The 2017 Audi A3 is not expected to be a new model from the ground up, but more of a facelift. The new updates would include some minor cosmetic and mechanical modifications to the models that would include revised headlamps, tail lamps and a new engine.
Audi has launched the updated A3 sedan in India almost two months after the launch of its drop-top sibling, the A3 Cabriolet, in February this year. Priced from Rs 30.5 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi) for the entry model, the updated A3 gets refreshed styling bringing it in line with the larger A4, along with a new petrol engine.
Instead of the 1.8-litre TFSI petrol engine, the new A3 now gets a 1.4-litre TFSI under the hood. It produces 150 Ps of maximum power and has a max torque figure of 250 Nm. The car comes with a seven-speed S-Tronic auto gearbox and has an increased claimed mileage of 19.2 kmpl.
While the diesel 2.0-litre engine remains the same, there are a host of other cosmetic changes that have been incorporated in both powertrains.
Audi A3 Premium Plus Price & Features (Petrol – Rs 30.5 lakh; Diesel – Rs 32.3 lakh)
16-inch alloy wheels, Xenon,headlamps, Panoramic sunroof, Dual-zone auto climate control, Cruise control, Front and rear parking sensors, Electric adjust driver’s seat, Seven airbags
Audi A3 Technology Price & Features (Petrol – Rs 34.25 lakh; Diesel – Rs 35.8 lakh)
LED headlamps, Dynamic turn indicators (rear), Reverse camera, MMI, system with navigation, Wing mirrors with electric adjust, retract and, heating function, Milano leather upholstery, Electric adjust front seats
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The new A3 competes with the Mercedes CLA (Rs 31.90 – 35.9 lakh), but has the advantage of offering an entry-level petrol trim car making it a bit more affordable.
The interiors get an update as well. The cabin is now all-black, with a added creature comforts like climate control, seven-inch infotainment display that works well with the new parking sensors. Also added to this list is a panoramic sunroof and a wireless charging point that sits at the front armrest.
Coming to the engine, the old 1.8-litre model will be replaced by a 1.4-litre unit that produces 150bhp and 250Nm of torque. The same will be paired to a 7-speed DSG transmission that as always, sends power to the front wheels.
Audi India has been in a phase of consolidation as is looking at a sustainable number one position in the premium car market. Audi also plans to introduce models which have never been in India before.
The requirements gathering phase of a web design project is critical to the success of any web based project. The importance of this document grows as the complexity of a site increases.
Think of a requirements document as the blueprint of a website. Every single feature and function that will be on the final site should be listed in this document.
Every website is different and often more complex than you can imagine. It’s not enough to say “just do what ‘insert popular website name here’ is doing. How long would it take you to go through a robust site and document all of the functionality? You probably wouldn’t catch everything either, especially without access to the backend.
Traditional website requirements focused on functionality and technical aspects of a site. Due to the evolving complexity of technology, modern website requirements document need to be much more in-depth.
Modern requirements include:
• Business requirements
• Functionality & IT
Develop a Requirements Document
Vivid Design Consultants, will submit a formal proposal that thoroughly describes the site we will build, and provides an exact cost, outline and schedule. We’ll outline each section of the site and most importantly — describe the interactivity and functionality of the site in exacting detail. This is a time-consuming, but valuable exercise because it provides a roadmap for our developers and it should make you more confident that we understand your business needs. Once we’re both happy with the terms of the project, we’ll begin
Establishing a Project Plan
Our team will sit down with you (at your office or ours) to review the roadmap for the project. You’ll have one project manager who will guide you through the entire process. We can communicate via phone, email, in-person meetings or via the web with our project management software. And, we’ll also establish a web hosting solution that specifically meets your company’s needs.
Website Project Estimate
Most clients will get a rough estimate or estimate range before the Definition phase but this rough estimate may change based on what is discovered during this initial round of investigation. For example, initially the client may have mentioned a website designing companies “search” feature and this was initially assumed to be a basic, out-of-the-box feature. But during the Definition phase, the team discovers that the client wants additional functions that will customize the search results in specific ways. The “search” feature may now jump from 3 hours of effort to 100 hours of effort, thereby changing the project estimate. Once the Definition phase is complete, a much more accurate estimate can be generated.
We study Clients Requirement on different perspectives
The best requirements gathering involve the entire team, both agency and client. You must define the site’s purpose. Is this an e-commerce site? A brochure-ware style site? Or is your site driven by other unique functionality? What does the site do, and why?
When gathering website requirements it is generally accepted to focus on what is required of the site without constraints as to how it will be done. The leading business requirements will be outlined first.
Business requirements include your main goals and how to implement them. Let’s look at this example of business requirements for a trade show model staffing company website:
• Staff models
• Recruit models
• Model management database
• Social media
In this example everything is driven by the company’s desire to staff models. To staff models you need to have models. This is handled through a model management database. Research revealed that the software to perform the required duties did not exist, so a custom system with its own functionality requirements was designed and programmed.
