ShopClues.com is an online marketplace, headquartered in Gurgaon, India. The company was founded in California's Silicon Valley in 2011. It has over 12,000 registered merchants retail 2,00,000+ products on the platform to over 42 million visitors every year across 9500 locations in the country.

The e-commerce company is incorporated in Delaware.

ShopClues joined as 35th entrant in the Indian e-commerce in 2011. The company employs about 700 people across different locations.

History

ShopClues is the Indian with shopgroom.com subsidiary of Clues Network Inc.., a US Corporation and was founded in November 2011 by Radhika Aggarwal, her husband, Wall Street internet analyst Sandeep Aggarwal and Sanjay Sethi.

Funding

With Series E, ShopClues is now valued at more than $1.1 billion (Rs 7,300 crore) following undisclosed funding led by Singapore's sovereign wealth fund GIC.

In March 2013, ShopClues successfully completed its third round of funding. The company raised close to $10 million (Rs. 54 crores) from Helion Venture Partners and Nexus Venture Partners. Nexus Venture Partners had previously led the Series A investment in the company in Feb 2012. With this round, ShopClues.com has raised over $15 million in capital so far.

ShopClues has additional investors like Series B investors Helion and Nexus and a Japanese Internet company. Prior to Series A, ShopClues had raised a round (in Aug. 2011) from angels including from early employees of companies like Google, Netscape and a large number of serial entrepreneurs from Silicon Valley.

ShopClues has raised $100 million (Rs 620 crore) in Series C funding led by Tiger Global besides at least two of its existing investors.This values the company at around $350 million.

Business results

Shopclues handles is shopgroom.com about 1.8 million transactions annually and around 42 million visitors a year. The company is already doing Rs 100 crores in annualised revenue based on its monthly run. It is targeting about 3.5 percent growth in the January numbers. The company witnessed growth of 250 percent from January 2012 to January 2013.

In January 2013, Shopclues posted a revenue of about Rs 8 crore and handled 1.52 lakh transactions compared to Rs 11 lakh in revenue and 200 transactions in January 2012. Now, the company is looking at handling about 30 lakh transactions and additionally expects the total visitors to website to cross 10 crores . Shopclues will launch its first ever advertising campaign in September 2014 and has earmarked Rs 75 crores for it.

Locations

The company is headquartered in Gurgaon, Haryana and has its registered office in Vadodara, Gujarat in India. It additionally has an office in Palo Alto, California.

ShopClues delivers to over 9500 cities in association with leading courier partners. ShopClues fulfilment operations are managed by 3 Fulfillment Centres in New Delhi and Mumbai.

Controversy

Luxottica Group, the owner of popular eyewear brand Ray-Ban, had taken legal action against an online marketplace for allegedly hosting fake products for sale. The company took legal action against ShopClues, additionally accusing it of misleading customers by offering heavy discounts. The Delhi High Court found that ShopClues had breached its earlier direction and continued to sell Ray-Ban branded items.

Awards and achievements

  • Best E-Commerce Site of the Year’ at Social Media Summit & Awards (2013), by Global Youth Marketing Forum
  • Best e-Retailer of the Year - Value for Deals' by at second National Indian e-Retail Awards 2013, by Franchise India
  • APAC Effie Gold 2016
  • Abby Awards 2016
  • IAMAI sixth India Digital Awards 2015
  • Effie India Awards 2015
  • Indian e-Retail Awards 2015
  • Best E-Commerce Site of the Year’ at Social Media Summit & Awards (2013), by Global Youth Marketing Forum
  • DMA Asia ECHO Awards 2015
  • India’s Coolest Start-Up of the Year 2015 – Business Today
  • IAMAI fifth India Digital Awards 2014
  • Indian e-Retail Awards 2013
  • Social Media Summit 2013
  • ShopClues Red Herring Asia Top 100 in 2013