Targeting India’s online spenders with high-margin, Mukesh Ambani-led Reliance Industries has entered into ecommerce fashion retail though a platform called AJIO. The portal, named after its telecom unit Reliance Jio and upcoming digital wallet Jio Money, has been tested on its employees for the last three months.
The new venture will mainly focus on designer wear and high-fashion global brands to differentiate itself in the cluttered online apparel market driven mostly by discounts. “We will leverage the Jio ecosystem and its network for delivery. This is part of our omni-channel strategy and we aim to reach 15,000 pin codes in the next two months,” said Sanjay Mehra, chief executive, AJIO. The company will sell nearly 200 brands that they have already partnered, including Cross Jeans from Turkey, Australia’s Holster and MDS of Singapore. “About 60% of our merchandise will be unique and our model will be an inventory-based marketplace,” added Mehra, who joined Reliance last year from US firm Wolverine Worldwide.