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    Fashion portals making changes as focus shifts to margins

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    The stage is set for the next big fight in the online world as new CEOs take the helm at the top fashion ecommerce companies amid mounting challenges of getting customers to buy clothes and accessories without deep discounting. (The Economic Times)

     
     
     

    Retail sector in Delhi has potential to grow up to three times even though there is tough competition from the online segment. (KNN Bureau)

    Delhi need specialised retail shopping areas

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    Ecommerce, tech companies biggest lessors of office space

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    Ecommerce companies and technology startups outpaced IT/ITeS firms for the first time as the biggest office space taker in the country in the first half of the year. (The Economic Times)

     
     
     

    India’s largest e-commerce firm, Flipkart, has launched 20 stores in 10 cities to let its customers collect the items they ordered online at their convenience, mimicking similar moves from Amazon.com Inc. (Mint)

    Flipkart launches 20 stores across India

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    Walmart grows wholesale in India

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    Two years after scrapping plans to open retail outlets across the world's second-biggest consumer market, Wal-Mart is recommitting to India as a wholesaler. In August, Wal-Mart will open its first new Best Price Modern Wholesale store in India since 2012 as part of a plan to expand from 20 stores to 70 within five years, company executives say. (Los Angeles Times)

     
     
     

    Customers from tier-3 and tier-4 towns and beyond are growing aspirational and on their shopping lists are products like microwave ovens, dishwashers and high-tech smart phones. (Daily News & Analysis - DNA)

    Rural Ecommerce in India

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    Online retailers moving offline: will it work?

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    In the past few years, a slew of pure-play e-tailing companies, including Lenskart, Healthkart, Fabfurnish and Caratlane, among others, have already or are in the process of opening physical stores. Will this Online to Offline (O2O) model be an important game-changer for the future of retailing in India? (Indiaretailing.com)

     
     
     

    Ultimately exceptional levels of service happens out of a delivery boy/girl’s personal willingness to go beyond the call of duty. (The Hindu-Businessline)

    The tail end of retail

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    An Uphill Climb

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    There are no shortcuts for mass-segment brands looking to go premium. Here are a few handy rules of thumb. (Business Standard)

     
     
     

    Spanish fashion brand Zara has become the fastest brand to cross the $100-million sales mark, five years after it opened its first shop here. (The Economic Times)

    Zara fastest to US$100 mn mark in India

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    Retailers Lobby Against 100 Per Cent FDI In Ecommerce

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    Retailers fear that if e-commerce companies are allowed better access to foreign capital, the level playing field between two types of consumer services will be disturbed. (Businessworld)

     
     
     

    A delectable combination of rising disposable incomes, changing lifestyles and a young population’s growing penchant for indulgence has transformed India into one of the world’s fastest growing chocolate markets. (Quartz India)

    India one of the fastest growing chocolate markets

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    Caught In The Big Sale

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    Sure, eTailing is growing by leaps and bounds. But eTailers are booking more losses than profits. Deep discounts and returns are a downward spiral they can’t pull out of. (Businessworld)

     
     
     

    After sudden market share gains by online players, strategies of several traditional retailers now revolve around omni-channel retail. Within a year of its launch, sales of Trendin have equalled those of 30 branded stores, or close to 1% of Madura’s turnover. (The Economic Times)

    It's E-commerce that's Trendin at Madura

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    The lesser-known Wipro sibling

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    Living in the shadows of the IT business, Wipro's consumer care enterprise often goes unnoticed. Yet, Wipro Consumer Care & Lighting is a globe-trotting behemoth in its own right, within striking distance of becoming a billion-dollar business. (Forbes India)

     
     
     

    The country's food regulator plans to soon put the onus on retailers to check for product approvals and could hold them responsible if they are found selling items that have not been approved by it.. (The Economic Times)

    FSSAI can hold retailers responsible

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    Tata Group's new hybrid online retail venture

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    The Tata Group will launch the country's first hybrid online retailing venture, a combination of a portal that will list brands and handle payment transactions and brick-andmortar stores that will set prices, deliver products and provide customer support. (The Economic Times)

     
     
     

    Fashion and lifestyle e-tailer Myntra is understood to have seen a drop in sales after going app-only last month, say market watchers. However, the etailer has no immediate plans to revive the website. (Financial Express)

    Myntra sales may have fallen after going app-only

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    BigBasket, LocalBanya expect private labels to rise up to 50% through staples and FMCG

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    Private labels in daily household, personal care and food products are soon expected to drive nearly half the sales for online grocers, as they aggressively expand their portfolio for higher margins. (The Economic Times)

     
     
     

    Globally, the fashion major GAP is overhauling the way it manages its brand. What is its story in India? (Business Standard)

    GAP's new republic

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    Cracking the local marketing code

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    Local services can help e-commerce players trim costs and improve profit margins but execution is a challenge. (Business Standard)

     
     
     

    Snapdeal is starting a two week advertising blitz for a home decor sale and has asked vendors for higher margins to fund the ad campaigns. (The Economic Times)

    Snapdeal seeks more margins from vendors for sale

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    Striking the right chord

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    In a highly unorganised market, Tanishq looks to demonstrate the difference standardisation can bring about. (Business Standard)

     
     
     

    In a belated attempt to salvage its reputation, Swiss FMCG major Nestle on Friday decided to recall its Maggi instant noodles from retail shelves in the Indian market. (Financial Express)

    Nestle buckles, pulls Maggi noodles from the market

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    Amit Agarwal Leads Amazon India As Online Retail Is Taking Off

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    Amit Agarwal, managing director of Amazon India, appears sartorially to mimic his boss, Amazon.com CEO Jeff Bezos. The two men also are diminutive in build and brisk in manner. Agarwal sounds like Bezos when he says that in Internet and online retail time, India is still on Day One. (Forbes Asia)

     
     
     

    Puma, which made its India debut in 2006, said it posted sales of Rs 766.75 crore in the 2014 calendar year, inching closer to companies such as Adidas and Nike that entered the country earlier. (The Economic Times )

    Puma catching up to leaders despite its late entry into India

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    Bansals troll each other on Twitter on tech talent

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    Taking a dig at each other on social media seems to be the norm for new-age entrepreneurs. A few days after Housing.com CEO Rahul Yadav took on founders of Zomato and Olacabs, it is Flipkart’s Sachin Bansal turn to take on rival Snapdeal on Twitter. (The Hindu Businessline)

     
     
     

    Grocery e-tailing -- once not an in-favour category with Indian e-tailers -- is gunning for growth with startups and existing players eyeing an online shot. For some though, it's an exploration of the genesis of what really matters in retail. (Indiaretailing.com)

    Hyperlocal: The inclusive retail model

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    100,000 Chinese sellers to join Paytm network from August

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    Paytm is set to allow 100,000 sellers from Chinese etailer Alibaba's online shopping portal AliExpress to start retailing on its platform in India from August, a senior executive at the mobile commerce company said. (The Economic Times)

     
     
     

    Neighbourhood kirana stores know their customers like none other. Giant retailers have leant that now, and have realised that partnering with them is their best bet. (Businessworld)

    Lucrative liaisons

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    Airconditioner manufacturers focus on institutional sales

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    AC makers are focussing on institutional sales to make up for slowing retail growth. Industry players assume the growth of air-conditioning in the B2B segment would be 25-30%, compared with single-digit growth in the retail sector. (The Economic Times)

     
     
     

    Myntra.com, India's largest online fashion retailer, has seen a 10% drop in sales since it shut its website and turned a mobile app-only etailer last week. The company, owned by Flipkart, had factored in such a decline and hoped to return to the level of sales prior to the move in the coming weeks. (The Economic TImes)

    Myntra sales dip 10% in app-only mode, rivals to play safe for now

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    Amazon, Snapdeal won't follow Flipkart to app-only format

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    Flipkart-Myntra, the country's largest e-commerce player, maybe busy moving to an app-only format, but its closest rivals Snapdeal and Amazon say they have no plans to shut down their websites and focus only on mobile. (The Economic Times)

     
     
     

    The future of fashion shopping in India appears all about about m-commerce. Top fashion retailer Myntra - which was acquired by India's biggest e-tailer Flipkart in May 2014 - on Monday said it will go mobile only beginning Friday. (WWD)

