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OYO announced a strategic partnership with ItzCash to build strong omni-channel presence



·        ItzCash aims to clock Rs. 400 crore through hotel booking by FY18

·        Oyo to get access to 75,000 physical and digital retail touchpoints of ItzCash

 June 8,  17.55 PM IST || Pocket News Alert


June 08, 2016: OYO, India’s largest branded network of hotels announced a strategic partnership with ItzCash, India’s pioneer and the largest player in the digital payments space, to tap the next 500 million underserved Indian consumer segment. The tie-up will facilitate effortless payments for hotel-bookings across 5500 hotels in over 170 cities in India through ItzCash’s easy money transfer solutions. With this partnership ItzCash is going aggressive in hotel booking and aims to double its volume and clock Rs. 400 crore by FY18. ItzCash is backed by Lightspeed Ventures, which is also an investor in OYO.

The partnership will help OYO tap potential consumers who do not have access to either a debit or a credit card.ItzCash is already a dominant player in travel segment, and will offer access to OYO via an online co-branded portal as well as offline outlets. Both partners also have existing synergies such as deep integration with IRCTC. ItzCash offers travel booking service through its strong network of 75,000 plus pan-India network of retail touch points


OYO  announced a strategic partnership with ItzCash to build strong omni-channel presence
Elaborating on the partnership, Ritesh Agarwal, CEO & Founder, OYO said, “Our journey towards becoming India’s most loved hotel brand has been driven primarily by customers who engaged with us online or through their mobile devices. The partnership with ItzCash will enable us to reach the large traveller-base that transacts through offline channels. ItzCash is a trusted partner for these customers and this long-standing association will undoubtedly help them build preference and familiarity with OYO”

Speaking about this new partnership Mr. Naveen Surya, Managing Director –ItzCash said, ‘’With this integration, we aim to further strengthen ItzCash’s foothold on the digital stage. While we already dominate Rail bookings; our focus in air and hotel bookings will drive the incremental growth in the next two fiscal for ItzCash.We aim to address the problem faced by a large section of society who isunaware of doing advance hotel booking at an affordable rate. Travel & Hotel bookings account for 12 – 15 % of ItzCash business and with this association it’s going to be the fastest growing sector for us. It is expected to grow at 60% year-on-year.’’.


With its disruptive business model, OYO is the pioneer of standardized hotel segment, bringing in predictability, affordability and accessibility to the hospitality sector. It is also one of the very few start-ups that have played a significant role in the sharing economy revolution in the Indian ecosystem through a range of tie-ups that enable convenience, standardization and choice.

About OYO:

OYO is India’s largest branded network of hotels founded by Ritesh Agarwal, India’s first graduate of the Thiel Fellowship, a program started by Paypal founder, Peter Thiel. OYO currently operates in more than 170 Indian cities including Delhi, Gurgaon,Mumbai, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Goa, Chennai and Kolkata. These include major metros, regional hubs, top leisure destinations, as well as pilgrimage towns. OYO has also recently launched operations in Malaysia.

The company’s vision is to become the most preferred and trusted hotel brand. It is backed by the world’s leading investor including the SoftBank Group, Greenoaks Capital, Sequoia Capital and Lightspeed India.

About ItzCash:

ItzCash Card Ltd., India’s only “Multi Service Payment Solutions Company” and part of the Essel Group, was established in 2006. A pioneer in the prepaid payment sector in India, ItzCash initiated the concept of ‘digital cash’ to the Indian consumer and various business entities, heralding the beginning towards enabling a cashless transacting society. ItzCash continues to build on its innovation augmenting its product portfolio offering wide choice of payments and money transfer services. It has many pioneering products under it’s belt from country’s first sms based payments way back in 2006 to India’s first bank partnered open loop prepaid program with access to online and offline retailers & ATM. It constantly invests in upgrading technology towards creating world‐class omni-channel payments platforms for the emerging India.


ItzCash has presence across consumer segments and over 75,000  franchisees branded as “ItzCash World” in 3000+ Tier I and II cities and towns.

It is backed by world’s leading investors Matrix Partners, Lightspeed Venture and Intel Capital.

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IRCTC Appoints ZoopIndia as its Tech-Driven Food Aggregator


The tech-startup to bring a wide assortment of delicacies right at passengers’ seats

May 12,  12.45 PM IST || Pocket News Alert


New Delhi, May 12, 2016: Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Cooperation (IRCTC) have appointed ZoopIndia as one of its official Food Aggregator for ordering scrumptious food in train journeys. Following the appointment, the technology startup is slated to enhance passengers’ convenience by delivering sumptuous food right at their seats.



The startup aims to revolutionize the Indian Railway Catering and allows passengers to select from a wide assortment of delicacies. Backed by an innovative in-house technology and contemporary IT systems, ZoopIndia enables passengers to select from Veg or Non-Veg Thalis, South Indian, Chinese Cuisines and a delightful collection of snacks and fast food options. Subsequently, passengers can make long journeys fun, filled with delectable food and indulging convenience.


