Candes Introduces New Range of Washing Machines?
Candes Introduces New Range of Washing Machines?

Candes, one of the leading names in the home appliance space, recently introduced a whole new range of washing machines for its customers. 

The new semi-automatic machines use cutting-edge, rust-resistant technology that is ideal for everyday use for individuals who are working, housewives, and even students. The machine is very convenient to use, also IPX4 shock-resistant, which means that it will keep users safe from water splashing from any angle.
 
Candes has launched the washing machines in three variants, weighing 6.5 kg, 7.2 kg, and 9 kg. With FRVO grade wires with better copper conductivity, power is conserved and wire overheating is avoided. Not only this, the product comes with a warranty of 2 years.
 
Commenting on the launch, Sandeep Aggarwal, Co-Founder, Candes said, “Every day, our goal is to keep evolving in line with market trend and the debut of Candes' washing machine is particularly significant to us since it seeks to alleviate the workload for those with home responsibilities. We feel that taking one step forward would be helpful in attaining our goal of offering ease and convenience to our customers.”
 
Candes is always working towards offering its customers unique and useful products. The broad product line provides excellent value for money, having been carefully selected and constructed with cutting-edge technology to provide a smooth customer experience. 

Candes has chosen to take a step further to reach its objective by broadening its market share through online and offline channels by opening 150+ Candes Shoppe locations around the country. It is yet another panacea for all consumer electronics requirements, with a vast selection of items including fans, water heaters, stabilizers, LED televisions, wires, washers, and kitchen appliances.
 

 
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Polar Bear Opens 137th Store in Hyderabad
Polar Bear Opens 137th Store in Hyderabad
 

Polar Bear recently teamed up with MadHawks to promote the launch of their new store in Gachibowli, Hyderabad, marking their 16th outlet in Hyderabad and 137th in India. Through a strategic influencer marketing campaign involving 14 influencers primarily in food and lifestyle content creation. The campaign generated over 2 million views and reached 1.5 million people, contributing to a successful store launch characterized by long queues over the weekend and a complete sell-out on weekdays.

Founded in 2008 with its first ice cream parlor in Bangalore, Polar Bear - The Ice Cream Sundae Zone has garnered continuous love and appreciation from its customers, leading to expansion across multiple locations nationwide.

Prashant P., Vice President at Polar Bear, expressed gratitude for MadHawks' seamless execution of the influencer campaign, highlighting their expertise in identifying the right influencers and exceeding expectations with a strategic approach. He commended the entire MadHawks team for their outstanding support and professionalism.

In March 2024, Polar Bear launched its new outlet in Gachibowli, Hyderabad, partnering with MadHawks to leverage social media's influence. Influencers visited the new store, sampled ice cream sundaes, and shared their experiences through Instagram reels, which collectively reached over 1.5 million people and garnered more than 2 million views and 20 thousand likes within a few days.

The continued organic views on the reels underscored the effectiveness of MadHawks' influencer marketing strategy. Ravi Kumar, the founder & CEO of MadHawks, attributed the campaign's success to their commitment to adding value for partners, a philosophy ingrained in the company since its inception. He expressed pride in the social media team's hard work and passion, thanking Polar Bear for entrusting them with the opportunity.

 

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Tech Meets Style: Havells Launches Cutting-Edge BLDC+ Fans
Tech Meets Style: Havells Launches Cutting-Edge BLDC+ Fans
 

Havells India Limited, a leading Fast-Moving Electrical Goods (FMEG) Company launched a new campaign, showcasing its commitment to catering to the dynamic consumer requirements with its technologically advanced, energy efficient, and designer range of fans.

Havells rolled its latest BLDC+ fan range, showcasing innovative features targeting aspirations of tech savvy consumers: Albus, an elegantly crafted MDF wooden blades with reversible designs, this fan enhances any room's ambiance with mood-setting underlighting and dimming capabilities.

Control is seamless with an all-encompassing RF remote, offering breeze and sleep modes, plus a timer for ultimate convenience.  Stealth Voice revolutionizes your space with India’s first voice-controlled fan — no need for WiFi, internet, or smartphone connections. Experience unmatched silence and efficiency with a 245 cmm air delivery at just 40 W power consumption.

Crista, elevates smart home living with its IoT integration, allowing for seamless control via the Havells Sync app, Amazon Alexa, or Google Assistant, and is complemented by a telescopic canopy for automatic adjustment with ceiling height and dust-resistant blades.

Florette has adaptive comfort with its Smartsense mode, automatically adjusting fan speed in response to room humidity and temperature, for an effortlessly optimized environment. Elio UL BLDC+ embrace minimalist elegance with this sleek fan, consuming only 28 Watts. Available in a variety of colors including mist pearl white, matt black, and pinewood finishes.

The brand resonates with the thought that whenever the consumer felt the need to experience something new from their fans, they have looked up to Havells, a brand that has always delivered industry best experience. It celebrates the idea of “As much as you look up to us, we look up to you (for inspiration)”. These fans represent more than just technological excellence; they are a symbol of inspiration, drawing from the very needs and desires of the consumers.            

Havells BLDC+ campaign, conceptualised by Mullen Lowe Lintas, the campaign is a montage of everyday moments, that encapsulates the journey beautifully, giving a unique touch to the product storytelling. It brings the 'technology and innovation' narrative to life, highlighting the advanced features of Havells fans. The ad film aims to showcase how each innovation is a step forward in responding to the customers' evolving needs, reinforcing Havells commitment to excellence and leadership in the fan category.

Talking about the campaign, Deepak Bansal, Executive Vice President, Havells India, said, “Havells continues to be a trusted name, maintaining a strong presence in the fan category through relentless progression and a focus on driving innovation. Our new range BLDC+ fans epitomize the culmination of technology with aesthetics which are the major evolving key buying factor of a consumer. From introducing smart sense technology to designing aesthetically superior fans, Havells has pioneered innovative solutions fans to enhance the customer experience”.

Commenting on the campaign, Rohit Kapoor, EVP – Brand Marcom, Havells India said, “Innovation is the cornerstone of our journey at Havells, driven by a deep understanding and anticipation of our consumers' needs. Through our persistent efforts, Havells has emerged as the brand of choice for many. Our latest BLDC+ campaign is a testament to our enduring commitment to telling compelling stories that resonate with our audience. It underscores how Havells fans have been instrumental in meeting the evolving demands of our customers. We believe that this campaign, with its compelling narrative will not only celebrate our brand's heritage but also further solidify Havells' position as a leader in the fan category”.

Talking about the campaign, Ram Cobain, Chief Creative Officer, Mullen Lintas, said, “ By their very nature, ceiling fans make us look up to them. Our campaign shows how Havells has instead, always looked up to its consumers and sought inspiration from their lives. Every fan is so much more than just a fan; it is an empath, an enabler, and a friend. Our is a range film with ‘heart’ – technology in true service of unsaid human desires, warm, intuitive and beyond the utilitarian.”

The brand has tied up with Vikrant Massey, Aditi Rao Hydari and Mamta Mohan Das to promote the range as key digital influencers. The 360-degree campaign is live and promoted across all mediums – Television, Digital, influencer marketing, Outdoor, BTL and retail visibility. It will be aired during the IPL series on star sports, major GEC, movie, news, and regional channels across the country.

 

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Retail India News: Deepika Padukone’s 82°E Announces Offline Retail Debut & Multi-Channel Partnership with Reliance Retail’s Tira
Retail India News: Deepika Padukone’s 82°E Announces Offline Retail Debut & Multi-Channel Partnership with Reliance Retail’s Tira
 

Global Indian Icon Deepika Padukone's self-care brand 82°E has announced a strategic partnership with Reliance Retail’s cutting-edge beauty platform, TIRA. This collaboration marks a significant expansion from 82°E’s successful D2C model to a first-time retail experience in the country through an online and offline presence. Through this partnership, 82°E will continue its mission to make the practice of self-care a simple, joyful, and effective part of everyday life for the TIRA community.

After a year of promoting Simplified Skincare (Cleanse - Hydrate - Protect), establishing product efficacy, and building a strong loyal community in India and across the globe, 82°E is now poised for accelerated growth with this transformative partnership with TIRA. 82°E is expanding its reach by making its popular Skincare, Body Care, and Men’s range, featuring best-selling products like Ashwagandha Bounce, Lotus Splash, and Turmeric Shield available on TIRA. 82°E products, previously accessible through the D2C platform, will now extend their reach to the Tira platform, marking their offline debut at handpicked Tira stores in select markets across North, West, and South India.

This partnership aims to democratize access to premium skincare products to a more diverse audience by harnessing Co-founder Deepika Padukone’s holistic wellness vision and leveraging Reliance Retail’s extensive offline and online network and technological capabilities.

Commenting on the collaboration, Isha M Ambani, Executive Director, Reliance Retail Ventures Limited stated, “We are excited to partner with 82°E, a brand renowned for its commitment to self-care and holistic wellness. This collaboration takes forward TIRA’s vision to bring accessible yet aspirational beauty to every Indian and allows us to provide our customers with access to a range of premium skincare products. Together, we aim to elevate the self-care experience for consumers everywhere, introducing 82°E products to offline retail for the very first time."

Speaking about the partnership, Deepika Padukone, Co-Founder, 82°E added, “We’re thrilled to announce that 82°E is now on TIRA, Online and In-Stores. This collaboration is an outcome of our shared values: to Simplify Skincare and to make Self-Care an effective and enjoyable part of our everyday lives. Through TIRA’s Online and Offline platforms, we are excited to bring 82°E's Bestsellers and award-winning Formulations, along with the best of 82°E Skincare, 82°E Body Care, and 82°E Man to our consumers across the country.”

Reliance Retail’s Tira is an omnichannel retail platform that offers personalized experiences to customers and has a curated assortment of the best global and home-grown brands, making it the go-to destination for all things beauty. 82°E has set out to become one of the most trusted modern self-care brands with a range of rigorously sourced products across skincare and body care.

Consumers will have easy access to 82°E products through the Tira app, website, and at select Tira stores.

 

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Retail India News: Philips Expands Innovation Footprint in India
Retail India News: Philips Expands Innovation Footprint in India
 

Royal Philips, a global leader in health technology, has marked the ground-breaking ceremony of a new R&D centre to expand its Healthcare Innovation Centre (HIC) in Pune, Maharashtra, illustrating India’s growing importance for healthcare innovation around the globe. Situated in a 10-acre plot in MIDC, Chinchwad, the upcoming facility will have an office space of approximately 300,000 sq. ft in the first phase and will house 1900 employees.

The new center, to be operational in two years, will accommodate R&D teams from the company’s Image Guided Therapy, Precision Diagnosis, Monitoring, and Sleep & Respiratory businesses. By integrating all teams in one center, Philips will be able to optimize for scale, speed, and efficiency while also supporting resource and best practice sharing across businesses. Working on innovative health technologies, the new centre will contribute to Philips’ global mission to improve the lives of 2.5 billion people a year by 2030.

Underscoring a commitment to sustainability, the new centre will have Green Power, provide EV charging provisions, and encourage bicycle commuting. In addition to being a significant landmark in Philips’ global footprint, the launch of this center also strengthens Philips’ commitment to taking a technology-first approach towards expanding access to care.

Collectively employing a strength of over 9000 employees, the Healthcare Innovation Centre in Pune, the Innovation Campus in Bengaluru, the Global Business Services in Chennai, and the commercial team headquartered in Gurgaon, are integral to Philips’ operations in India. Together, they are also fully committed to support the Indian government as it aims to meet its healthcare goals of strengthening the medical devices industry in India.

“Since its inception 130 years ago, Philips has been driven by a sharp focus on innovating for the future. In keeping with this objective, our Healthcare Innovation Centre in Pune provides unique and far-reaching capabilities to address the needs of both Indian and global markets. This new center will further strengthen our commitment to supporting the Indian healthcare ecosystem with innovative and sustainable solutions and leveraging the same for customers globally” said Bert van Meurs, Executive Vice President and Chief Business Leader of Image Guided Therapy, Chief Business Leader of Precision Diagnosis (ad interim), and responsible for Diagnosis & Treatment.

“Philips Healthcare Innovation Centre is at the forefront of understanding and responding to some of the outstanding healthcare challenges both in India and in global geographies. With the launch of this new centre, we will be able to design more innovative end-to-end solutions and collaborate better with healthcare providers as we look to meet our common goal of attaining better health outcomes,” said Peeyush Kaushik, Vice President and Head of Healthcare Innovation Center, Pune.

Established in 2011, Philips Healthcare Innovation Centre (HIC), Pune, is focused on multi-modality healthcare R&D and smart manufacturing, complete product development incorporating customer feedback to commercialization and operational excellence. It is committed to developing an innovation ecosystem and providing a competitive cost advantage in developing global products while aligning with the Indian government’s Make in India initiative. With a reach expanding across 140 countries, Philips HIC plays a key role in Philips’ strategy.

