Retail @Demonetisation

The demonetization drive has completely changed the dynamics of shopping customer behavior in India over the last 3 weeks. Small and common businesses like the roadside tea wallah’s & grocery shops whom we used to take for granted have become a luxury overnight making us realize the impact of these developments in our lives. As […]

Switching to e-commerce?

Thinking of switching to online retail or e-commerce? Read these first and know the problems faced E-commerce is trending but what seems like a “low-investment-fast-growth” business idea to entrepreneurs might not be an accurate assumption. Treat this not as discouragement to start something new, but as a caution note from a person who has faced/seen […]

Online Retail- Threats & Opportunities

It’s very common nowadays to see empty stores with all materials decked up and waiting for consumers. This simple sight speaks a lot about the state of the Indian Retail Industry at the moment. This state of the Indian brick and mortar retail might be attributed to many factors, but one of major reason is […]

Tatas’ Trent exits contract with Xander group

Reports said that Tatas’ retail arm Trent exited six-year-old agreement with Xander Group. The company is planning to focus on standalone stores to expand its Star Bazaar hypermarket, report was quoted as saying. Trent has not opened a single Star Bazaar store in 2012-13 because those in the pipeline were located inside shopping malls.   […]

Big boys of retail want to move online

New Delhi: Brick-and-mortar retailers such as Future Groups’s Big Bazaar and Aditya Birla Retail are understood to be ramping up their back-end to gear up to the e-commerce revolution. The idea is to find additional revenues, reach out to Net-savvy consumers as well as mitigate costs related to real estate among others. Players such as […]

MNC retailers may get to enter smaller cities too

NEW DELHI: The government may allow foreign multi-brand retailers to set up stores in cities with a population of less than a million, a measure that is part of the possible relaxation of norms that the department of industrial policy and promotion (DIPP) is examining. A senior official said the commerce and industry ministry might […]

Biyani reboots retail ambition with ‘I am in’

A year after selling off the Pantaloons fashion piece to Aditya Birla Nuvo for R1,600 crore in a bid to deleverage his business, Kishore Biyani is back in business. His Future Group is set to re-enter the fashion space with an altogether new store brand ‘I am In’. As in the case of Pantaloon, the […]

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 […]

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. […]

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 […]