How e-commerce has been a game changer for Indian MSMEs

    With the advent of the internet, the MSMEs have gained muscle like never before by catering to an online audience.
    By: HT TECH
    | Updated on: Apr 01 2021, 17:50 IST
    E-commerce has helped MSMEs to get rid of all the business hurdles, which in turn got them a larger audience and a rise in revenues.
    E-commerce has helped MSMEs to get rid of all the business hurdles, which in turn got them a larger audience and a rise in revenues. (Pixabay)
    E-commerce has helped MSMEs to get rid of all the business hurdles, which in turn got them a larger audience and a rise in revenues.
    E-commerce has helped MSMEs to get rid of all the business hurdles, which in turn got them a larger audience and a rise in revenues. (Pixabay)

    The government, whether of any state or Centre, on various platforms, has always accepted the potential of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) in India and the pivotal role they play in the Indian economy. No matter what the industry or domain, MSMEs always contribute a major role in the growth of the particular sector. 

    With the advent of the internet, the MSMEs have gained muscle like never before by catering to an online audience. Internet was once the weakness of MSMEs in India but with the passage of time, the weakness turned into a strength and eventually e-commerce proved to be a game changer. 

    MSMEs enhance revenues

    By embracing e-commerce platforms, MSMEs in India are surpassing existing revenues and business margins due to increased market reach and by establishing online connections with the new and unexplored markets. Moreover, it has been proved in many surveys and reports that MSMEs using the internet are making their jobs way easier as compared to MSME entities which are hesitant or challenged in any manner to embrace e-commerce.

    India to be 2nd largest e-commerce market by 2034

    Continuing with the positives that the MSME sector has received in the past due to e-commerce boon, it is expected to fetch similar returns in future as well. According to data cited by IBEF, the e-commerce market in India is constantly growing and if the same trend persists with an upward growth trajectory, the US will be surpassed to become the second-largest e-commerce market in the world by 2034. And, in turn, MSMEs too will get a huge shot in the arm for their revenue generation.

    According to Statista, the e-commerce market in India is expected to reach $84 billion in 2021 owing to the ever-growing number of internet users here. Moreover, if we talk about online shoppers in India, due to the favourable market conditions, the size is poised to reach 300-350 million by 2025. 

    As per a report by Bain & Company and Flipkart, due to a push in the e-commerce market in India, 30% Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of gross merchandise value of the e-retail market is likely to go from $30 billion in FY20 to $100-120 billion by FY25. This means the stage is set for nearly 400% growth for MSMEs as well.

    Power of e-commerce and its role in the growth of MSMEs

    MSMEs in India have very well understood the power of e-commerce and that is why they are all geared up to grow in leaps and bounds. Policy makers have recognised the challenges that MSMEs face, and that's why policies like Skill India, Make in India, Digital India and Startup India have their primary focus set on MSMEs so that these entities can tap into the immense power and potential of the internet.

    Myriads of benefits as MSMEs log in to e-commerce

    The solid impact of e-commerce growth on MSMEs in India was bound to happen. Moreover, the backbone of the Indian economy i.e. MSMEs is witnessing a big boom as the e-commerce industry has been directly impacting this sector due to support from various allied forces like finance and technology. The e-commerce market is already growing in leaps and bounds, and hence MSMEs too have been on an upward growth trajectory. 

    What all really mattered for MSMEs in terms of e-commerce were online payments, local-level logistics support from tech-driven processes, data analytics to understand, engage and retain customers. Not only this, but the unprecedented growth in the market size of e-commerce also gave a boost to employment, overwhelming enhancement of revenues and what not.

    Emergence for e-commerce is a catalyst for MSME sector growth

    The emergence of online marketplaces through e-commerce acted as nothing less than a catalyst for growth and achieving momentum to continue in future as well. MSMEs and e-commerce have been acting as the two wheels of the same chariot.

    With the support of e-commerce, MSMEs acted as the engine of growth and economic development in India. Now, when any business entity prepares for a setup, mostly it first opts for online and then offline, and such is the power of e-commerce for MSMEs. MSMEs have been adopting e-commerce channel to register themselves and create their own niche in their respective business domains.

    E-commerce helped MSMEs go global

    Through e-commerce, even smaller MSMEs get to showcase their products, items, etc across the globe without spending much on expansion and change of location. For MSMEs, e-commerce has become synonymous with economic growth and sustainability. E-commerce has helped MSMEs to get rid of all the business hurdles, which in turn got them a larger audience and a rise in revenues.

    This article has been written by Raghunandan Saraf, Founder & CEO, Saraf Furniture

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    First Published Date: 01 Apr, 17:50 IST
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