Neons Fashion LLP (A): A Small Seller on Amazon Marketplace
Neons Fashion LLP was the entrepreneurial venture of Arthi Ramalingam after she completed her MBA. Arthi had been interested in jewellery since childhood and decided to focus on the design, manufacturing and retailing of fashion and costume jewellery items under the brand name of Eternz through different sales channels like exhibitions, retail stores, own website and as an independent seller on e-commerce marketplaces. She initially started selling on Amazon marketplace through a third party, Cloudtail India Pvt. Ltd and later sold through other e-commerce marketplace operators like Flipkart, Jabong and FirstCry. As her business grew, Arthi planned to add the kids' shoes category and decided to participate in the Bangalore Fashion Week to build the Eternz brand. However, in November 2016, Cloudtail terminated her contract, which played havoc with the sales and profitability of her start-up. Neons Fashion LLP (A) provides details of how independent sellers are at the mercy of marketplace operators and ends with the need to review the choices of sales channels for different categories like fashion garments and fashion accessories and for the upcoming launch of kids' shoes.