in Apps, the Extra Crunch series that recaps the latest OS news, the applications they support and the money that flows through it all.

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The app industry is as hot as ever, withu00a0a recordu00a0204 billion downloads and $120 billion in consumer spending in 2019. People are nowu00a0spendingu00a0three hours and 40 minutes per day using apps, rivaling TV. Apps arenu2019t just a way to pass idle hours u2014 theyu2019re a big business. In 2019, mobile-first companies had au00a0digabungkanu00a0$544 billion valuation, 6.5x higher than those without a mobile focus.

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In this Extra Crunch series, we help you keep up with the latest news from the world of apps, delivered on a weekly basis.

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This week weu2019re continuing to look at how the coronavirus outbreak is impacting the world of mobile applications, with fresh data from App Annie about trends playing out across app categories benefiting from the pandemic, lockdowns and societal changes. We’re also keeping up with the COVID-19 contact-tracing apps making headlines, and delving into the week’s other news.

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We saw a few notable new apps launch this week, including HBO’s new streaming service HBO Max, plus three new app experiments from Facebook’s R&D group. Android Studio 4.0 also launched this week. Instagram is getting better AR tools and IGTV is getting ads. TikTok got spammed in India.

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Meanwhile, what is going on with app review? A shady app rises to the top of the iPhone App Store. Google cracks down on conspiracy theory-spreading apps. And a TikTok clone uses a pyramid scheme-powered invite system to rise up the charts.

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COVID-19 contact-tracing apps in the newsu00a0

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  • Latvia: Reuters this week reported that Latvia aims to become one of the first countries to launch a smartphone app, Stop Covid, using the new toolkit created by Apple and Alphabetu2019s Google to help trace coronavirus infections.
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  • Australia: The role of the country’s Covidsafe app in the recovery appears to be marginal, The Guardian reports. In the month since its launch, only one person has been reported to have been identified using data from it. A survey even found that Australians were more supportive of using telecommunications metadata to track close contacts (79%) than they were of downloading an app (69.8%). In a second survey, their support for the app dropped to 64%. The app has been maligned by the public debate over it and technical issues.
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  • France: The country’s data protection watchdog, CNIL, reviewed its contact-tracing app StopCovid, finding there were no major issues with the technical implementation and legal framework around StopCovid, with some caveats. France isn’t using Google and Apple’s contact-tracing API, but instead uses a controversial centralized contact-tracing protocol called ROBERT. This relies on a central server to assign a permanent ID and generate ephemeral IDs attached to this permanent ID. CNIL says the app will eventually be open-sourced and it will create a bug bounty. On Wednesday, the app passed its first vote in favor of its release.
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  • Qatar: Serious security vulnerabilities in Qataru2019s mandatory contact-tracing app were uncovered by Amnesty International. An investigation by Amnestyu2019s Security Lab discovered a critical weakness in the configuration of Qataru2019s EHTERAZ contact-tracing app. Now fixed, the vulnerability would have allowed cyberattackers to access highly sensitive personal information, including the name, national ID, health status and location data of more than one million users.
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  • India: India’s contact-tracing app, Aarogya Setu, is going open-source, according to Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology Secretary Ajay Prakash Sawhney on Tuesday. The code is being published on GitHub. Nearly 98% of the app’s more than 114 million users are on Android. The government will also offer a cash bounty of $1,325 to security experts who find bugs or vulnerabilities.
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  • Switzerland: Several thousand people are now testing a pilot version of Switzerland’s contact-tracing app, SwissCovid. Like Lativia, the app is one of the first to use Apple and Google’s contact-tracing API. Employees at EPFL, ETH Zurich, the Army and select hospitals and government agencies will be the first to test the Swiss app before its public launch planned for mid-June.
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  • China: Chinau2019s health-tracking QR codes, embedded in popular WeChat and Alipay smartphone apps, are raising privacy concerns, Reuters reports. To walk around freely, people must have a green rating. They also now have to present their health QR codes to gain entry into restaurants, parks and other venues. These efforts have been met with little resistance. But the eastern city of Hangzhou has since proposed that users are given a color-coded health badge based on their medical records and lifestyle habits, including how much they exercised, their eating and drinking habits, whether they smoked and how much they slept the night before. This suggestion set off a storm of criticism on China’s Weibo, a Twitter-like platform.
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We continue to look at how the coronavirus outbreak is impacting the world of mobile apps, with fresh data from App Annie about trends playing out across app categories benefiting from the pandemic.

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As tech companies like Indonesia and Facebook gear up for longer-term remote work solutions, the future of work is becoming one of the more exciting opportunities in venture capital, Charles River Ventures general partner Saar Gur told TechCrunch.

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And as loneliness mounts with shelter-in-place orders implemented in various forms across the world, investors are looking for products and services that foster true connection among a distributed workforce, as well as a distributed society.

