Indore-headquartered business-to-business (B2B) platform for procurement of inventory by kirana stores, ShopKirana, raised $38 million in Series C led by Oman India Joint Investment Fund, along with Sixth Sense Ventures and Info Edge, where Trifecta, Gunosy Capital, Ajanta LLP, 9Unicorns, Incubate Fund, Akatsuki also participated, will utilize the capital to expand to nearly 30 cities over the next year and a half.
“The Shopkirana team has been very impressive in their rapid scale-up and capital efficiency. Their deep understanding of the business has made them the partner of choice for many reputed FMCG brands,” said Sanjeev Bikchandani, Founder and Executive Vice Chairman of Info Edge, in a statement issued by the company.
“ShopKirana possesses the key tenets for a successful company. Large addressable market – $500 billion market poised for disruption, highly motivated promoters, capital-efficient business model and a great product-market fit – serving the need of kirana shop owners and their suppliers (FMCG brands and others) thus laying a strong foundation for a long term competitive edge,” said Srinath Srinivasan, CEO at Oman India Joint Investment Fund Management Company
Founded in May 2015 by former P&G executives Sumit Ghorawat and Deepak Dhanotiya and serial entrepreneur Tanutejas Saraswat, ShopKirana connects small retailers and kirana store owners in Tier II cities with FMCG brands for procurement.
The platform helps in one-stop procurement and uses technology to ensure timely delivery and payment for stocks. It provides the brands with trends in retail markets, heat maps and other meaningful insights for high Average Order Value and retention and digital reach.
At present ShopKirana works with a network of 50,000 retailers across eight cities in Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan and Gujarat.