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Why do I not get the website source code in Five Minutes licensing model?

Sometimes we get asked this question, especially from clients who are used to paying money for developing their website.

Please find below the portion of the terms and conditions relevant to this topic:


Ownership of website content and ownership of website source code

Sellers own the content related to their products and they do not own anything else on the Five Minutes system.

Sellers are not buying a website from Five Minutes, instead sellers are signing up for a monthly/yearly service. Hence sellers do not own the website source code that is powering the system and hence are not allowed to download the Five Minutes software at any point in time and are only given the right to use the services.

Sellers will have the option to download their product details and the images at any time during their association with Five Minutes.

The Five Minutes products work in a SaaS (Software As A Service) model, where we provide the system available online for you to use. (Very similar to how Google provides Gmail service to you).

When you sign up or renew your account for a Five Minutes system, you are provided with a online platform to showcase your content.

A simple way to remember this, is when you sign up for a paid monthly/yearly email service with Gmail, you are not buying Gmail email software. You are only getting a license to use the Gmail engine to send and receive mails. You only own your mails and not their email software which is their IP. I am quite sure you cannot go to Google and ask them to give a copy of their email software for you to use 🙂

Shipping Information

The following article provides full details on the shipping and logistics information in the Five Minutes Shopping Cart

I Terminology: City, Metro and Region

  1. City: Any pincode in India is considered as a City
  2. Metro: The following cities are considered metros as their logistics network is strong:
    a. New Delhi
    b. Mumbai
    c. Chennai
    d. Kolkota
    e. Bengaluru
    f. Hyderabad
  3. Region: India is divided into five regions. These regions are:
    a. North
    b. East
    c. West
    d. South
    e. North East

II Delivery Circles (Circle of Delivery)

  1. Within-City: Pick-up from & delivery to within your own city
  2. Within-Region: Pick-up from & delivery to within your own region
  3. To-Different-Metro: From your City to any other metro
  4. To-Different-Region: From one region & delivery to another region
  5. North-East-India: From any of the four other regions & delivery to  north-east.

III Non-COD Delivery Costs
Circle of Delivery  – Cost per 500 Gms – Cost per every additional 500 gms)

      1. Within-City    40    41
      2. Within-Region    48   50
      3. To-Different-Metro    63   65
      4. To-Different-Region    75   80
      5. North-East-India    100    110

IV COD Delivery Costs
Circle of Delivery  – Cost per 500 Gms – Cost per every additional 500 gms)

        1. Within-City    48    50
        2. Within-Region    52   60
        3. To-Different-Metro    65   70
        4. To-Different-Region    85    90
        5. North-East-India    115    130

Additional COD Collection Costs    Rs 80 + 14% ST or 4% of invoice value (whichever is higher)

1. Delivery Costs for anything above 1 kg, will be calculated in per kg slab.
2. Delivery Costs include fuel surcharge as well as service tax.
3. When considering weight of the product for shipment, the actual weight is compared to the volumetric weight of the product, and the higher is chosen. Volumetric weight is calculated as: length*breadth*height (in cm)/5000.

V Volumetric Rates (Per KG)
Circle of Delivery    Cost per Kg
Within-City    60
Within-Region    80
To-Different-Metro    90
To-Different-Region    100
North-East-India    150
Additional COD Collection Costs    Rs 80 + 14% ST or 4% of invoice value (whichever is higher)

VI Serviceable Area Delivery and COD Coverage
For a list of serviceable pin-codes for Non-COD as well as COD delivery, please contact our support team.

VII Pick-up Facility
Pick-up service will be provided for FREE on all days, except Sunday.
On Saturdays, pick-up is provided for some regions only before cut-off time.
All pin-codes mentioned in the file have a pickup facility available
Sunday and Public Holiday Pick-up or Delivery Costs Rs. 120.

Cart Owner – Customization Request Process

We have defined a simple set of steps for all customization requests that come from our potential cart owners:

  1. Potential cart owners of Five Minutes Cart come up with customization requirement.
  2. Five Minutes development team studies the requirement and confirms if this will be useful for all the cart owners in our community and if it can be implemented.
  3. Five Minutes development team also prepares screenshots that is shown to the potential cart owner.
  4. Once the potential cart owner approves the screenshots, they can sign up for a yearly plan and becomes a cart owner. At this point, the customization work begins.
  5. When the customization work is completed, the cart owner reviews and signs off on the work. At this point, the changes go live on the cart owner’s site. This is when the annual billing cycle for the cart owner begins.

These customization changes will be implemented across the board for all the carts.

This process is in place to make sure we can handle those potential cart owners who  are genuinely interested in becoming proud users of our Five Minutes Shopping cart.

SMS Related Features in Five Minutes Shopping Cart

There are many SMS related features available in Five Minutes Shopping Cart. Some of them  are quite unique. This post gives a full list of all such features.

  1. SMS Notifications to Customers: This is a very useful functionality that can be added to any cart by the cart owner using which SMS notifications will be sent in addition to the customers besides the usual email notifications about the status of their orders. This can be enabled from your admin tool.
  2. SMS Updates from Cart Owners: Cart owners can send an SMS to our Five Minutes SMS number with the updates about their products, orders, etc and it  will automatically be stored in the system. This also mean that the administrators can manage their cart without having to touch a computer, just from the comfort of their mobile phones. This feature can be enabled from your admin tool.


What are the benefits of the Five Minutes Cart Free For Life Plan?

Five Minutes Cart Free For Life plan is for those users who would like to establish an online presence, but are not sure if it is worth investing in a license cost for their online shopping cart. The biggest advantage it gives is that the Five Minute Cart can be used to test out some of their products online and see if online selling works for their line of business.

A second set of cart owners for whom Five Minutes Cart with Free For Life plan will work are those who want a temporary shopping cart for a very short period of time.