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Flipkart has announced the launch of social commerce on its independent value platform 2GUD. With an aim to widen the customer proposition, the social commerce feature will be available to all app users. 2GUD’s social commerce platform will allow users to have an uninterrupted video shopping experience with their favourite influencers showcasing the latest fashion trends, reviewing gadgets, sharing beauty tips and so much more.

Consumers on 2GUD’s social commerce platform will be exposed to a feed of videos made by a hand-picked influencer network across various topics and categories. These influencers will curate their favourite products as part of their collection in the virtual store, allowing consumers to witness their styling journeys across categories. It will also allow consumers to shop products that are part of the video, without moving away from the video interface, leading to a seamless, natural and content-to-commerce experience.

Commenting on the launch, Chanakya Gupta, Head of 2GUD at Flipkart, said, “We want the next 200 million customers to be able to experience social commerce comfortably and build their trust on 2GUD as they come on to the platform for an engaging shopping experience. These consumers quite often face trust and style deficits. In a situation like this, recommendations from a person like yourself or an influencer play a critical role. Influencers are changing the landscape of online retail and bringing greater opportunities for social commerce platforms in India. With millions of followers across the country, they have the potential to impact a consumer’s buying decisions. With this focus, we have specially curated a set of influencers who are best positioned to understand our target audience and help them through their buying decisions on the platform.”

The manner in which consumers today are consuming content has dramatically changed over the past few years with the advent of social media. The rise of influencers, beyond the metro cities, has given a pathway to a new generation of content creators who are able to drive deeper personal connections and relatable to a mass of audience, beyond metros. As an extension, social commerce has already made inroads and accounts for 15-20% of the online retail market today, which is expected to hit the $70 billion mark in the coming decade, according to industry reports. With low data cost and an increasing market of first-time internet users in Bharat, especially from tier 2 and 3 cities, the opportunity for the social commerce industry is growing.

Starting with the launch of social commerce on its app, 2GUD will further expand this feature to its m-site and website. 2GUD caters to more than 600+ verticals across new value-driven offerings and existing refurbished product segments. The platform has more than a million customers spanning across 15,000+ pin-codes in India.