Take a trip down memory lane with some of the best stories 2017 had to offer. Travel through the once-forgotten small towns of India slowly making their presence felt in the country’s digital topography, take an an exclusive tour of one of the biggest Flipkart warehouses, and go back to the start of it all, with a man Flipkart calls ‘the Landlord’.
A Flipkart Stories retrospective of 2017 is how we end the year. As we wind down what has probably been the busiest year yet for Flipkart, the Flipkart Stories editorial team has put together a list of the best stories of 2017 for you to read late into the night.
The Superwomen of Flipkart
Risk takers, trend-setters and leaders — meet the inspiring women engineers of Flipkart, each with a unique story about their journey in one of India’s most progressive workplaces. In conversation, we unravel their stories as they navigate and claim their rightful place in what is globally seen as a male-dominated industry.
This fresher built eKart from scratch
Flipkart’s logistics arm, eKart, is now a well-oiled machine trusted to deliver across India, no matter what you wish for. Did you know that Vinoth Poovalingam was just a fresher when he was tasked with building this complex outbound logistics organization? Read how a then-inexperienced B-school graduate took eKart from the drawing board to reality.
Unboxed – The Flipkart-Dabbawalas partnership
What happens when a tech-savvy e-commerce leader ties up with the kings of deliveries known for their near-zero error rate? A partnership like no other. Read how Flipkart & Mumbai’s Dabbawalas deliver a million smiles in the city of dreams.
Welcoming change in Mughal Sarai
India’s busiest railway junction, Mughal Sarai, is a historical landmark in transition. As the town wrestles with history over its impending renaming, Flipkart customers here look forward to bigger changes.
The sands of time in Pokhran
Pokhran, a remote town surrounded by the great dunes of the Thar, is among the many delivery destinations for Flipkart in Rajasthan. How is a location so remote fare on the map of Digital India? Its hardy residents are determined to make the most of the pleasure and convenience of shopping online, and aching to bridge the gap between trends and traditions.
Flipkart’s transgender customers shop without bias
This year, customers of Flipkart from the transgender community told us a remarkable story — that they have experienced liberation of a different kind in the world of online shopping. For many from their community, e-commerce is empowerment. Read how these customers discovered a world without bias in online shopping.
Chanting the Vedas of technology in Mattur
Sanskrit and technology in the same sentence? In the village of Mattur in Karnataka, along the banks of river Tunga, men dressed in traditional white panchas (waistcloths) are fluent in both Sanskrit and technology. And their preferred way to shop? Flipkart. Here’s a fascinating read about an ancient town and its love for all things tech and e-commerce.
The Naxalbari connection
Before you jump to a conclusion, we are speaking about how Flipkart is helping its customers in this town take advantage of India’s $15 billion e-commerce marketplace. Learn how, in a town steeped in complicated history, a new revolution is afoot.
How Happy and Flipkart birthed the Flipkart Kids
Remember the wise kids from the Flipkart ads that adult better than any of us? Here’s the backstory of how Flipkart and Happy, the ad agency, conceived the brilliant idea of getting the kids to school us on the best Flipkart has to offer.
Flipkart’s first address
Ten years ago, Flipkart rented its first offices from a gentleman named SM Fathaulla in the quaint Koramangala neighborhood of Bangalore. Relive the story of #447-C, a two-bedroom apartment-turned-office space, which went on to become the business address that would define Flipkart’s future.
Fueling Flipsters since 2011
As in most of India, chai fuels the workdays of the immensely energetic Flipsters. Since the beginning of the Flipkart story, Mohammed Imran, proprietor of In Fresh Tea, has been the vital refuel agent for Flipsters. And as Flipkart grew, so did this humble chai-seller’s business. Get yourself a cup of tea and read this heartwarming story of success.
A billion wishes, with clockwork precision
Ever wondered what happens inside a Flipkart warehouse once you place an order? Take this exclusive photo tour of a Flipkart warehouse during The Big Billion Days to get a glimpse of just what goes into fulfilling a billion wishes.
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