Category — Retail

In India, Montblanc’s Luxury Goods Looking Up

European luxury firm Maison Montblanc, which has a joint venture with India’s Bangalore-based Titan, is looking at a turnover of $100 million  over the next four years. The joint venture currently has seven boutique stores, and Titan’s managing director Bhaskar Bhat said, “We have a plan for about 25 stores under the joint venture … which is a five year journey plan, but we believe we can do it faster.”

Titan Logo

Business Standard reports that the boutiques will sell writing instruments, watches, men’s accessories and leather goods. “Large cities are our primary thrust for stores. We will explore some online [business] because the non-metro customer certainly has an allure of MontBlanc. We are not considering physical stores in non-metros right now,” Bhat added.

 

May 9, 2017   No Comments

India Contemplates Opening Up Food Retailing

Foreign food retailers may soon be allowed to sell personal care products made in India up to 25 percent of their total merchandise sales. India’s Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion has for the first time endorsed this proposal. The idea behind the move is to encourage “organized” (mass market)  retailers to source goods made in India.

The excerpt below is from an interview that India’s  commerce and industry minister Nirmala Sitharaman had with the Economic Times:

Economic Times: On food retail, are you looking at allowing more products? Could we see some announcement soon?

Sitharaman: There is a lot of discussion on it. We are already talking about what is grown and [can be] value added in India. The food ministry is saying that you would need something more to attract consumers. He would want to buy other things as well, like cosmetics.

The Seattle-based online retailer, Amazon, sought government permission to enter the food retail business in India. It proposes to invest $570 million in over five years to sell third party and its own private-label food articles, sourced and packaged locally. Other applications received by the government in food retail are from Grofers and Bigbasket.

While a political consensus needs to be reached for further opening of the retail sector, the government is also examining the proposal of opening up Foreign Direct Investment for all goods manufactured in India.

Food Retail

May 8, 2017   No Comments

Walmart to Set Up 50 New Outlets in India

Walmart will open 50 new wholesale  stores across India over the next three to four years which will be located in the states of Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, Punjab, Uttar Pradesh and Haryana. President and CEO, Walmart Canada and Asia, Dirk Van den Berghe, said Walmart was committed to India, and the country with its efficient economy was an important market for them.

Each store will be spread over 50,000 to 60,000 square feet. The company will invest $10 to $12 million in each store which will serve 300,000 wholesale customers; hotels, restaurants, caterers, offices and institutions; and 30,000 mom-and-pop grocery shops.

Walmart Store

IndiaRetailing reports that Walmart currently sources 97 percent of the products within India. 15 percent of its merchandise is sourced from the region where its store is located. The company proposes to work with small and marginal farmers and offer training and education to all stakeholders in the value chain.

 

May 7, 2017   No Comments

Apple Sets New March Quarter Record for India

“We set a new March quarter record for India, where revenue grew by strong double digits,” Apple CEO Tim Cook said in his opening remarks as part of the earnings call. Chief Financial Officer Luca Maestri quantified the “strong double-digit” growth for India — over 20 percent.

Growth in India revenue is due to Apple’s aggressive marketing focus with discounts and cashback offers, especially on older iPhone models and products like the iPhone SE. More recently, the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus have been available at reduced prices as well, reports Gadgets 360.

iPhone

“We continued to strengthen our local presence across the entire ecosystem, and we’re very optimistic about our future in this remarkable country with its very large, young, and tech-savvy population, fast-growing economy, and improving 4G network infrastructure,” Cook added.

Starting online stores is among Apple’s plans for India, while phased manufacturing is something that Apple may be already discussing with the government.

 

May 6, 2017   No Comments

Forbes List Adds a Billionaire from India Each Month

The number of Indians on the Forbes billionaire list rose to 101 from 84 in 2016, and Fakhri Ahmadov, managing director at Ahmadoff & Company, a U.K. based wealth advisory firm, says,  “Eevery 33 days brought a new Indian billionaire to the list last year.”

Forbes says India had 36 billionaires in 2005;  55 billionaires in 2010; and by 2016 India added 46 billionaires or roughly eight new one-percents per year since 2011. Between 2005 and 2016, India’s economy rose 170% while the world economy gained around 30%.

The healthcare and pharmaceuticals sectors added 10 business founders to the FORBES billionaires list in the last seven years, more than any industry in India. Retail added another seven billionaires during that period, Ahmadov said in a report dated April 8.

Billionaire Status

The reasons for this phenomenon are:

  • Fast economic growth in consumer retail goods
  • Redistribution of wealth along billionaire family lines
  • Increased penetration of the banking system
  • Increase foreign direct investment both in the physical economy and corporate equity

 

May 2, 2017   No Comments