Karnataka based IT Association FiTDAK and its district member association, AIT-Bengaluru had finalized the plan of action for combating the predatory price policies of leading online portals, which are affecting the Brick & Mortar IT Channel fraternity, ranging from small retailers to enterprise solution providers.
B. Ananda Rao, president of FiTDAK said, “IT channels and channel associations across India are desperately waiting for corrective action on the predatory pricing widely practiced by e-tailers that is really devastating the Brick & Mortar IT channel community. If the online portals are flourishing by the virtue of just technology revolution or their exceptional logistics strengths, we all could appreciate. But sadly, their aggression and growth is seen only through predatory pricing by way of offering huge discounts which range between 12% to 30% to the buyers.”
Rao further added, “Yes, we assume the responsibility of protecting the trade against anomalies in the present business model and in the wake of OEMs and brand owners not coming forward to extend any help in the form of regulating the MOP (Minimum Operating Price) across the market place directly or through their national distributors and this Bundh will be observed State wide.”
Satya Prasad, president of AIT-Bengaluru said, “The purchase bundh will be effective from 24th November and it will go on for minimum 4 days, to mark our protest against predatory pricing. We are taking all our members in confidence to make it mandatory for participating in the bundh.”
Sridhar.R, secretary of FITDAK added, “We had held FiTDAK-AIT combine fellowship meet on 11th of this month to apprise the huge member gathering of the plan of action and entire fraternity welcomed the resolution with great relief and applause. The 24th November also will be observed as total trade bundh and even the channel trade also will close down their business establishments.”
Ketan Shah, the Secretary of AIT-Bengaluru joined to add by saying, “before we arrived at this eventual step, the associations across the country, including ours in Karnataka tried to bring the house in order through dialogue with the government, highlighting the financial and taxation irregularities and submitting the memorandum to Competition Commission of India (CCI) with evidence on predatory pricing, holding discussions with both OEMs and NDs, we did not find the responses encouraging despite the fact that the predatory prices practiced by e-tailers is a crime.”
Rao finally added that All India Association for IT Associations and South India IT Associations are putting all efforts to see that the bundh will be observed across the country in all the states.