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Vishnu Sreekumar

Vishnu Sreekumar
Vishnu Sreekumar is a writer with Flipkart Stories. He likes obscure indie music, tedious art films, and dense novels. And he hates making plans.
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With electric vehicles, Flipkart is making last-mile delivery sustainable in India

What began as a tiny pilot project in Mumbai in 2017 has become a major sustainability program for Flipkart, as it continues to add more eBikes and eVans to its delivery fleet, a trendsetting move that makes it the first e-commerce platform in India to adopt this initiative. In June 2019, Flipkart expanded its fleet of electric vehicles from Bengaluru to Delhi and Hyderabad, with the aim to replace nearly 40% of its existing last-mile fleet of delivery vans with EVs by March 2020.
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Quality First: How Flipkart’s private labels bring trust and affordability to the Indian market

In 2016, Flipkart dared to dream by introducing private label products to its catalog. Today, Flipkart’s Private Label brands are capturing the imaginations of Indian customers with their combination of affordability, quality and India-centric product design, filling previously unaddressed gaps in the Indian market. Their groundbreaking work has not gone unrewarded, with private label brands performing very strongly in the festive season sales, particularly The Big Billion Days. Read the story of the team behind these remarkable achievements.
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Rewards, recognition and revelry: Flipkart Annual Awards celebrate top performers

Packed with innovation, disruption and tremendous growth, 2018 saw Flipsters take their game to the next level, implementing customer-centric ideas and solidifying Flipkart’s image as one of India’s most trusted brands. All of this came to bear upon the 2019 Flipkart Annual Awards. The ceremony on February 7, 2019 was the grand finale that this stellar year deserved, with the finest achievements by Flipsters in a variety of categories celebrated with great aplomb. Read all about what transpired on that fantastic night!
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How Jeeves and F1 deliver on Flipkart’s ‘Customer First’ promise

For a long time, e-commerce was all about buying a product online. The relationship between e-tailer and customer would end with the delivery of the product. In 2014, Flipkart sought to change this with the acquisition of Jeeves, a seasoned player in the after-sales service and installation business. In 2017, Flipkart acquired F1 Info Solutions, one of India’s largest electronics service providers that specialized chiefly in repair and refurbishment of mobile phones. In the years since, this dynamic duo has expanded the definition of customer service and opened up a whole new market for Flipkart to tap through 2GUD.com, India’s first-ever independent platform for refurbished goods. Read about how Jeeves and F1 are redefining the reverse supply chain in India’s vibrant e-commerce landscape
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Soldiering On: For these sellers, Flipkart Troops saved The Big Billion Days!

For the thousands of small- and medium-sized sellers in Flipkart’s Marketplace ecosystem, The Big Billion Days sale is the most exciting and stressful time of the year. With the number of orders going up as much as ten times, they need all the help they can get. That’s why this year, Flipkart launched the Flipkart Troops initiative — an enthusiastic group of young students who traveled from warehouse to warehouse, helping with packaging. This logistical dream team not only finished the mountain of work on time, but also put a smile on the sellers’ faces. Read their story
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Love is love: 10 LGBTQIA books that celebrate pride

On September 6, 2018, the Supreme Court of India made a landmark judgement, striking down the draconian Section 377. The ruling sparked widespread celebrations across the nation. On this occasion, we look at some of the best works of fiction by members of the LGBTQIA community.
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Age is just a number, not an excuse: Milind Soman wants you to #ChooseYourAge

From playing Captain Vyom in the 1998 television series to the Florida Ultraman challenge in 2017, Milind Soman has been capturing the imagination of the country for over two decades. After shooting to fame as an actor-turned-model, Milind Soman has now made fitness the focus of his life, competing in high-endurance marathons across the world, and defying his age time and again. On August 17, 2018, the 53-year-old fitness icon offered Flipsters a drink from the fountain of youth.
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From #TLDR to #TIL – A guide to reading Naipaul in 2018

Celebrated novelist and Nobel prize winner V S Naipaul’s books changed the course of English literature in the 20th century. But Naipaul, a man of many contradictions, was also a controversial writer who divided critics and readers alike. Here, we take a look at some of his best works and the man behind them.
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Privacy, data and universe-wide AI: Dr Soumen Chakrabarti on the state of internet

Dr Soumen Chakrabarti is one of India’s foremost AI researchers, working in the field of knowledge graphs and search. His work has also contributed greatly to development of the Open Web. Dr Chakrabarti addressed Flipkart engineers recently in a Blue Sky talk about his favorite area of research. We caught up with him to pick his brains about some of the most pressing issues surrounding the state of the information highway
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Beginner or pro, these must-have Yoga essentials are for you

June 21 is World Yoga day. Take a deep breath, spread out your yoga mat, stretch out your limbs and get in position for your favorite asana. Millions of people the world over swear by the healing and restorative power of yoga. If you haven’t made yoga a part of your life, here’s reason why you should. Whether you’re a beginner or a pro, this comprehensive list of yoga essentials will guide you in your quest.