    Myntra to Go Mobile Only

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    The more the merrier

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    In its latest campaign, Amazon India attempts to discard its 'metro brand' image and woo the mass buyer. (Business Standard)

     
     
     

    Amazon launches service that will allow third-party merchants to sell ethnic apparel, shoes, yoga books and other products to customers in US, UK. (MINT)

    Amazon India’s third-party sellers go global

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    Lack of FDI, threat of e-commerce lead to consolidation in retail space

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    At a time when consumer demand has not exactly been upbeat, the two back-to-back deals among the biggest offline retailers over the last two days signals that more mergers and acquisitions could be in the offing. (The Hindu Businessline)

     
     
     

    The Indian e-commerce space is still at a very nascent stage with significant potential for innovation and growth. With customer acquisition done, Indian ecommerce players are levying additional charges with eye on profitability. (Financial Express )

    Customer base in place, e-tailers move to improve margins

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    Coca-Cola sponsors rival PepsiCo’s products

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    In an unprecedented move, beverage maker Coca-Cola is sponsoring Reliance Retail's ongoing five-day 'Big Jackpot' sale across its 600-plus food and grocery stores and has ended up promoting rival PepsiCo's products. (The Economic Times)

     
     
     

    Danish fashion company Bestseller will soon bring in its premium brand Selected to expand its India portfolio to four brands. (The Economic Times)

    Bestseller to add Selected to its brand portfolio in India

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    Retailers spend on technology to counter ecommerce

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    Brick-and-mortar retailers are beginning to spend more on technology and omni-channel strategies to combat the growing threat from ecommerce, a boon for tech firms who had seen revenue growth from retail decelerate in the last few years. (The Economic Times)

     
     
     

    Acquisition seems to be the trend among India’s online consumer businesses. From Flipkart’s acquisition of Myntra to Snapdeal’s buyout of Exclusively.com, there is news of acquisition coming in from all quarters. (IMAGES Retail)

    How acquisitions are churning growth in ecommerce

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    Book retailers revamping strategies to take on online stores

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    Brick-and-mortar book stores are rethinking their strategy to take on competition from online market places, which lure book lovers with attractive discounts. (The Economic Times)

     
     
     

    The market for used goods is growing, with new types of products being transacted online. Person-to-person sales are on the rise as more individuals understand and transact with ease online. (The New Indian Express)

    Don't Resell Yourself Short

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    Future Group's ambitious reboot

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    Future Group's Kishore Biyani wants to get to Rs 100,000 crore in sales by 2020. He's chalked out an ambitious push, one that will change the face of his company. (Forbes India)

     
     
     

    The company runs Jawed Habib Academy and salon and parlour brands Bevels, Hair Yoga, Jawed Habib Hair & Beauty and Hair Xpresso. (The Economic Times)

    Jawed Habib hair cosmetics range, two new salon brands

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    Right on Target

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    Target, the $73-billion retailer, becomes the first global corporation to take a major dive into working with Indian start-ups. It has worked with 10 already in just over a year. (Business World)

     
     
     

    The focus for India's ecommerce sector needs to shift from rapid expansion and capturing market share to building sustainable businesses. (Quartz India)

    Are India’s e-commerce valuations a bubble?

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    10 sharply focussed ecommerce players in India

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    Looking into the future: identifying India's online successes. (Forbes India )

     
     
     

    The rise of vertical players and aggregators points to a change in the largely horizontal game in the Indian online retail industry. (Forbes India)

    Why focus is the name of the ecommerce game

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    E-commerce to See More M&As in Coming Days

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    The turbocharged e-commerce in India may be staring at its second round of consolidation with heightened Mergers & Acquisition (M&A) activity in this space. According to experts, the trend of M&A is set to grow by leaps and bounds. (The New Indian Express)

     
     
     

    Reliance Industries (RIL) has sought shareholders' approval to make major forays into the online retail space to cash in on the boom in the country's e-commerce market that is expected to grow four-fold to almost $70 billion by 2019. (The Economic Times)

    RIL set for big e-commerce foray to support Reliance Jio

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    Online grocers target the taste buds

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    Online grocers such as Meragrocer.com, BigBasket.com and LocalBanya.com are showcasing food recipes and blogs on their websites and selling all-in-one, do-it-yourself kits to engage the customer. (The Economic Times)

     
     
     

    There are over 120 million people over the age of 60 in India. That is more than the entire population of most of the countries in the world. (The Economic Times)

    Online retailers step in to cater to special needs of the elderly

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    Looking for malls that think like brands

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    As malls jostle with each other for the same audience, brands either have to jump ship or stay put. A mall with a clear target audience wins their vote. (Business Standard)

     
     
     

    India's North-Eastern states are fast emerging as the drivers of growth for some leading e-commerce companies, which claim double-digit growth in the market after having overcome last-mile delivery challenges. (The Economic Times)

    North-eastern states growing markets for India's e-commerce players

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    Xiaomi may follow Amazon model for its online portal in India

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    Xiaomi will likely set up a marketplace platform and bring on board third-party retailers to sell the phones on its portal Mi.com. (The Economic Times)

     
     
     

    In search of the next sales pitch, some of Madura Fashion and Lifestyle's (part of Aditya Birla Nuvo) apparel brands are turning to customisation. (Business Standard)

    Van Heusen's bespoke pitch

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    Discount and deal sites helping e-commerce

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    As online shopping grows in India, deal sites that offer cash-back and discount coupons have emerged, helping retailers to add customers and widen the market. (The Economic Times)

     
     
     

    Trent Hypermarket — the equally owned joint venture between the Tata Group and UK's Tesco — plans to invest Rs 250 crore as the only Indian multibrand retailer with foreign investment aims to open more stores. (The Economic Times)

    Tata-Tesco JV plans Rs 250 crore investment to open more stores

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    Man in the mirror

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    The market for male grooming products is Rs. 4,300 crore and growing as Indian men today are increasingly conscious about their appearance. (The Hindu Businessline)

     
     
     

    Paytm, which began as a mobile recharge and utility bill payment service in late 2010, has morphed into a fullblown ecommerce marketplace similar to Amazon and Flipkart, only focused on mobile right from the start. (The Economic Times)

    How Paytm morphed into an e-tail marketplace

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    RIL's New Business Pangs

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    While the telecom and retail businesses hold promise, many of the group’s businesses are struggling.. (Businessworld)

     
     
     

    Being Human, which currently has more than 500 points of sale, appears to have instilled the confidence in Mandhana's promoters to forge out on their own in apparel retail in India, which is not only crowded but also unorganised to a large extent. (Business Standard)

    More than Being Human

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    More niche acquisitions likely in e-commerce sector, say analysts

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    In a bid to strengthen their presence in the e-commerce sector, large players such as Amazon, Snapdeal and Flipkart are likely to look at acquiring companies with niche, differential capabilities, say industry analysts. (Business Today)

     
     
     

    Despite an online shopping frenzy in the country and large investors stepping in to fund several online retailers, most e-commerce players are yet to turn their click-and-buy model into big businesses as the big ones steal the show. (The Economic Times)

    Big e-tailers like Flipkart, Snapdeal getting richer; Zovi, Yepme yet to touch Rs 100 cr in sales

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    eBay lags behind Amazon and Flipkart in commission revenues

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    eBay India, one of the earliest online marketplaces in the country, has slipped behind both Flipkart and Amazon on revenues from seller commissions as its two rivals along with Snapdeal have been aggressively pushing sales with big discounting events and high-decibel marketing. (The Economic Times)

     
     
     

    In less than a year, 22 million have used Paytm, generating business worth Rs. 3,500 crore. This is the brave new world of mobile wallets, where hard cash and payment cards are passé. (The Hindu Businessline)

    Money talks… from a mobile phone

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    Global brands change partners for more reach in India

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    A host of popular brands, including Ferrari, Bang & Olufsen, Montblanc, Etro, Brioni and Bulgari are revisiting their India business plans by tweaking one of the most important factors - the local partner. Reasons differ. (The Economic Times)

     
     
     