Functionalities & IT
After business requirements are gathered functionality requirements must be defined. Programmers or IT are typically involved to help define server and application issues, accessibility, database, platforms, mobile use, technology and programming choices.
In our example, a database of over 10,000 members and a large number of variables per member were required. Analytics revealed that a large percentage of visitors were coming from mobile devices so a mobile strategy was implemented. This in turn, influenced server choices, security, and other IT decisions.
Of equal importance is your documentation being available for testing. As many issues as possible should be resolved during the programming phase. Any gray areas should be hammered out with the client before too much time is spent possibly programming solutions that were not part of the client’s vision.
For example, a search for “Atlanta models” displays a far smaller percentage of actual Atlanta models available. What happened, did members not accurately enter where they lived or was something wrong with the system? A system review revealed that many models put the suburb of Atlanta that they actually lived in.
Two solutions were added to the requirements documentation to resolve this issue from happening in the future. The first was to add a data field “nearest major city,” which enabled models to rank in searches for those cities. The second was a zip code radius based search results.
Design & Site Architecture
After we have a plan for the web site, we will custom build several mock-ups for the site based on your input. The mock-ups are non-functioning graphical representations of what your site would look like. From the beginning we consider search engine optimization, browser compatibility, download times, usability and other technical issues. You will choose your favorite mock-up and provide feedback. Usually we perform two rounds of revisions with mock-ups.
Concurrent with the graphic design process, our project manager and web developers will be planning and setting up the architecture of your site and building the database schema. You’re welcome to be a part of this process, but you might find it agonizingly boring. Luckily for you, we love this stuff.
Modern requirements documentation should contain how you will meet your user expectations, how your site will express your brand, design consistency and user experience.
Usability may impact technologies used, content strategy, and design. As important as this step is, many flaws in your site may not be revealed until it is live and user testing has been conducted.
Usability was extremely important for our model-staffing agency and it was addressed in the requirements documentation. Key stakeholders were interviewed to learn more about their processes and how the new site could better handle them for the end-user.
Before programming, designers and usability experts created the interfaces and layouts, focusing on ease of use and user experience. Because there was an existing site, analytics were able to demonstrate that an improved user interface resulted in key metrics being improved through usability.
A final requirements document should be used to ensure every requirement and client expectation is met, that future growth is built on a strong foundation, and miscommunication is kept to a minimum.
Even if you already have a website, it’s not too late to create a requirements document and to continually test. Implementing best practices and choosing a partner with experience will help reduce the chance of usability errors, flaws in functionality, or emissions.
Expand your planning from traditional functionality and remember to document marketing and usability. When done correctly, you will have not doubts that requirements documentation was well worth your investment of time and resources.
Website Testing & Launch
When your site is designed and built, and you are satisfied with the finished product, we’ll test it thoroughly. We’ll perform any remaining site revisions then launch it to the world. We will work with you to promote your site among all the major search engines and websites related to your industry. We can also teach you how to maintain your site, or we can maintain it for you and bill you on an hourly basis for maintenance services. We will never just build it and forget about it. Vivid Design Consultants has grown quickly from word-of-mouth, so making you happy with the final product is the best thing we can do.
As time inches forward with each passing year, many new design trends loom on the horizon. The field of web design is always changing with new tools, workflows, and best practices for constructing usable layouts.
It’s tough to predict which exact trends will draw the greatest attention. Yet recent history shows a pattern of trends that have been growing like wildfire. I’ve organized 20 unique trends that have gained traction over 2015 and will likely continue well into 2016.
1. Sketch App for UI Design
Sketch is quickly replacing Photoshop for all UI design tasks ranging from low-fidelity wireframes to high-fidelity mockups & icon design.
Sketch App is a Mac-only application made specifically for web and mobile designers. It offers a smoother work environment to craft vector elements for any interface, yet it also retains many features you’d expect from Photoshop like text effects and layer styles.
While there’s no evidence that Sketch will ever be released for Windows, it has still become a valued choice by OS X users. The simplified workflow and cheaper price tag is giving Adobe a run for its money. If Sketch continues to provide the best UI design experience then it’ll surely continue growing well into 2016 and beyond.
2. Browser-Based IDEs
Desktop IDEs have been around for decades with options ranging from Notepad++ to Xcode and Visual Studio. An IDE makes it easier to write code with suggestions and syntax highlighting(among other features).
But traditionally IDEs have been released as desktop applications. Over the past few years we’ve seen a dramatic rise in browser-based cloud IDEs. These don’t require any software other than a web browser, which allows devs to write code from any computer with Internet access.
Cloud IDEs function more like web applications where you can save code snippets to your account for sharing or personal storage. CodePen is one of the most popular IDEs with support for HTML/CSS/JS along with custom preprocessing like Jade/Haml and LESS/SCSS.
Mozilla Thimble is another IDE for beginning developers who want to learn as they code. Also Codeply is great for testing specific responsive frameworks like Bootstrap or Zurb’s Foundation without needing to download any files.
