The Annual Business Conclave Colloquium was held at IIM Indore on July 25-27, 2015. The three day event focused on the theme ‘E-Commerce in India- From Bricks to Clicks’, having several eminent personalities gracing the occasion.
From Left: Ramya Venugopal, senior member, Industry Interaction Cell (IIC) , opening the event. Right : K Vaitheeswaran, giving the keynote address.
Day-1 of the conclave began with the inauguration and welcome address by Prof. Rishikesha T. Krishnan. The first lecture of the day was by Mr.Vaitheeswaran, commonly referred to as ‘Father of e-commerce in India’. This was followed by the talk on Growth of e-commerce in India by Mr. Shanu Singh, Head, E-commerce and Digital transformation arm, Godrej and Boyce Mfg. Ltd. The third talk of the day was by Mr.Shyam Katuri, the current AVP-Business unit head at FashionAndYou. The speakers then participated in a panel discussion on the topic ‘E-Commerce in India’.
From left : Mr. Shanu Singh, talking about digital revolution of eCommerce. Right: Mr. Shyam Katuri talking about eCommerce startups and the digital age of business.
The first day concluded with ‘Elevator Pitch’ competition, where the students shared their business idea to an investor in order to convince him to sponsor his project.
On the second day of Colloquim’2015, the IIM Indore community got an opportunity to listen to five experts deliver guest lectures. Mr. Alphonse Reddy, Founder and CEO of Fabmart.com, talked about “Gaining customer trust online”, by bringing out differentiated products in the highly commoditized and competitive e-commerce space, to gain profits.
Mr. Mukesh Jain, VP and Head, Big Data Analytics, Reliance Jio, delivered a lecture on “Trapping the customer with data”, and enlightened the listeners on the importance of big data analytics to derive value out of huge customer data collected every second. Mr. Madhur Arora, Head of e-Commerce business, India and Thailand, Expedia Inc., gave a talk on “Travel and hospitality: power houses of e-Commerce”.
Mr. Rajesh Bysani, AVP-Business Unit Head at Freecharge.in, talked about “Affiliate Marketing”, and its challenges. Mr. Mohit Gupta, VP, Healthkart.com, talked about “E-Commerce 2.0”, and its relevance in the health and fitness category, that is witnessing tremendous growth.
Post this discussion, a quiz was organized by the Quiz Club, IIM Indore.
Mr. Sameer Gandhi, Senior VP- Sales and Operations at Bluestone.com spoke about managing jewelry e-tailing. Mr. Abhishek Tripathi, Associate Director-Business at PayU elaborated on the evolution of Digital payments as an enabler of e-commerce.
PayU, for the first time floated an in-case presentation for students of IIM Indore exclusively. 15 of the 63 participating teams vied to win the prestigious contest. The concluding session of Colloquium 2015 was by Mr. Vidmai Naini, Director & Business Head at Ebay, India. Mr. Naini spoke about the tailwinds for w-commerce in India as well as the 10 year journey of Ebay in India.
Concluding the event, Prof. Krishnan congratulated the Industry Interaction Cell (IIC) who organised the 3-day event with a good panel of speakers from the e-commerce industry and awarded certificates to the winners of Biz-Quiz and Elevator pitch competitions.
Left: Mr. Abhishek Tripathi, Director of Business at PayU Money addressing the students. Right: Mr. Vidmay Naini, Director & Business Head at Ebay, India
The Industry Interaction Cell, with Mr. Vidmay Naini, Prof. Rishikesha T Krishnan, Mr. Abhishek Tripathi.