    Consider the numbers. In three years of operations (2012-2014), Jabong and Myntra's combined top line has hit Rs 1,000 crore for the year ended March 2014. Growth has been more than blistering. (The Economic Times)

    Jabong, Myntra signal revolution in fashion e-tailing

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    Burger King eyes a big slice of the Indian market

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    A late entrant in the crowded marketplace, Burger King, the international burger chain, has adapted its offering to suit Indian taste buds. But will that be enough? (Forbes India)

     
     
     

    The founder of e-commerce giant Alibaba and China’s richest man, Jack Ma, is in India after apparently being swayed by the persuasive powers of prime minister Narendra Modi to come and do business in the subcontinent. (Quartz India)

    Alibaba’s Jack Ma needs India

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    A Future for Nilgiris

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    In a way, Biyani would relate to Nilgiris. He was an apparel manufacturer who made it big in retail. The Nilgiris-founder, Muthuswami Mudaliar, was a milk supplier who went on to set up one of India's earliest modern retail chains. (Business Standard)

     
     
     

    Retailers lament that their sales have dropped by more than 35-40 per cent during the past three months as online market firms went on a marketing blitz. (Hindu Businessline)

    Booming e-tail sounds death knell for electronics retailers

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    A Degree of Style

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    UCLA and Harvard are selling branded apparel in India. Soon, the University of Oxford will, too. What’s the draw? (Hindu Businessline)

     
     
     

    Multinational retailer Wal-Mart on Thursday refuted the allegations made by Cobrapost.com of foreign direct investment violation in India and insisted that it regularly conducts membership audit internally to keep a tight vigil and continuously improve strict compliance norms. (Hindustan Times)

    Wal-Mart denies violating FDI norms

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    Looking Beyond Tobacco

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    Unlisted major DS Group is eyeing new growth drivers in the FMCG space to dwarf its core tobacco and mouth freshener businesses. (Outlook Business)

     
     
     

    In the festive season frenzy of online shopping, the big players have elbowed out the small ones, in more ways than one. (Business Today)

    Big is Beautiful

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    Brick-and-mortar retailers partnering E-commerce

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    Several brick-and-mortar retailers are forging exclusive partnerships with e-commerce marketplaces including Amazon, Flipkart and Snapdeal to target the growing base of net-savvy consumers, digressing from their earlier strategy of considering online players as rivals over deep discounting. (The Economic Times)

     
     
     

    Wipro's consumer care and lighting business could end this fiscal year with $1 billion (Rs 6,000 crore) in revenue, as the company expects the Modi-led government's promised reforms to lead to a better second-half of the year for the company. (The Economic Times)

    Wipro Consumer Care & Lighting sees a billion-dollar revenue

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    Starbucks outshines rivals in first full year in India

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    Starbucks, the world's largest coffee retailer, posted nearly three times more per-store sales than established rivals in India in its first full year of operations in the country. (The Economic Times)

     
     
     

    E-tailers in India have been racing ahead, but the hunt for buyers has burned Rs 1,000 crore hole in their books, according to their year-end filings with the Registrar of Companies. (The Economic Times)

    E-tailers grow, but burn Rs 1,000 crore hole

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    Clothing well-to-do India

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    From a swadeshi mill to global denim-maker, Arvind has constantly reinvented itself. Its next big opportunity is the country’s high-earning millennials who love to dress in big brands. (The Hindu Businessline)

     
     
     

    E-tailers such as Amazon, Flipkart and Snapdeal, are spending a fortune on television advertising. This is a throwback to 1999-2000 when dotcoms had raised a lot of money from venture capitalists and were spending heavily on advertising. (Business Today )

    Jostling for Eyeballs

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    Biyani's Brand Factory unfazed by online sales

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    Discount chain to expand to the east and west, continue with third-party brands. (Business Standard)

     
     
     

    Flipkart, which has raised nearly $1.8 billion from investors since starting out in 2007, including $1.2 billion this year, is looking to aggressively push sales of high-value large appliances such as TVs, refrigerators and air-conditioners. (MINT)

    Flipkart to buy into Jeeves in home appliances push

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    Preparing for the Big Sale

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    With the festive season underway, retailers in the online and the offline world need to prepare well to offer the best deals to consumers and earn trust. (Business Standard)

     
     
     

    The world's largest online store Amazon and India's largest listed retailer Future Group have signed a deal to jointly sell goods over the Internet amid growing friction between online and offline retailers over heavy discounting. (Quartz India)

    Amazon, Future Group Team Up to Sell to India

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    A Mall Called Lulu

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    Parimala S. Rao visits a sprawling mall in Kerala to come up with the verdict that brick-and-mortar retail is alive and kicking. (Catalyst - The Hindu Businessline)

     
     
     

    India’s shopping websites including Flipkart, Snapdeal and Amazon are fighting for the massive bump in sales in the festive season surrounding Diwali. (Quartz India)

    Shopping websites in intense competition this week

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    Online Sellers, Shops Slug it Out With Discounts

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    As Diwali approaches, brick-and-mortar retailers are scrambling to compete with online websites offering hefty discounts to woo shoppers. (New Indian Express)

     
     
     

    In the past two months alone, at least six top executives have quit leading PE firms, citing reasons such as starting their own funds, a lack of performance by the existing funds, and entering the e-commerce space, which has recently witnessed a lot of action. (Business Standard)

    Private equity-venture capital witnesses churning at top

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    Western luxury fashion set on cracking Indian market

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    Although international luxury brands have opened flagship stores all over developing Asia, they have hardly touched the Indian market. This may be about to change. (Nikkei Asia Review)

     
     
     

    Two big deals in July changed the landscape for the nation's online retail industry, while also offering more business to providers of support services ranging from website development and payment services to logistics. (The Economic Times)

    Big E-commerce deals stir up sector, support services

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    Will Future's gigantic food park in Bangalore help farmers?

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    The food processing business is set to boom in India and Future Group is ready to cash in on it. How will the benefits flow to the farmers and the consumers? (Scroll.in)

     
     
     

    Omni-channel is not just a buzzword; reaching out to consumers through all possible shopping points is becoming imperative. (Business Standard)

    Best of both worlds

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    Reliance exiting furniture business

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    At a time when Swedish retailer Ikea is making big plans to enter India, the country’s largest retailer Reliance Retail is winding up its furniture format under Reliance Living. (The Hindu Businessline)

     
     
     

    Cab booking service TaxForSure, which recently raised $35 million in funding, has cut rates sharply, joining a fare battle with rivals Olacabs and Uber to grab a bigger share of a rapidly growing market. (Mint)

    TaxiForSure joins fare war as competition intensifies

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    In Still Waters

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    Eureka Forbes will find it tough to retain market share in its core water purifier business as competition intensifies. (Business Today)

     
     
     

    Indian private equity (PE) investors are gearing up to participate in the e-commerce growth story. In recent past, back-end logistic players have been on radar of PE players. India's e-commerce market, which is expected to reach $20 billion by 2020, has seen the presence of five-six large organised specialised logistics players. (Business Standard)

    Logistics players ride e-com bandwagon to raise money

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    The Foreign 'Curry' Challenge In India

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    Commencing a new restaurant business in India usually comes with a lot of challenges. But these are compouned when you replicate a foreign brand's model in India. (Franchise India/ Retailer)

     
     
     

    RBI has said Uber and other companies that offer app-based purchases cannot allow customers to pay with their credit cards without a two-step authentication process. (MINT)

    Uber may have to tweak payment model in India

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    The Cooked-Up Story

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    Markets overseas are ravenous for ready-to-eat chhole, dal makhni and other desi food. Indian kitchens still prefer home-cooked meals over convenience, but will that change soon? (The Hindu Businessline)

     
     
     

    Gap Inc., which sells brands such as Banana Republic, Old Navy and Piperlime, has signed a franchise agreement with Arvind Lifestyle Brands Ltd, a unit of Arvind Ltd to enter India. (MINT)

    Gap inks franchise agreement with Arvind Lifestyle Brands

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    Combo offers for e-devotion

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    E-commerce sites in the religious segment launch value-added services to rake in the moolah. (Business Standard)

     
     
     

    Arvind Group is hoping to achieve sales of Rs1,000 crore through its online business over the next three years, says executive director Kulin Lalbhai. (MINT)

