Technology plays a major role in human life and society. 20 years ago we didn’t have android phones, social media, laptops, wifis, etc. But now we have all these facilities and remember our world is now attached to 4G(4th generation) and moving to 5th by the end of 2019. Technology development has helped people to access more about anything and to improve skills on all basis and hence technology is so crucial in the successful life that we lead at the present. Totally we people are lucky enough to live in this generation as we can use the technologies to know about anything. The Internet is a perfect example of the revolution of technology.
People having a lack of knowledge about E-Commerce will be less. We are living in a generation called “internet generation” and E-Commerce underlines it. The Internet can be used for various beneficial purposes and E-commerce is one among them. E-commerce or Electronic commerce is the process of buying or selling of any product through the internet. E-commerce is leading a complete change in the traditional way of doing business. This significant change in the business model is witnessing a tremendous growth around the globe including India. Magento, Woocommerce, and Shopify are leading eCommerce development platform in use. Magento web development companies in Kozhikode are good at building stunning eCommerce websites for clients around the globe. This article is all about the history of E-commerce in Kozhikode, its growth and impact in Kerala.
History & Development of E-Commerce
It was August 11, 1994. In Philadelphia, the US everyone was busy having their lunch. But at that time Phil Brandenberger, a Philadelphia native man was busy with a process. He logged in to his computer and used his credit card to purchase a book namely “Ten Summoner’s Tales”. That story may not sound too exciting today but at that time this particular transaction created history. Because it was the first time that encryption technology was used to enable an internet purchase which means that was the first ever true E-commerce transaction. E-commerce has grown by leaps and bounds since then. Amazon.com was one of the first E-commerce sites in the US to start selling products online and too many businesses followed since. Online shopping was invented and pioneered by Michael Aldrich in 1979 in the United Kingdom. E-Commerce is an important and powerful tool at the present as it provides a very simple way of shopping.
E-Commerce in India
As of July 2018, India has 475 million internet users,i.e.,40% of the population. Some of the main E-commerce companies in India are Amazon, Flipkart, Shopclues, Paytm, Snapdeal and e-bay. As per the calculations, the number of users will gradually increase in the coming years
E-commerce in Kozhikode
E-Commerce is extending it’s roots really very well in God’s own country, Kerala too. Kozhikode is one of the major cities in Kerala with a great, elegant and strong history. Kozhikode is also known as Calicut.
Let us go through a short history of Kozhikode. Kozhikode was under the Chera Dynasty until AD 1122. Kozhikode gained popularity as the best port district in it’s earlier days and due to this, tourists arrived in large numbers into this exquisite city. In the 14th century, it is believed that the Chinese had come to Kozhikode and experts have evidence for this assumption. At this time Kozhikode was ruled by the Samoothiri maharajas. Keralites with a lack of knowledge of the story between Kozhikode and the Portuguese sailor Vasco Da Gama will be rare. In 1498, Vasco Da Gama arrived at Kozhikode’s famous Kappad beach which is 25 Km away from the city. This incident took Kozhikode’s name to history. In 1766, the Mysore Emperor Hyder Ali invaded Kozhikode. After 1792, due to the third Anglo-Mysore war, Hyder Ali’s follower Tipu Sultan handed over Kozhikode to the British. Kozhikode was under Madras Presidency until Kerala was officially formed in 1956. All the details mentioned above was the past history of Kozhikode.
Let’s now come to the present scenario. Kozhikode is famous for its food as Kozhikode’s foods are considered as the best compared to other districts in Kerala. Also, Kozhikode is known as the land of Halwas as Kozhikode’s halwa is very tasty and most importantly has a very good quality than other Kerala districts.
Some of the crucial attractive spots in Kozhikode are Mananjira Square, The Pazhassi Raja Museum, Kozhikode Beach, Beypore Port, Kappad Beach, Sarovaram Bio Park, and Malabar Botanical Garden. Kozhikode is one of the main commercial cities of Kerala. The city is currently the major trade hub of North Kerala with good connectivity through road, rail, and air. Many changes occurred in Kozhikode in the last few years. The number of malls and buildings built in recent years is evidence of this. The KSRTC bus terminal in Kozhikode is one of the largest bus terminals in Kerala. In earlier days, the main area of business was the Big Bazar (known as Valiyangadi in Malayalam) near the railway station. The area of the business at the present is SM Street (Sweetmeat Street, also known as Mittayi Theruvu in Malayalam), a long street containing all categories of shops in it. The city also has standard shopping malls in which the Focus Mall, RP Mall, and the Hilite Mall being the most preferred malls. The Hilite Mall is the second largest mall in Kerala.
A place having such a long, strong and bold history will be very rare even in the whole of India. Technology has its best development in Kozhikode in the last few years. We can clearly understand it from the above-mentioned statistics of Kozhikode. It’s not surprising that a high prolific district like Kozhikode has that much development in technology. Remember Kerala’s literacy rate is 93.91%. As a result, the number of internet users has increased in the last five years in Kozhikode so as E-commerce.
Three of the major eCommerce companies active in Kozhikode are:
Potafo is an online food delivery service based in Kozhikode. Potafo has a connection with many local restaurants in the city. If any customer is in need of your favorite food, just make an order through the Potafo app or website and the food will be there in your home soon. Potafo covers every corner of Kozhikode. The advantage of Potafo is it’s fast delivery process and quality service. The Potafo head office is situated at Thanveer Complex, Zilla Bungalow Road, West Nadakkavu, Vellayil, Kozhikode.
Seekrets is a women’s innerwear online shopping service in Kozhikode. The head office is situated at Focus Mall, Kozhikode. The main plus point of Seekrets is that it is completely a women’s world. The sales people are all women so that customer women will be so comfortable here in all aspects. The quality of the product is also great with a versatile selection.
Get On Touch is an online food delivery service based in Kozhikode. The head office is situated at Devi Mandir, Jawahar Nagar, Kozhikode. It is one of the best online food delivery services in Kozhikode. Get On Touch has been appreciated for it’s fast delivery and so good service.
Yes, our Kozhikode is also having a great share of E-Commerce along with the world. From a difficult past with only offline shopping in the business E-Commerce made people look shopping so simple. And it will be more simple in the coming years if the technology is making this much impact. More Web Designing and Web Development Companies and E-Commerce companies are waiting to get released in the market. Technology is making a heavy impact in each generation. No need to go before 2000. Just check the statistics after 2000 and you will get all the answers.
We can take a simple example. Before ten years teachers used to take classes by simple classroom lecture and using blackboards but what is the situation now? Yes, the classroom lecture is not completely eradicated but still, many teachers use projectors and internet to make their job simple and also to make the students understand properly. If this trend continues, in the coming years ordinary classroom lectures will just remain as a memory. Before 10 years, students used to learn with the help of their textbooks and notebooks only. But what is happening today? Majority of the students are referring internet for their study purpose which will make their job very very simple. If this scenario continues, experts found that there will be no schools and colleges in the coming generation. Twitter, facebook, whats app, telegram, Instagram, etc. are just other examples of technology development. That is the growth of technology.
Mankind is moving through a long period from nothing, we have everything right now. Yes, it is a long journey and still offers a long to travel. At present, we have the internet to fulfill almost all our needs. Yes, technology is in its peak development. What will it offer in the upcoming years? Will it be a boon or a curse for our society? Let’s wait and see.