Sachin Bansal and Binny Bansal named ‘Asians of the Year’ by Straits Times as part of ‘The Disruptors’

Bangalore, 05, December, 2016:
 Sachin Bansal and Binny Bansal, founders of Flipkart, have been chosen for the prestigious 2016 ‘Asian of the Year’ by Straits Times of Singapore as part of a group called the ‘The Disruptors’. 

Sachin Bansal and Binny Bansal named ‘Asians of the Year’ by Straits Times as part of ‘The Disruptors’

The Asian of the Year 2016 awards recognises entrepreneurs “operating at the frontiers of technology's interface with business” who have launched companies that have disrupted traditional business model for the benefit of end consumers. The other disruptors include the founders of Tencent, Go-Jek, Grab and Razer. 

“We are truly humbled and honoured to be chosen for this award,” said Sachin Bansal and Binny Bansal in a joint statement. “It validates our commitment to creating a world-class internet company that is transforming the lives of Indians by making a high quality lifestyle affordable to them. Flipkart’s innovative steps, aimed at transforming commerce in India through technology, have truly disrupted the market and it makes us proud to be recognized for this achievement. We accept this honor on behalf of all Indians.” 

Awarded since 2012, the ‘Asian of the Year’ award recognises “a person or people who have contributed significantly to improving lives at home or in the wider region”. In 2014, the award was given to India’s Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi and in 2015, it was awarded posthumously to Mr Lee Kuan Yew, Singapore's founding father.

According to the award citation for 2016, ‘The Disruptors have "made the inevitable march of technology easier to understand and accept by millions of people concerned about their old ways of life yielding to an unfamiliar new one."

2016 has been a year of accolades for Flipkart. Earlier this year, Time Magazine put Sachin Bansal and Binny Bansal on the list of 100 Most Influential People in the world. In September 2016, Flipkart has emerged as the 'E-commerce company of the year' in a nationwide consumer study conducted by BusinessWorld Group in association with Nielsen. Flipkart also emerged as the top-ranked Indian brand in the Ipsos study of India's most influential brands in April.

About Flipkart: 

Flipkart is India’s largest e-commerce marketplace with over with over 60% market share of mobile commerce. With a registered customer base of 100 million, Flipkart offers more than 80 million products across 80+ categories including Smart Phones, Books, Media, Consumer Electronics, Furniture, Fashion and Lifestyle. Launched in October 2007, Flipkart is known for its path-breaking services like Cash on Delivery, experience zones and a 10-day replacement policy. Flipkart was the pioneer in offering services like In-a-Day Guarantee (50 cities) and Same-Day-Guarantee (13 cities) at scale. With over 1,00,000 registered sellers, Flipkart has redefined the way brands and MSME’s do business online.