    Arvind to launch online business

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    A Double Topping for Growth

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    Meats and flavoured yoghurt are the new additions in the portfolio of Graviss Foods, the Indian franchise of Baskin Robbins, as it wants to tap into the quick service restaurant and specialty organised retail businesses according to Sanjay Coutinho, CEO.. (Outlook Business)

     
     
     

    Partnering with brands to be their exclusive sales partner seems to be the flavour of the season for e-commerce companies. (The Economic Times)

    Exclusive alliances between brands and e-tailers

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    Meru, TaxiForSure Plan Overseas Drive

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    Meru Cabs, India’s largest taxi fleet operator, plans to start services outside India by the next financial year and is evaluating entering countries such as Malaysia, Vietnam, Myanmar, Nepal, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka. (MINT)

     
     
     

    Amazon, the world’s largest online retailer, is shaking up the Indian market and re-writing many of its ‘inviolable’ rules. (The Hindu Businessline )

    Amazon; Package Deal

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    Mall vacancies rise

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    The retail real estate segment saw a significant rise in vacancies in April-June 2014 over the January-March levels as supply increased and tenants exited under performing centres. (DNA)

     
     
     

    Fashionara.com has raised $7-8 million (around Rs.42-48 crore) from its existing investors Helion Venture Partners and Lightspeed Venture Partners and plans to increase its sales by expanding into new cities and increasing its product range. (MINT)

    Fashionara plans to triple sales

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    Do PE funds make bad chefs?

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    Quick Service Restaurants (QSRs) are not an easy investment sector as private equity investors are discovering in India. (The Economic Times)

     
     
     

    Carrefour, since its entry into India in 2010, was not able to find a partner to expand its business beyond five stores, and has decided to exit the market. However, experts say that too much shouldn't be read into the exit. (Business Today)

    Carrefour exits India

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    Doing more with less

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    Here's how e-commerce players in India are shoring up revenue per visit to stay ahead in the race. (The Strategist - Business Standard)

     
     
     

    Global e-tailing behemoth Amazon and N R Narayana Murthy's family office Catamaran Ventures have floated a joint venture to help small and medium businesses (SMBs) join the online bandwagon, taking advantage of a burgeoning number of online shoppers. (The Times of India)

    Catamaran, Amazon JV

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    Thinking on their feet

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    Footwear brands Liberty and Bata lace up for a fresh round of sales battles to win over customers, as Liberty focusses on young customers and on online retail. (The Hindu BusinessLine)

     
     
     

    Cab services provider Uber announced the launch of its low-cost cab brand UberX in Bangalore, New Delhi and Hyderabad to directly compete with local rivals such as Meru Cabs, Ola Cabs and others . (MINT)

    Uber launches cheaper brand UberX

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    Wipro in tiger economies

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    Tech tycoon and Wipro chairman Azim Premji is a hidden dragon springing out an impressive fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) story in Asia's new tiger economies, knocking close on the heels of global powerhouses Unilever and Proctor & Gamble. (The Times of India)

     
     
     

    Brands are increasingly leveraging themes based on a social cause, in a bid to break the clutter and ‘connect’ with the target audience.. (Retailer)

    Branding with a cause

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    Retailers still see red

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    Competition from kirana stores, low margins and property & supply chain issues delay break-even in food & grocery chains. (Business Standard)

     
     
     

    Armed with innovative products and brand extensions in niche adventure and outdoors categories, Harkirat Singh wants consumers to see Woodland in a new light. (Outlook Business)

    The Big Kick-Off

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    Beyond the Hinterland

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    Jyothy Laboratories is that rare company that grew up in the villages and is now ready to take on FMCG biggies in their urban strongholds. (The Hindu BusinessLine)

     
     
     

    In another fillip for onlinefashion retail in India, FashionandYou has raised $10 million in funding, according to the company. (Women's Wear Daily - WWD)

    Another Investment in Fashion E-tail in India

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    India: landslide election heralds optimistic business climate

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    The unprecedented victory by Narendra Modi in the world’s biggest democratic elections in India has created what can only be described as a wave of optimism, with many hoping that the country’s economic and business climate will now take a similarly dramatic turn for the better. (International Bar Association)

     
     
     

    Many organised furniture e-retailers in India have followed the success story of IKEA keenly, borrowing and tweaking some of its strategies and applying them in their own ventures to drive scale. (Business Standard)

    The Ikea Way

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    Reliance Retail to go online

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    Almost eight years after its launch, Mukesh Ambani's Reliance Retail is ready to launch a multi-channel retail operation, which would integrate its physical stores with an e-commerce portal. (Business Standard)

     
     
     

    Flipkart, India's largest e-retailer, has acquired online fashion retailer Myntra in a move that is likely to help the two domestic e-retailers face international competition better. (DNA)

    Flipkart buys Myntra

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    Retailers hope new govt will reverse anti-FDI stand

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    Indian retailers are hopeful that the new BJP-led Government will do a volte face on its decision to oppose foreign direct investment (FDI) in multi-brand retail, but the current policy itself is still flawed. (The Hindu Businessline)

     
     
     

    Van Heusen's renewed focus on womenswear has led to it contributing eight-nine per cent of its revenue (latest financial year), higher than the five per cent that womenswear returns for Madura Fashion and Lifestyle, on an average. (Business Standard)

    Van Heusen Woman steps up

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    Food chains learn fast

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    While quick service restaurants (QSRs) had entered the food scene with Indianised menus, the market has also had a lot of products withdrawn since then. After the initial success, is it now a case of more misses than hits in new menu-items for these QSRs? (Business Standard)

     
     
     

    The DS Group, best known for its tobacco-based products, is aggressively diversifying into other segments in a bid to reposition itself. (Forbes India)

    Can the Tobacco-based DS Group Diversify Like ITC Did?

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    Seminar on Fashion and Retail Industry Held by NITRA

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    The seminar organised by NITRA was specifically focussed on students of textile and fashion colleges pursuing UG and PG level programs. (Textiles Update)

     
     
     

    Many young office-going couples, especially those hard-pressed for time, find it very convenient to order from online grocery retailers because of the hassle-free shopping experience they provide. (The Economic Times)

    Online grocery stores gaining popularity in India

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    Nilgiri's to boost Future grocery plans

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    Kishore Biyani has the south India-based supermarket brand, Nilgiri's in the cross hairs, with the brand is expected to boost his growth prospects in the food and grocery segment. (Business Standard)

     
     
     

    When it comes to retail trade, there seems to be room for negotiation in BJP’s 2014 manifesto. (The Hindu Businessline)

    Will BJP soften its stand on multi-brand retail?

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    All That Fizz In Store

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    Retail consultants and shopper marketing experts share their take on the retail trends in the Indian beverages market and where it's headed. (Point of Purchase Online Network)

     
     
     

    After starting delivery services to Indian patrons through its global site, American lifestyle clothing retailer Gap is now inching closer to them by partnering with ecommerce portal Myntra. (Fashionunited)

    Gap and Myntra may partner for e-commerce biz in India

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    Chasing profits, Future Group shut 40% of Food Bazaar stores in 2013

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    Last year, Kishore Biyani’s Future Group closed about 40% of its food and grocery chain of Food Bazaar stores that were not performing well. (Financial Express)

     
     
     

    As demand for branded fruits grows in India, corporate groups are diving into the business. After Mahindras, Tatas have entered the space. (DNA)

    Corporates spot juicy prospects in branded fruits

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    Himatsingka Seide: Spinning a Success Story

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    Dinesh Kumar Himatsingka and son Shrikant's focus on design and technology has ensured their company remains on a fast growth trajectory. (Forbes India)

     
     
     

    Airport retailing is a popular concept globally but is still in its infancy in India. However, it appears to be ready for an impressive take off, with the renovation of most major airports is underway with large dedicated areas for retail stores. (Business Today)

    Flying Visits Welcome

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    Flying off the shelves

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    The tills are ringing loud and clear at airport outlets, raking in more than shops in the city. With 61.42 million passengers travelling by air in 2013 alone, there is an ever-burgeoning market to tap. One that apparently allows some brands to earn almost eight to nine times of what they earn at malls or high-street outlets. (The Hindu Businessline)

