Government wants to sell Handloom products online, approaches eBay & Amazon

The Textile Ministry in talks to tie up with online marketplaces like eBay and Amazon to sell handloom products online.
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Good news for handloom enthusiasts as the Textile Ministry in talks to tie up with online marketplaces like eBay and Amazon to sell handloom products online. The ministry wants the two eCommerce portals to provide online platform to registered products for the ministry’s ‘India Handloom’ brand to help them spread their reach, said a senior official.
"With eBay, our agreement has been done in writing," said Alok Kumar, Development Commissioner, Textile Ministry, who expects handloom products to be rolled out on the online marketplace by January 2016.
Amazon India, too, is discussing the possibility of running a pilot for some of the brand's products, he added.
eBay India's spokesperson said, "eBay India will make priority display of handloom products on its platform, leading to an exclusive section for certified branded handloom products which either have `India Handloom' brand or `Handloom' mark." The commission charged by the e-commerce firms remains a sticking point.
As per ministry’s e-marketing policy introduced in August which mandates a cap of 8% for all services including shipping, online marketplace eBay has sought some clarifications on the same. As per eBay, the commission rate could be a problem in shipping as their service providers are third party firms over which the company has no control.
"So we have suggested that they earmark some 2-3% for shipping and cap their charges at 6% so that the weaver/seller has the liberty to arrange shipping as per his convenience," said Kumar. Amazon, too, may be settling on running a pilot because of government's cap on commission.

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