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China’s Alibaba invests $146 m in online grocer BigBasket

Reuters | Updated on February 02, 2018 Published on February 02, 2018

Online grocery space is witnessing stif competition among Big Basket, Soft Bank-backed Grofers and Amazon’s India unit. An employee sorts out vegetables before packing them at a Big Basket warehouse (file photo)   -  Reuters

Mumbai, February 2 A unit of China’s Alibaba has invested $146 million in online grocer BigBasket, strengthening its position in the country’s online retail space and potentially posing a challenge to US rival Amazon.com.

Alibaba.com Singapore Ecommerce Pvt Ltd led the $196.7 million Series E funding round, which was approved by the BigBasket board in January, regulatory filings seen by Reuters on Friday showed.

Online grocery sales are fast becoming popular in India, with BigBasket, SoftBank-backed rival Grofers and Amazon’s India unit vying for a bigger piece of the market.

Sands Capital Pvt Growth Ltd, International Finance Corp and Abraaj Basket I Pvt Ltd also participated in the latest funding round.

Founded in 2011, Bengaluru-headquartered BigBasket services more than 6 million registered customers across 26 Indian cities.

Through its units, Alibaba holds various investments in India's growing online retail space, including a stake in the parent of mobile payments provider Paytm.

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Published on February 02, 2018
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