     
     
     

    While they are not present in this country, some of the largest US-based retailers — JC Penney, Nordstrom, Macy’s, Ann Taylor — are shipping to India or selling their products here through their e-commerce portals, to test the waters. (Business Standard)

    US retailers go online to net Indians

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    Half of global fashion brands in India through distribution pacts

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    The logic for opting for the franchise or distribution arranegement route is to gain control in terms of the product, price and partly the retail experience, according to a report by Third Eyesight. (Business Standard)

     
     
     

    A recent report pegs the size of the fake luxury products market in India at Rs 2,500-3,000 crores. (Business Standard)

    Buyers' love for discounted luxury products spawns fakes online

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    Two Indian States Bar Foreign Supermarkets

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    In India, two newly elected state governments have rolled back decisions to allow the entry of foreign supermarkets. (Voice of America)

     
     
     

    Brands in the premium segment of the ice cream and frozen desserts market in India are growing. (Business Today/Yahoo Finance)

    Always Room for More

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    Police attach brand owned by NSEL borrower

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    The economic offences wing of the city police on Friday attached a brand belonging to P D Agro, in the National Spot Exchange (NSEL) payment default case. P D Agro owes Rs 637 crore. (Business Standard)

     
     
     

    It’s been close to two decades now but Levi Strauss India can’t seem to get the right fit. The apparel maker is watching its bottom line and is letting go of stores and vendors, in a big overhaul over the last 18 months. (Financial Express)

    Levi India tapers vendor base

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    Rajasthan bans FDI in retail

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    The Indian state of Rajasthan has barred foreign direct investment in supermarkets, an ominous sign for global retailers who covet India's vast but fragmented retail sector if the country's main opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) comes to power nationally in upcoming elections. (Reuters)

     
     
     

    Oak Lawn Marketing, a subsidiary of Japanese telecom company NTT DoCoMo, is set to enter India’s burgeoning virtual retailing space through a tie-up with TVC Skyshop, which operates in the same segment. (The Hindu Businessline)

    Soon, Skyshop is a NTT DoCoMo’s arm

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    Last mile advantage

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    With increasing competition in e-commerce space, delivery has become an essential factor after price and assortment. (Business Standard)

     
     
     

    Retail at airports is an exciting segment for the industry, which is showing good traction in India as more and more travellers indulge in shopping. The new T2 terminal in Mumbai alone is expected to add 15% to existing sales. (Financial Express)

    Flying off the shelves

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    Is too much discount selling the retail sector short?

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    Retailers and mall owners are throwing open malls at eight in the morning and doling out offers and discounts to boost slackening sales. But experts believe too much discount is detrimental to the sector. (The Hindu - Businessline)

     
     
     

    The hype over e-retail hides the reality of mounting losses, making it look like Bubble 2.0. (Financial Chronicle)

    Losers@Retail

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    8 things the new e-tailer must watch out for!

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    The e-commerce market is growing fast but there is competition from the big league in the space. Here are a few tips you should consider while taking the plunge. (Moneycontrol.com)

     
     
     

    The new AAP-led Delhi government has decided not to allow foreign investment in retail in the capital. New Delhi accounts for a fairly large chunk of the organised retail market in the country and would have been an attractive catchment for any retailer. (Financial Express)

    Delhi won’t have FDI in retail as AAP reverses Congress government decision

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    Zara's fast fashion finds its shopaholics

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    Zara in India and the joint venture between Inditex and Tata-run Trent, has made profits in the second year of operations and has been profitable since then. But Zara will have to work to maintain its dream run, now that many international brands are set to enter India. (Business Standard)

     
     
     

    Retail experts say, while the upper middle class, that account for at least 40 per cent of all spending, will step up consumption in the next one year, the rest will choose to lie low for a while. But for 2014 there is currently a pipeline of mall supply of 14 million square feet. (Financial Chronicle)

    More malls to indulge you in the New Year

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    More dollars to flow in Indian retail post Tesco clearance

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    According to retail industry executives, some of the top European, Japanese and Korean retailers are seriously pursuing Indian retail. (Business Standard)

     
     
     

    With a direct investment, UK-based Tesco can add to the best practices it already brings to Tata's retail business. (Business Standard)

    Trent's Tesco edge can speed up profitability

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    Tesco plans cautious India entry after arm-twisting by politicians

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    It took months of arm-twisting and assurances from New Delhi to persuade British retailer Tesco Plc to take the plunge and become the first foreign player to set up a chain of supermarkets in India. (Reuters)

     
     
     

    Tesco seeks to invest US$110m in Trent, India. 'We'd like to get more involved in this exciting market,' says Trevor Masters, CEO, Tesco Asia. (DNA - Daily News & Analysis)

    UK's Tesco eyes 50:50 supermarket JV with Tata

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    Tesco applies to enter the Indian market, other might not dip their toes in Subcontinent yet

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    Tesco, the third-biggest retailer in the world, has applied to India's Foreign Investment Promotion Board and initially plans to invest $110 million in the country. On acceptance of the bid, Tesco will operate in India through a 50-50 partnership with the Mumbai-based conglomerate, Tata group. (International Business Times)

     
     
     

    Tesco's $110-mn investment will build on existing portfolio of Star Bazaar stores in Maharashtra and Karnataka. (Business Standard)

    Tesco to enter Indian retail through JV with Tatas

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    Coke @ 20 ups the cola game

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    Having invested $3.5 billion, Coca-Cola India has earmarked an additional $5 billion for the next seven years, in line with chief executive Muhtar Kent’s dream of making India the company’s fifth largest market globally, in terms of volume. (Money Indices)

     
     
     

    Retailers in India are trying to catch customers through every means possible - online, offline, mobile and television. And traditional brick-and-mortar players such as Titan, Croma, Madura Retail, Fabindia and Vijay Sales have jumped on the e-wagon. (The Week)

    E-haw! - Traditional retailers take to the internet

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    Single brand retailers keen to mingle with Indian middle-class

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    India's Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB) cleared investment proposals adding up to Rs 12,000 crore over the last one year, as global players look to tap the great Indian middle class. (Business Standard)

     
     
     

    On its way to take a greater control of its Indian arm, the French brand Celio is banking on a full-fledged team, and international designing and sourcing chops. (Business Standard)

    Celio to outfit Indian arm with global look

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    Is M&S ready to make its mark on in India?

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    Faced with declining clothing sales in its home market, British retailer Marks & Spencer is looking overseas for growth, with a new focus announced this week to make India its largest international market in the next three years. But is M&S being overly ambitious in its plans? What challenges does it face? And would it be better-served exploring opportunities elsewhere? (just-style.com)

     
     
     

    If Page Industries, the Bangalore-based manufacturer and distributor of international innerwear brand Jockey is in the spotlight today, it’s because of a strategic move it made four years ago. (Businessworld)

    Jockey: Thunder Down Under

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    Marks & Spencer plans to open 44 more stores in India by 2016

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    Marks & Spencer (M&S) on Monday said it expects to have 80 stores in India by 2016, making the country the largest international market by stores outside of the UK. CEO Marc Bolland says India is the retailer’s new ‘priority market’ and a ‘key sourcing hub’. (MINT)

     
     
     

    PepsiCo and Coca-Cola are in a competition of another kind, both saying on Monday they would invest huge amounts in India. If they do come about as promised, investments amounting to a total of $10 billion will come in from the two cola giants by 2020. (Financial Chronicle )

    India fizz to cola war: Pepsi to bring in $5.5b, Coke $5b

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    Big Bazaar ups its fashion sense

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    Kishore Biyani's flagship clothing brand signs on cricketer Shikhar Dhawan and mulls neighbourhood stores. (Business Standard)

     
     
     

    Happy hours, a concept limited to liquor, is finding its way into quick-service restaurant and cafe chains, as chains look to prop up sales during a slowdown. (DNA - Daily News & Analysis)

    Happy hours in quick service restaurants and cafes now

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    Failed malls in India point to soured retail boom

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    The majority of India's shopping centres are struggling with a potent mix of high real-estate prices, bad planning and sluggish demand as the economy slows. (AFP)

     
     
     

    Barely a week after the world's top retailer Walmart ended its association with Bharti Group, its British rival Tesco has moved a step closer to entering the Indian retail market with the Tatas launching a neighbourhood convenience store format modelled on Tesco Express. (The Economic Times)

    Tata opens 'Star Daily' with Tesco’s retail expertise and back-end support

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    Big retailers find profit swallowed

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    Aggressive expansion in a difficult economic environment and delays in foreign investment are proving costly for the retailers. (Business Standard)

     
     
     

    With McCafe opening its doors in India on Monday, there's one more reason to go out for a cup of coffee. For McDonald's India, McCafe represents a host of opportunities. (Moneycontrol.com)

    McCafe to make India debut, will it attract consumers?

