Kudumbashree is set to launch its products on the ONDC network at the “Symposium on Digital Marketing and Launch of Kudumbashree Products on ONDC” event, which will be held on March 2, 2023, in Trivandrum, Kerala.
Open Network for Digital Commerce (ONDC) is an initiative aiming at promoting open networks for all aspects of exchange of goods and services over digital or electronic networks. ONDC is to be based on open-sourced methodology, using open specifications and open network protocols independent of any specific platform.
A government of Kerala programme, Kudumbashree, is a three-tier community of women working towards poverty eradication and women empowerment, and its association with ONDC will strengthen the joint advocacy and support efforts to strengthen the mission.
As part of this event, Kudumbashree and SellerApp (A network participant associated with ONDC) will sign a Memorandum of Understanding to bring Kudumbashree’s associated sellers onboard the ONDC network, making their products available for purchase online across India. This collaboration aims to empower women entrepreneurs associated with Kudumbashree by providing them with the latest technology and tools for successful online business, thus contributing to the organization’s goal of eradicating poverty and empowering women in Kerala.
Currently, 138 products from Kudumbashree are available on the open network, including women-made products by SHGs and NHGs in categories such as groceries, fashion, beauty, and personal care. After the MOU is signed, many more products are expected to be available online through the open network at an accelerated pace.
The event will have over 150 women from Kudumbashree attending, including a training workshop on social media marketing and a packaging training workshop organized by Shiprocket. The benefits of joining the ONDC network will be highlighted, including increased discoverability across multiple buyer applications, the power for sellers to set their own terms, and access to customer information.
T Koshy, MD & CEO, ONDC, said, “Our mission at ONDC is to make e-commerce accessible and inclusive for sellers of every size and scale across India. The initiative taken by SellerApp to onboard sellers from Kudumbashree on the open network will showcase the potential of ONDC to bridge the digital divide and empower small businesses across the country.”
Dilip Vamanan, Founder, SellerApp, said, “We are excited to partner with Kudumbashree to bring the benefits of e-commerce enabled by ONDC to the sellers associated with Kudumbashree. Our mission at SellerApp has always been to enable and scale e-commerce businesses with actionable data.”
Jafar Malik, IAS, Executive Director, Kudumbashree, said, “I am very happy to see that Kudumbashree is launching its products on ONDC in the silver Jubilee year of Kudumbashree. This will be a milestone in Kudumbashree history also to be part of this digital revolution. In coming years we want to see kudumbashree products accessible to everyone from everywhere . We are also happy to work closely with Sellerapp for making this successful in months to come. ”
Incorporated on 31st December 2021, Open Network for Digital Commerce (ONDC), a Section 8 company, is an initiative of the Department of Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT), Ministry of Commerce, Government of India build envisioned to create a facilitative model to revolutionize digital commerce, giving greater thrust to penetration of retail e-commerce in India. ONDC is not an application, platform, intermediary, or software but a set of specifications designed to foster open, unbundled, and interoperable open networks, thereby eliminating the dependency on a single platform.
Major ONDC objectives are as follows:
1. Democratisation and decentralization of eCommerce
2. Inclusivity and access for sellers, especially small and medium enterprises as well as local businesses
3. Increased choices and independency for consumers