ShopClues eyes for fresh investment round days after laying off over 150 workers

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ShopClues, an e-commerce startup, headquartered in Gurugram, is aiming to raise a new investment round. While, according to an anonymous source, this fund raise was among the factors for laying off over 150 employees last week.

Also read: ShopClues fires over 150 employees, claims eyes on profitability

“An acquisition with Snapdeal can also be on the lines, as the least layoffs were from the Shopclues’ marketing team and Snapdeal has a weak marketing team,” the anonymous source added.

ShopClues was founded by Sandeep Aggarwal in 2011. Headquartered in Gurugram, it is an online marketplace owned by Clues Network Pvt. The company is a managed marketplace that aims to provide a unique online shopping experience to its customers.

Further, the source also stated, “the new investment could also be part of a merger with smaller ecommerce players, as mergers can lead to increase in revenue and that is now clearly a top focus for the company.”

Last week, the company had said that their focus has been profitability amid the laying off procedure.

While, in July 2018, ShopClues was also reported to be eyeing a merger with the global online retailer eBay, which later decided to invest in another ecommerce major Paytm Mall.

Over the past two years, ShopClues has steadily lost momentum, with the orders dropping to less than 30,000 per day. In a high cash burn business such as ecommerce, ShopClues was losing money every month.

“Post the new investment, the company’s focus might turn to its B2B or enterprise business as the company’s enterprise business is much stronger than B2C”, the source added.

Some of the similar e-commerce unicorns includes FlipkartAmazon, AlibabaPaytm MallSnapdealMyntra and many more.

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