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    Wal-Mart, Bharti both stand to benefit from split

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    This week's news that US retail group Wal-Mart Stores and conglomerate Bharti Enterprises have dissolved their joint venture in India came as little surprise to industry watchers. Both groups appear better placed to take advantage of the opportunities afforded by the country's high-growth food retail sector on a stand-alone basis. (just-food.com)

     
     
     

    After waiting for years to open superstores in India, the world’s biggest retailer, Walmart, has split with its Indian partner, delaying its ambitious plans to expand in the country. (Voice of America)

    Walmart Delays Plans to Enter Indian Retail Market

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    Walmart's Bumpy Indian Safari

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    How patient will Walmart be with a market that is playing hard to get and is pretty much tough to ignore? (Businessworld)

     
     
     

    Wal-Mart Stores, after its break-up with Bharti Enterprises, does not have any immediate plan to get into retailing in the country, making India the only market where the world's largest retailer will limit itself to the wholesale space. Why? (The Economic Times)

    After Bharti, Walmart in no hurry to get into retailing

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    A Slew of Break-Ups in the Retail Space

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    It is the season of break-ups in the Indian retail space. In the last two months, three joint venture partners have decided to part ways in the market. (The Hindu Businessline)

     
     
     

    Wal-Mart Stores announced that it had indefinitely delayed its once ambitious plans to open hundreds of superstores in its own brand across the country. (New York Times)

    Wal-Mart Drops Ambitious Expansion Plan for India

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    Wal-Mart and Bharti Enterprises call off India JV

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    With the separation from its partner, Bharti Group, Walmart is set to take over the existing wholesale (large format cash & carry) business in India and will need a new local partner if it wishes to open retail stores. (Reuters)

     
     
     

    Family-owned consumer durables retailer Vijay Sales scaled up rapidly from 2006, sensing impending competition from biggies such as Reliance Retail, Croma. (Business Standard - The Strategist)

    Vijay Sales prefers the ‘slow and steady’ approach

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    Starbucks' entry into Bangalore market to froth up cafe market

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    American giant Starbucks is expected to jostle with the likes of homegrown Cafe Coffee Day, and imports like Costa Coffee, Barista, Gloria Jeans and Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf; in a market where drinking kaapi has been a centuries-old tradition. (DNA)

     
     
     

    The Future Group recently launched Big Bazaar Direct, a cross between e-commerce and door-to-door sales. The Strategist looks at the factors that can make or break Kishore Biyani's ambitious new venture. (Business Standard - The Strategist)

    Unravelling Big Bazaar Direct

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    Satisfaction guaranteed

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    How online retailers are turning reverse logistics challenges into competitive advantages and new revenue streams. (Business Standard)

     
     
     

    Credit card issuers have been working with retailers to offer special "no interest" offers for years, but the Reserve Bank of India said the plans were misleading as they often have hidden costs. (Wall Street Journal)

    RBI Blocks “Interest Free” Plans

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    Starbucks gets off to a spirited start in India

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    The world's most popular coffee brand Starbucks sold coffee, snacks and merchandise averaging almost Rs 1.5 crore per outlet from its 11 doors in just five months since opening its first outlet in Mumbai last October. (The Economic Times)

     
     
     

    Aditya Birla Retail Ltd (ABRL), retail arm of the Aditya Birla Group, had been eyeing break-even in 2012-13, the sixth year of its operations. But that milestone remains elusive, with the retailer posting losses of Rs 510 crore last financial year, according to disclosures made with the registrar of companies. (Business Standard)

    Break-even eludes More, but expansion on track

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    Confusing rules deter foreign supermarkets from India

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    A year since India reduced foreign investment barriers to its retail sector to spur flagging economic growth, confusing rules and political uncertainty are keeping overseas supermarket giants away, analysts say. (Agence France Presse)

     
     
     

    An increasing number of people are turning to traditional kirana stores to tame rising budgets, in the process impacting the usually resilient fast moving consumer goods (FMCG) sector. (Financial Express)

    FMCG biz shrinks under inflation fire

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    Aadi, shraadh sales liven up dull shopping season

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    In the last few years, due to (promotional) campaigns, Indian consumers have been buying during the traditionally ‘inauspicious period’. (The Hindu Businessline)

     
     
     

    If 120 new malls have come up in the last two years, 40 have downed shutters. Some lessons from the experiences of dying malls. (Business Standard)

    That sinking feeling

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    Premium brands see spurt in sales

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    Availability of foreign brands at affordable rates is driving the sales, even as local economy struggles. (Mint)

     
     
     

    As vegetable prices go through the roof, organised retail seems to be failing in farm-to-fork delivery. (Financial Chronicle)

    Spilling the beans

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    Id — a marketing idea yet to arrive

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    Usual sales are happening in Ramzan month, but there seems hardly any festival-related product on offer specifically for Eid. (The Hindu Businessline)

     
     
     

    With online shopping picking up, brick-and-mortar retailers are devising ways to stay ahead by offering incentives to walk-in customers and see integrating physical and online stores as boosting sales. (The Hindu Businessline)

    Retailers go omni-channel for clicks and footfalls

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    ColorPlus sketches out a makeover

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    Raymond's once-popular casual wear brand had started showing signs of fatigue. (Business Standard)

     
     
     

    The growth in Indian retail has brought in its wake fresh challenges for HR. Here's how the leaders are dealing with them. (Business Standard - The Strategist)

    HR Management in Retail

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    India eases investment rules for retail sector

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    India relaxed sourcing and investment rules for the retail sector on Thursday in a renewed attempt to attract foreign supermarket chains such as Wal-Mart Stores and Tesco. Foreign companies have been keen to enter India's $500 billion retail market since the country allowed foreign investment in its supermarket sector in September 2012 but ambiguity around entry rules has kept them away.(Reuters)

     
     
     

    The consumer durables and infotech retail chain space is seeing an interesting battle for leadership. (Business Standard)

    RDigital snaps at Croma's heels

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    International brands to raise prices on weak rupee

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    International retail brands will increase prices in the upcoming Autumn-Winter season, with the rupee depreciation having raised costs for them. The rupee has depreciated by 12% against the dollar since February. (The Times of India)

     
     
     

    The Indian government is making yet another push to attract FDI in retail, but analysts call for more powerful measures to boost foreign investment. (CNBC TV18 / Moneycontrol.com)

    Experts call for more than ease in FDI approvals to boost investment

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    Blank billboards wait for ads

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    Advertising and promotional spends are shrinking even as the supply of such ad space outstrips demand in the metros. (The Hindu Businessline)

     
     
     

    Driving footfalls is indispensable now with rising grocery bills. Hypermarkets are battling consumers looking to cut consumption. But playing on price by offering lower rates might not be the way out. . (Business Standard - Smart Investor)

    Retailers take the differentiation call

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    Why we love Zara

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    The brand’s success in India spells new and befuddling challenges for ready-to-wear Indian fashion - Shefalee Vasudev discusses why. (MINT)

     
     
     

    Two sources within the Bentonville, Arkansas-based company's Indian unit say it is unlikely to apply for its first retail store license before March 2015. The company has said it needs a further 12 to 18 months after winning government approval to open each store, which means its first retail outlet in the country would open in 2016 at the earliest. (Reuters)

    Wal-Mart's India expansion is stalled

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    Imported food items may cost up to 20% more on rupee slide

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    As most food importers work on a shipment cycle of 35-40 days, the impact of the depreciating rupee will be strongly felt in the next few weeks and months, if not longer. Some items could possibly go off shelves as importers wait for rupee to become less volatile. (MINT)

     
     
     

    A slew of global fashion labels have set up shop in India in the past few years. But why are the Indian prices higher than those abroad? Does this matter to the well-travelled customer? Shikha Kumar finds out. (DNA)

    A high price for fashion?