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But the future of work doesn’t just entail spinning up home offices. It also involves gig workers, freelancers, hiring tools, tools for workplace organizing and automation. The last couple of years have particularly brought tech organizing to the forefront. Whether it was the Google walkout in 2018 or gig workers’ ongoing actions against companies like Uber, Lyft and Instacart for better pay and protections, there are many opportunities to help workers better organize and achieve their goals.

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Below, we’ve gathered insights from:

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Saar Gur, Charles River Venturesu00a0

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What are you most excited about in the future of work?

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Future of work is one of the most exciting opportunities in venture.u00a0u00a0

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Pre-COVID, few tech companies were fully remote. While it seems obvious in retrospect, the building blocks for fully remote technology companies now exist (e.g. high-speed internet, SaaS and the cloud, reliable video streaming, real-time documents, etc.). And while SIP may be temporary, we feel the TAM of fully remote companies will grow significantly and produce a number of exciting investment opportunities.

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I donu2019t think we have fully grokked what it means to run a company digitally. Today, most processes like interviewing, meetings and performance/activity tracking still live in the world of atoms versus bits. As an example, imagine every meeting is recorded, transcribed and searchable — how would that transform how we work?u00a0u00a0u00a0

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There is an opportunity to re-imagine how we work. And we are excited about products that solve meaningful problems in the areas of productivity, brainstorming, communication tools, workflows and more. We also see a lot of potential in infrastructure required to facilitate remote and global teams.

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We are also excited by companies that are enabling new types of work. Companies like Etsy (founded 2005), Shopify (2004), TaskTabbit (2008), Uber (2009), DoorDash (2013) and Patreon (2013) have helped create a new workforce of entrepreneurs. But many of these companies are over a decade old and we fully expect a new wave of companies that give more power to the individual.

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As tech companies like Twitter and Facebook gear up for longer-term remote work solutions, the future of work is becoming one of the more exciting opportunities in venture capital, Charles River Ventures general partner Saar Gur told TechCrunch. And as loneliness mounts with shelter-in-place orders implemented in various forms across the world, investors are looking […]

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Intuitively, stores that sell online should be making a killing during the COVID-19 pandemic. After all, everyone is stuck at home u2014 and understandably more willing to shop online instead of at a traditional retailer to avoid putting themselves and others at medical risk. But the truth is, most smaller online stores have seen better days.

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The primary challenge is that smaller shops often donu2019t have the logistics networks that companies like Amazon do. Consequently, theyu2019re seeing substantially delayed delivery timelines, especially if they ship internationally. Customers obviously arenu2019t thrilled about that reality. And in many cases, theyu2019re requesting refunds at a staggering rate.

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I saw this play out firsthand in April. At that point, my stores were down 20% or in some cases even 30% in revenue. Needless to say, my team was freaking out. But thereu2019s one thing we did that helped us increase our revenue over 200% since the pandemic, decrease refund requests and even strengthen our existing customer relationships.

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We implemented a 24-hour live chat in all of our stores. Hereu2019s why it worked for us and why every digital brand should be doing it too.

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Avoid the common u2018unreachabilityu2019 frustration

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When I started my first online store in 2006, challenges that bogged my team down often meant that my teamu2019s first priority became resolving those challenges so that we could serve our customers faster. But admittedly, when these challenges came up, it became more difficult to balance communicating with our customers and resolving the issues that prevented us from fulfilling their orders quickly.

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Customers donu2019t just forget about the companies that treated them well u2014 and post-crisis, theyu2019ll be more likely to return to the vendors who gave them a good experience.

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Due to COVID-19, business continuity has been put to the test for many companies in the manufacturing, agriculture, transport, hospitality, energy and retail sectors. Cost reduction is the primary focus of companies in these sectors due to massive losses in revenue caused by this pandemic. The other side of the crisis is, however, significantly different.

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Companies in industries such as medical, government and financial services, as well as cloud-native tech startups that are providing essential services, have experienced a considerable increase in their operational demands — leading to rising operational costs. Irrespective of the industry your company belongs to, and whether your company is experiencing reduced or increased operations, cost optimization is a reality for all companies to ensure a sustained existence.

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One of the most reliable measures for cost optimization at this stage is to leverage elastic services designed to grow or shrink according to demand, such as cloud and managed services. A modern product with a cloud-native architecture can auto-scale cloud consumption to mitigate lost operational demand. What may not have been obvious to startup leaders is a strategy often employed by incumbent, mature enterprises — achieving cost optimization by leveraging managed services providers (MSPs). MSPs enable organizations to repurpose full-time staff members from impacted operations to more strategic product lines or initiatives.

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The landscape shifts quickly, but managed services providers enable organizations to repurpose full-time staff members from impacted operations to more strategic product lines or initiatives.

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The global spread of COVID-19 and resulting orders to shelter in place have hit retailers hard.

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As the pandemic drags on, temporary halts are becoming permanent closures, whether itu2019s the coffee shop next door, a historic bar or a well-known lifestyle brand.

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But while the present is largely bleak, preparing for the future has retailers adopting technologies faster than ever. Their resilience and innovation means retail will look and fee different when the world reopens.