Earlier in November 2023, Philips India inaugurated its innovation campus in Yelahanka, Bengaluru. Accommodating over 5,000 professionals in a 650,000 sq. ft. facility, the new campus will focus on innovative health technologies aimed at improving patient experiences, achieving better health outcomes, improving staff experiences, and lowering the cost of care.

 

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Retail India News: Kalyan Jewellers Records 34 pc Revenue Growth, Opens 10 New Stores in Q4
Retail India News: Kalyan Jewellers Records 34 pc Revenue Growth, Opens 10 New Stores in Q4
 

Kalyan Jewellers has reported robust quarterly numbers with a 34 percent YoY growth in consolidated revenue in the January-March quarter. 

The company said it logged a revenue growth of about 38 percent YoY from its India operations during the fourth quarter of FY24. The growth was backed by upbeat same-store sales growth, which was the highest in Q4 as compared to other quarters in FY24. Its Indian business recorded a revenue growth of about 36 percent during the full year FY2024 as compared to the prior year.

The Middle East contributed about 14 percent to the consolidated revenue in the concluding quarter, the company revealed in an exchange filing. The region witnessed a revenue growth of about 14 percent in the fourth quarter, backed by healthy same-store sales. For the full year concluding on March 31, 2024, the company reported revenue growth of about 11 percent from its Middle East business.

The company also opened 10 new stores in India during the quarter. It launched two new showrooms in the Middle East during the same time period. The company also said, “In addition to the 5 LOIs (letters of intent) for FOCO (franchise owned company operated) showrooms executed during December 2023, we have signed an additional 3 LOIs for conversion of existing company-owned showrooms to franchised ones over the next 6 months as part of the previously announced plan to reduce debt / invested capital in the region.”

The company also announced that its digital-first jewelry platform, Candere, recorded revenue growth of about 12 percent in the fourth quarter, as it witnessed “encouraging trends in its already opened physical showrooms.”

 

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Retail India News: Royaloak Furniture on Expansion Spree, Launches 168th Store in Assam
Retail India News: Royaloak Furniture on Expansion Spree, Launches 168th Store in Assam
 

Royaloak Furniture, India's furniture brand, has further solidified its presence in Tamil Nadu with the inauguration of a new store in Tiruvallur. With this, the brand marks an impressive 168th store opening in the country. This expansion underscores Royaloak's commitment to providing quality furniture solutions to the people of Tamil Nadu.

Covering an impressive 12000 square feet, this store boasts an extensive array of furniture for every part of the home, including living rooms, bedrooms, dining areas, and more. Tiruvallur's residents can now discover a wide variety of both stylish and functional furnishings. Royaloak is a go-to destination for all home furnishing needs, that offers sofas, beds, dining tables, chairs, recliners, mattresses, interior decor items, and a comprehensive selection of office and outdoor furniture, all conveniently located in their neighborhood. This store adds to the brand's presence in Tamil Nadu, making it a total of 11 stores in the region.

Speaking at the launch event, Vijai Subramaniam, Chairman, Royaloak Furniture said, "Today marks an exceptional day for the entire Royaloak team as we continue to grow, celebrating the inauguration of our 167th store. We are genuinely excited about our expansion in Tamil Nadu, especially with our latest store launch in Tiruvallur. This underscores Royaloak's dedication to providing top-quality furniture at accessible prices to our valued customers. I extend my best wishes to the franchise owners as we eagerly anticipate serving customers and assisting them in finding the ideal pieces to complete their dream homes."

The store boasts a carefully curated and exclusive 'Country Collection,' showcasing the finest and most unique furniture selections from countries such as the United States, Italy, Turkey, Malaysia, and India. Through its dedicated standalone stores, Royaloak aspires to elevate the aesthetic appeal of homes with its modern, luxurious, and budget-friendly furniture offerings. The brand has been fulfilling the lifestyle requirements of its expansive customer base, exceeding 5 million individuals.

Royaloak has a presence across PAN India including all the metro cities and the distinctive Tier II and III cities of India, making the Royaloak India Furniture Brand which has a vast presence from Kashmir to Kanyakumari and Gujarat to Nagaland.

 

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Retail India News: Jewelry Brand Zavya Names Ravi Malani as New COO & Co-Founder
Retail India News: Jewelry Brand Zavya Names Ravi Malani as New COO & Co-Founder
 

Zavya has announced the appointment of former Snapdeal senior leadership team member, Ravi Malani, as its new co-founder. The appointment demonstrates Zavya’s resolve to supplement its diverse spectrum of products and augment its core business.

Malani, Co-Founder of Zavya, shared his delight in the appointment, saying, “I’m thrilled to become a part of Zavya’s goal of fabricating everyday fine jewelry accessible and elegant for all women. The Indian fine jewelry landscape presents an excellent opportunity for Zavya. With this association, I am looking to strengthen existing silver jewelry categories and foray into areas like gold and lab-grown diamond market.”

With Malani, Zavya is navigating a course for remarkable expansion, driven by the performance history of the dynamic duo. Malani's diverse experience at Snapdeal, managing performance marketing and leading projects in analytics and growth strategies, will significantly contribute to Zavya's strategic direction and team management.

Poem Kabra, Founder and CEO of Zavya, welcomed the accomplished addition to the leadership team, stating, "I'm thrilled to welcome Ravi as Zavya's co-founder and COO. His e-commerce expertise aligns with our vision and will drive Zavya towards becoming a leader in the fine jewelry Market. Ravi's skills complement mine, enhancing our strategic decisions to expand and diversify our product range, form strategic partnerships, and offer a seamless omnichannel experience for our customers. We're confident that Ravi's track record at Snapdeal will significantly contribute to Zavya's pioneering success in the industry."

 

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Retail India News: Sleepyhead Launches First Retail Store in India
Retail India News: Sleepyhead Launches First Retail Store in India
 

Sleepyhead, a leading D2C lifestyle and innovative sleep solutions brand, has opened its first offline retail store in India. Launched in Banaswadi, Karnataka, this move marks a significant milestone for the e-commerce brand Sleepyhead as it expands its presence into brick-and-mortar retail, providing customers with a hands-on experience of its wide range of products.

Recognizing the significance of providing consumers with personalized shopping experiences, Sleepyhead has broadened their footprint by venturing into offline retail spaces. This move is geared towards embracing the importance of building a deeper connection with customers and catering to those who value physical interaction with products before committing to a purchase. By extending its reach to offline stores, Sleepyhead aims to engage with a wider audience and cultivate trust among consumers. The unveiling of the new store reinforces Sleepyhead's commitment to delivering top-notch sleep products while fortifying its position within the retail realm.

Banaswadi has been specifically chosen as the location for the brand’s first store for its dynamic demographic profile, bustling urban atmosphere, and thriving residential community. The vibrant energy and diverse population of the region perfectly align with Sleepyhead's brand ethos and target audience, making it an ideal setting to introduce innovative sleep solutions to the market.

The new store aims to provide a welcoming environment where consumers can explore Sleepyhead's range of sleep products, including mattresses, pillows, bedding accessories, as well as a stylish collection of sofas, recliners, and storage solutions for living spaces. With a focus on experiential shopping, the store offers a cozy atmosphere, interactive displays, and personalized assistance from sleep experts, alongside exclusive promotions and events. Consumers can discover a variety of options to suit their sleep needs and lifestyle preferences.

Speaking on the development, Sridhar Balakrishnan, CEO, Duroflex Group said, “Our venture into the offline segment with our first store marks a big move in Sleepyhead’s brand journey. While e-commerce has been instrumental in reaching our consumers, comprising primarily the youth nationwide, our brick-and-mortar presence offers a unique opportunity for them to directly engage with our brand. This expansion not only strengthens our brand's visibility and accessibility but also opens up new avenues for business and growth. By combining the convenience of online shopping with the tactile experience of in-store browsing, we aim to provide our customers with a truly immersive shopping experience, ensuring that they find the perfect sleep solution tailored to their needs.”

Sleepyhead has plans to further expand their footprints across the country and provide unique retail experiences to the consumer. The brand endeavours to provide consumers with a more convenient and cutting-edge range of sleep solutions by enriching their shopping experience.

 

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Retail India News: Tribe Amrapali Set to Open 20th Store, Expanding Retail Footprint Across India
Retail India News:  Tribe Amrapali Set to Open 20th Store, Expanding Retail Footprint Across India
 

Tribe Amrapali, a dynamic sub-brand of the renowned House of Amrapali, is making waves in the Indian retail scene with its contemporary and budget-friendly jewelry designs. Embracing an experimental design ethos, the brand primarily focuses on crafting exquisite pieces in silver, gold-plated silver, and fashion jewelry. In a significant stride, Tribe Amrapali is gearing up to launch its 20th store in the early months of this year, marking a pivotal moment in its journey.

Since its inception with an E-Store in March 2013, Tribe Amrapali has emerged as a beacon of traditional folklore embodied in youthful vibrance. Rooted in rich cultural narratives, the brand weaves tales of local myths into its collections, creating a dynamic tapestry of identity and expression.

With recent store openings at prime locations including Mumbai Airport, Hyderabad International Airport, and Ambience Mall Vasant Kunj, Tribe Amrapali has been expanding its presence rapidly. The inauguration of their 18th store at Pacific Mall in Delhi signifies their growing influence in the retail landscape. Now, their 20th store is set to debut in Pune, further solidifying their position in the market.

"We have always seen a 50:50 ratio in the percentage of sales online and in store and our target audience would be the evolved women of today, spread across ages. Our collections are diverse, reflecting in our prices which range from Rs 500 to  Rs 1,75,000. With more stores, we hope to expand our reach to more consumers of jewellery in India, allowing them to engage with our products before purchase; and with 7 of our stores being in airports across India, we hope to expand our reach to more cities and countries in the world as well," says Akanksha Arora, CEO of Tribe Amrapali.

Tribe Amrapali's strategic expansion into airport locations aligns with its vision of reaching a broader audience both domestically and internationally. Currently, 7 out of their 20 stores are situated in airports across India, capitalizing on the growing footfall in these hubs. Recent statistics indicate a substantial increase in domestic footfall, with numbers more than doubling from 2014 to 2024.

Cities like Hyderabad, Bengaluru, Ahmedabad, and Delhi have witnessed exponential growth in airport foot traffic over the past decade, presenting ample opportunities for retail expansion. Tribe Amrapali's presence in these key airports positions them to connect with travelers from diverse backgrounds, fostering global engagement.

Looking ahead, Tribe Amrapali plans to introduce new metals and expand its range of stones, catering to evolving consumer preferences. By bridging geographical gaps and offering an extensive product range, the brand aims to strengthen its foothold in major cities across India, ensuring accessibility for jewelry enthusiasts nationwide.

 

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Retail India News: G-SHOCK Opens First Exclusive Store in New Delhi
Retail India News: G-SHOCK Opens First Exclusive Store in New Delhi
 

Casio Computer Co. Ltd, headquartered in Japan and the parent company of Casio India, has launched its first Exclusive G-SHOCK Store in New Delhi, marking the sixth addition to its exclusive store network across the country. With this latest addition, Casio & G-SHOCK now boast a total of 61 Exclusive stores across India, reaffirming the brand's dedication to providing unmatched experiences for its customers nationwide.

Nestled in the lively neighborhood of Pacific Mall Subhash Nagar, this new G-SHOCK Exclusive Store is set to become a cornerstone of horological excellence in the heart of the capital city. This exclusive G-SHOCK store promises an immersive experience, dedicated to showcasing the diverse product portfolio.

Boasting an extensive line-up of G-SHOCK's iconic men's and women's range, this store is a haven for anyone who appreciates its rugged elegance and precision engineering. Central to the store's offerings are G-SHOCK's masterpiece series, including the legendary 5600 and 2100 series, alongside a curated selection of the latest drops and coveted limited-edition timepieces. From rugged functionality to cutting-edge design, each G-SHOCK timepiece embodies the brand's ethos of innovation, durability, and style.

Speaking about the launch, Hideki Imai, Managing Director, Casio India said, “We are thrilled to unveil our first Exclusive G-SHOCK Store in New Delhi, a city well-known for authentic style, creative expression, and diverse culture. With the launch of this store, we are excited to bring our latest drops and a curated G-SHOCK range to the Delhi audiences. With superior craftsmanship and differentiated designs, G-SHOCK timepieces offer a compelling choice that resonates with the dynamic tastes and preferences of today’s audience. We look forward to welcoming our customers to our new store at Pacific Mall, Subhash Nagar.”

 

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Retail India News: Flipkart Unveils Grocery Fulfillment Center in Visakhapatnam, AP
Retail India News: Flipkart Unveils Grocery Fulfillment Center in Visakhapatnam, AP
 

Flipkart, India’s homegrown e-commerce marketplace, has expanded its footprint with the launch of its grocery fulfillment center in Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh, offering next-day grocery deliveries to local consumers. Leveraging its local consumer insights, Flipkart will offer a curated range of popular regional brands such as Freedom and Heritage, among others, along with an expansive range of over 6,000 products from categories such as dairy, eggs, chocolates, staples, cleaning aids, and more.

