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Mobile payments firm acquires Near.in in India

Paytm could improve its standing in the mobile payments space through latest acquisition

Paytm, India’s largest mobile payments firm, has announced the successful acquisition of Near.in, a local services startup. Paytm acquired the company for $2 million and believes that the acquisition will improve the company’s already considerably strong position in the mobile commerce space. Near.in is capable of connecting consumers in four of India’s large cities with various verified businesses, ranging from home repair companies to fortune tellers. Paytm believes that the services provided by Near.in will ensure more consumers are exposed to mobile payments.

Paytm is finding significant success in the mobile space

Paytm has raised some $700 million in funding from a wide range of investors, including China’s Alibaba, which has also established a major lead in the mobile payments space. Paytm processes more than 100 million online transactions every month and has begun expanding its business operations in order to connect with more consumers living in India. Mobile payments are becoming a powerful force in India’s retail space, with more companies looking to engage the growing number of mobile consumers in the country.

Firm is working with numerous companies to make mobile payments more accessible

Mobile Payments AcquisitionIn the past two months, Paytm has been making investments in various companies in order to make mobile payments more accessible. The company has invested in Jugnoo, a startup that makes use of rickshaws to make deliveries to consumers. Paytm is also working with BookMyShow and Zomato in order to support services like food deliveries and restaurant reservations. These services are available to mobile consumers, who can use their devices to make mobile payments.

Paytm will have to overcome security challenges to ensure the success of mobile payments

Paytm is expected to see more success in the mobile payments space as it begins working with a wider range of businesses. The demand for mobile payments services is growing quickly and Paytm is ideally suited to address the needs of mobile consumers. One of the challenges the company will have to overcome to ensure continued success, however, is security. Mobile payments has become rife with fraud, which has left many consumers exposed to exploitation.

Indian mobile commerce firm to launch new hyperlocal service

Paytm will be launching hyperlocal services in the near future

Paytm, one of India’s leading mobile commerce firms, is gearing up to launch new hyperlocal services that consumers may find valuable. Such services have already established a foothold in India, with consumers using them to find deals and special offers in their local areas. Paytm believes that consumers using the service will become more involved with mobile commerce, as it will allow them to rely more on their mobile devices when shopping and ordering food.

Hyperlocal services may encourage more consumers to become involved in mobile commerce

Initially, the hyperlocal service coming from Paytm will focus on food ordering, table booking, purchasing cinema tickets, and finding deals in their neighborhood. The company has patrnered with BookMyShow and Zomato in order to make the service available. Paytm has high hopes for the hyperlocal service, hoping to bring in nearly half of its total sales from this channel specifically by 2016. This goal may be very attainable, as many consumers have become heavily invested in mobile commerce as a whole.

Hyperlocal may be the next big opportunity for retailers and mobile commerce firms

Mobile Commerce - Flag of IndiaVijay Shekhar Sharma, founder and CEO of Paytm, believes that hyperlocal services are the “next big thing” for the mobile commerce space. He believes that hyperlocal services represent the perfect blend of the convenience of mobile shopping and the engagement potential that retails see in the mobile market. With smartphone penetration on the rise in India, as well as the expansion of the country’s mobile network infrastructure, more consumers are expected to become involved in mobile commerce in the coming years.

Paytm is receiving strong support from foreign companies

Paytm has reached the 100 million user mark and the company suggests that its user base, as a collective, makes 75 million mobile transactions every month. Paytm has experienced so much growth and success that it has also attracted the support of other companies involved in mobile commerce. China’s Alibaba and Ant Financial recently invested in Paytm through One97 Communications, its parent company. This investment is expected to help Paytm expand its services throughout India.