In Brief: Gaurav Gupta steps down as Zomato COO to focus on its nutrition business

In Brief: Gaurav Gupta steps down as Zomato COO to focus on its nutrition business
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10 Nov, 2020

Gaurav Gupta has stepped down from the position of Zomato COO to lead the food-tech company’s planned nutrition business. He announced the decision in an email to employees, first cited by The Economic Times, emphasising that the upcoming nutrition unit will be a large value driver for Zomato in the future. “I am very excited about the capabilities we are building here and will share more details at the right time,” Gupta, who was given the co-founder’s title last year, said, without offering more details about the new business line.

WhatsApp rolls out in-app shopping feature

Shortly after rolling out UPI payments services in India, WhatsApp said it has added a dedicated shopping button to help customers discover a business’ catalogue. The button, WhatsApp said, will appear in place of the one for voice calling and show a list of all available items with their respective prices. Users can find what they want to buy and place an order directly on WhatsApp or message the business in question for additional details, the Facebook-owned platform said.

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Hyundai cars to offer Nvidia Drive infotainment system

The Hyundai Motor Group said it has partnered with chip maker Nvidia to use the latter’s Drive infotainment system across the entire fleet of Hyundai, Kia and Genesis branded cars. The platform, a statement said, will be deployed in 2022 through a dedicated hardware and software stack and enable drivers to enjoy audio, video, navigation, connectivity and AI-powered connected car services. The centralised software-defined computing architecture of the system will remain perpetually updateable, which means new in-vehicle functions and safety features could be added even years after the car is purchased, Hyundai added.

MobiKwik launches digital prepaid card 

Digital payments provider MobiKwik has announced the launch of a digital prepaid card, dubbed MobiKwik Blue American Express Card, for customers in India. The offering was introduced last month and over 2,00,000 cards have already been issued, the company said. Subscribers of the card get benefits, including a credit limit of Rs 10,000 for shopping, 1% SuperCash on purchases and 20% savings on online Diwali shopping. The card, it said, is issued through a one-click process and users can have up to Rs 1,00,000 wallet balance mirrored in it.

Adobe to buy Workfront for $1.5 bn

Software firm Adobe said it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Workfront, which provides work management services to marketers, for $1.5 billion. Workfront’s platform, which allows marketers to manage content, plan and track marketing campaigns, and execute complex workflows across teams, will be integrated into Adobe’s Experience Cloud suite of online marketing products, a statement said. The deal is slated to close in the first quarter of Adobe’s financial year 2020-21, pending regulatory approvals, it said.

HungerBox expands clientele for cafeteria management solution

B2B2C food-tech company HungerBox said its food court management solutions will be utilised by several new malls and tech parks, thanks to new partnerships with AIPL Business Club, ORRIS malls, M3M India, Signature and Galaxy. The company said it serves nearly 150 clients in the F&B space and is also in talks with several organisations to expand the availability of its technology-driven cafeteria management solutions, which include services such as contactless desk ordering and delivery and self-pickup, with over 30 digital payment options for end-consumers.

Paytm launches Payout Links for businesses

Digital payments platform Paytm has launched Payout Links, a feature that allows businesses to transfer money to their customers, employees and partners without bank details. As per Paytm, the capability generates a special link, which a potential recipient can open to choose their Paytm-linked account (Paytm UPI, bank account, wallet) and receive money.