Visakhapatnam is one of the fastest-growing e-commerce destinations in India and a major market for online groceries. Over the years, it has seen an influx of consumers from various segments who are prioritizing convenience and value for their grocery needs. Given Flipkart’s offering of a wide assortment of value selections, it has witnessed strong growth in grocery demand and daily orders by local consumers, which has led to the launch of its second grocery fulfillment center in the state after Vijayawada.  

The new fulfillment center, which is spread across 77,000 square feet, will cater to 8,000 orders per day in Visakhapatnam, along with Anakapalle, Kakinada, Rajahmundry, Srikakulam, and Vizianagaram. It will generate close to 1,000 direct and indirect employment opportunities while uplifting the livelihood opportunities of numerous small businesses, MSMEs, and local farmers in the region.

Talking about the launch, Srideep Kesavan, CEO at Heritage Foods said, “We at Heritage Foods deeply value the great partnership we have with Flipkart. With one of the widest distribution reach, Flipkart is a critical partner for our growth, especially as we expand our brand reach across the country. We constantly strive to serve our shoppers with a wide variety of products and packaging options for every occasion and delight them with the highest quality that we are known for.”

Rajneesh Kumar, Chief Corporate Affairs Officer at Flipkart Group asserted, "Being a homegrown company with a consumer-first approach, we are happy to launch our second grocery fulfillment center in the state. Andhra Pradesh has been one of our key priority markets where we are seeing significant demand for online groceries among local consumers. We acknowledge the strong growth opportunity in the state, and with the launch of this new fulfillment center, consumers will have easy access to fresh groceries being delivered to them the next day at the convenience of their homes. This investment reinforces our commitment to reach the length and breadth of Bharat, bridging the digital gap and making online shopping more seamless for consumers while empowering local businesses, MSMEs, and farming communities and creating local job opportunities.” 

Commenting on the launch, Hari Kumar G, Vice President, Head of Grocery, Flipkart stated, “Andhra Pradesh is a fast-growing market for us, and consumers are increasingly moving to online shopping for their daily grocery needs. Our new fulfillment center in Visakhapatnam will address this growing demand as we offer a broad array of superior-quality groceries at great value to consumers on the next day. Through this launch, we aim to elevate consumer satisfaction while improving the growth of the overall region.”

Earlier, reliant on the Vijayawada fulfillment center, consumers of Visakhapatnam and nearby regions will now receive their grocery deliveries the next day at the right value. Flipkart continues to foster socio-economic growth in the regions it serves by empowering regional MSMEs, sellers, and farmers, while also supporting local businesses involved in food processing, logistics, packaging, and related sectors. Leveraging innovative technology, Flipkart Grocery enhances user engagement with features such as voice-enabled shopping, credit options, and open-box delivery, ensuring an elevated shopping experience.

 

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Retail India News: Malabar Gold & Diamonds Surpasses Rs 50,000 Cr Milestone in Annual Revenue
Retail India News: Malabar Gold & Diamonds Surpasses Rs 50,000 Cr Milestone in Annual Revenue
 

Malabar Gold & Diamonds, a global leader in the jewelry industry, proudly announces a historic achievement, clocking an annual retail turnover of Rs 51,218 Crore Indian Rupees in the previous fiscal year. This milestone underscores the brand's unwavering commitment to excellence and customer trust.

With an ambitious vision for expansion, Malabar Gold & Diamonds plans to inaugurate new stores in lucrative markets including New Zealand, Egypt, Bangladesh, and various European destinations. The company aims to introduce 100 new stores within the next year, reinforcing its position as a premier jewelry destination worldwide.

To accommodate this rapid growth, Malabar Gold & Diamonds plans to expand its workforce by hiring an additional 7,000 employees, bringing the total count to 28,000. This expansion not only reflects the brand's commitment to job creation but also highlights its dynamic and inclusive work culture.

Furthermore, the company is set to extend its footprint across various Indian states such as Jharkhand, Goa, Assam, Tripura, and Jammu & Kashmir, solidifying its presence in the domestic market.

MP Ahammed, Chairman of Malabar Group, expressed his pride in the brand's accomplishments, and said, "Maintaining our position as a Responsible Jeweller is our utmost responsibility. Given our extensive global presence, we maintain our dedication to responsibly sourcing gold, ensuring it is mined without infringing upon the rights of individuals, particularly children, animals, and their habitats, assuring ethical practices, and transparent fund management. This commitment has earned us the trust and loyalty of our customers. We remain dedicated to sourcing responsibly mined materials and contributing positively to the communities we serve."

In addition to its impressive retail network, Malabar Gold & Diamonds boasts state-of-the-art design studios, training facilities, and research and development departments. The company collaborates with renowned consulting firms like Ernst & Young, Deloitte, Accenture, and IBM to ensure operational excellence.

Customers can expect unparalleled value and service through initiatives like the "One India One Gold Rate" scheme, offering consistent pricing nationwide. Malabar Gold & Diamonds also provides customers with 10 promises, including transparent pricing, lifetime free maintenance on jewelry, and certified diamonds, cementing its commitment to quality and customer satisfaction.

With its dedication to responsible sourcing, ethical business practices, and customer-centric approach, Malabar Gold & Diamonds continues to shine as a beacon of excellence in the global jewelry landscape.

 

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Retail India News: Blue Star Unveils Extensive Lineup of Affordable and Premium Room Air Conditioners
Retail India News: Blue Star Unveils Extensive Lineup of Affordable and Premium Room Air Conditioners
 

Blue Star Limited, a leading name in home cooling solutions, has announced the launch of its latest range of Room Air Conditioners (ACs) tailored for the upcoming summer season. With a focus on affordability and premium features, the company has introduced over 100 models, catering to diverse consumer needs.

The surge in demand for room ACs, particularly from the expanding middle class with increased disposable incomes, has prompted Blue Star to offer a wide selection of ACs across different price segments. This move aligns with the shifting perception of ACs from a luxury to a necessity, especially evident in Tier II, III, and IV markets.

Blue Star's commitment to meeting this demand is evident in its investment in manufacturing, research, and development, resulting in innovative and high-quality AC offerings. The new range encompasses inverter, fixed-speed, and window ACs, providing options for every budget and requirement.

A Look at the 2024 Air Conditioner Range:

Inverter Split ACs: Blue Star has introduced three categories in this segment - flagship, premium, and affordable ranges, spanning 2-star, 3-star, and 5-star variants. These models offer various cooling capacities, starting from 0.8 TR to 2.2 TR, with prices beginning at Rs 29,990. Each unit is equipped with innovative features like 'AI Pro', 'Turbo Cool', 'Convertible 6-in-1 cooling', and Nano BluProtect Technology, ensuring maximum comfort and efficiency.

Flagship Range: The flagship models feature advanced technologies such as 'Super Energy-Efficient ACs', 'Heavy-Duty ACs', 'Smart Wi-Fi ACs', 'Hot & Cold ACs', and 'ACs with Anti-Virus Technology'. Additionally, a special 80th-year anniversary edition AC has been introduced, boasting cutting-edge features and commemorating Blue Star's legacy.

Blue Star has bolstered its manufacturing capabilities with a state-of-the-art facility in Sri City, Andhra Pradesh, alongside existing plants in Himachal Pradesh. These facilities ensure a production capacity of over a million room ACs, poised to increase to 1.8 million units in the near future.

Expanding its outreach, the company is making significant strides in e-commerce and modern trade channels, supported by robust distribution networks and a focus on customer service. With a network of over 2,100 service centers and a fleet of service vehicles, Blue Star ensures prompt after-sales support.

B Thiagarajan, Managing Director of Blue Star Limited, expressed optimism about the future, citing “The market for room ACs is at its inflection point and is poised to grow exponentially over the next few years. Industry estimates reckon that the market will more than double by 2030. This represents a huge opportunity for us, having over 80 years of AC expertise and being well-entrenched in the marketplace.”

He further adds, “Blue Star continues to make significant investments in R&D, manufacturing as well as supply chain to enhance competencies and capabilities to leverage the growing demand effectively. We anticipate the forthcoming summer season to be strong and expect the demand for room air conditioners to be robust. We are confident that with our formidable battalion of room ACs, cutting across all consumer segments and price points, we will grow faster than the market.

 

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Retail India News: United Spirits Expands Portfolio with 15pc Stake Acquisition in Pistola Agave Spirits Brand
Retail India News: United Spirits Expands Portfolio with 15pc Stake Acquisition in Pistola Agave Spirits Brand
 

United Spirits, a prominent player in the alcohol beverage industry, has taken a significant step towards diversification by acquiring a 15 percent stake in Inspired Hospitality, the parent company of Pistola, for Rs 5.65 crore. This strategic move aims to solidify United Spirits' presence in the premium craft segment.

According to a BSE filing on Thursday, United Spirits will subscribe to 3,494 Compulsory Convertible Preference Shares (CCPS) and 10 equity shares of Pistola. This acquisition constitutes approximately 15.0 percent of Pistola's paid-up share capital, on a fully diluted basis.

Pistola, founded in 2010 by Rakshay Dhariwal and Radhika Dhariwal, specializes in agave spirits, operating in development, marketing, and sales. Despite not owning a bottling unit facility, Pistola efficiently outsources this function to a third party.

The investment underscores United Spirits' commitment to tapping into emerging market segments. By leveraging Pistola's expertise in agave spirits, United Spirits aims to enhance its footprint in the premium craft beverage market.

Moreover, United Spirits has expressed interest in potentially acquiring the remaining shares held by other shareholders, contingent upon Pistola's achievement of specific pre-agreed milestones within a defined timeframe.

Pistola, recognized as one of India's emerging premium agave brands, began its commercial operations in December 2021. Alongside its presence in India, Pistola's products enjoy distribution across the USA, Singapore, and Thailand.

With this strategic partnership, United Spirits is poised to capitalize on the growing demand for premium craft beverages, further cementing its position as a leader in the alcohol beverage industry.

 

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Retail India News: Lifestyle Appoints Ritesh Mishra as Deputy CEO to Drive Retail Innovation
Retail India News: Lifestyle Appoints Ritesh Mishra as Deputy CEO to Drive Retail Innovation
 

In an exciting development for the retail industry, Landmark Group announced the appointment of Ritesh Mishra as the new Deputy Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Lifestyle. With an impressive 23 years of experience in the retail sector, Mishra's expertise promises to usher in a new era of growth and innovation.

Mishra's responsibilities in his new role will focus on expanding corporate footprints and cementing market leadership, reflecting his extensive background and capabilities. Devarajan Iyer, Executive Director and CEO of Lifestyle India, expressed enthusiasm about the appointment, stating, "We are thrilled to welcome Ritesh Mishra to our team. His extensive experience and proven track record in the retail industry make him a valuable addition to our leadership team."

Ritesh Mishra is a seasoned business leader with a successful track record in fashion and retail. His strategic mindset and passion-driven leadership have consistently delivered results. With a diverse background spanning offline and online retail operations, buying, merchandising, supply chain management, and P&L management, Mishra is poised to drive long-term business goals.

Mishra's commitment to achieving scale and profitability is evident from his past endeavors, including his role as Managing Director at Marks and Spencer Reliance India Pvt Ltd. His appointment underscores Lifestyle's dedication to innovation and growth in the retail sector.

 

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Retail India News: Gargi by PNGS Goes Nationwide, Lands in Chennai, Shillong, and Kanpur
Retail India News: Gargi by PNGS Goes Nationwide, Lands in Chennai, Shillong, and Kanpur
 

Gargi by P N Gadgil & Sons (PNGS), a leading name in fashion jewelry, has rapidly expanded its reach by launching Gargi Shop-in-Shop (S-I-S) at Shoppers Stop in Chennai, Shillong, and Kanpur within just a week. This strategic move solidifies Gargi's presence in the Indian fashion scene, now spanning 18 locations across ten major metro cities and six states.

The Indian fashion jewelry market is on the rise, projected to hit $2,126.3 million by 2027, with Gargi poised to capture a significant share of this burgeoning market.

Aditya Modak, Co-founder of Gargi by PNGS, expressed "We are thrilled with our rapid expansion into new territories, setting the stage for an exhilarating brand presence in 2024. Our mission is to continue reaching more customers and offering them our distinctive, high-quality jewellery pieces at affordable prices. We warmly welcome the communities of Kanpur, Chennai, Shillong, and nearby regions to explore our offerings and anticipate strategically launching more such stores across various territories."

Crafted with 92.5 percent sterling silver, premium brass, and dazzling diamonds, Gargi's signature collection embodies elegance and style. The brand's rapid expansion underscores its commitment to providing top-tier fashion jewelry and unparalleled shopping experiences nationwide.

Named after Goddess Durga and inspired by the ancient scholar Gargi from the Ramayana, Gargi symbolizes beauty, integrity, and scholarship. Thriving under the legacy of P N Gadgil & Sons, Gargi upholds operational excellence while carving its path in the fashion jewelry industry.

With an eye on the future, Gargi sets ambitious goals, aiming to surpass $100 billion in sales within the next two years. With its aggressive expansion plan and unwavering commitment to quality, Gargi is poised to redefine standards in the retail industry.

