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The government’s push to boost digital economy and the rise in smartphone adoption and increase in digital payments have accelerated the e-commerce market which is projected to post impressive gains and grow at 18% annually through 2025, according to the Economic Survey tabled in Parliament on Tuesday.

Quoting figures from the Global Payments Report by Worldpay FIS, the survey said expansion of e-commerce to newer segments like grocery, fresh-to-home fruits and vegetables, and general merchandise has contributed to the rise in customer base beyond traditional buyers.

“There has also been an increase in the adoption of digital solutions by Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) like e-commerce and e-procurement, realizing the prospects of increased revenues and margins, improved market reach, access to new markets, and customer acquisition," survey added.

E-commerce has not only empowered small businesses by removing geographical barriers and providing a large customer base but also allowed them to deal directly with manufacturers and suppliers, thus reducing the cost of procurement.

“This increased access to suppliers significantly helps small business owners scale up their businesses at a much lower investment level, thus boosting their cost structure, “ the survey added.

In terms of order volume and valuation, post-covid-19 years have been the most successful years for Indian e-commerce start-ups. As per the Retail and E-commerce Trends report released by Unicommerce and Wazir Advisors14, overall e-commerce order volume witnessed a growth of 69.4% YoY in FY22, driven mainly by consumers from tier-II and tier-III cities in the last two years.

Besides, GeM attained an annual procurement of 1 lakh crore within FY22, representing a 160% growth compared to last financial year. GeM has taken a host of steps to onboard products of Self-Help Groups (SHGs), tribal communities, artisans, weavers, and MSMEs. 57% of the total business on GeM has come through the MSME units, and female entrepreneurs have contributed over 6%, the survey added.

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