3. Free Sass/SCSS Mixins
Preprocessors have been trendy for years but only recently became mainstream enough to feel ubiquitous across the entire field of web design/development. Nowadays it seems odd to write vanilla CSS when Sass/SCSS can provide so much more.
One benefit is a growing supply of Sass mixin libraries. Simple mixins are like code snippets or basic functions to generate repeatable code in CSS. While you can always write your own, many developers have been kind enough to release free mixins online.
Some mixins come in libraries like Bourbon while others can be standalone items. Try doing a search in GitHub for Sass/SCSS mixins to see what you can find.
4. Card Layouts
Website card layouts were first popularized by Pinterest a few years back and have since become a trend for content-heavy webpages. Free plugins like jQuery Masonry can be used to mimic this layout style with animated cards for various heights & widths.
A card layout is best used on pages with lots of data that should be scannable. The landing page for Google Now uses a card layout to advertise optional cards for the Google Now app.
You can think of card layouts as more dynamic grids with a focus on minimizing content to the bare essentials to list more items together. Online magazines likeUGSMAG and The Next Web are both perfect examples of card layouts used to showcase recent post content.
5. Custom Explainer Videos
Big and small web companies alike have taken to the trend of custom explainer videos. These are often created with animation like the Crazy Egg example. But other videos rely on real-life footage like Instagram Direct.
The purpose of an explainer video is to demonstrate how a product or service works. Visitors may skim a list of features and still have no idea how the product operates. Videos clarify everything visually and cover the important stuff in just a few minutes.
If you want to try your hand at making a custom explainer video check out this Udemy course. It’s an in-depth study focusing on videos for landing page design.
6. Live Product Previews
Landing page design has seen incredible growth stemming from greater Internet speeds and browser capabilities. One major trend I’ve noticed is the addition of live product previews on homepages or custom landing pages.
Take for example Slack’s product page. It features a video tour and vector graphics covering the Slack interface. These product previews are meant to give potential users a glimpse into how the product operates.
Webydo is another brilliant example with a live animation playing on the homepage. This allows visitors to see Webydo in action without having to manually demo the product. But you don’t always need to rely on animations for product previews. Iconjar uses a simple PNG screenshot to show what the product is and how it works.
7. Automated Task Runners
The world of frontend development has changed so much with a handful of new best practices for website creation. Task runners/build systems like Gulp andGrunt are being used much more frequently for a slew of tasks that previously required manual effort.
Read more: The battle of build scripts – Gulp vs. Grunt
Automation is the lifeblood of quick turnaround and churning out quality code. Machines don’t make mistakes, so the more you can automate with confidence the fewer issues you’ll have (in theory).
To learn more check out this Reddit post explaining how task runners operate. These tools basically run JS code that will automate parts of your workflow, either custom JS or scripts written by others.
8. Native JS Mobile Apps
I’m a big advocate of using the right tools for the job. In the case of mobile app development this means Java for Android, Objective-C/Swift for iOS.
But not everyone wants to learn a new language just to build a mobile app. Thankfully it’s becoming easier for native apps to be created & compiled with alternate libraries such as NativeScript or React Native.
While the creation process does vary greatly, JS is quickly becoming a solution for coders who want to build mobile apps without learning a new language as mentioned by web company in Hyderabad, Vivid Design.
9. Collaboration Tools for Design
Instant messaging and group chat has been around for well over a decade. However these resources have traditionally relied on plaintext with some capability to attach files.
A new emerging trend is the ability to share live design documents within chat applications. Notable is one example where annotations and comments can be layered right on top of a document. This gives designers a clean way to share work directly with everyone on a team.
Slack is the most popular chat application at the moment which supports many similar features. The growing Slack userbase has been adamant about creating extensions that greatly improve Slack’s capabilities & tie into other products like Hangouts, MailChimp, and even WordPress.
10. Responsive Frontend Frameworks
Frontend frameworks like Bootstrap have been around for years and continue to prove useful on projects both personal and professional. Responsive design has forced its way into frameworks and created a demand for frontend code instead of just backend (Django, Laravel, etc).
Moving into 2016 I think we’ll be reading a lot more about responsive frontend frameworks & their value in web projects. Many devs are eagerly awaiting the release of Foundation 6 and the public v1 release of Bootstrap 4.
Other lesser-known frameworks you might check out include Gumby and Pure CSS.
11. Greater Focus on UX Design
The field of user experience design will continue to grow rapidly with more designers and developers taking notice. UI design is part of UX design but it’s not the final goal. UI is a means to an end, with the end being a fantastic user experience.
Just 5 years ago I was barely familiar with UX or how it applied to interface design. Now we have resources like UX Stack Exchange and free UX ebooks. If you don’t know much about user experience then now is the best time to study & learn how UX principles can be applied to all forms of digital interfaces.
Read more: 10 things travel websites can teach you about UX design
12. Package Managers
Digital package managers have risen so quickly that they’re practically a requirement for modern web development. Solutions like Bower and NPM can save a lot of time starting new projects.