Further elucidating upon the appointment, Dr. A. K. Manocha, CMD, IRCTC, said, “ZoopIndia aims to reform the food catering in Indian Railways by introducing advanced technologies and systems. Since we are always looking forward to offering our customers a delightful experience, appointing ZoopIndia as food aggregator is a step forward in the same direction. We are affirmative that their appointment will help us provide a more memorable and indulging experience to our users.”

Glad at their official appointment, Mr. Rakesh Sharma, Board Member, ZoopIndia, shared, “At ZoopIndia, we have strived to take food delivery to the next level, by introducing it in the Indian railways. We are hopeful that our appointment as food aggregator of IRCTC will help modernize Indian railways and contribute towards the ultimate convenience and ease of passengers.”


Succeeding the appointment, ZoopIndia has already crossed the level of serving 10,000 meals per month across different rail routes, being present at 100 PAN India stations. The startup has set its eyes firm on further enhancing the platform and eventually serving 5000 meals a day.


About ZoopIndia 

ZoopIndia.com is a technology startup playing a key role in bringing change in Indian Railway Catering with its value added services for the benefit of travelling passengers. It is an India wide online market place to order quality sumptuous food on trains which gets delivered right at passenger’s seat and thus providing them a much needed comfort and convenience. In a short span of time, with their relentless efforts, they have already crossed a level of serving 10,000 meals per month on different Rail routes with presence at more than 100 stations PAN India through network of premier restaurants.

Passengers can log on to www.ecatering.irctc.co.in  or ZoopIndia.com to order food in train.

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Domino’s Pizza and IRCTC Expand E-catering Service Footprint across India



- Pizza delivery on trains to be expanded from current 60 stations to over 130 stations-

 March 21 2016,  17.19 PM IST || Pocket News Alert

Chandigarh, March 21, 2016: Domino’s Pizza, India’s pizza delivery expert and market leader in the organized pizza segment has completed a successful first year of partnership with IRCTC for providing hot and fresh pizzas to IRCTC passengers on board. The partnership that was announced in February 2015 as part of IRCTC’s e-catering service “Food on Track” has already seen over 10,000 Domino’s Pizza orders being served to Indian Railways passengers across tier-1, tier-2 and tier-3 Indian cities.
Domino’s Pizza and IRCTC Expand E-catering Service Footprint across India

Domino’s Pizza and IRCTC Expand E-catering Service Footprint across India


Domino’s Pizza is the single largest food brand to deliver on Indian railways as part of the “Food on Track” E-catering initiative by IRCTC and the brand plans to grow its delivery perimeter from the existing 60 stations across 52 cities to over 130 stations across 107 Indian cities in the coming months. The expansion is a result of the positive response received by IRCTC for its endeavor to make available hygienic, fresh and good quality food to its passengers.

As part of the expansion and to make the delivery process more seamless, Domino’s Pizza will also integrate its ordering modules with IRCTC to achieve order flow automation and to offer greater variety to the passengers of the Indian railways.

Speaking on the successful partnership, Mr. Ajay Kaul, CEO, Jubilant FoodWorks Limited, said, "The results of the partnership so far have been very heartening with consumers traveling in trains under the purview of the service have availed of, and appreciated, the service. We are excited to be catering to Indian Railways passengers across many more cities and are gearing up to widen our menu for the passengers. Domino’s Pizza has retail presence in more than 230 cities and the opportunity for us to grow this partnership is immense. And with the approaching summer vacations, we are anticipating increased demand, especially by the young Domino’s Pizza loving passengers.”

“It has been our constant effort to broaden our e-catering facility which would enable consumers to order from a variety of cuisine options. In the new age, we have to offer passengers with novel food options. Our tie-up with Domino’s Pizza is a step in that direction,” said Dr. A K Manocha, CMDIRCTC.

 “Domino’s Pizza is a prominent name in fast food with huge demand in Indian markets. That makes the tie-up with this food giant particularly valuable. The innovative arrangement will be useful for all the stakeholders, especially the travelling passengers, who can opt for food of their choice to tingle their palate,” said V Sriram, Director Catering, IRCTC.

To celebrate the partnership with IRCTC, Domino’s Pizza would be giving away e-vouchers worth INR 100 each to all passengers booking Domino’s pizza on Indian railways between 01/03/2016 and 31/03/2016.

About Jubilant FoodWorks Limited

Jubilant FoodWorks Limited (JFL/Company) is part of Jubilant Bhartia group and India’s largest food service company, with a network of 1004 Domino’s Pizza restaurants across 230 cities (as of February 11, 2016). The Company & its subsidiary have the exclusive rights to develop and operate Domino’s Pizza brand in India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Nepal. At present it operates in India and Sri Lanka. The Company is the market leader in the chained pizza market with ~72% market share in India (as per Euro Monitor Consumer Food Service Report, 2015). The Company also has exclusive rights for developing and operating Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants for India and has launched 70 Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants across 24 cities in India (as of February 11, 2016).