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    Star Bazaar, too, has a pre-paid card now

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    If designed well, pre-paid cards can ensure frequent visits by the consumer, with scope for additional purchases by the same consumer. (Business Standard)

     
     
     

    New rules requiring foreign supermarkets to set up their own warehouses and stores in India are likely to further delay the entry of companies like Wal-Mart, increase costs and hurt cash-strapped local retailers eager to partner with foreign companies. (Reuters)

    New FDI rules a setback for foreign, local retailers

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    Les marques étrangères profitent
    de l’ouverture du commerce de détail

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    L’assouplissement de la réglementation indienne sur le commerce de détail a créé un
    appel d’air pour les marques étrangères qui lorgnent sur une classe moyenne en pleine
    croissance. Les marques françaises sont à la traîne.(Le Moci)

     
     
     

    Global they might be, but the café chains have woken up to the potential of coffee in smaller towns and cities in India. (The Hindu - Businessline)

    Working Up Some Steam

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    USL increases focus on higher-priced brands

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    After McDowell’s success, USL has increased focus on higher-priced brands. United Spirits expects its other premium brands to continue growing faster than the market this year. (MINT)

     
     
     

    Of late, every third advertisement that we see on television has some South Indian connect or element attached to it. So, are marketers trying to engage the so called ‘conservative’ South Indians? (The Hindu - Businessline)

    Are we like this only?

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    Raymond to focus on growth, profitability

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    Firm says 2013-14 will see a lower proportion of discounted sales, better control over inventory levels. (MINT)

     
     
     

    Ready to take your standalone store national? Here's a road map for the expansion. (Business Standard)

    Step by Step

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    The Return of Retail

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    The economy may be slowing down, but Indian retail is back with a bang. (Businessworld)

     
     
     

    Regulations govering foreign investment in retail limit Tesco's flexibility and operational framework in India. (Business Standard)

    Tesco treads cautiously in India

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    Damp Squib

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    FDI in multi-brand retail yet to take off as cautious investors wait and watch. (The Week)

     
     
     

    Gap, H&M and Uniqlo are among the international heavyweights turning their attentions to India following economic reforms that have finally opened up this potentially lucrative market. (Drapers)

    Global Report: India

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    Women driving demand for branded sunglasses

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    Availability of multiple brands, and a marked shift towards them is driving growth for branded subglasses in India, say experts. (MINT)

     
     
     

    The British retail brand has gone in for focused segmentation in India to ease navigation by shoppers. (Business Standard)

    Marks & Spencer boosts sub-brands

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    Decathlon sets off with 100% FDI in sports retail

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    French group Auchan has announced its first retail store, Decathlon, in Bangalore. It is the first big-format niche retail chain to open in an increasingly fitness-conscious urban India that craves for sporting space and quality equipment. (Forbes India)

     
     
     

    5-7 more foreign players are keen to give the likes of Starbucks, Coffee Bean and Costa a run for their rupee income. (DNA - Daily News & Analysis)

    Global cafe chains look to steam open India

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    Startup Services for Entrepreneurs Focused on Low-Income Markets

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    Ennovent, a company that accelerates innovations for sustainability in low income markets, is launching its new offering, Startup Services, in partnership with Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ). (Yourstory.in)

     
     
     

    After an indifferent performance in the past few years, the Aditya Birla group's retail chain has gone for a course correction. The new mantra is: cautious aggression. (Business Standard)

    'More' in comeback mode

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    A Safe Passage to India

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    India is one of retail's most attractive developing markets, but it's also one of the most difficult to enter. Liz Morrell reports on how the doors are beginning to open. (Retail Week)

     
     
     

    Imagine walking into a McDonald’s outlet for a McSpicy Paneer burger and also getting to pick up a cup of cappuccino from a Cafe Coffee Day (CCD) counter inside. (DNA - Daily News & Analysis)

    Frenemy format: Will McDonald's, CCD share table?

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    Multinationals in the spotlight as officials get tough on tax

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    Multinational corporations such as Vodafone, Shell and Nokia are rarely out of the business pages as the Indian tax officials seemingly never-ending chasing of unpaid taxes gives daily fodder to the Indian press. (International Bar Association)

     
     
     

    Several foreign fashion brands have split with their local (Indian) partners in the past five years. Taneesha Kulshrestha explores what went wrong with the relationships. (Outlook Business)

    Changing Partners

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    Fossil, Decathlon, Promod cleared for FDI

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    French brands Promod, Decathlon and Le Creuset and U.S. firm Fossil Inc. will invest a total of Rs. 7.5 billion, or about US$140 million, in India. (WWD - Womens Wear Daily)

     
     
     

    Aigner, the German luxury brand, and Genesis Luxury, the up-market retailing arm of Genesis Colors, have ended their tie-up in the country, as their plans did not go as expected. (Business Standard)

    Aigner, Genesis Luxury part ways

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    Zara's Indian unit Inditex Trent made profits in two out of the three years

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    In India, where some of the best-known international labels have met their Waterloo, Zara has proven to be adept at selling fine feathers to the fashion-conscious. (The Economic Times)

     
     
     

    After weak demand and piled-up inventory forced clothing retailers to give discounts for longer than usual in 2012, companies such as Arvind Lifestyle Brands Ltd, DLF Brands Ltd and Lifestyle International Pvt. Ltd say they will not extend their sale period this year. (MINT - A Wall Street Journal Partner)

    Retailers likely to curb sale periods after prolonged discounts in 2012

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    Future Group: The Next Big Thing

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    Retail king Kishore Biyani now wants to be an FMCG giant and he has just taken the first few steps in that journey. (Businessworld)

     
     
     

    It’s not even mid-January yet, but a "flat 50% off" sale is already on at an apparel brand outlet at Mumbai's poshest mall. (DNA - Daily News & Analysis)

    At malls, sale signs are up real early

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    An attempt to make chai cool again

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    Tea’s popularity in Indian homes, in fact, acts against its image. Coffee is considered a lifestyle statement, while tea is ordinary. (DNA - Daily News & Analysis)

     
     
     

    Consumers wait for incomes to rise, prices to fall and interest rates to drop to splurge. But retail players have their task cut out: they need to survive in the short term to remain in business. (Financial Chronicle)

    If we get money, will spend

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    Levi’s struggles to be a regular fit for GeNext

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    After dominating the organised denim market over the past decade, competition from other global brands as well as a rash of local labels have resulted in a disconnect for Levi's with the youth. (The Economic Times)

     
     
     

    Quality space and high street seem to sell even in a slow economy. While many malls in the country are going vacant and space supply surpassing demand in many cities, shortage of quality space and heavy demand from retailers for high-footfall areas have pushed up high-street rents. (Business Standard)

    Rentals go through the roof on high street

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    McDonald’s to go in for makeover

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    Firm aiming to revamp look of restaurants in south, west India to retain maturing customers. (Financial Chronicle)

     
     
     

    His rivals and analysts may not agree, but Future group Founder and CEO Kishore Biyani insists that his mall concept, Central and discount chain Brand Factory, have become “the largest department store network” in the country. (Business Standard)

    Biyani's next big thing: Central & Brand Factory

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    Festival season worst in 4 years

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    This festival season was the worst in 4 years say retailers, with only some big box retailers witnessing a bumper sale this season. (The Hindu Businessline)

     
     
     

    E-commerce sites are giving out home makeovers, wardrobe offers and free gift deliveries during the ongoing festive season to woo customers. Most of the sites offer additional products, other than discounts, to lure customers. (Business Standard)

    E-tailers woo customers with gifts this festive season

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    Retailers not bullish this festive season

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    With consumer spending still not encouraging, retailers are not as ambitious on their prospects this festive period as compared to the previous years even as they expect a pick up in sales. (The Times of India)

     
     
     

    The Seattle-headquartered Starbucks opened its first store in India, kickstarting what could be a sedate rollout, going ahead. (Daily News & Analysis - DNA)