Mastering any new technology will take time and comes with a learning curve. But if there’s one thing that every frontend (or backend) developer should know, it’s a package manager. They require some knowledge of terminal commands but once you get used to the process you’ll never want to go back.
13. Advanced UI Animations
Animation isn’t a requirement for good design. But it can make a good design into a great design when used properly.
Keep an eye on animated trends for interfaces and see what you can take away from various websites. Remember that web animation isn’t a Disney movie and should be treated with respect. Use animation gently so that it enhances an interface without becoming a nuisance or distracting element of the design.
14. Designers Learning to Code
A hot button topic this year has been the case for designers learning to code. Some designers feel it’s not their job to write code, while others feel it’s becoming the norm & should be embraced.
I’ve read heated discussions and fascinating posts about this subject which only seems to draw emotional responses. A good design is just a pretty picture without code. Yet to focus on both requires a designer to spend less time practicing the craft.
So is there a definitive answer? Some would argue that job viability increases for designers who know frontend coding. Yet what if someone doesn’t want to write code? Is it worth learning just to compete?
I feel the clearest answer is to do whatever you want. But it seems this topic is still on the table for many designers who will likely continue the discussion into 2016.
15. Free Online Tools & Webapps
It used to be that all programs were run from the desktop no matter what you needed to do. But nowadays I’m consistently amazed with how many webapps are available for free online.
You’ll find everything from URL encoding/decoding to a completely freeMarkdown editor. Even Google Drive has taken Microsoft Office products into the browser (again, completely free).
The current level of computing power and homogenous standards from web browsers offer a seemingly limitless amount of opportunities. Complex tasks likeresume creation to image compression can be handled right from a browser window.
16. The Growth of Web Components
Web components are trying to solve problems of complexity for developers. TheWebComponents website has great resources and materials to give developers a jump start into this topic.
If you’re not sure how to understand modular web components then check out this post to learn more.
While components haven’t particularly blown up to mainstream status, they are being discussed by professional developers around the world. Google has released Polymer which is a framework used for adding web components via JS and HTML.
Read more: How Google Polymer will change the way web apps are built
This may not be practical to use in major client projects just yet. However the technology is available and with a little practice you can master the concepts with ease. To learn more and see a few code samples you can read through this CSS-Tricks post on modular web components.
17. Online Learning Resources
We all know that now is the easiest time to learn any skill from the comfort of your computer. It seems the online learning marketplace is growing exponentially with new courses and websites popping up every year.
I feel more confident than ever before that we’ll see a rise of online learning. Well-known sites like Treehouse and CodeSchool offer incredible courses alongside newer sites like Bitfountain and Learn-Verified.
If there’s a subject you want to learn, there’s likely a course online – especially if you want to learn digital techniques like UI design or app development.
Read more: 9 sites for free online courses & open courseware
Node allows developers to build websites using a single language for both frontend + backend code. And resources like Node Package Manager give even more value to Node.js.
From what I can tell, Node is still on the upswing and continues to gain traction from industry enthusiasts. Whether you plan to learn Node or not, there’s no doubt it’ll continue to grow as a major trend in 2016.
19. Touch-Supported Website Features
Smartphone browsers have always supported touch features for all websites to maintain backwards compatibility. Yet recently I’ve noticed more plugins and custom features appended onto website companies with the specific goal of handling touch events.
Plugins like Photoswipe and Dragend.js are built to handle swiping and tapping on touchscreen displays. It seems web developers are not only building responsive websites, but touch-enabled websites too.
If you search around you’ll find some really impressive features built for the web that rely solely on touch events.
20. Material Design on the Web
Google’s release of material design was an enormous success for Android designers. Material design is considered a design language meant to simplify the process of crafting user interfaces for Android smartphones.
Over time web designers have taken this to heart and built entire websites based on Google’s new design language. It seems the material design trend has moved beyond just mobile apps into the world of web design.
Folks who want to build material websites don’t even have to reinvent the wheel. Free libraries like Material UI and Materialize offer custom codes for structuring a new layout on top of the material design foundation
Best Overseas Educational Consultants in Hyderabad
Gradway one of the top most education consultants, in Hyderabad, India offering guidance to students to choose appropriate course and university on the basis of their profile. Armed with trained career advisors, they offer each candidate personalized attention and services. They ensure that your applications for admissions are well prepared and well presented. Primary role of Gradway is to connect students with universities and colleges around the world. Students looking for dependable overseas education consultants can rely on us for guidance. Those looking to study overseas can use there online services to secure admission into a university abroad.
Gradway helps thousands of students every year to pursue higher education overseas. Motivated by core values ‘ethics, expertise and leadership’, Gradway is one of the most trusted names in the field of overseas education. They offer students a choice of thousands of courses at various leading educational institutions in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, United Kingdom and United States of America. With more than 15 years of experience, world class infrastructure and state of art technology, you can expect the best from Gradway
To be the global leader in the field of international student recruitment.
