Paytm Mall must shut down
Paytm might not want to give up on e-commerce, but now would be a good time for it to stop throwing good money after bad.
Saif Iqbal
Saif Iqbal
Toronto
02 December 2019
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Last week Paytm raised $1 billion. Most of the company’s businesses will see some of that money. Competition is tough in almost every segment the company operates in, from payments to travel to mutual funds. But there’s one that’s unlikely to get any love—e-commerce. 

In today’s story we will take an objective look at what went wrong at Paytm Mall. But more importantly, if anything can be retrieved from an edifice built layer upon incongruent layer of arrogance, confusion and piles of investor money, one that has collapsed and been resurrected multiple times.

Fasten your seatbelt.

The old rabbit hole

The king of e-commerce in India is the mobile phones category. It’s how Flipkart and later Amazon India got first-time buyers on board in a big way, and still accounts for the biggest chunk of online sales. Unsurprisingly, that’s also where Paytm Mall started.

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