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Flipkart signs MoU with Karnataka MSME & Mines dept to promote local art, craft and handlooms

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New Delhi, July 10 (KNN) E-commerce marketplace Flipkart on Friday signed an MoU with Karnataka Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) and Mines department to promote the state's arts, crafts and handloom sectors by bringing them on to e-commerce and providing market access.

The e-tailer will now sell products from state’s local artisans and provide market access.

“The partnership under the Flipkart Samarth programme will enable local artisans, weavers and craftsmen of Karnataka to showcase their hallmark products to a pan-India customer base,'' the Sachin Bansal co-founded company said in a statement.

''Both the Government of Karnataka and the Flipkart Group will focus on creating avenues to increase business and trade inclusion opportunities for these underserved segments of the society, thereby adding further thrust to Made in India efforts,'' he added.

The partnership will see renowned Karnataka based brands- Cauvery - Karnataka Handicrafts Development Corporation and Priyadarshini Handlooms, part of Karnataka Handlooms Development Corporation joining the Flipkart Samarth programme.

''The collaboration with Flipkart will be instrumental in driving commercial and social development in the state.

This partnership will help in taking the local handicrafts and handlooms businesses of Karnataka to a national consumer base,” Principal Secretary, Department of MSME and Mines, Maheshwar Rao said.

Flipkart said its Samarth programme seeks to break entry barriers for artisans by extending time-bound incubation support, which includes benefits in the form of onboarding, free cataloguing, marketing, account management, business insights and warehousing support.

“These are challenging times, and as a homegrown platform, we believe it is our responsibility to boost local businesses and catalyse ecosystem partnerships to help transform them,” Flipkart Group Chief Corporate Affairs Officer Rajneesh Kumar said.


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