 

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Retail India News: New Balance Steps into Pune with Debut Store at Phoenix Mall
Retail India News: New Balance Steps into Pune with Debut Store at Phoenix Mall
 

New Balance, the iconic sports footwear and apparel brand, has officially inaugurated its first-ever store in Pune, marking a significant expansion move into one of India's thriving urban hubs. Situated within the bustling Phoenix Mall of the Millennium, Wakad, this store signifies New Balance's commitment to providing a unique retail experience tailored to the diverse needs of Indian consumers.

Following the successful launch of its store in Hyderabad, New Balance continues to solidify its presence in the Indian market, bringing its latest retail concept to Pune. The store showcases a meticulously curated collection designed to cater to both professional athletes and fashion-conscious individuals, embodying New Balance's ethos at the nexus of sports and culture.

Radeshwer Davar, Country Manager of New Balance India, expressed his excitement, stating, "We are delighted to open our first-ever store in Pune. Our brand perfectly complements Pune's dynamic and cosmopolitan lifestyle, making it a great fit in our expansion journey across India."

The store's layout fosters a sense of community engagement, inviting customers to connect and explore their personal style within a vibrant atmosphere. Visitors to the Phoenix Mall of the Millennium store will have the opportunity to experience New Balance's latest innovations firsthand, including the acclaimed Fresh Foam X and FuelCell technologies, along with iconic offerings such as the 1080, 550, 327, and 9060 models.

New Balance, headquartered in Boston, MA, boasts a rich heritage dating back to 1906 and is committed to empowering individuals through sport and craftsmanship. With a global workforce of 9,000 associates and reported worldwide sales of $6.5 billion in 2023, New Balance continues to drive positive change in communities worldwide.

The opening of the Pune store underscores New Balance's dedication to providing high-quality products and immersive retail experiences, setting the stage for further expansion and engagement with customers across India. 

 

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Retail India News: Sai Silks Kalamandir Dazzles with Fine Silver Jewellery Debut
Retail India News: Sai Silks Kalamandir Dazzles with Fine Silver Jewellery Debut
 

Ethnic wear powerhouse Sai Silks Kalamandir Ltd (SSKL) has unveiled its latest venture into the world of fine silver jewelry. Branded as Rasamayi, the new jewelry outlet marks a significant expansion of SSKL's product range, as announced in a press release on Wednesday.

Nestled within its flagship Kalamandir store in Visakhapatnam, the jewelry boutique promises a fusion of tradition and modernity, catering to the tastes of discerning customers. Managing Director Prasad Chalavadi expressed his enthusiasm, stating, "We are excited to enter a new market that resonates with our values, and appreciates jewellery, fashion, and beauty."

As the wedding season approaches, the saree-jewellery combo offering aims to elevate the shopping experience for patrons. Chalavadi further added, "Customers can look forward to exploring an exquisite collection of premium silver accessories that blend tradition with contemporary allure."

From temple jewelry to lightweight designs, the product lineup encompasses a diverse array of styles, including antique nakshi, Victorian, kundan, and moissanite jewellery.

SSKL's retail footprint spans four distinct formats, including Kalamandir, Mandir, Varamahalakshmi Silks, and KLM Fashion Mall, alongside robust e-commerce channels. Since its inception in 2005, the company has burgeoned to encompass 60 stores across Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Karnataka, and Tamil Nadu, boasting an expansive combined floor space exceeding 6 lakh sq. ft.

Last year's IPO marked a pivotal moment for SSKL, facilitating its ambitious expansion plans. As Chalavadi noted, "One of the key reasons for raising funds through the stock markets was aggressive expansion."

With its latest foray into the realm of fine silver jewellery, Sai Silks Kalamandir continues to captivate fashion enthusiasts with its commitment to quality and innovation.

 

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Retail India News: MARS Cosmetics Sets Ambitious Expansion Goals
Retail India News: MARS Cosmetics Sets Ambitious Expansion Goals
 

MARS Cosmetics is an Indian cosmetics brand dedicated to creating 'makeup for everyone'. The brand has significantly expanded its reach by successfully launching kiosks in different cities nationwide. With the recent launch of its latest kiosk in Z Square Mall, Kanpur, the brand has further extended its presence to include Elante Mall in Chandigarh, Gaur City in Greater Noida, Pacific Jasola in Delhi, The Mall of Faridabad in Haryana.

The brand recently welcomed another kiosk at Pacific Mall, Netaji Subhash Place to enhance its offline presence and facilitate accessibility to its consumers.

Rishabh Sethia, Director and Business Administrator at MARS Cosmetics expresses his enthusiasm about the company's recent achievements and plans, stating, "We are delighted to witness the overwhelming response to our newest kiosk in Kanpur and are grateful for the continued support from our valued customers. Each launch represents a significant milestone for MARS Cosmetics as we strive to bring our high-quality products closer to consumers across India. We are excited about the upcoming openings in Ahmedabad, Surat, Mohali, and Udaipur, which will further strengthen our presence in key markets." 

With the expanding network of kiosks, MARS Cosmetics remains committed to offering innovative beauty solutions and personalized customer experiences. With a diverse range of makeup and beauty tools, the brand aims to empower people to express their unique styles and enhance their natural beauty.

 

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Retail India News: Quba Homes Unveils 'RAW' Collection: Redefining Modern Luxury Furniture
Retail India News: Quba Homes Unveils 'RAW' Collection: Redefining Modern Luxury Furniture
 

Quba Homes is a bespoke furniture styling studio known for incorporating complex and artistic elements into modern designs. Founded in 2019, they curate furniture inspired by both modern and classical eras, delivering design solutions with an emphasis on quality manufacturing. The brand recently launched its latest luxury collection, 'RAW,' setting a new benchmark in contemporary furniture design.

According to Quba Homes' Founder, Puneet Budhiraja, “RAW defines itself by Redefined, Avant Garde, Workmanship, where every piece of furniture speaks volumes with its premium touches. The distinctive designs in our bespoke furniture collection redefine what it means to be luxurious and create a powerful design statement."

Here's a glimpse of some standout pieces from the collection:

1) Arch Coffee Table: Inspired by 'deconstructivism', this modern coffee table boasts a shiny brass finish and a marble top, elevating any living space.

2) Ombre Dining Chair: Combining sleek design with comfort, this chair features pure white upholstery and slanted legs for stability and style.

3) Fins Dining Chair: Offering comfort with creative design, this chair features symmetric cushions and a strong brass stem for sturdiness.

4) Flat Iron Table: With a nod to the Flat Iron Building in New York, this table features a circular top and an elegant brass base, adding urban refinement to any space.

5) Thor Bar Cabinet: Inspired by the Thor hammer, this olive green cabinet reimagines the standard home bar with its chiselled front panel and thoughtful storage design.

6) H Cast Glass Table: Celebrating design brilliance, this table combines form and function with its balanced structure and durable cast glass construction.

Puneet Budhiraja, CEO of Quba Homes, leverages his expertise in curating bespoke furniture to redefine luxury in residential spaces. With a background in arts and experience in the steel business, Puneet brings a unique blend of creativity and business acumen to Quba Homes' design and manufacturing process.

 

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Retail India News: Pansari Group Reports 39pc Volume Surge and 20pc Value Growth for FY 23-24, Eyes Future Expansion
Retail India News: Pansari Group Reports 39pc Volume Surge and 20pc Value Growth for FY 23-24, Eyes Future Expansion
 

Pansari Group, a prominent player in the FMCG sector, celebrates a remarkable performance in the fiscal year 2023-24, boasting a 20 percent increase in value and an impressive 39 percent surge in volume. This exceptional achievement positions the company for robust growth prospects in the coming years.

With a strategic focus on their recently introduced tea brand, TVOY, Pansari Group aims for sales exceeding a hundred crore, targeting a staggering 70 percent year-on-year volume growth over the next two years.

Shammi Agarwal, Director of Pansari Group, expressed enthusiasm, stating, "We are thrilled to announce our substantial growth trajectory for FY 2023-24. Our unwavering dedication to delivering quality products and innovative solutions has been pivotal in driving this exceptional performance."

Despite challenges in international markets, including regulatory hurdles impacting wheat flour and rice duties, the company remained steadfast in diversifying its offerings. Initiatives like HoReCa International for B2B customers and expansion into private-label products beyond commodities showcase their adaptability.

Pansari Group's distribution strategy, with over 800 distributors, emphasizes segmentation for commodities and value-added products, ensuring operational efficiency. Through investments in technology, the company aims to elevate engagement with retailers, fostering stronger customer connections and loyalty.

The brand's recent expansion, marked by the launch of 'Mojee' cocktail syrups, Pansari Chai, and the TVOY Green Tea range, has solidified its position as a market leader in the FMCG industry.

In the upcoming fiscal year, Pansari Group anticipates a regional shift in business contributions, with the North expected to dominate 60 percent of operations, while the West and South regions collectively contribute 40 percent.

 

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Retail India News: Miraggio Launches Empowering 'Fierce Collection' - Redefining Style for Modern Women
Retail India News: Miraggio Launches Empowering 'Fierce Collection' - Redefining Style for Modern Women
 

Renowned handbag brand Miraggio unveils its latest innovation, the 'Fierce Collection', aimed at empowering dynamic women who balance style and functionality in their daily lives.

Crafted for the modern woman, the 'Fierce Collection' embodies versatility and sophistication, seamlessly complementing their busy lifestyles with its blend of sleek design and practicality.

CEO Mohit Jain expresses excitement about the launch, stating, "Our 'Fierce Collection' celebrates the bold spirit of today's women. We believe every woman deserves empowerment and confidence in her style, whether in the boardroom or on a weekend getaway."

From the spacious Ace Tote Bag to the elegant Zoe Handbag, each piece in the collection is meticulously designed to exude timelessness and boldness, catering to the needs of go-getters and trendsetters alike.

Miraggio's 'Fierce Collection' symbolizes empowerment and confidence, redefining fashion for the modern woman. Experience the blend of style and functionality with Miraggio's latest collection and make a statement wherever you go.

 

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Retail India News: HyFun Foods Launches HyFarm Initiative with Rs. 100 Cr Investment to Revolutionize Fresh Produce Procurement
Retail India News: HyFun Foods Launches HyFarm Initiative with Rs. 100 Cr Investment to Revolutionize Fresh Produce Procurement
 

HyFun Foods, the leading exporter of processed fruits and vegetables in India, has unveiled its latest venture: HyFarm. This innovative agricultural procurement and farmer engagement initiative was officially introduced at the HyFun Plant premises in Mehsana, Gujarat, in the presence of MLA Jagdish Vishwakarma and 6,000 farmers. The company has committed an initial investment of Rs.100 crore towards HyFarm, aiming to transform produce procurement.

Haresh Karamchandani, MD, and CEO of HyFun Foods, expressed his excitement for the #HyFarm initiative, stating, "Through HyFarm, we are investing in the future of farming and the prosperity of rural communities. This initiative strengthens our commitment to sourcing high-quality ingredients while empowering farmers and promoting sustainable agriculture."

HyFarm is farmer-centric and was launched alongside celebrating HyFun Foods' procurement achievement of 300,000 tonnes of processing-grade potatoes this year. This milestone solidifies HyFun Foods as the largest Indian brand in processing potato varieties. The event marked the strong bond between HyFun Foods and its farming partners, unveiling the brand identity of HyFarm.

With a vision to integrate India's abundant fresh produce, HyFarm aims to engage 30,000 farmers by 2030. Expanding its procurement beyond potatoes, HyFarm targets 1 million tonnes by 2028, including table and chipping varieties. Moreover, the initiative plans to diversify into procuring a wide range of fresh fruits and vegetables, providing year-round opportunities for farmers.

Beyond procurement, HyFarm aims to empower farmers with technology. A digital platform will offer access to agricultural best practices, enhancing efficiency, productivity, and sustainability.

A farmer representative at the event highlighted, "HyFarm is a game-changer, providing a reliable market and stable income. We look forward to partnering with HyFarm for a sustainable agricultural future."

As HyFun Foods invests in HyFarm, it remains committed to promoting responsible agriculture and prosperity. The company's recent announcement at the Vibrant Gujarat Global Summit showcases its dedication to meeting growing domestic and export demands with three new manufacturing plants in Gujarat, a testament to its expansion and innovation in the market.

 

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Retail India News: Swiggy Instamart & Park+ Come Together to Deliver IndusInd FASTag to Doorstep in Just 10 Mins
Retail India News: Swiggy Instamart & Park+ Come Together to Deliver IndusInd FASTag to Doorstep in Just 10 Mins
 

Swiggy Instamart, a quick commerce platform, has joined forces with Park+, a FASTag distribution platform, to deliver IndusInd Bank FASTag to Swiggy Instamart users in under 10 minutes.

A first for any quick commerce or e-commerce platform, customers can now enjoy the convenience of having FASTag delivered directly to their doorstep. The FASTags will be available to users on Swiggy Instamart across 29 cities.

