Love, Bonito Co-Founder Rachel Lim

Love, Bonito launches third physical store – Press Release

Singapore-based omnichannel fashion brand Love, Bonito today launched its third physical store in Funan, which the company said to be its biggest to date.

The store included facilities such as an Augmented Reality (AR) walkway, on-demand personal stylist, and infinity mirror room, and a community space that is meant for fashion, beauty, and eventually health and wellness events.

“Love, Bonito has always been about building a community for women and our physical stores present the biggest opportunity for us to do this. Beyond developing our omni-channel retail offering, we want to meaningfully connect our shoppers with our brand and with other like-minded women around them,” said Love, Bonito Co-Founder Rachel Lim in a press statement.

“In a world that has become increasingly dominated by convenience, consumers are looking for retail experiences that go beyond mere transactions. Community is the future of retail and the bedrock of our retail strategy,” she added.

India’s Wizcounsel raises seed funding round – Press Release

Wizcounsel, an India-based online marketplace to hire and manage freelance legal, tax, and accounting experts, announced that it has raised an INR1 crore (US$145,000) funding round led by Kapil Dev (Former Indian Cricket Team Captain), Sunil Kumar Gupta (Founder & Chairman, SARC Associates), and Manas Fuloria, (Founder & CEO, Nagarro).

The company plans to use the funding for marketing, sales, and to strengthen current operations.

“People still look for professional services the way they used to 15 years back and Professionals still develop a business the same way. This is a perfect ‘that’s how it has always been opportunity.’ It is a big industry that is outdated and badly in need of improvement for speed, convenience, affordability, and quality,” said Wizcounsel Founder & CEO Ranu Gupta.

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Flipkart to replace 40 per cent of delivery vans with EVs – Reuters

Indian e-commerce giant Flipkart announced that it plans to replace nearly 40 per cent of its current fleet of delivery vans with electric vehicles by March 2020, Reuters reported.

The company plans to start by deploying 160 vans by end of 2019, with some of these vans already plying in New Delhi.

The move was part of the company’s effort to cut down its carbon footprint.

Flipkart is said to be the first among “big online firms” in India to make the move.

Goldman Sachs explores creating a digital coin – Bloomberg

Goldman Sachs CEO David Solomon told Les Echos that the company is exploring the creation of digital currencies and is conducting “extensive research” on tokenisation, Bloomberg reported.

The statement followed a recent move by JPMorgan Chase & Co, who announced in February that it is developing its own stable coin for its clients to use in cross-border payments.

Facebook has also announced plans to launch its own cryptocurrency Libra.

Solomon declined to comment on whether his firm has had discussions with Facebook, though he commented that stable coins tied to real currencies are “the direction in which the payment system will go.’’