E-commerce is a flourishing and most emerging platform for selling products. With a 10 Crore customer base, Flipkart is a lucrative marketplace for sellers. Read this comprehensive guide by H&R Block India to learn about Flipkart Seller Registration process and its benefits.

How to Register as a Seller on Flipkart?

Last Update Date : June 26, 2018

In this era of technology and advancement, e-commerce has been an art of smart selling. Think of anything, and you get it at your doorstep in just a click. E-commerce has made life much simpler by providing everything that we can name at the doorstep. People have been inclining towards the use of such e-commerce portals. And Flipkart being one of them has acquired around 10 Crore customers with 3 Crore registered users. Therefore, it becomes an immense opportunity for a seller to increase its customer base and reach out around 10 Crore customers throughout. Learn how you can register and the benefits you can avail.

Seller Registration Process on Flipkart

To start selling on Flipkart, an individual, needs to sign up on the Flipkart Seller Registration homepage. The process for signing up is as easy as creating a Facebook Account. The seller can sign up by providing certain basic information about himself, about the business and the products he wants to sell. Certain basic information which is required during registration is listed.

  • Name
  • E-Mail Address
  • Phone Number
  • Business Registration Deeds
  • Business Address
  • Products the seller wants to sell
  • Bank details and supporting KYC Documents
  • GSTIN Registration Documents

In addition to the basic information about himself, the seller is also required to furnish Flipkart with various other business related information depending upon the type of business as mentioned.

Documents Required in case of Individual or a Proprietor

If the seller decides to sell in his own name and legal standings, the business will automatically be professed to be a sole proprietorship business. However, in case of a sole proprietor, the liability is not limited and no protection is provided to the promoter. Also, it is not easily transferrable and cannot have investors and partners. Following details and documents need to be submitted by a sole proprietor.

  • Passport of the proprietor
  • PAN Card copy
  • Voter’s ID/ Driving License
  • A declaration by the proprietor declaring that the business account is operated by himself.
  • License or lease agreement
  • Bank Account Statement
  • Telephone bill / Electricity bill pertaining to the proprietor

Documents Required in case of LLP or a Partnership

The liability of an LLP is limited. Hence, it is advisable to always register as a partnership firm as it provides protection against unlimited liability. It is also easily transferable and is considered to be a separate legal entity. Following details and documents need to be submitted by an LLP.

  • Partnership or LLP Registration Certificate
  • Partnership Deed
  • Power of Attorney granted to a partner or an employee of the firm to transact the business
  • PAN Card of the partnership or the LLP
  • Document validating the address of the partners and the person holding the power of attorney
  • Lease or Rental Agreement
  • License Agreement
  • Firm’s or partner’s Electricity Bill/ Telephone Bill

Documents Required in case of Private Limited Company

A Private Limited Company is the most preferred form for seller registration as it has the ability to take on investors and scale up the operations. Following details and documents need to be submitted by a Private Limited Company.

  • Copy of Certificate of Incorporation
  • Copy of Memorandum of Association
  • Company’s PAN Card
  • Company’s Telephone Bill/ Electricity Bill
  • Lease or Rental Agreement

Documents Required in case of Trust or a Foundation

A seller can also register itself as a Trust or a Foundation. Similar documents need to be submitted as in case of an LLP or a Private Limited company in order to prove its legal identity and proof of address.

How Does it Work?

Step 1: Signing up at Flipkart Seller Homepage

Step 2: Registering the business

Step 3: Listing the products

Step 4: Updating price and stock count

Step 5: Receiving new orders, Packaging that order, dispatching the order, tracking the order

Step 6: Handling returns

Step 7: Receiving payments

Step 8: Tracking the order performance

Benefits of Being a Flipkart Seller

1. Reaching 10 Crore Customers: In this era of technology and advancement, with Flipkart, it became very easy to reach out to around 10 crores of registered customers throughout the country. It has helped and still helping to enhance and advance the business.

2. Quick Payments: With the Bank accounts being linked with the Flipkart Seller account, the payment for the products bought by the customers are quickly and easily transferred to the bank account of the seller making it easy to transact with the customers relating to purchases and returns.

3. Dedicated pick-up services: Upon receiving the order, the seller is only required to prepare the order. It is no part of seller’s headache to dispatch it. Flipkart provides a dedicated pick-up service at seller’s end to pack and dispatch the product to the customer.

4. Attractive Reward Programme: The e-commerce company has rolled out various initiatives and reward programmes for its seller partners which includes reduced commissions and other benefits.

Pricing Structure – How Does Flipkart Charge its Fees?

PARTICULARS AMOUNT (₹)
Selling Price (decided by the seller) (A) 1000
Flipkart Commission (varies from product to product) (B) 50 (5% – assumed)
Shipping Fee (as applicable) (C) 30
Fixed Closing Fee (fixed by Flipkart) (D) 10
Total Marketplace Fee (B+C+D) 90
GST (rates varying form product to product) (E) 50
Total Deductions  (B+C+D+E) = (F) 140
Settlement Value (Credit to the seller) (A-F) 860

GST for e-Commerce or Flipkart Sellers

Initially, the VAT/CST was to be paid by the seller to the government. After the introduction of GST, e-commerce operators (Flipkart) collect the amount at the rate of 1% (0.5% CGST + 0.5% SGST) of the net value of taxable supplies made through it. The amount so collected is known as TCS (Tax Collected at Source).

The TCS will be applied on one month’s collection which will be paid to the government. This amount of TCS will be seen in the GSTR-2 of the registered supplier on behalf of whom the collection is done.

The seller needs to submit an online statement, which has the details of all the products sold through the portal and the TCS in Form GSTR-8. The details furnished by the operator in his form will be matched with that of the respective seller in his form.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. Are there any rewards for the seller?

Ans: Yes! Flipkart offers various attractive reward programmes to its registered sellers.

2. Does Flipkart provide any protection against fraud?

Ans: Flipkart has set up a Seller protection Fund (SPF) to protect the sellers against Fraud. The seller can request for SPF claim through the seller dashboard.

3. What to do if PIN Code not serviceable?

Ans: Wait for the PIN Code to become serviceable or try with some other PIN Code.

4. Is GSTIN Registration mandatory?

Ans: Apart from certain products which do not attract GST, it is mandatory to have GST Registration.

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