An essential for modern-day car owners, there has been consistent adoption of FASTag with over 7.98 crore FASTags issued in India as of November 2023. With Park+’s smart parking and vehicular management systems, users can digitally pay at a toll, or a parking spot at a mall, corporate park, or movie hall using FASTag. No cash transaction is required. This partnership between Swiggy Instamart and Park+ aims to fill a crucial gap in the market and provide a convenient and quick solution to access FASTag.

Phani Kishan, Head of Swiggy Instamart said, “FASTag stands for seamless payment and convenience, and access to it should be the same. Traditionally, purchasing a FASTag involved applying through a bank portal or physically visiting a toll booth on a highway, leading to waiting times ranging from 3 to 7 days for card delivery and activation. With FASTag now available on Swiggy Instamart, users can procure it anytime, anywhere, slashing delivery wait time from days to under 10 minutes.”

Commenting on the partnership, Amit Lakhotia, Founder & CEO, Park+ added, “At Park+ our main objective is to bring delight back to car ownership. As part of this endeavor, we have partnered with Swiggy Instamart to reduce the TAT for car owners buying a FASTag. As the largest FASTag distributor in India, we are well-poised to address the current gap within the FASTag ecosystem. Our robust relationship with IndusInd bank allows us to deliver IndusInd FASTags to customers in less than 10 minutes, thanks to Swiggy Instamart. Furthermore, we are also working with relevant FASTag issuing partners to educate users about FASTag buying/renewal/recharge, etc. We will continue to invest our energies in enhancing the car ownership experience for car owners, throughout the life cycle of their car and look forward to partnering with other external stakeholders to support us in this endeavor.”

 

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Retail India News: St.Botanica Forays into Fragrance Category
Retail India News: St.Botanica Forays into Fragrance Category
 

St.Botanica, a leading direct-to-consumer (D2C) beauty brand and part of South Asia's largest beauty and personal care conglomerate Good Glamm Group, is venturing into the fast-growing fragrance category with the announcement of its new line of perfumes. Crafted meticulously from the world's finest ingredients, this collection is accompanied by the captivating campaign ‘Indulge Your Travel Spirit’. 

Featuring four distinct fragrances, each embodying a unique corner of the globe, the collection offers a sensory journey. The Citrus fragrance evokes the sun-kissed shores of the Mediterranean, with notes of Amalfi Lemon, Patchouli, and White Honey. The Oud fragrance transports you to the landscapes of the Middle East, blending Cedarwood, Black Pepper, and Labdanum. The Amber fragrance captures the essence of North America, combining Virginia Cedar, Gardenia, and African Orange Flower and the Spicy fragrance entices with its fusion of Geranium, Bergamot, and Musk from Southern Africa. 

Ensuring widespread accessibility, St.Botanica's all-new fragrances are now exclusively available both online on Amazon Beauty and offline at Shoppers Stop stores, catering to consumers nationwide. This strategic partnership aims to provide seamless access to these exquisite scents, enriching the olfactory experiences of fragrance enthusiasts everywhere.

Sukhleen Aneja, CEO of Good Brands Co, Good Glamm Group, expressed her enthusiasm for the launch, stating, "We are thrilled to step into the fast-growing fragrance category with the launch of our exquisite perfumes. With the belief in sourcing from the world’s finest ingredients, St.Botanica invites consumers on a sensory journey that transcends traditional fragrance experiences blending sophistication with affordability. We're also excited about our partnership with Amazon and Shoppers Stop for online and offline sales respectively providing consumers with unparalleled quality and a seamless shopping experience."

“At Amazon Beauty, we are committed to bringing our customers the most exciting and trending beauty products. This partnership with St. Botanica and Amazon Beauty embodies this spirit by providing our beauty enthusiasts with a wide variety of captivating fragrances to enrich their beauty rituals and elevate their daily experiences. With convenient, fast delivery and competitive value, Amazon Beauty offers customers the perfect platform to explore and find the perfect fragrance to complement their unique style and preferences,” said Zeba Khan, Director, Beauty, Personal Care and Luxury Beauty, Amazon India. 

Biju Kassim, Customer Care Associate and CEO, Beauty, Shoppers Stop Limited stated, “St.Botanica's debut in the fragrance market, exclusively with Shoppers Stop, provides an opportunity for our customers to explore an extensive array of these sensorial fragrances. We are delighted to offer a platform for our consumers to discover and try the enchanting St. Botanica fragrances, together with an elevated fragrance discovery experience at our stores.

 

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[Funding Alert] The Fresh Press Secures Pre-Series A Funding to Expand Reach in Thriving Cold-Pressed Juice Market
[Funding Alert] The Fresh Press Secures Pre-Series A Funding to Expand Reach in Thriving Cold-Pressed Juice Market
 

Mumbai-based cold-pressed juice chain, The Fresh Press, has secured a substantial Pre-Series A funding round from Gruhas Collective Consumer Fund (GCCF), underlining its commitment to growth and innovation. Co-founded by Mithil Lodha, Rahul Jain, and renowned actor-entrepreneur Dino Morea, The Fresh Press is poised to capitalize on India's surging demand for healthy beverage options.

"Dino Morea's The Fresh Press raises a Pre-Series A round from Gruhas Collective Consumer Fund, positioning it for rapid growth in the cold-pressed juice market," stated Dino Morea, highlighting the strategic significance of the investment.

With over 36 stores already established nationwide, The Fresh Press is set to leverage the funding to expand its footprint further. "We envision expanding our footprint nationwide, revolutionizing the way people perceive and consume nutritious beverages," said Dino Morea, emphasizing the brand's commitment to catering to a broader audience.

"We strive to be a leading brand promoting healthier lifestyles, making a significant impact on individuals' health journeys," echoed Mithil Lodha, Co-founder of The Fresh Press, expressing enthusiasm about the brand's growth trajectory.

Nikhil Kamath, Co-founder of Gruhas, reiterated the fund's commitment to supporting indigenous entrepreneurs driving health-conscious consumer choices. "It's time we take control of our own well-being and pay attention to our nutrition intake," he emphasized.

Vijay Subramaniam, Founder and Group CEO of Collective Artists Network, praised The Fresh Press's focus on quality and health promotion. "We believe that with its strategic expansion plans and focus on empowering healthier lifestyles, The Fresh Press is well-positioned for sustained growth and a substantial impact on the market," he stated.

India's fresh fruit juice market, currently valued at $13 billion, is witnessing a significant shift towards healthier beverage alternatives. With The Fresh Press's strategic expansion plans and commitment to quality, the brand is poised to carve a niche for itself in this rapidly evolving landscape.

The Fresh Press's partnership with GCCF marks a significant milestone in its journey towards becoming a dominant force in India's cold-pressed juice market. With a strong focus on quality, innovation, and expansion, the brand is primed for success in the dynamic beverage industry.

 

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Retail India News: Starbucks Launches First Eco-Friendly Store in India, Earns Top Asia Pacific Accolade
Retail India News: Starbucks Launches First Eco-Friendly Store in India, Earns Top Asia Pacific Accolade
 

Starbucks announced the certification of its first Greener Store in India, while also celebrating being facilitated as the Starbucks ‘Greener Store of the Year’ in Asia Pacific. Located in Ayali Kalan, Ludhiana, Punjab, and operated in partnership with Tata Starbucks, the Sunview Enclave store will help reduce Starbucks’ environmental impact through sustainable practices and materials.

"The Sunview Enclave store, our first green store in Ludhiana, recognized as the Greener Store of the Year in the Asia Pacific region, is a testament to our commitment to fostering a more sustainable future," said Sushant Dash, CEO, TATA Starbucks.

"I’m looking forward to engaging customers to let them know we are raising awareness about climate change, and the thoughtfulness we have put behind this store to reduce its environmental footprint. This award helps us celebrate and bring this awareness to our customers," said Pankaj, store manager, Starbucks Sunview Enclave in Ayali Kalan.

The store prioritizes using its resources efficiently, through electric vehicle (EV) chargers, a rainwater harvesting system, and repurposes used coffee grounds as fertilizer for neighboring developments. In addition to energy and water-efficient equipment, the building incorporates sustainable construction practices such as the use of local clay bricks, advanced insulation, ample glazing for natural daylight, and roof overhangs designed to minimize heat gain. It is also an interactive hub that raises awareness about climate change and inspires others to make eco-friendly choices. Through engaging displays customers are encouraged to make sustainable choices and embrace a greener lifestyle.

Starbucks has committed to building and retrofitting 10,000 Greener Stores globally by 2025, a major step in leveraging its goal to accelerate the global movement toward a more sustainable future. Since announcing the international expansion of Greener Stores in September 2021, Starbucks has implemented a global framework of design, construction, and operations standards to certify new Greener Stores around the world. As of March 2024, Greener Stores have been certified in more than 40 markets globally; in Asia Pacific, this includes India.

 

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Retail India News: Aditya Birla Fashion and Retail to Split Madura Fashion & Lifestyle into Separate Entity
Retail India News: Aditya Birla Fashion and Retail to Split Madura Fashion & Lifestyle into Separate Entity
 

Aditya Birla Fashion and Retail Ltd. (ABFRL) is set to enhance its operational efficiency by vertically demerging its Madura Fashion & Lifestyle business into a separate listed entity. This strategic move aims to create two distinct growth engines, each with a unique capital allocation strategy.

The decision, authorized by ABFRL's Board of Directors, underscores a meticulous evaluation process. The proposed demerger seeks to establish two independently listed companies, empowering them with separate capital structures and avenues for value creation.

Madura Fashion & Lifestyle (MFL), comprising renowned lifestyle brands like Louis Phillippe, Van Heusen, Allen Solly, and Peter England, alongside other popular labels such as American Eagle, Forever 21, and Reebok, will form the core of the new entity. This segment boasts a robust track record of revenue growth, profitability, and strong cash flows.

Post-demerger, ABFRL will refocus on high-growth segments, including value retail, ethnic wear, luxury brands, and digital-first fashion labels. This strategic realignment is poised to unlock significant value for stakeholders.

Kumar Mangalam Birla, Chairman of Aditya Birla Group, remarked, "As our fashion and retail business evolves, there's a need to optimize capital structures to seize emerging opportunities. This move towards simplification will unlock distinct avenues for long-term value creation."

Ashish Dikshit, MD of Aditya Birla Fashion and Retail Ltd, emphasized, "The restructuring will enable a sharper focus on each business segment, aligning them with tailored strategies for growth." He added, "With the Indian fashion industry poised for robust long-term growth, this simplified structure positions us well for sustained success."

The proposed demerger is subject to regulatory approvals from ABFRL's Board of Directors, shareholders, creditors, and relevant authorities, alongside customary clearances.

By streamlining its operations, ABFRL aims to reinforce its position in the dynamic retail landscape, driving value for shareholders and stakeholders alike.

 

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Crocs India & Metro Brands Extend Partnership for Continued Growth in India
Crocs India & Metro Brands Extend Partnership for Continued Growth in India
 

Marking a pivotal achievement in its retail journey, Metro Brands Limited (MBL), one of India’s largest footwear and accessories specialty retailers, has announced the extension of its partnership with Crocs India Limited (CIL), a world leader in innovative casual footwear. The renewal is sealed through a retail partnership agreement, with few changes in agreement terms, the most important being granting MBL exclusive rights to operate and own Crocs “full price” stores across the western and southern states in India and an increase in residual balance term of the contract. Further, MBL will have rights to continue, renew & operate all existing stores that are currently operational in the Northern & Eastern states of India.

The partnership, which commenced in 2008, was initiated with the introduction of Crocs' products within MBL multi-brand outlets. In 2015, this partnership deepened as the brands inked a non-exclusive retail license agreement. This agreement authorized MBL to distribute Crocs products in India, aligning seamlessly with the MBL mission of bringing global brands to India and offering a dynamic retail experience to its customers. Today, MBL operates over 200 exclusive stores of Crocs across India.

Sumit Dhingra, VP & General Manager, India, Middle East & Africa, Crocs said, “Metro Brands has truly excelled in elevating Crocs’ presence in India. They have played a pivotal role in translating our unique value proposition of self-expression, personalization, and iconic comfort – into a retail experience that resonates deeply with Indian consumers. As our valued partners, they've been instrumental in our success story. We're excited to continue this journey together, broadening our reach and unlocking even more possibilities for our customers in India."

Nissan Joseph, CEO, Metro Brands Limited, said, “Our partnership with Crocs has been truly extraordinary, and we are poised for further growth in advancing Crocs' presence in our country. At Metro Brands, our dedication remains steadfast in delivering a world-class retail experience and owning customers’ footwear wardrobe. The journey ahead is filled with limitless possibilities and milestones, and we are confident about the exciting future with Crocs that lies ahead."

Within the MBL family, an array of brands, including iconic Indian labels like Metro Shoes, Mochi, and Walkway, and popular international choices like Crocs and FitFlop, have prospered. The company also recently announced a strategic partnership with US-based footwear giant Foot Locker, and with Fila already on board, MBL is poised to elevate the sportswear culture in India.