To promote the overseas educational faculties in India, with the help of prestigious and recognised educational institutes of USA, Australia, UK, Canada, New Zealand and Ireland.
To provide information to the student-society in India, about the various educational institutes of USA, Australia, UK, Canada, New Zealand and Ireland.
What makes Gradway different in overseas education?
Gradway provides free guidance to students interested in pursuing their education abroad. If you are looking for a reliable study overseas consultancy, then your search ends here, they match your grades, budget, English language level with what you want to study and where you would like to study it, to produce a tailored set of results. In short, Gradway helps you see which universities you can get in to, speeds up the process by narrowing the vast choice of universities down to the right universities to apply to based on the criteria that matter to you.
There technology-based approach and partner agreements with universities means that they generate a response to your applications fast. most importantly Gradway aims to get you an answer within a week of application submission, They even provide video chat sessions with students at our partner universities so you can find out first hand what it is like to study there Gradway helps students with social networking providing an online environment in which to meet people in a similar position.
Himabindu Kolla CEO of Gradway says “Its a unique mixture of cultures, disciplines and entrepreneurial spirit makes Gradway one of the most exciting Training & Counseling for students”
You must be aware of ‘Subscription’ as a concept connected to newspapers and magazines. You take a weekly/monthly/yearly subscription to a magazine/paper of your choice by paying a set yearly fee.
The basic concept when applied to Ecommerce works in the same way. Only the operating space changes from offline to online and of course application of ‘subscription’ changes with the category of online retail. The objective of this business model is to:
Engage the customers
Build a loyalty program
Build long term relationship with the customer
Make retention rates affordable
High conversion rates
Companies Offering Subscription Boxes in India
Though fairly popular in the West, the Indian market is yet to completely explore this space. However there are few players such as:
Flintobox which features monthly toy box for kids keeping in mind child development.
Bakebox delivers a box of baked goodies every month in Delhi and NCR
Mumbai based, The Gourmet Box allows you to subscribe for world cuisine inspired gourmet food & ingredients box.
Fab Bag brings to you beauty and grooming products for men & women monthly.
All the above listed players are catering to niche market and offer curated products with an element of surprise attached. Customers love the suspense and thrill of finding something new each month. It offers a new experience to shoppers who don’t mind to get a pre-assembled hamper instead of selecting on their own and getting overwhelmed by the available options. And so far they have hit the nail on the head.
For instance Bakebox scouts for best baker every month, which is then delivered to its subscribers for Rs. 1000. The customized festive boxes like the Christmas’sy Bake Box acts as a great hassle free gift. Jennifer Duthie, founder of Bakebox explained to Yourstory why she chose subscription business model, “I was really excited by the idea of subscription commerce and the element of exclusivity that it brings.”
FabBag handpicks 3 luxury makeup products tailored for each member and charges approximately Rs. 1500 for 3 months. It is a feasible option for those who want to try multiple global brands. Kaushik Mukherjee, co-founder of FabBag stated, “The venture required us to resolve two things- to provide beauty products to our members at a good value for their money, and to enable marketing, brand building and constructive feedback to the brands we partner with.”
The January Box of The Gourmet Box with a price tag of Rs. 1250 is Mexican food whereas in November it was Oriental! What more, it comes with a recipe idea. Great In an interview to Economic times, Himanshi Vora founder of the company said, “Supermarkets today are filled with a dizzying assortment of products and most people don’t know what to do with most of them. Curating is a way of letting customers know what is out there in the market and exposing them to something new.”
Flintobox’s January theme is Mad Scientist and next month it is turn for Space Adventure, all for Rs. 1095 per month. Quite aptly they earned the tag of ‘Coolest Start-up’ in 2014. While discussing the fears and vision about selling ‘development toys’, Co-founder Arunprasad Durairaj shared with Business Today, “When we started, we had our fears, but from the feedback we got from the first box, we were clear this is what we wanted to do.”
Other players include BigBasket’s Romantic Packages, Avishkar Box and Small Brown Box.
Indian Online Shopping Biggies Adopting With a Twist
Typical Subscription Ecommerce concept is what is explained above, i.e. sign-up and get pre-decided products delivered every month. But Flipkart introduced ‘subscription’ inspired advantage to its customers, albeit with a twist.
Around mid last year Flipkart launched ‘Flipkart First’ service for its customers. For a subscription fee of Rs. 500 per year, shoppers get free shipping on all orders, two months replacement policy instead of the standard policy, place in customer support priority list and one day guaranteed delivery minus any charge if they sign up for this Premium Subscription Service.
Amazon has been doing this for years but in the US. They are yet to start this advantage service in India. It acts more like a loyalty program but with products like appliances, apparels, electronics, fashion accessories etc, it is difficult to adapt the typical subscription model.
Will it Work in India?
So far the existing players have explored the niche section of retail such as kids’ toys, gourmet food and International cosmetics. This falls under the ‘Discovery’ ‘Mystery’ or ‘Sampling’ model.