    At Horniman Circle opener, Starbucks sets premium tone

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    How to get the best deal for your car

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    "Bring the old and take a new one." Manufacturers and dealers of white goods and cars come up with exchange offers during the festive season. (The Economic Times)

     
     
     

    A welcome sign in six languages—Hindi, Marathi, Tamil, Gujarati, French and English—greets customers at the entrance to India’s first Starbucks store, which opened Friday at Horniman circle in south Bombay, offering a glimpse of the localization that the Tata group and Starbucks Corp. are attempting. (MINT)

    Starbucks opens its first store in India

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    Mahindra Group to change product mix, may open stores outside India

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    Mahindra Group plans to rejig its retail business by changing the product mix at its stores with more apparels, expanding aggressively through franchisee stores and even setting up stores abroad. (The Economic Times)

     
     
     

    After opening 100 stores in the last four years under ‘Mom & Me’ brand, Mahindra Retail, the low profile retailing arm of of $15.5 billion Mahindra Group, wants to go full steam. (Business Standard)

    Mahindra plans retail blitz

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    VIP repositions itself as lifestyle brand

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    VIP, the luggage company, is positioning itself as a lifestyle brand by diversifying into handbags under the brand name Caprese. (MINT)

     
     
     

    Durables makers and retailers are pushing premium products this festive season with discounts, gifts and attractive finance schemes to improve their overall profitability. (The Economic Times)

    Big festive offers on high-end items

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    Ikea explores giving India touch to different products and designs

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    A few months ago, a team from IKEA visited Indian homes across various income groups to understand what kind of design and products could work in India. Experts say a localisation strategy will help IKEA connect with Indian consumers. (The Economic Times)

     
     
     

    Separate consumer surveys have found that consumer sentiment continues to remain subdued and is unlikely to improve in a hurry. (Daily News & Analysis - DNA)

    Slowing same store sales to hurt retailers

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    Madura to enter kidswear segment

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    Madura Fashions and Lifestyle is stitching plans to reposition its premium menswear brand Allen Solly as a family product. The company will enter the kidswear segment early next year with a formal national roll-out. (The Hindu Businessline)

     
     
     

    Grocery portals and online retail models abound. But only those that can keep costs low will survive. (Businessworld)

    Now, Add To Online Cart: Groceries

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    Infiniti Retail buys Woolworths India

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    Infiniti Retail, Tata Sons’ wholly owned subsidiary that runs Croma consumer electronic goods chain, has acquired Australian major Woolworths Wholesale’s Indian arm. (Daily News & Analysis - DNA)

     
     
     

    FMCG companies are dusting off their strategy of selling products in small sized packs to prop up falling sales in the discretionary food segment. (Daily News & Analysis - DNA)

    Smaller packs see big interest

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    Durables brands offer free gifts, discounts to buck slowdown

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    Consumers can look forward to some mouth-watering bargains this festive season as white goods makers and lifestyle retailers ready to dole out freebies and special discounts to prop up demand at a time when sales have slowed down. (The Economic Times)

     
     
     

    What gets the average kiranawallah excited about joining the country's top retailer when opposition leaders are in the streets saying the government's decision to allow foreign investment in multi-brand retail sounds the death knell for corner shops? (The Economic Times)

    Grocers want franchises of KB's Fair Price format

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    India's Retail Reform

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    Moves last week by the Indian government to open the country's multi-brand retail sector to foreign investment have been hailed as everything from a "historic decision" to a "big bang" reform. (just-style.com)

     
     
     

    The Indian luxury market is going through a shake-up. Even as the country went full throttle in projecting itself as the most happening destination for luxury sales, recent developments seem contradictory. Why is there a shake-up in the market? (Week)

    The luxe flux

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    Discount apparel mart halves

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    Things haven't turned out as per expectations for discounters as fewer footfalls and inventory pile-ups have reduced the industry to half in the last one year. (Daily News & Analysis - DNA)

     
     
     

    India’s retail industry, which is pegged at $450 billion, could expand manifold with the opening up of foreign direct investment (FDI) on Friday. (Daily News & Analysis - DNA)

    53 cities qualify for retail FDI

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    Economic reforms finally take off

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    A day after it raised the prices of diesel and restricted supply of subsidized LPG, the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government decided to push its political gamble further by opening up multi-brand retailing, civil aviation and the broadcast sectors. (Forbes)

     
     
     

    Ben and Jerry’s Homemade Inc. signature ice cream flavours may soon be available in India, joining other international and domestic food and snack brands expanding in the country. (MINT)

    Ben & Jerry’s may come to India

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    Kolkata highest revenue-grossing market

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    So what if West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee fights tooth and nail against foreign investment in retail, Kolkata has emerged a true city of joy for big retailers and fast-food chains since she came to power. (The Economic Times)

     
     
     

    Poor same-store sales have forced many stores to extend the sale period, boosting volumes but impacting margins. (Hindu Businessline)

    Festive sales may fall ‘flat’ on extended discount season

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    Bharat surpasses India in consumption

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    For the first time in a quarter century, rural India outdid urban consumption in the past two years. Rural spending rode on a big increase in incomes, mainly resulting from non-farm jobs and rural employment guarantee schemes. (Financial Chronicle)

     
     
     

    Stung by a consumption slowdown and cut-throat competition from other quick-service chains, Big Mac is trying hard to give customers more reasons to come to its stores. So its latest India menu now comprises a differential pricing strategy and better in-store experience. (Business Standard)

    Big Mac's different strokes

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    Macros spook food joints, but only just

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    Now, macroeconomic woes are impacting even quick service restaurants (QSRs), the 150-3,000 square feet neighbourhood dine-in / takeaway food joints that serve up your pizzas, burgers and rolls. (Daily News & Analysis)

     
     
     

    Retailers are bleeding. The ‘sale’ season whose duration has been stretched of late, has pushed brands and retailers to despair, in spite of shoppers’ frenzy. (Daily News & Analysis)


    Sale frenzy morphs into retail worry

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    Max signs pact with France’s Auchan, to rebrand India stores

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    Max Hypermarket India, part of the Dubai-based retailer Landmark group, has signed a franchise agreement with French retailer Auchan for India. (Financial Chronicle)

     
     
     

    The Future Group is rationalising its retail formats and space and looking to to focus on better inventory, more efficient store operations. (Financial Chronicle)

    Pantaloon cuts Food Bazaar, eZone outlets in major rejig

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    Big Bazaar goes online in Mumbai

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    Big Bazaar's move to create an online presence could boost sales without the proportionate store, salary costs. (Financial Chronicle)

     
     
     

    People may not love the rains, but monsoon sales are the favourite with most of them, but is that the best time to buy? (The Economic Times)

    Avoid impulse-buying at a sale

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    Thinking Small

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    In the wake of the Pantaloon Retail deal, Biyani is focusing on expanding Central’s footprint: scaling down size to scale up operations. (Businessworld)

     
     
     

    Coffee consumption has kicked off exponentially in the Indian market and the latest player to offer the cuppa is Swiss brand Coffee World. (Pitch)

    Coffee World to invest Rs. 50 crore in expansion

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    Govt Seen Relaxing Rules To Keep IKEA Interested

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    The government appears set to relax sourcing rules for retailers, anxious not to scare off IKEA. (Businessworld/Reuters)

     
     
     

    Foreign investment in India has slowed down in recent months, but a recent United Nations survey says Asia's third largest economy continues to be an attractive investment destination for global companies. (Voice of America)

    FDI Slows, But India Still Attractive

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    What Ikea brings to the table

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    The price warrior has to tweak its do-it-yourself strategy in India. (Business Standard)

     
     
     

    The desire to use expensive stationery is on the upswing despite the advent of tablets and hand-held devices changing the way people communicate. (MINT)

    Growing connoisseurs of premium stationery

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    Ikea goes flat out with ideas in India

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    Ikea wants to bring its collapsible furniture to India and plans to conquer the country with a massive plan that includes a nearly US$1.8 billion investment drive. (The National)

     
     
     

    Two major international brands, IKEA and Coca-Cola, have announced plans to invest billions of dollars in the country. (Channel News Asia)

    IKEA, Coca-Cola make inroads into India