Every idea has its own proper time when its eventually gets implemented and enter into people’s lives.
Before youtube was developed it didnt require a lot of common sense to understand that there is a need for a video sharing service in the market. But the video sharing platforms didnt really emerged untill we saw the rise in the internet bandwidth which grew upto the levels where video sharing service could sustain and operate.
This happend in around year 2005 when youtube was born. The first time in the history of human kind internet bandwidth was raised enough to support the sharing of videos.
We can see that there is a proper timing behind every concept and an idea to enter into the market.
Similarly when we think of local e-commerce it should not really need a lot of common sense to figure out that local e-commerce is required and it would simplify our lives. But what needs to be figured is when is the appropriate timing ? for local e-commerce to go mainstream into people’s lives ? But before discussing that let us have a little discussion on the history of local e-commerce.
Even in the year 2000′ the attempt’s were made help people buy fruits and vegetables from local shops using a website. But it didnt succeeed. Because local e-commerce required features which were not present in Desktop computers.
Speaking further it would actually be quite an aweful experince to buy fruits and vegetables from your laptop and PC and for a reason which i cannot express into words the concept of buying fruits and vegetables from your desktop appears to be little inappropriate. May be because nobody carries laptops and PC’s with them all the time.
The local e-commerce appears to have certain special needs and some extra challanges to overcome compared to the conventional e-commerce. It needs to be location based. The shops / stores / sellers need to be sorted according the distance and should also get filtered out when the custormers goes outside the delivery range of the shop.
The emergence of Smartphones has somehow solved these problems. Because it is very trivial for smartphones to have GPS these days and it is getting more common for apps to use GPS and location.
More number of people have access to smartphones compared to the number of people who used the Desktops. This difference is substancial in the third world developing economies like India.
Therefore in a developing economy like India the local e-commerce would not be successful unless the smartphone comes to the rescue. The cost of buying a smartphone is substancially lower than buying a desktop. Therefore, people have adopted the smartphones in large numbers despite India largely being a country of poor people.
Smarphones have also helped bring the benefits of software and technology into the lives of even the most underpreviliged people.
There were few more factors. The cost of development and complexity of development. The e-commerce marketplace software can be quite a challange to develop and it would be a big IT project. But fortunately the field of software development has matured. The emergence of REST API’s and lots of good Quality libraries in the ANdroid ecocystem has made the development of SOftware very simple and easy.
These are some of the factors by which we can predict that we will see the rise local -ecommerce and just like adoption of services like Youtube the local e-commerce will become a commonplace in people’s lives.
The year 2005 was the year when the world was transitioning into adopting video sharing as something which is widespread and something which would become a part of our lives.
2017 would be the year where we might see local e-commerce rising really fast and growing rapidly into our economy and also entering into our lives.