Agreed people can’t subscribe for clothes, books, accessories and electronics without selecting themselves. But there are more categories which are waiting to be discovered.
Online grocery is one such segment, which can work under the ‘Replenishment Subscription Model’ that focuses on regularly consumed products. People need fruits, vegetables, toiletries, home care products, grains & pulses and other home supplies on a regular basis. And most households have a set budget & list of things that they buy irrespective of price inflation. This serves as a great opportunity for new players who want to enter this phase of ecommerce.
Other categories that it can possibly work for are curated footwear, innerwear, and personal hygiene products. Another way to go is to introduce ‘Discover New Products Box’ tab on online shopping sites and offer it for a subscription fee. Aditi Samel says, “I am game for an apparel subscription box, specifically for pants and tops as an experiment, provided they get the size & fit right and throw in some quirky prints & brands.”
With easy revenue forecasting, less uncertainty, fixed customers and low inventory maintenance cost, Subscription Ecommerce has a great potential. It still is relatively new in India, but creative Entrepreneurs and Innovators can make it the next big thing of Indian Ecommerce Industry.
A few years ago, you could subscribe to magazines.Now, along with groceries and household goods, you can subscribe to gluten-free snacks. And coffee. And sex toys.
If you didn’t want to, you probably could get by without ever needing to set foot in a store again.
Below, take a look at 25 different subscriptions you can arrange to appear at your door – and how much it will cost you.
First off, the basics*
Amazon Subscribe & Save
The online retailer offers up to 15% off and free shipping on a monthly delivery of thousands of products including grocery, household, beauty, health, and cooking supplies.
This drugstore site belongs to the same family as Wag.com (for pets), Diapers.com (for parents), Bookworm.com (for books), and six other sites. Soap.com and many of its sister sites offer an “autoship” option, where they’ll automatically refill your order at intervals of your choosing, with free shipping over $49.
In June, Target launched a subscription service, allowing shoppers to restock everything from water filters to printer ink with the click of a mouse. By subscribing, you can take advantage of discounts (the current offer is 20% off), plus free shipping and another 5% discount if you pay with your Red Card, the Target debit and credit card.
For those in need of everything from lip balm to allergy meds, Drugstore.com offers 10% or more off your order and free shipping when you sign up for “auto-reorder” starting at every 30 days. The same offer and savings apply to Drugstore.com’s partner site Beauty.com.
*Note that these subscriptions are fully customizable and therefore don’t have set prices, like most of the boxes listed below.
Screenshot / Try The World
Try The World’s “Rome” box.
Fun snacks and meals
Blue Apron, from $9.99/week, per person, per meal
If you read Business Insider’s review of Blue Apron, you already know that the company sends all of the ingredients necessary to cook an impressive at-home meal, already measured and with a recipe.
When you sign up for Naturebox, you receive five nutritionist-selected snacks per month, with the option to customize the treats you’ll get. You can either receive a bill for $19.95 each month or prepay for a set number of months in advance at a discount.
Par Avion Tea, from $9.95/month
Tea lovers around the world can subscribe to 1-3 blends of loose leaf tea per month, plus a 10% discount when shopping for tea or tea accessories on the site and access to members-only sales. American tea lovers get free shipping, but those outside the United States pay an additional $9.95 per month. By subscribing for a year at a time to one of three membership levels ($9.95, $17.95, and $24.95), members save $1 per month.
Craft Coffee, $24.99/month
Not interested in tea? How about coffee? Craft Coffee’s monthly box includes four ounces of three different roasters (42 cups) in the grind of your choice, with free shipping in the United States. Members can save with a six-month ($22.49/month) or year-long ($19.99/month) subscription.
Taste Guru, $39/month
This monthly snack box is exclusively gluten-free. While the price tag is steeper than many other boxes on this list, users can choose to subscribe for a year in advance and save over $150 on the year’s snacks.
Club W, $39/month
For $39 a month ($13 a bottle), plus $6 shipping, Club W will recommend three bottles of wine based on your taste profile, which you’re free to accept or to customize your delivery. If you order six or more bottles, they’ll waive the shipping charge.
Try the World, $45/every other month
For those of us with a hint of wanderlust, Try the World themes each of its bi-monthly boxes around a different city, sending snacks and the occasional non-food treat from the city’s home country. For the first month, it’s Paris, then Tokyo, then Rio. Subscribers can buy either a limited “tour” of boxes, or subscribe a year’s worth (six boxes) of international treats.
Clothing and appearance
Birchbox, from $10/month
Birchbox, which has plans to open its first retail store in New York City, sends subscribers sample-size beauty and skincare products, with separate boxes for women and men (the men’s box is $20).
Stitchfix, from $20/month
The initial $20 you pay women’s styling site Stitchfix is for a stylist to choose clothes and accessories that fit the profile you’ve filled out – if you want to buy the clothes that are sent to you each month instead of using their free return service, you’ll have to pay for the pieces individually, and the $20 will go toward your purchase. These pieces are $55-$65 each on average, the company says, but if you keep all five, you get 25% off your order.