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IRCTC partners with OYO Rooms to utilize Technology and deliver convenient and real-time hotel bookings to passengers



 March 01 2016,  16.17 PM IST || Pocket News Alert

Railways passengers now have access tostandardized hotel accommodation across 170 cities in India


IRCTC partners with OYO Rooms to utilize Technology and deliver convenient and real-time hotel bookings to passengers

Chandigarh, March 01, 2016: Continuing its recent streak of partnering with innovative start-up ventures, Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) has tied up with OYO Rooms, India’s largest branded network of hotels to offer standardized accommodation and a convenient booking platform to Rail travellers. The partnership symbolizes the growing leverage of synergies between the government and homegrown Indian businesses to drive the next wave of innovation. OYORooms will power the IRCTC hotel-booking page, offering their inventory and promise of standardized amenities to Rail passengers.



Speaking on the tie-up, CMD IRCTC Dr. A.K.Manocha commented, “We are committed to drive efficiencies and enhance our service through innovation. OYO Rooms has propelled the hotel market in India towards new horizon and pioneered the standardization of affordable hotel-rooms. This partnership contributes another chapter to the successful narrative of “Made in India” initiatives and how tech-enabled solutions will power the next wave of innovation. We have made the necessary technology integrations and will be actively communicating about this newly available option through e-mailers, information on e-tickets so that our travellers can explore and utilize these services.”



Abhinav Sinha, COO OYO Rooms said, “We are honoured and delighted to power the hotels-booking engine of IRCTC and serve Indian railway passengers. With this tie-up IRCTC customers will have ready access to OYO’s inventory of predictable, standardized and affordable hotel accommodation, across 170 cities in India. As India’s widest and largest network, we feel confident of catering to the passengers’ needs and look forward to making this alliance a great success.”



Abhinav elaboratedfurther, “OYO Rooms was conceived with a vision to change the way travellers view out-of-home stay. Our aim is to deliver home-like comfort at affordable prices so that wherever you may be travelling to, you would want to stay at an OYO booked through IRCTC-OYO network. The first step towards fulfilling this mandate was to expand our footprint to provide the comfort of a wide network. We are now focusing on enhancing guest experience and making our processes more robust through technology.”



IRCTC-OYO Rooms will offer nearly 45,000 hotel rooms in over 170 cities in India. The IRCTC portal witnesses 5 to 5.5 lakhs bookings per day on an average.Also, OYO Rooms recently crossed 1 million check-ins across its network.



Access the OYO Rooms-powered-IRCTC Hotels page here: www.irctctourism.comor call on 9313223344.



This tie-up offers a hassle-free platform for IRCTC customers to book hotel rooms across 170 cities in India. The partnership is fueled by integration of technologies from both ends and will empower Rail travellers by offering a smooth end-to-end travel-and-accommodation experience.



OYO Rooms has successfully created the legacy in Indian hospitality sector, creating a sizeable and new market opportunity. It promises comfortable and delightful stays with assured amenities such as an air conditioned room, complimentary breakfast and Wi-Fi with 24x7 customer service support.



The vision behind IRCTC-OYO partnership is to become the most preferred and trusted hotel brand and to create reliable and affordable Hotel network for Railways Passengers.OYO is backed by the world’s leading investors including the SoftBank Group, Greenoaks Capital, Sequoia Capital and Lightspeed India.

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Steps to Learn Network and Internet connectivity on a train route



February 25 2016,  18.16 PM IST || Pocket News Alert


 Internet has made modern lives so simple that when Internet connectivity is not around people simply feel mad! Indeed, whether it is our professional life or personal, life would be much more challenging without the constant guidance present online. No matter how hard it gets, Indian travellers are habituated with travelling in trains without Internet connectivity. Nothing such as IRCTC or any other live train status app made for other railways information dealt with this aspect of travel.

 RailYatri has a feature which predicts the Mobile Network availability on train track. With this feature the passengers can learn about the extent of Internet and mobile network connectivity along their routes. Understanding the extent of network coverage helps the busy professionals plan their trip much better. On the other hand, when you are travelling alone, the family members can just check the mobile network coverage for your train and understand why they are not getting through to your mobile number. It will minimize the tensions and help make your travel experience smooth.

RailYatri is not a conventional Indian railway app which is merely limited to providing information about trains between two stations, PNR status, train running status or time table of train. It is much more than that. RailYatri makes sure that it is the best travel advisor the users can have. When you use the “Mobile Network on Train Track” feature you will get the rough break-up of mobile network availability in various regions that the train will cross through the journey. The feature also points to the availability levels of network through the journey with the help of dotted lines. The green lines suggest good availability.

Steps to use Mobile Network on Train Track

On the Home page of the website, click on “Insights”
When the “Insights” page opens click on “Mobile Network on Train Track” option
Once the next page opens, simply provide your relevant train number and click on Go
Page that opens will carry statistics related to Mobile Network – Overall coverage and for different providers
Map alongside will show the availability of network in various areas of your route

RailYatri wants to help each and every traveller make an informed decision. With the various Insights available at this website, passengers can now plan their travels much better.

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