 

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Retail India News: Malabar Gold & Diamonds Unveils Luxurious Store in Satara
Retail India News: Malabar Gold & Diamonds Unveils Luxurious Store in Satara
 

Malabar Gold & Diamonds, a leading name in India's jewelry retail landscape, unveiled its newest store in the heart of Satara, Maharashtra. Spanning an impressive 5000 sq. ft., this marks Malabar Gold & Diamonds' inaugural venture into Satara, its 25th in Maharashtra, and the 37th in the bustling West Region. This expansion underscores the brand's dedication to providing an unparalleled jewelry shopping experience to its patrons.

M P Ahammed, Chairman of Malabar Group, inaugurated the store virtually on March 28th. The ribbon-cutting ceremony, graced by esteemed guests including Chhatrapati Udayanraje Bhosale, Member of Parliament (Rajya Sabha), took place on March 29th, marking a monumental occasion for the brand and the city of Satara.

Expressing his enthusiasm, M P Ahammed stated, "We are thrilled to launch our first-ever store in Satara. This marks the beginning of a promising relationship with the people of Satara and reinforces our commitment to Maharashtra. Our luxurious new store is curated to cater to the diverse tastes of people in Maharashtra, offering exquisite jewellery for every occasion."

The newly unveiled store boasts spacious interiors and an inviting ambiance, inviting customers to explore a vast range of meticulously crafted designs in gold, diamond, polki, gemstones, platinum, and more. Curated collections cater to varying tastes and preferences, ensuring every customer finds the perfect piece. Noteworthy brands such as Mine Diamond Jewellery, Era Uncut Diamond Jewellery, and Divine Heritage Jewellery adorn the store shelves, aiming to become the ultimate destination for distinctive designs.

Renowned for its commitment to transparency and fairness in pricing, Malabar Gold & Diamonds upholds its Fair Price Promise, ensuring customers acquire their desired jewelry at reasonable making charges. Additionally, the brand's One India One Gold Rate scheme ensures uniform pricing for gold across all its stores nationwide.

Strengthening the brand's commitment to its customers, Malabar Gold & Diamonds offers 10 promises. These include a transparent price tag indicating stone weight and net weight, lifetime free maintenance, 100 percent value for gold when reselling old jewelry, and more, ensuring a delightful shopping experience for every patron.

With its grand entry into Satara, Malabar Gold & Diamonds continues to shine bright, offering unparalleled craftsmanship, transparency, and customer-centric services to jewelry enthusiasts across Maharashtra and beyond.

 

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Azorte's Arrival at Vegas Mall Redefines Delhi's Fashion Retail Scene
Azorte's Arrival at Vegas Mall Redefines Delhi's Fashion Retail Scene
 

Azorte, India's singular fashion NeoStore, is set to make its debut at Vegas Mall, an esteemed shopping and entertainment hub in Delhi. The recent announcement heralded a strategic partnership, marked by the presence of distinguished influencers, with Sakshi Sindwani, a prominent figure in the influencer sphere, serving as the event's host. As a flagship brand under Reliance Retail, Azorte holds a premier position as a destination for fashion-forward clientele across India.

The inclusion of Azorte within Vegas Mall promises a distinctive shopping venture for patrons, amalgamating the finest in contemporary Indian and international fashion. Azorte's extensive range transcends mere apparel, encompassing fashion accessories, beauty essentials, footwear, and more, allowing shoppers to immerse themselves in an expansive collection. This latest incorporation underscores Vegas Mall's steadfast dedication to furnishing a top-tier shopping milieu, empowering visitors to explore and indulge their sartorial passions.

Ravinder Choudhary, Vice President of Vegas Mall, expressed his enthusiasm for the collaboration, affirming, "We are delighted to welcome Azorte to Vegas Mall, as this partnership seamlessly aligns with our commitment to providing visitors with an exceptional shopping experience. Offering a wide range of on-trend pieces and reinvented classics, Azorte's diverse array caters to the preferences of our visitors. We are confident that this addition will enhance the already diverse offerings available at Vegas Mall."

 

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Retail India News: Malabar Gold & Diamonds Debuts in Latur
Retail India News: Malabar Gold & Diamonds Debuts in Latur
 

Malabar Gold & Diamonds, a renowned name in India's jewelry retail landscape, has unveiled its latest retail marvel in Latur, Maharashtra. Situated at Sawe Wadi, M G Road, this expansive 4500 sq. ft. store marks the brand's triumphant entry into Latur, its 24th establishment in Maharashtra, and the 36th within the West Region. With a steadfast commitment to delivering unparalleled jewelry shopping experiences, the opulent store showcases an extensive assortment of designs and collections.

The virtual inauguration of the store, spearheaded by M P Ahammed, Chairman of Malabar Group, was graced by esteemed guests, including Shrimati Vaishali Vilasrao Deshmukh, who officiated the ribbon-cutting ceremony. Expressing his enthusiasm, M P Ahammed stated, "We are thrilled to launch our first-ever store in Latur. This marks the beginning of a promising relationship with the people of Latur and reinforces our commitment to Maharashtra."

The newly unveiled store boasts spacious interiors and an enchanting ambiance, inviting customers to peruse through meticulously crafted designs in gold, diamond, polki, gemstones, platinum, and more. With curated collections catering to diverse tastes and preferences, every patron is bound to find the perfect piece. Featuring extraordinary creations from exclusive brands like Mine Diamond Jewellery, Era Uncut Diamond Jewellery, and Ethnix Handcrafted Jewellery, the store aims to be the go-to destination for unique designs.

Malabar Gold & Diamonds is renowned for its commitment to transparency and fair pricing. Upholding its Fair Price Promise, the brand ensures customers can acquire their desired jewelry at reasonable making charges. Additionally, the brand's One India One Gold Rate scheme guarantees uniform pricing for gold across all its outlets nationwide.

Further solidifying its dedication to customers, Malabar Gold & Diamonds offers a range of assurances through its 10 promises. These include transparent pricing, lifetime free maintenance, guaranteed value for old gold jewelry, compliance with global standards, buyback guarantee, complimentary jewelry insurance, responsible sourcing, and fair labor practices.

The grand opening of Malabar Gold & Diamonds' inaugural store in Latur signifies not just a new retail outlet, but a promise of exceptional quality, trust, and unparalleled service for the people of Latur and beyond.

 

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Retail India News: Yousta Unveils Second Pune Store at Phoenix Marketcity with Bollywood Star Shraddha Kapoor
Retail India News: Yousta Unveils Second Pune Store at Phoenix Marketcity with Bollywood Star Shraddha Kapoor
 

Yousta, the dynamic youth-focused fashion brand under Reliance Retail, joyfully announces the successful launch of its second store in Pune, situated at Phoenix Marketcity. The grand opening witnessed the presence of Bollywood sensation Shraddha Kapoor, adding glamour and excitement to the event.

Renowned for her impeccable style, Shraddha Kapoor explored Yousta's trendy offerings, expressing admiration for the diverse range of fashionable ensembles. She commended Yousta's innovative use of technology, particularly praising the seamless shopping experience facilitated by self-checkout booths and QR code accessibility.

This new addition marks Yousta's second venture in Pune, expanding its footprint beyond AeroMall. With a track record of success across various Indian cities, Yousta aims to cater to Pune's fashion aficionados with its dynamic and budget-friendly collections, captivating young consumers since its inception in 2023.

Yousta's commitment to accessibility is evident in its wide range of stylish clothing, with prices ranging below Rs. 499 and none exceeding Rs. 999. The Phoenix Marketcity store boasts an extensive array of fashionable ensembles, unisex merchandise, and weekly fashion drops through the "Starring Now" collection.

Embracing modern retail practices, the Yousta store promises a contemporary and tech-enabled shopping experience, featuring QR codes for seamless information access, self-checkout counters, and charging stations for electronic devices.

Beyond fashion, Yousta remains dedicated to community engagement, partnering with non-profit organizations to facilitate clothing donations, contribute to community programs, and promote sustainability.

 

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Retail India News: Shobitam Launches Silver Jewelry on its 5th Anniversary
Retail India News: Shobitam Launches Silver Jewelry on its 5th Anniversary
 

Shobitam, a prominent global D2C ethnic fashion and jewellery brand, commemorates five years of showcasing India's rich cultural heritage to the world. In celebration of this milestone, the brand has augmented its product offerings with the exclusive 'Shobitam Zevar'. Founded with a mission to disseminate India's rich handloom narrative worldwide, Shobitam endeavors to deliver bespoke ethnic shopping experiences to customers everywhere.

The newly introduced collection, 'Shobitam Zevar', epitomizes timeless elegance fused with contemporary Indian design aesthetics. In addition to the 'Zevar Collection', the brand has introduced a new 'Kids Collection', featuring ethno-modern designs. This assortment features meticulously handcrafted pieces crafted from authentic 92.5 silver jewellery, including statement necklaces, bracelets, anklets, earrings, nose pins, and rings.

Drawing inspiration from India's diverse cultural heritage, the designs seamlessly blend traditional elements with modern silhouettes. The 'Zevar' collection reinvents classic Indian motifs, such as the Maharashtrian Nath, offering them a contemporary twist as elegant pendants. Each piece from this exclusive collection narrates a tale of Indian craftsmanship and tradition, encapsulating the vibrancy of India's cultural tapestry.

 

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Retail India News: H&M's Net Profit Surges in Q1 as Cost Control Measures Pay Off
Retail India News: H&M's Net Profit Surges in Q1 as Cost Control Measures Pay Off
 

H&M announced a significant increase in net profit for the first quarter, showcasing effective cost management strategies. The Swedish retail giant reported a profit-after-tax of 1.2 billion kronor ($113.3 million) from December to February.

CEO Daniel Erver attributed the improved profitability to ongoing cost control efforts, enhanced precision in collections, and close collaboration with suppliers. He emphasized the company's commitment to driving profitable growth in the future.

Operating profit also saw a substantial increase, reaching 2.1 billion kronor, surpassing analysts' expectations. Despite a slight decline in sales, Erver noted a gradual improvement in February and a rise in sales during the initial weeks of March.

Erver, who assumed the CEO position earlier this year, outlined plans to address challenges posed by inflation and high-interest rates while prioritizing sales growth. The company remains focused on achieving a 10 percent operating margin for the full year of 2024.

 

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Retail India News: UNIQLO to Launch UNIQLO / INES DE LA FRESSANGE PARIS Range
Retail India News: UNIQLO to Launch UNIQLO / INES DE LA FRESSANGE PARIS Range
 

Global apparel giant UNIQLO has revealed plans to introduce the UNIQLO / INES DE LA FRESSANGE PARIS 2024 Spring/Summer collection in India starting from Friday, April 5. This collection of LifeWear pays homage to the effortless Parisian style of Ines de la Fressange, an emblem of French elegance and a global fashion icon for women.

The collaboration between UNIQLO and Ines de la Fressange began with the 2014 Spring/Summer collection and has continued over the past decade, offering timeless French chic with a universal appeal. This upcoming collection serves as the grand finale for this longstanding partnership, embodying the same essence of Ines' philosophy that has remained constant since its inception, providing a versatile wardrobe for every woman.

The 2024 Spring/Summer collection represents a return to French fundamentals, resonating with Ines' preference for styles that prioritize comfort. It features denim coveralls crafted from lightweight denim blended with cotton for a soft touch, linen cotton skirts with a relaxed silhouette, and classic cotton shirts - all embodying the enduring, beloved pieces favored by Ines de la Fressange.

Ines de la Fressange commented, "This is the last collection I am doing with UNIQLO, and I think it's very beautiful. It's a perfect representation of everything we have achieved together, I am very proud of it, and I am sure it's going to be very popular. I have loved working with UNIQLO over the past 10 years, which has enabled me to bring my ‘elegant casual’ style to millions of women around the world. I know that after this last season of spring-summer 2024, many women will be disappointed not to be able to find the collection in stores and on the website, but there's no need to be sad! For the future, I am working on new projects, and I will be happy to give a rendez-vous soon to women who, like me, love Parisian Chic."

Koji Yanai, SEO, Fast Retailing Group commented, “The beginning of our collaboration with Ines-san was something fateful. It actually all started when I discovered a line in one of her books or interviews that she said ‘Uniqlo is my favorite.’ The collaboration has lasted for 10 years and is one of Uniqlo’s longest. Throughout our partnership, Ines-san has continued to express a style that symbolizes French chic, something that is synonymous with Ines-san herself - a style that is simple and chic, but never forgets to be playful at the same time. This, I believe, is due to the simple and positive lifestyle of Ines-san, someone who is intelligent, straightforward, and always shows a smile on her face. I am confident that our customers will enjoy our final collaboration line. Ines-san, thank you for the wonderful 10 years of our partnership.

 

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Retail India News: SLMG Group Appoints Costin Mandrea as CEO of Coca-Cola Operations in India
Retail India News: SLMG Group Appoints Costin Mandrea as CEO of Coca-Cola Operations in India
 

SLMG Group, India's leading independent Coca-Cola bottler in India and South West Asia, has named Costin Mandrea as the Chief Executive Officer of Coca-Cola SLMG operations. With over 25 years of experience in the beverage industry, Mandrea brings a wealth of expertise and strategic vision to his new role.

