How to become a buyer at Jabong?


Buying and consuming good has become a common phenomenon. Buying is a simple act of acquiring a commodity against a specific amount. Online shopping has become a trend which is suitable for every section of society.

Let’s look at one such online portal, Jabong and how to become a buyer at Jabong.

What is JABONG?

Jabong is one of the leading Indian fashion and lifestyle e-commerce portal which is founded by Praveen Sinha, Lakshmi Potluri, Arun Chandra Mohan, and Manu Kumar Jain in the year 2011. You can find a wide range of apparels, footwear, fashion accessories, beauty products, fragrances, home accessories, and other fashion and lifestyle products at this portal. The company headquarter is based in Gurugram, NCR. Some of the top brands available at Jabong are Lee Cooper, Nike, Puma, Rebook, Dorothy Perkins.

You can visit the official portal at www.jabong.com.


Modes of buying:

Consumers often have a choice between the different modes of acquiring products. It can either be online or offline. The frequency of these modes depends on the buyer and their comfort.


Online:

Under this mode, the buyer refers to e-commerce websites like Jabong, Myntra, Amazon, Flipkart, and other e-portals. On these portals, you can browse for products segregated under various categories like men, women, electronic appliances, home decor, beauty, and stationery. Select the products that you would like to buy and proceed for payment. Lately, the modes of payment have expanded, providing customers with numerous options like Cash on delivery, Netbanking, Credit/debit card payment or payment via Paytm.  In this buyer give his order on various websites like Jabong, Myntra on their respective websites. Delivery of products depends on the location and availability of the product.


Offline:

Under this mode, consumer goods are bought directly from the store in the presence of a buyer and a seller. Here, the buyer has the opportunity to check and verify the products first hand and not wait for delivery. The most popular mode of payment is using cash but other option like card payment and payment via Paytm is also available.


Jabong v/s other e-commerce portals

As discussed above, there are various e-commerce portals at buyer’s discretion. So what makes Jabong special and better than the other shopping avenues.


Why Jabong:

Jabong offers a wide range of products under all categories and has tie-ups with major international brands. It assures the quality and safety of the products. Jabong extends various discounts and offers to all the customers. These discounts can be availed directly from the website. By combining the coupons and season benefit (if any), you can avail up to 80% discount and additional discounts on selected products. There are fewer chances of receiving fraudulent products from Jabong.


Earning money through Jabong:

Jabong has an ‘affiliate program’ through which you can earn money. This program is easy to join and has attractive packages as compared to other affiliate programs of different e-commerce portals.  Through the affiliate program, bloggers earn revenue by referring visitors and customers to the e-commerce portal, websites, online services and shops. The website gives commission to the referrer/blogger when the referred visitor makes a purchase or sign up for a service using the referrer’s code.


Advantages of being an affiliate with Jabong:

Jabong offers 10% commission for all sales made by your affiliate link. So, if a person makes a purchase worth Rs. 2000 through your link/ your code, then you are eligible for a commission worth Rs. 200. If you are visiting the website through an affiliate link, the website will save some cookies on your computer. These cookies are valid for a period of 30 days and if the buyer visits and makes a purchase using your affiliate link within that duration, you (the affiliate) will earn a commission.

The sale validation exists for 45 days after the receipt of the order is generated through your affiliate link. As mentioned above, the cookies last for 30 days and an additional 15 days for sale validation. After this, the amount generated through your affiliate link is accounted for and deposited in your account.  


Work experience at Jabong:

Working at Jabong can be informative and skill enhancing. Reports suggest that management is skilled and is supportive. Guiding employees in the right direction and helping them to develop skill set also falls with the management. The management at Jabong uses technological means to dispense knowledge and skills which eventually helps their employees to work efficiently and productively in the long run.

Expertise in MS Excel, Planning, Inventory management, and calculating profitability is one of the priorities at Jabong. Jabong has a conducive working environment which has transparency and accountability. Management committee is accessible at all times which makes it easy for the employees to report fallacies and errors.

Jabong encourages employees to maintain a balance between their professional and personal lives. Jabong understands the importance of healthy personal life and how it directly affects the efficiency levels of employees. Once in a while, games and events are organised for employee-employer bonding. Another important aspect is that employees are compensated well according to their work and designation.

It is important that you are taking into account all the factors before taking up work at Jabong. But rest assured, you shall have a great time working as a buyer at Jabong.


Fashion Buyer:

If you are working as a buyer with Jabong, then you might wanna call yourself a ‘fashion buyer’. But what does this term actually stands for?

Definition:

A fashion buyer is a person who makes purchasing decisions for a clothing retailer. “A buyer is someone who goes to market,”. What does that actually mean? In short, it means that buyers handpick the styles that end up in clothing stores. “I go through and pick the pieces for the season based on past sales history and upcoming trends,”. The best part of the role: being able to showcase the unique aspects of the brand you work for and demonstrate how you’re making a difference to consumers.


Educational qualifications:

No particular education qualifications are required to become a buyer. But employers prefer candidates with an undergraduate degree in Business, Marketing, and Merchandising because they hold high chances of employment. Buyers who are new to the industry often continue their education in the field by participating in training programs led by experienced buyers.


What is the work of the Buyer?

Being a buyer does not only mean working on company’s merchandises. To maintain this position, you need good analytical skills along with a sharp business perception. This position has a broad base and covers a lot of responsibilities.

Buyers responsibility revolves around the current trends and styles along with customer’s likes and dislikes. Merchandising and selection of clothes are heavily dependent on the location,  culture and trends. Along with this, a buyer is also responsible for taking into consideration past statistics to figure out what worked and what didn’t work for the company. Apart from past and present, a buyer also has to consider the upcoming season and the designer’s vision for the coming season. Buyers also have the responsibility to set the retail price for customers and thus should be good at negotiations.

Fashion game changes with period and season and parallelly customer requirements also change. In order to analyze sales numbers and quantify trends, buyers need to be analytical and able to think on their feet to avoid any losses to the company. They should be able to maintain the balance between their supply, product vendor and customer’s demand.

If fashion is your forte along with business management, then being a ‘fashion buyer’ is a highly recommended job for you.

CA Abhishek Soni

Abhishek Soni is a Chartered Accountant by profession & entrepreneur by passion. He is the co-founder & CEO of Tax2Win.in. Tax2win is amongst the top 25 emerging startups of Asia and authorized ERI by the Income Tax Department. In the past, he worked in EY and comes with wide industry experience from telecom, retail to manufacturing to entertainment where he has handled various national and international assignments.