Fabletics, from $49.95 if you choose to buy
Fabletics, which sends VIP subscribers a 2-3 piece outfit “based on your style and workout preferences” selected by stylists every month, was cofounded by actress Kate Hudson. (Note that enrolling in the VIP program is free.) Shipping is free, and you can select your own outfits and individual pieces if you prefer.
By joining the Gatzino club, you can sign up for boxes of “girls” clothes, jewelry, accessories, and shoes at $30, $60, or $90 per month, with free shipping worldwide. Subscribers get a permanent 10%-$30% discount when shopping on the site.
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Kids and parents
Citrus Lane, $29/month
Calling all parents: Citrus Lane sends a monthly box full of 4-5 products for your child, based on his or her age and ranging from toys to books to snacks (and sometimes gifts for parents). Shipping is free, and in addition to $29 for one box, users can sign up for three months at a time ($24 per month), six months ($21 per month), or an entire year ($19 per month).
Created for parents of kids up to age 4, Bluum sends 4-5 surprise products in one of four age-based categories: pregnancy, baby, toddler, and preschool. Memberships for three, six, or 12 months are available, although it appears the only one of those that provides cost savings is the year-long subscription.
Well, someone had to do it: Cannabox (previously profiled by Business Insider) is an 18-plus service which includes 5-8 cannabis-related products selected by “expert curators,” although no actual marijuana is included for obvious reasons.
Spicy Subscriptions, from $19.95/month
Adults can choose one of three options: The “Toy of the Month” ($19.95), Spice Box ($29.95), or Deluxe Spice Box ($34.95). While “Toy of the Month” is self-explanatory, the boxes include “an assortment of romantic items meant to help spice things up.” Shipping is free.
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Conscious Box’s “Vegan Box.”
And everything else
Dollar Shave Club, $1-$9/month
Every month, Dollar Shave Club sends new blades and cartridges (subscribers can choose from three blades at different price points), and members get a free handle when they join or if they choose a new blade.
Conscious Box, from $9.95/month
Conscious Box offers three boxes: gluten-free, vegan, and “classic,” which only includes snacks, beauty, and cleaning products that are all-natural and GMO-free. The company “aim[s] to support sustainable, fair trade businesses.” The smaller, taster box (5-8 items) is $9.95/month, with three, six, and 12-month subscriptions available at a discount; the plus box (8-12 items) is $19.95 with the same subscription and savings options.
This company provides “health and wellness” boxes for three demographics: men, women, and moms, all for $10 a month plus $8 shipping, with discounts for three and six month subscriptions. Boxes include everything from snacks to supplements to yoga class downloads.
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Gramr Gratitude Co.
Gramr Gratitude Co., $15/month
“We are a community of people who believe that gratitude changes everything,” the company writes. To express that gratitude, subscribers get four cards, four envelopes, and four stamps per month – everything you need for a thank you note (or as they call it, a “Gramr”) per week.Hammock Pack, $25/month
For $25/month, plus $5 shipping, subscribers receive a monthly box full of “everything you need to take a much-needed getaway without even leaving your home.” The site clarifies that the box is “geared towards women” and includes treats like food, bath products, and housewares themed around a particular destination (past locales have included Brooklyn, Los Angeles, and Canada).
A monthly BarkBox includes 4-6 products for dogs of three different size categories, from toys to treats, and donates 10% of the cost to a rescue group. Pay $29 for a single month, or get a discount on three month, six month, or one-year subscriptions.
Top 10: Best Beauty, Fashion, Lifestyle, Jewelry, Men, Food Monthly Subscription Boxes in India with Reviews, Price List
Monthly subscription boxes have recently become popular in India and its a growing market where many new brands are joining in. Its a very innovative, exciting concept where you get a box full of surprise goodies delivered at your doorstep every month. These subscription boxes generally have a theme like beauty subscription box, lifestyle box, kids box, jewelry box, period box, etc. Also, typically, the total cost of the products that you receive in these boxes will be more than what you pay for. Here is a list of the 10 best beauty and fashion monthly subscription boxes available in India. Also includes some jewelry boxes, period boxes, etc in India.
Some of these subscription services even ask you to fill out a questionnaire and customize your box based on that. So instead of just ordering beauty products online in the traditional way, this is a more fun way to try new brands and products.
1.Fab Bag: Budget Beauty Subscription Box
Its the most popular and affordable beauty subscription service in India. Fab Bag has a mix of 3-4 premium makeup and beauty products. Every month, they have a different theme and the products are packed in an awesome bag which is very useful to store your makeup and stuff. You will also get coupons which you can use to purchase the full-sized products of the month at discounted prices. When you sign up for a Fab Bag, you need to fill a beauty profile and the bag is customized based on your preferences. Price in India: Rs.699 for 1 month, Rs.1599 for 3 months, Rs.2999 for 6 months and Rs.4999 for 1 year.
