4 Reasons why Housing, Ola Cabs, redBus and Zomato are in the...

4 Reasons why Housing, Ola Cabs, redBus and Zomato are in the news again!


1. Housing.com Bags Five Marketing Awards For Its Campaign, ‘Look up’

At a high profile event held in Mumbai, Housing.com swept awards across five key categories including “Brand Excellence in e-commerce and Internet Business Sector”, “Emerging Brand Award” and “Best New Brand, Product and Service Launch”. Recognizing the stupendous success for Housing.com’s ambitious marketing campaign “Look Up”, Housing.com was also awarded “Marketing Campaign of the Year” and “Best Use of Social Media”.

Housing Lookup

National Award for Marketing Excellence recognizes organizations and marketers who have achieved extraordinary success for innovative and effective marketing practices. The platform awards marketers who have pushed their brands to measured success through sound and innovative marketing strategies.

Commenting on the recognition, Pratik Seal, Chief Marketing Officer, Housing.com, said, “We are thrilled with the accolades and recognition Housing.com’s ambitious ‘Look Up’ campaign has received. The team zealously worked hard to not only push limits in terms of ideation but also executing this mammoth campaign. CMO Asia Awards is known to recognize excellence in marketing; it is a matter of great pride that our first brand campaign has been well received by the marketing fraternity.”

2. redBus Expands Its Operation To Malaysia And Singapore

The bus ticketing venture redBus.in has stepped out of India and launched it services in Malaysia and Singapore. The users can book the tickets on Android and iPhone apps as well as on the Web through the website redBus.sg. The Ibibo Group which operates redBus.in has said that it is the first expansion of redBus and now would facilitate the people in these countries to book their bus tickets on the go.

This expansion is a part of Ibibo’s “redBus global platform” which supports multiple currencies, languages, time-zones and payment systems.Tourists from India can make bookings on the service in rupees, while Singapore dollars (SGD) and Malaysian ringgits (MYR) are also accepted.

redBus Expands To Malaysia and Singapore

The service aggregates over 100,000 seats on 5,700 bus routes in Singapore and Malaysia on a daily basis, spanning multiple bus operators

“We are very excited about this launch. This is yet another milestone in ibibo’s journey. Ever since the acquisition of redBus in 2013, we have worked hard to build out the new global platform, mobile apps and a solid management and technology team led by Prakash,” said Ashish Kashyap, Founder & CEO of ibiboGroup.

3. OLA Launches On-demand Grocery Service ‘OLA Store’


The cab service company OLA Cabs has now launched Ola Store, a standalone hyper-local on demand grocery delivery service after its launch of OLA Café. The service is initially launched in Bangalore with 12,000 products in its inventory in 13 different product categories like grocery, vegetables, frozen food etc.

Ola Store

OLA Store promises to deliver on-demand grocery with speedy delivery bneween 8AM to 11PM daily. It has tied up with stores like Family Mall, Grocery Mart and Namdhari’s Fresh. The app enables the users to get the delivery instantly or schedule it for later delivery. It has all kind of online payment methods enabled, also COD is accepted. Delivery is free for orders valued above Rs 250 and below the minimum order value it charges Rs 30 as delivery fee.

4. Zomato Rolls Out Cashless Payments In India

Gurgaon-based Zomato, one of the fastest growing start-ups in India, which stepped into online food ordering segment a couple of months ago, has introduced online payment systems in India. The customers now will be able to pay through their credit cards, debit cards or net banking accounts while ordering from the Zomato app.

Cashless payment services are seen as a strong revenue contributor for Zomato, as the company will get a commission from restaurants for each transaction. The company has partnered with PayPal to provide the service to its Indian customers.

Zomato Cashless

However, all the restaurants on Zomato’s platform are not accepting online payment; rather a group of selected restaurants has this facility enabled.

Also the updated app will have Zomato Credits which would store all your referral credits and refunds made by the company.

Zomato is already present in 22 countries through acquisitions and India is the second country to have cashless payment system after Dubai.

This article has been adapted from TheStartupJournal

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