Having held significant leadership positions within the Coca-Cola Bottling System across Western and Central Europe, Russia, and Japan, Mandrea has demonstrated proficiency in driving business growth through comprehensive transformation, sales operations, customer engagement, and route-to-market strategies.

S N Ladhani, Chairman and MD, Coca-Cola SLMG said, "With great pleasure, we welcome Costin Mandrea aboard as the CEO of SLMG Group. His proven track record of leadership and strategic acumen makes him a perfect fit to lead our company into its next phase of expansion and success. “Amidst our accelerated growth phase at SLMG Group, we firmly believe Costin to be the perfect leader to navigate us towards unprecedented success. With his proven track record and dynamic approach, we are poised to achieve remarkable milestones under his guidance added Ladhani." 

Mandrea remarked, “I am honored and excited to join Coca-Cola SLMG as its Chief Executive Officer. I look forward to collaborating with the talented team and leveraging my experience to drive innovation and growth for the company.’’

With a degree from the University of Bucharest and participation in various leadership development programs, Mandrea's tenure at Coca-Cola has been marked by successful transformation initiatives and strategic leadership, contributing substantially to the company’s profitability and market presence. Coca-Cola SLMG extends warm congratulations to Costin Mandrea on his appointment as CEO and anticipates achieving new milestones under his leadership.

 

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Kalamandir Delves into Ethnic Silver Jewellery Retail in India
Kalamandir Delves into Ethnic Silver Jewellery Retail in India
 

Kalamandir, a leading name in ethnic fashion, is set to introduce its latest offering: ethnic silver jewellery. Responding to the increasing demand for fine silver jewellery, Kalamandir is pleased to announce the launch of a new division under the "Rasamayi" brand.

Renowned for its innovation and style, Kalamandir has established itself as a symbol of quality craftsmanship and timeless elegance in ethnic clothing. With a focus on market trends and consumer preferences, Kalamandir recently approved the strategic expansion into the realm of silver jewellery.

The decision to venture into Ethnic Silver Jewellery aligns with Kalamandir's legacy of excellence in the fashion industry. The new segment will cater to discerning jewellery enthusiasts seeking unique pieces that embody charm, heritage, and sophistication.

Prasad Chalavadi, MD, Sai Silks Kalamandir Ltd said, "We are thrilled to embark on this exciting journey into the world of Ethnic Silver Jewellery. Our customers have always looked up to us for unparalleled quality and elegance, and with the introduction of Rasamayi, we aim to exceed their expectations yet again."

The launch of Rasamayi will feature an enchanting selection of Ethnic Silver Jewellery, including bracelets, rings, necklaces, earrings, and more. Each piece is meticulously crafted to showcase the rich cultural heritage and intricate craftsmanship synonymous with Kalamandir's creations.

The grand unveiling of Rasamayi will take place at the Kalamandir store in Visakhapatnam. Customers can anticipate exploring a premium collection of silver accessories that seamlessly blend tradition with contemporary allure. As Kalamandir embarks on this new venture, its commitment to delivering unparalleled quality, craftsmanship, and customer satisfaction remains unwavering. With Rasamayi, discerning customers can expect nothing less than perfection in every piece.

 

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Retail India News: CII Western Region Elects New Chairperson and Deputy Chairperson for 2024-25 Term
Retail India News: CII Western Region Elects New Chairperson and Deputy Chairperson for 2024-25 Term
 

The Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) Western Region has announced its new leadership for the year 2024-25, with Swati Salgaocar appointed as Chairperson and Rishi Kumar Bagla as Deputy Chairman. The duo, known for their extensive business acumen and commitment to community development, are set to drive initiatives aimed at fostering economic growth and sustainability across the region.

In her role as Chairperson, Swati Salgaocar, President of V. M. Salgaocar and Brother Pvt Ltd brings a wealth of experience in various sectors, including mineral development, real estate, and financial services. With a strong focus on innovation and collaboration, Salgaocar is poised to lead the Western Region towards a new era of prosperity.

Rishi Kumar Bagla, Chairman and Managing Director of BG Li-In Electricals Ltd., assumes the role of Deputy Chairman, bringing with him a dedication to business ethics and corporate excellence. His leadership in the manufacturing sector, particularly in aluminum die casting and electrical components, will be instrumental in driving the region's industrial growth.

Under their leadership, the Western Region aims to address key focus areas such as ease of doing business, cost optimization, and environmental sustainability. With a focus on forging strategic partnerships and launching targeted projects, the new leadership is committed to unlocking the region's full potential.

Salgaocar and Bagla's vision for the Western Region extends beyond economic growth, encompassing social responsibility and ethical governance. Their shared commitment to inclusive development and sustainable practices will guide the region towards a brighter future. With their extensive experience and visionary leadership, Swati Salgaocar and Rishi Kumar Bagla are poised to steer the CII Western Region towards greater heights of success and prosperity.

 

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Retail India News: Vintage Coffee and Beverages Ltd Expands Global Market Reach
Retail India News: Vintage Coffee and Beverages Ltd Expands Global Market Reach
 

Vintage Coffee and Beverages Limited (VCBL) has revealed its ambitious strategies to strengthen its foothold in the global coffee market, unveiling a series of initiatives aimed at boosting production capacity, widening market reach, and delivering added value to consumers.

Balakrishna Tati, Chairman and MD of Vintage Coffee and Beverages Limited said, “VCBL remains committed to delivering excellence in quality and service while spearheading innovation and expansion in the global coffee market. We are excited about the journey ahead and look forward to continued success and growth.

In response to escalating global coffee demand, VCBL has opted for strategic measures to increase production capacity by an additional 2000 metric tons (MT), targeting an annual capacity of 6500 MT. The expansion process is scheduled to commence in the upcoming months, with completion anticipated by the end of Q4FY25. Additionally, VCBL aims to elevate the utilization of its current 4500 metric tons per annum (MTPA) capacities to 100 percent by the end of Q2FY25, a significant surge from the 52 percent recorded in Q3FY24. The proceeds from the ongoing preferential share issue will aid the company in meeting its working capital requirements for capacity enhancement and necessary brownfield capital expenditure.

This brownfield expansion is poised to substantially boost VCBL's daily production capacity from the existing 13 MT to 18 MT during the early stages of the fourth quarter of the current financial year. With the augmented capacity, VCBL intends to shift its sales focus towards offering value-added products across various brands with stringent certifications.

Additionally, VCBL plans to implement state-of-the-art automated packaging lines to ensure secure and efficient container outturns. The company has secured significant contracts in the Middle East, Europe, Russia, and West Africa and aims to introduce its proprietary brands in West Africa and Russia, capitalizing on emerging market opportunities.

Furthermore, VCBL eyes penetration into specific segments of the Indian market, including e-commerce, HORECA, and retail spaces. With these strategic initiatives in motion, VCBL anticipates a substantial 150 percent increase in revenue by the conclusion of the fiscal year 2025.

 

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Retail India News: Fitness Equipment Brand Powermax Aims to Launch 10 Stores
Retail India News: Fitness Equipment Brand Powermax Aims to Launch 10 Stores
 

PowerMax, the country's premium fitness equipment brand, has been making waves since its inception in 2009. Founded with a vision to revolutionize the fitness landscape, PowerMax Fitness has emerged as a symbol of quality, innovation, and customer satisfaction.

In line with its mission to promote healthier, more active lifestyles, PowerMax is excited to announce its ambitious expansion plans for the current year. The brand is aiming to open 10 new official stores across diverse regions. Each store will showcase the latest fitness equipment and boast experts ready to assist valued customers. Additionally, the brand aims to grant at least 50 franchises by year-end, reflecting its dedication to empowering entrepreneurs and spreading its influence across communities.

Having gained prominence through unwavering dedication to product excellence and a user-centric approach, PowerMax has become synonymous with top-notch fitness equipment solutions. By consistently delivering on stringent quality standards and harnessing cutting-edge technology, the brand has earned the trust of fitness enthusiasts worldwide. With a focus on quality, durability, and innovation, the brand has set new benchmarks in the fiercely competitive market.

Sanjay Goyal, Managing Director at PowerMax emphasized, "At PowerMax, our mission is to empower individuals to lead healthier, more active lifestyles by providing them with top-notch fitness equipment. In recent years, we have witnessed exponential revenue growth, driven by increasing demand for our high-quality fitness equipment. He further added, “Our relentless pursuit of excellence and commitment to customer satisfaction have always been the driving forces behind our success. Moreover, through strategic expansion and partnerships, we aim to reach more individuals and make a positive impact on their fitness journeys."

Looking ahead, PowerMax remains steadfast in its commitment to further penetrate existing markets and explore new opportunities. Leveraging digital channels and strategic alliances, the brand is poised to enhance its global footprint and reinforce its position as an industry leader in fitness equipment. With a comprehensive network of distribution channels, including online platforms, retail outlets, and strategic partnerships, PowerMax ensures seamless accessibility of its products to customers nationwide.

 

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Retail India News: Birkenstock Extends Retail Presence in Eastern India with New Store in Kolkata
Retail India News: Birkenstock Extends Retail Presence in Eastern India with New Store in Kolkata
 

Birkenstock, the German-based global zeitgeist and purpose brand, has launched its first-ever store in Kolkata. With a history that can be tracked as far back as 1774, Birkenstock, the inventor of the footbed, is expanding its retail footprint in India. 

This new store, located at the Quest Mall is situated at the heart of the city will showcase the latest collections and silhouettes, offering visitors a firsthand experience of Birkenstock's iconic craftsmanship and commitment to quality. The store is spread across an aesthetically created space of  580 sq ft featuring styles like Arizona, Gizeh, Madrid, Boston, Mayari, Bend, Uji, Stalon, Jackson, and many more.

Jens Hattab, Regional Managing Director, Middle East Africa India at Birkenstock said, “India has been a significant market for us and we are thrilled to see the market thriving. Having expanded to various locations in the north and south of India, we are delighted to cater to the east of India. Kolkata is indeed an exciting location for us. We are delighted to see our growth in the Indian market and we shall surely continue to drive our efforts that help support and elevate the brand's presence across the country”.

“Kolkata has indeed been a key market for us and we are elated to bring the best of our styles and collections to our customers. Having considerably worked towards our expansion across the country, we are looking forward to welcoming our customers in Kolkata,” stated Vinay Bansal, Managing Director, Birkenstock India.

As a brand celebrated worldwide for its iconic footwear and timeless legacy, Birkenstock is thrilled to expand its presence in one of India’s most historically and culturally rich cities. With a range of iconic fashionable styles, the first-ever Birkenstock store in Kolkata was indeed long awaited by brand loyalists of the region.

 

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Retail India News: Cinépolis India Promotes Devang Sampat to Managing Director Role
Retail India News: Cinépolis India Promotes Devang Sampat to Managing Director Role
 

Cinépolis India has elevated Devang Sampat to the position of Managing Director. With over twenty years of experience in the entertainment and retail sectors, Sampat, previously serving as the Chief Executive Officer, brings a wealth of expertise to his new role.

Sampat has been an integral part of Cinépolis India since its inception fourteen years ago. Throughout his tenure, he has demonstrated exceptional leadership abilities, contributing significantly to the company's growth and prosperity. As the CEO, Sampat focused on implementing international strategies from Cinépolis and tailored them to suit the Indian market, driving development plans aligned with local demands.

Under his stewardship, Cinépolis India has witnessed substantial nationwide expansion, consistently delivering unmatched customer experiences through innovative offerings and top-notch facilities. Sampat's keen understanding of the evolving preferences of Indian consumers and their influence on the retail landscape has played a crucial role in shaping Cinépolis's strategic trajectory.

With an MBA from ITM Mumbai and a distinguished graduate of Mithibai College, Mumbai University, Sampat's profound insights and strategic vision have been instrumental in establishing Cinépolis India as a leader in the multiplex segment.

"I am truly honoured to take on the role of Managing Director at Cinépolis India. I look forward to continuing our journey of excellence, innovation, and growth, as we strive to exceed the expectations of our customers and stakeholders,” Said Devang Sampat.

I’d like to Congratulate Devang on his promotion to Managing Director, Cinépolis India. His dedication, strategic vision, and unwavering commitment to excellence have been instrumental in driving our success. We are confident that under his leadership, Cinépolis India will continue to thrive and innovate in delivering exceptional cinematic experiences to our audiences,” said Miguel Mier, Chief Operating Officer, Cinépolis Global.

Devang Sampat's promotion to Managing Director is a testament to his outstanding contributions and unwavering dedication to Cinépolis India. His vision, leadership, and expertise will continue to drive our company forward as we embark on the next phase of growth and innovation.

