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Online buying boosts 'touch, feel' business of home decor furnishings

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Indians are becoming more conscious about the way their homes look and this has given new wings to the home decor segment on

Perhaps in response to the growing demand, announced this February the launch of redesigned home shopping experience on the web. This move was a part of the company's reorganisation of its home group division, and highlights home products like furniture, accessories and other decorative items.

According to a joint report by and CII, the logistics market is valued at $35 billion (Rs 2.35 lakh crore) in 2018, and is projected to witness a growth of 36 per cent in the coming five years.

Hussaine Kesury, at Pepperfry, says India's furniture market looks promising with a sharp growth forecast for

"While the total offline market is growing at 10-15 per cent year over year (YoY), the is growing at 300 per cent YoY. Over the next few years, we expect the and furniture (H&F) to become nine per cent of overall and six per cent of the overall H&F market," Kesury told IANS.

provides customers a choice through its portfolio of over 100,000 products across categories like furniture, home decor, lamps and lighting, furnishing, kitchen and dining, housekeeping, and hardware and electricals.

"In the last six-and-a-half years, we have witnessed a significant jump in our traffic. With seven million unique visits a month, we dominate the segment at 60 per cent plus Having established its leadership in the furniture and home products segment in India, Pepperfry's revenue has grown at 83 per cent over the last few years," said Kesury.

At portal com, home furnishings clock about 150,000 orders a month out of which 55 per cent orders are for bedsheets. It is one of the fastest-growing portfolios in the home division and contributes 20 per cent of the home and kitchen and six per cent of the overall

According to Ritika Tanjeja, of Category Management at ShopClues, the home decor market has seen an exponential growth in the past few years.

"India's and furniture market was pegged at about $1 billion in 2017 and is expected to grow at 36 per cent. The general perception is that home furnishing are primarily from the metros, but over 60 per cent of customers in this category come from tier 3 and tier 4 markets and our numbers in terms of orders per month has seen a surge over the years," told IANS.

She says that there have been inhibitions pertaining to the "feel" factor for online shopping, but things have changed now.

"We have seen, and this is across segments and online marketplaces, that Indian consumers are opening up to the idea of choosing merchandise based on visuals and product information," she said.

Sameer A.M., and Founder of -- an that offers cost-effective designs for home -- too has seen the change.

"Home furnishing market has soared in visibility, reach and affordability with the wider acceptance of as a reliable business dimension. With innovation in e-commerce on proactive quality and experience check combined with community driven reviews, feedback, the whole game is only getting better at an exponential rate," he told IANS.

Raghunandan Saraf, and Founder of and manufacturer Saraf Furniture, said Indians are more conscious than ever of the way their homes look and the vibe they exude.

"This growth in demand is propelling to push the envelope of excellence and introduce the best of international styles and trends on their so that discerning Indian buyers have the choice that they desire. It's this demand-supply circle that is driving the explosion in this segment," Saraf told IANS.

(Nivedita can be contacted at nivedita.s@ians.in)

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First Published: Sat, June 02 2018. 13:46 IST
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