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We gathered four views on the future of retail from the TechCrunch team:

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  • Natasha Mascarenhas says retailers will need to find new ways to sell aspirational products u2014 and what was once cringe-worthy might now be considered innovative.
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  • Devin Coldewey sees businesses adopting a slew of creative digital services to prepare for the future and empower them without Amazonu2019s platform.
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  • Greg Kumparak thinks the delivery and curbside pickup trends will move from pandemic-essentials to everyday occurrences. He thinks that retailers will need to find new ways to appeal to consumers in a u201cshopping-by-proxyu201d world.
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  • Lucas Matney views a revitalized interest in technology around the checkout process, as retailers look for ways to make the purchasing experience more seamless (and less high-touch).
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Alexa, how do I look?

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While the present is largely bleak, preparing for the future has retailers adopting technologies faster than ever. Their resilience and innovation means retail will look and fee different when the world reopens.

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Reach Natasha via e-mail at [email protected] or through DM on Twitter @nmasc_.

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His personal website is coldewey.cc.

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Greg started at TechCrunch in May of 2008. He led TechCrunch’s sister site MobileCrunch as editor until AOL acquired the company in 2010, at which point the editors of TechCrunch’s four main sites (TechCrunch, CrunchGear, MobileCrunch, TechCrunch UK) merged the sites under one domain.

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Best known for his gadget coverage, Kumparak has broken hundreds of stories within the space u2014 unearthing details on everything from abandoned Samsung smartphone prototypes to new Apple devices. He’s also one of the Internet’s most prolific “live bloggers”, having reported from the scene at dozens of international events for live audiences in the hundreds of thousands.

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He was one of the earliest writers to highlight and report on a number of companies that have since become “unicorns” (reaching a valuation of $1B or more), including Zenefits and Twilio.

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Kumparak is a frequent guest on TechCrunch’s Gadget, Apple, and Android podcasts, and often appears on stage as an interviewer or judge at TechCrunch’s meetups and Disrupt conferences.

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In 2012, Greg was featured on the BBC, Wired, Mashable, Engadget and many other outlets for a side project he called the “tARdis”, or the Augmented Reality TARDIS. By combining augmented reality with a handmade physical model, Greg was able to replicate the otherwise physically impossible “bigger on the inside” visual effect that commonly appears on television’s Doctor Who series.

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The Indian government has rejected Flipkartu2019s proposal to enter the food retail business in a setback for Walmart, which owns majority of the Indian e-commerce firm and which recently counted its business in Asiau2019s third-largest economy as one of the worst impacted by the global coronavirus pandemic.

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The Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT), a wing of the nation’s Ministry of Commerce and Industry, told Flipkart, which competes with Amazon India, that its proposed plan to enter the food retail business violates regulatory guidelines.

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Flipkartu2019s proposed food retail business, called Flipkart FarmerMart, cannot be structured on a 100% foreign direct investment, the Indian agency said. Rajneesh Kumar, chief corporate affairs officer at Flipkart, told TechCrunch that the company was evaluating the agency’s response and intended to re-apply.

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“At Flipkart, we believe that technology and innovation driven marketplace can add significant value to our countryu2019s farmers and food processing sector by bringing value chain efficiency and transparency. This will further aid boosting farmersu2019 income & transform Indian agriculture,u201d he added.

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While announcing the plan to enter the nation’s growing food retail market, Kalyan Krishnamurthy, Flipkart Group CEO, said in October last year that the company planned to invest $258 million in the new venture.

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Flipkart planned to invest deeply in the local agriculture-ecosystem, supply chain, and work with tens of thousands of small farmers, their associations, and the nationu2019s food processing industry, Krishnamurthy said.u00a0The food retail unit would help u201cmultiply farmersu2019 income and bring affordable, quality food for millions of customers across the country.u201d

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Several e-commerce and grocery firms in India, including Amazon, Zomato, and Grofers, have previously secured approval from New Delhi, which earlier permitted 100% foreign direct investment in food and a handful of other sectors, for entering the food retail business.

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The Indian government has since revisited the guidelines to clarify that food retail, like any other e-commerce sector, can only operate as a marketplace that allows third-party sellers to engage with buyers — and not offer their own inventories, nor have equity in any of the players who sell on the platform.

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Food and grocery are compelling categories for e-commerce businesses in India as it enables them to engage with their customers more frequently. According to research firm Forrester, India’s online food and grocery market remain significantly tiny, accounting for just 1% of the overall sales.

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In the most recent quarterly earnings call, Walmart said limited operations at Flipkart had negatively affected the group’s overall growth. New Delhi announced one of the world’s stringent lockdowns across the nation in late March that restricted Amazon and Flipkart from delivering in many states and only sell “essential items” such as grocery and hygienic products.

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India maintains the stay-at-home orders for its 1.3 billion citizens, though it has eased some restrictions in recent weeks to resuscitate the economy.

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