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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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Breaking up the boys’ club: Flipkart’s women engineers are at the forefront of a quiet revolution in Indian tech

Long plagued by gender stereotypes and a lack of representation, the software engineering field has the reputation of being a “boys club”. This reputation is even more pronounced in India, where family pressure and the lack of a support system cause a lot of women to drop out of STEM jobs after their first few years. However, the trend is changing slowly but steadily, with a new generation of ambitious women engineers leading a quiet revolution in the field. These women are also mentoring younger students to create a new crop of women engineers who receive the guidance they did not receive. We spoke to some of Flipkart’s sharpest young women to get their views on what’s changed, what hasn’t and where they see things going in the future.
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This Jeeves furniture technician built an e-bike to save thousands on fuel bills

In a city infamous for traffic jams, most Bengaluru residents have resigned themselves to the fact that they’re going to be spending a lot more on petrol than they’d like to. However, Jeeves furniture technician Chikkanna Swamy wasn’t ready to go down without a fight. Over a six-month period, the self-taught mechanic pulled off a stunning DIY project, building an e-bike from scratch. Read all about how it came to be.
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Building for Bharat: At #include, Flipkart and Women In Product join forces for inclusive product management

On a Saturday morning when most of Bengaluru’s tech community was enjoying their time off, a diverse group of product managers and engineers gathered at Flipkart HQ to talk about the importance of product management, the challenges that women face in the workplace, and how one can build products that satisfy the unique needs and demands of a young and tech-savvy India. #include was a platform where many daring ideas were expressed; ideas that can potentially shape the future of the Indian economy
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#6DaysOfGiving: At Flipkart, The Big Billion Days sale was also a festival of kindness

Every year, The Big Billion Days sale is the biggest shopping festival in the country. This year, Flipkart employees, its sellers as well as customers ensured that it was also a grand festival of kindness. Six days, six causes and thousands of individuals contributing to change - read all about it here.
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Flipkart Video: 5000+ TV shows and movies at your fingertips right on the Flipkart app

You can now watch your favorite movies, shows and web series on your Flipkart app! The recently launched Flipkart Video offers over 5000 TV shows and films to customers in a variety of languages, including English, Hindi and regional languages. The best part? It’s totally free! But how does all of this work, and how can you sign up? Here’s everything you need to know.
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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 brands bring trust and affordability to the Indian market

In 2016, Flipkart dared to dream by introducing private brand products to its catalog. Today, Flipkart’s Private 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 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