Tata Digital’s request for CCI approval to shop for BigBasket

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Tata Digital’s request for CCI approval Sons Pvt. Ltd. plans to shop for a majority stake in Alibaba Group Holding Ltd.-backed online grocery seller BigBasket, a filing with the Competition Commission of India (CCI) showed on Friday.

The Tata-BigBasket deal, if approved, would put the conglomerate in direct competition with Amazon, Walmart’s Flipkart and Reliance Retail’s JioMart, backed by billionaire Mukesh Ambani to shop for BigBasket

In the filing with the CCI, Tata Digital Ltd., an entirely in hand unit of Tata Sons, projected to shop for 64.3% of an associate entity that runs business-to-business sales for BigBasket. The Economic Times had antecedently according to that Tata cluster aims to require management of quite hr of BigBasket, shopping for out Alibaba’s stake.

The proposal comes as e-commerce sales, particularly of food and groceries, have exploded in Bharat because the Covid-19 pandemic spurred a shift to on-line looking.

BigBasket’s opponents are required to spend vigorously on the e-basic food item business.

Tata Sons, through its group entities, is already engaged within the business of selling food and grocery, household products and private and wonder care products. But the BigBasket acquisition will give Tata a direct head-start to require on bigger rivals Reliance Industries Ltd, Amazon and Walmart-Flipkart within the retail industry, especially within the online grocery and household products space.

The acquisition will propel Tata Group into the immensely competitive online grocery retail market, which saw manifold growth during the lockdowns because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The arena is currently witnessing a troublesome contest between Amazon, Walmart-owned Flipkart, Reliance Industries’ retail arm Reliance Retail, and Grofers.

In the filing to CCI, Tata Digital Ltd (TDL) proposed to accumulate a 64.3 per cent stake in Supermarket Grocery Supplies Pvt Ltd (SGS), which handles business-to-business sales of BigBasket brand, through a mix of primary and secondary acquisitions in one or more tranches.

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