eBay Inc. has announced its intentions to add another development center in addition to their existing one in India. A while ago eBay had announced plans to face the rising competition with additional fund infusion. This infrastructural spending could be a part of that strategy.
The e-commerce veteran plans to open a facility in Bangalore which will house 1000 engineers. This is in addition to eBay’s Chennai office which has a strength of 2000 people.
What is the facility going to be used for? The primary focus would be on eBay’s online payment system PayPal. In fact companies like Google are already developing similar technologies. Additionally, the facility will also support eBay’s online Marketplace business segment, including e-retailing and auctions. With the growing use of mobile phones for making purchases, many companies are shifting focus for mobile-centric payment mechanisms. In fact, Muralikrishnan B, Country Manager at eBay’s local unit had said so earlier, “eBay India is working to offer [better] applications that allow shopping over mobile phone platforms like the iPhone, Android and Windows”.
The e-commerce sphere in India is witnessing a phenomenal growth. However, it is the entry of the MNC bigwigs like Amazon & the looming entry of Walmart that have shaken up companies. Since eBay has the financial strength & capacity to grow it will surely not fall prey to the consolidation we saw a while ago. But continual development is vital to ensure survival in such competitive markets.
India has become a sort of hot-spot of MNCs to carry out their developmental activities. Just last month Walmart announced plans to hire a considerable number of developers here.
Will such investment help eBay rise?