2.My Envy Box: Luxury Sample Box in India
My Envy Box is a luxury beauty sampling service offering you a chance to try 4-5 deluxe sized samples from top international luxury brands. Some of the brands they have sent in previous boxes include L’Occitane, Estee Lauder, Kerastase, Givenchy, Ananda Spa in the Himalayas, etc. Luxury brands are expensive and this offers the convenience of trying them to see whether it actually works for you before going for the full-sized version. Price in India: Rs.850 for 1 month, Rs.2250 for 3 months, Rs.4350 for 6 months and Rs.8500 for 1 year.
3.MSM Box: Lifestyle and Men Subscription Box
MSM Box offer a mix of full-sized products as well as samples. Their motto is “a lot in a little” and truly by that, the number of products they send is more than other subscription services. Also, they have a variety of boxes to choose at different price ranges – MSM Express Box, MSM Select Box and even a Men’s Box. They are possibly the first subscription service to start an all makeup box – MSM Diva Makeup Special Box. Recently, they have also started the Build Your Own MSM Box. Price in India: Rs.495 for Express Box, Rs.995 for Select Box, Rs.1995 for Diva Box and Rs.1495 for Men’s Box.
4.The Nature’s Co Beauty Wish Box
The Nature’s Co is an all-natural, cruelty-free, environmental friendly brand and they have an extensive range of products. If you wish to try some of their products, their Beauty Wish Box subscription service is a good starting place. It comes with 5 deluxe sized and 1 retail sized beauty products with a different theme each month. Price in India: Rs.595 for 1 month, Rs.1645 for 3 months, Rs.3215 for 6 months and Rs.5950 for 1 year.
5.Gia Bath & Body Box: Monthly Box for Bath Products
People who love natural, handcrafted, vegan luxury products should give this a try. It is a home brand and all their products are SLS, SLES and preservative free. What’s special about their subscription service is that as a subscriber the products that you receive are exclusive to the box, that is, new limited edition products which are not available for purchase otherwise. As a member, you will also get access to discounted full sized products. Price in India: Rs.600 for 1 month, Rs.1700 for 3 months and Rs.3500 for 6 months.
6.SugarBox: Lifestyle Subscription Box
A monthly curated box of latest international fashion, beauty, lifestyle and gourmet products. All of them are full-sized. Price in India: Rs.1499 for 1 month, Rs.4197 for 3 months, Rs.7794 for 6 months and Rs.14388 for 1 year.
7.Being Juliet: Period Box in India
This has to be my favorite box in the entire list. It is a period subscription box to pamper, cheer and indulge all the young ladies during those worse days. Filled with 20 sanitary essentials and also period pain comforters and thoughtful gifts, its the best subscription service for any girl. While placing the order, you will be asked to fill out your last period dates and the box arrives 5 days before your next period. You can also choose your particular brands and range of sanitary essentials. After sign up, you will receive a mail where you need to select your gift preferences. They also have a plain Jane Edition Box which comes with 15 sanitary essentials and an occasional free gift. Price in India: Juliet Box: Rs.1650 for 3 months, Rs.3300 for 6 months and Rs.6600 for 1 year. Jane Box: Rs.900 for 3 months, Rs.1710 for 6 months and Rs.3300 for 1 year.
8.O My Bag:
Natural Bath & Body India have their own beauty bag with 4 trial packs every month. It comes in a zipper bag and all their products are paraben-free, sulphate-free and petroleum free. Its the most affordable option and definitely worth a try. Price in India: Rs.299 for 1 month.
9.Pinc Box: Lingerie Box in India
Its India’s first lingerie subscription service. How cool is that! You receive 3 pretty panties in the mail every month and they are all shipped with discreet packaging for complete privacy. They have 2 options – Everyday Basics and Comfy Thongs. You can choose your size while placing the order. Price in India: Rs.299 for 1 month, Rs.849 for 3 months, Rs.1599 for 6 months and Rs.3149 for 1 year.
10 Lady Raga: Fashion and Lifestyle Monthly Box
It is a newly launched beauty subscription in India. Every month they send an assortment of 3-5 sample and/or full-sized products ranging from beauty products, jewelry, lifestyle and fashion accessories. Price in India: Rs.666 for 1 month, Rs.1849 for 3 months, Rs.3595 for 6 months and Rs.6666 for 1 year.
Other interesting subscription services:
Jewellery subscription boxes: Zotiqq, Embellishment Box, The Little Bauble Box.
Yourbox: A box that comes with customized complete outfit including clothing, footwear/handbag, watch/sunglasses/wallet, jewellery and other fun stuff.
Scentbox: Perfume samples box
Happiness Caged: A monthly cage of beauty, lifestyle and fashion products.
I know this is out of context here. But for foodies and snack lovers, Snackosaur is a great snack subscription service that I have tried which sends healthy and delicious snacks. Snackexpert is another such service.
The subscription service industry has just now started blooming in India and we have a long way to go before we reach the standards of international boxes like BirchBox, GlossyBox, Ispy, etc. Do share your experiences with monthly subscription boxes in India.