Which Indian cities are major retail brands eyeing?

For retail players, stagnation and obsolescence are two sides of the same coin. Though expansion is often a challenge in a curtailed economic environment, it is nevertheless a necessary function for success. Retailers who wait too long to expand into new territories, or are content to stay where they are, are missing the growth wave […]

Is India ready for SHOWROOMING?

In a decade or so, the shopping experience is going to be completely digital, and it would be impossible to miss digital billboards, virtual shops, interactive posters or cyberstores as you walk down your favourite shopping lane. Unqiue QR codes on interactive billboards and kiosks will gleam at you, and invite you to ‘check them […]

HOW CAN SHOPPING MALLS REMAIN COMPETITIVE?

Shopping malls have been at the forefront of urbanisation in India and other key emerging countries. In the case of India their were only three shopping malls with a total retail space of one lakh sq ft in 2000, and the capacity in the organised sector is expected to reach 100 million sq ft shortly. […]

Women- a major force behind the rise of e-commerce

Zivame.com, an online lingerie brand, is tapping micro-blogging site Twitter to interact with its customers, mostly women, on a daily basis. It does about 1,000 transactions a day, says its founder Richa Kar. For Zivame and many other online and offline players, the findings of a recent Google study titled “Women and Web’ would be […]

Walmart, Tesco seek assurance on non-reversal of FDI policy

Global retailers like Walmart and Tesco have sought assurance from India that any change of governments at both centre and states should not result in reversal of FDI policy in multi-brand segment, before taking investment decisions in the country. Bentonville-based Walmart has also raised apprehensions about the ongoing probe by investigating agency Enforcement Directorate, said […]

E-commerce firms gets ready with sail-through plans

E-commerce companies in India have rushed to make announcements on new offerings or are strategising fast on their next move, in the wake of Amazon, the world’s largest e-commerce company, entering India on June 5. Seattle-based Amazon’s US rival, the San Jose-headquartered eBay, has made two back-to-back announcements in India. Earlier this week, it announced […]

Online hiring declines 6.6% in May: Monster

New Delhi: Recruitment activities in the country witnessed a slowdown in May as employers chose to tread cautiously due to global economic conditions, says Monster.com. The job portal’s employment index declined to 127 in May compared with 136 in the previous month, registering a decline of 6.62 per cent. On a year-on-year basis, the index […]

Retail sales to stay flat this year

Retailers expect flat sales this year on the back of low consumer sentiment and a tight credit market, says a Boston Consulting Group report titled ‘Winning with Uncertainty’. To win in the face of these challenges, retailers need to build agility into their business model, the report says. Abheek Singhi, partner at Boston Consulting Group, […]

ShopClues celebrates achievement of 10,000 Merchants

ShopClues, a managed marketplace, hosted its Seller Summit in New Delhi. Nearly 150 merchants representing over 65 listing categories attended this Seller Summit.  The idea behind the Seller Summit was to celebrate the success merchants have achieved on ShopClues marketplace platform.  In January 2012, ShopClues had close to 10 merchants and by end of May […]