 

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Retail India News: MAXHUB Enhances Global Growth with Microsoft Azure Integration
Retail India News: MAXHUB Enhances Global Growth with Microsoft Azure Integration
 

MAXHUB, a prominent provider of interactive display solutions, has revealed its plan to incorporate Microsoft Azure technology into its operations. By leveraging Azure's capabilities, MAXHUB aims to accelerate its international expansion and advance its AI technology.

As MAXHUB expands its global presence, the integration with Microsoft Azure becomes imperative to meet the growing demand for scalable cloud computing and storage solutions. Through this integration, MAXHUB will utilize Azure Cosmos DB and Blob Storage to seamlessly manage data across multiple global data centers. Moreover, by leveraging Azure Kubernetes Services, MAXHUB establishes a globally distributed architecture to deploy essential services such as Over-The-Air (OTA) updates and Content Management System (CMS). This architecture ensures efficient operational management on a global scale while adhering to data compliance regulations in different regions.

The integration of Azure services is poised to bolster MAXHUB's global business operations and propel it towards greater success. It will enable users to access more efficient and high-quality service experiences, ushering in a new era of enhanced productivity and collaboration. Furthermore, this collaboration will drive MAXHUB's advancements in artificial intelligence, leading to smarter and more comprehensive technology solutions for users' interactive experiences.

David Meng, President of Global Business Group at MAXHUB said, "We are preparing to harness Azure OpenAI features to explore AI applications in education. We aim to assist teachers in lesson planning and curriculum evaluation by integrating AI capabilities. Our objective is to nurture a high efficient and intelligent ecosystem where creativity flourishes into meaningful human interactions. Microsoft Azure's offerings align strategically with our vision and will establish a solid foundation for our success in global markets."

At present, the global demand for cloud computing and AI services is growing. MAXHUB’s application and exploration of Microsoft Azure will provide users with a solid technical foundation and empower businesses with cutting-edge technology. "Microsoft is committed to empowering our customers and partners with supreme solutions that drive productivity and enrich collaborative experiences," said Min ZHENG, VP of Microsoft China.

Pankaj Jha, Country Head and Director of Sales at MAXHUB India said, “MAXHUB's integration with Microsoft Azure marks a significant milestone in our journey towards offering cutting-edge collaborative solutions globally. This strategic collaboration will not only bolster our presence in the Indian market but also empower businesses and educational institutions with advanced AI-driven technologies. We are excited about the possibilities this partnership holds in revolutionizing how teams collaborate and innovate, ultimately driving growth and success for our customers.

 

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Retail India News: DOMS Industries Acquires SKIDO to Expand into Bag Manufacturing
Retail India News: DOMS Industries Acquires SKIDO to Expand into Bag Manufacturing
 

DOMS Industries Limited, a rapidly growing provider of stationery and art materials in India, has entered the bag manufacturing and retailing sector, focusing on school bags, pouches, and related items to strengthen its presence in the back-to-school market.

The Board of Directors of DOMS has approved the acquisition of a 51 percent stake in SKIDO Industries Private Limited ("SKIDO") with an initial investment of Rs 51,00,000 (Rupees Fifty-One Lakhs), while the Sehgals retain the remaining ownership. The Sehgal Family, with extensive experience, will manage SKIDO's daily operations under DOMS' strategic direction. Following the acquisition, SKIDO will operate independently, led by its co-founders, the Sehgal family, headed by Mr. Pranay Sehgal.

DOMS has consistently pursued opportunities to expand its product lines for children and young adults. Recognizing bags as a complementary category, DOMS aims to broaden its market reach and enhance consumer engagement.

Santosh Raveshia, MD at DOMS said, “Expanding our product range to better cater to the needs of children and young adults has been a priority for DOMS. This investment aligns seamlessly with our vision, leveraging our distribution network and brand reputation to deliver high-quality products, supported by the expertise of the Sehgal Family.

Pranay Sehgal, Director at SKIDO said, “Collaborating with DOMS presents an exciting opportunity for us to leverage their industry-leading position and expand our product offerings. DOMS' brand recognition and expansive distribution network will be instrumental in realizing our full potential.

With the acquisition, SKIDO aims to harness DOMS' brand value and distribution capabilities to accelerate growth in the school bags segment and fulfill the bag/pouch requirements of the DOMS Group's Kits and Combos segment.

 

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Retail India News: Vintage Coffee Aims for Growth with Strategic Plans
Retail India News: Vintage Coffee Aims for Growth with Strategic Plans
 

Vintage Coffee and Beverages Limited (VCBL) has outlined ambitious strategies to strengthen its position in the global coffee market, revealing a series of initiatives aimed at boosting production capacity, expanding market reach, and delivering greater value to consumers.

Balakrishna Tati, Chairman and MD of Vintage Coffee and Beverages Limited, says “VCBL remains committed to delivering excellence in quality and service while spearheading innovation and expansion in the global coffee market. We are excited about the journey ahead and look forward to continued success and growth.

In response to the rising global demand for coffee, VCBL has decided to increase production capacity by an additional 2000 MT, targeting an annual capacity of 6500 MT. This expansion initiative is set to commence in the coming months and is scheduled for completion by the end of Q4FY25. Additionally, VCBL aims to boost the utilization of its current 4500 MTPA capacities to 100 percent by the end of Q2FY25, up from 52 percent in Q3FY24, with the proceeds from the ongoing preferential issue of shares facilitating working capital needs and necessary brownfield capex.

The planned brownfield expansion is expected to elevate VCBL's daily production capacity from 13 MT to 18 MT during the early stages of the fourth quarter of the current financial year. With this increased capacity, VCBL intends to pivot its sales strategy towards offering value-added products under various brands with rigorous certifications.

Furthermore, VCBL is poised to implement modern automated packaging lines to ensure safe and efficient container handling. The company has secured significant contracts in regions such as the Middle East, Europe, Russia, and West Africa. Moreover, VCBL aims to introduce its proprietary brands in West Africa and Russia to capitalize on emerging market opportunities.

Additionally, VCBL aims to penetrate specific segments of the Indian market, including e-commerce, HORECA, and retail spaces. With these strategic initiatives in place, the company anticipates a further 150 percent increase in revenue by the end of the fiscal year 2025.

 

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Radisson Hotel Group Appoints Nikhil Sharma as MD & ASVP for South Asia
Radisson Hotel Group Appoints Nikhil Sharma as MD & ASVP for South Asia
 

Radisson Hotel Group has appointed Nikhil Sharma as the Managing Director and Area Senior Vice President (ASVP) for South Asia, effective April 1, 2024.

In his new role, Nikhil Sharma will lead Radisson Hotel Group’s operations in the dynamic South Asia region, which boasts over 165 hotels in operation and development. He brings a wealth of experience and will play a pivotal role in strengthening the Group’s leadership in the Indian market, nurturing relationships with its valued partners, driving revenue growth, and ensuring operational excellence. Nikhil will also lead the Group’s vision of being an employer of choice for dynamic talent in the hospitality ecosystem.

Nikhil joins Radisson Hotel Group from Wyndham Hotels & Resorts (WHR) where he served as Market Managing Director Eurasia, overseeing Business Development, Operations, New Openings, and Sales & Marketing. Before his time at Wyndham Hotels & Resorts, he held the position of Chief Operating Officer at Ginger Hotels, a renowned brand under the IHCL conglomerate. He was also a founding member of the Lemon Tree Hotel Company and a significant contributor to the growth of India’s upscale hotel segment.

“Nikhil’s appointment reflects our commitment to strengthening our leadership team and driving strategic growth in South Asia. This region is a key market for us, and with Nikhil’s strategic vision and deep understanding of the industry, we are confident in our ability to further elevate our presence and deliver exceptional experiences to our guests,” said Chema Basterrechea, Global President & Chief Operations Officer at Radisson Hotel Group.

“In the past 25 years, Radisson Hotel Group has become synonymous with unparalleled hospitality and delivering memorable moments to millions of guests. We have leveraged the collective efforts of our teams to establish a first-movers advantage that has resulted in the expansion of our footprints in markets that are unique to the Group. We are pleased to welcome a dynamic leader like Nikhil to steer us ahead in this journey and wish him the best for leading Radisson Hotel Group’s next phase of growth in South Asia,” stated K.B. Kachru, Chairman, South Asia at Radisson Hotel Group.

“I am thrilled to be part of Radisson Hotel Group and to lead South Asia during this exhilarating period of growth. With a diverse portfolio of brands and hotels, the Group is poised to be the top choice for travelers and asset owners alike. I am grateful for this opportunity to drive innovation, deliver exceptional results, and elevate the brand while creating value for our stakeholders,” asserted Nikhil Sharma, Managing Director and Area Senior Vice President (ASVP), South Asia at Radisson Hotel Group.

Nikhil is an active contributor to the hospitality sector in India, serving on committees for various federations, associations, and industry bodies that drive transformative decisions within the industry. He is also a published author and a regular contributor to leading hospitality publications.

Radisson Hotel Group continues to command a leading presence in the Indian market and is one of the country’s largest international hotel operators with over 165 hotels in operation and development. It continues to be the largest hotel operator in tier-1 markets like Delhi NCR and at the same time, more than 50% of its portfolio is in tier-2 and 3 markets where it has benefited by being the first mover. With hotels dotted across 70+ locations in India, there is a Radisson Hotel Group hotel in every 4 hours of drivable distance across the length and breadth of the country operating under brands, including Radisson Blu, Radisson, Radisson RED, Park Inn by Radisson, Park Plaza, Park Inn & Suites by Radisson, Country Inn & Suites by Radisson and Radisson Individuals and its extension Radisson Individuals Retreats. Additionally, the Group is soon set to open doors to the first hotel under its lifestyle luxury brand Radisson Collection.

 

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Nykaa Debuts Exclusive Florence by Mills Collection
Nykaa Debuts Exclusive Florence by Mills Collection
 

Nykaa has revealed the exclusive debut of Florence by Mills, a beauty brand tailored for Gen Z. Prioritizing clean, budget-friendly, and diverse beauty essentials, Florence by Mills aims to empower its generation to embrace their individual beauty ideals.

Florence by Mills provides clean and cost-effective beauty essentials designed to adapt to evolving skin needs. Florence is dedicated to motivating its generation to establish their own beauty standards.

Brand is committed to using clean ingredients, cruelty-free methods, and sustainability, Florence ensures that each product not only benefits you but also contributes positively to the environment.

“We are thrilled to exclusively launch florence by mills on Nykaa, bringing Millie Bobby Brown's vision of clean and affordable beauty to our customers. As India's leading beauty destination, Nykaa is committed to offering the latest and most innovative brands to our discerning consumers, and florence by mills perfectly aligns with our mission. We believe that this collaboration will resonate strongly with our Gen Z audience, empowering them to embrace their individuality and redefine beauty standards”. said Anchit Nayar, Executive Director and CEO, Nykaa Beauty.

Florence by Mills is exclusively accessible through Nykaa's platforms, guaranteeing convenient access to their beauty essentials for consumers through the Nykaa app, website, and at Nykaa's physical retail outlets.

 

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Unveiling Ospree: Mumbai Travel Retail's Answer to Luxurious Duty-Free Shopping
Unveiling Ospree: Mumbai Travel Retail's Answer to Luxurious Duty-Free Shopping
 

Mumbai Travel Retail Private Limited (MTRPL) has made a strategic decision to streamline its brand identity and revolutionize the duty-free shopping encounter by undergoing a rebranding process to launch OSPREE. This rebranded Ospree marks a pivotal step for the company in consolidating its various duty-free holdings, spanning across Mumbai, Thiruvananthapuram, Amritsar, Lucknow, Jaipur, Ahmedabad, and Mangalore, into one cohesive entity. Operating within seven international airports in India, Ospree aims to extend its global presence further.

The inception of OSPREE signifies a modern approach towards enhancing the Duty-Free shopping experience. The name itself draws inspiration from the majestic Osprey, a migratory bird renowned for its elegance, precision, and extensive journeys across continents, mirroring the aspirations of the company. Stepping into the realm of Ospree promises a voyage beyond the mundane.

Avishek Bambi Das, CEO, MTRPL, stated, “The mighty Osprey flies around 5000 miles to land in new territories, much like our company’s ambitions. As we plan to expand our global footprint, it’s imperative to integrate all our duty-free stores under one unified brand identity that resonates with our values and aspirations. My thanks go to all our valued brand partners, Beam Suntory, William Grants, Brown Forman, Mondelez, Nestle, Moet Hennessey, Bose, Coty, Travel Blue, Paul John, Radico, and D'yavol, for making this launch event a huge success.”

With recent introductions such as Kylie Cosmetics’ debut in Asia and Don Julio, complemented by Asia’s first live DJ on the shop floor, along with D’YAVOL’s venture into the travel retail space, and flagship initiatives like the ‘Shop & Win' MTRPL campaign, the company has consistently maintained a position of leadership. By offering a blend of Indian craftsmanship and international brands, MTRPL has emerged as the pioneer in the Asia-Pacific region, introducing premium brands through strategic partnerships.

Ospree is poised to become the ultimate destination for global travelers in search of meticulously curated premium products, redefining duty-free shopping into a luxurious and hassle-free experience, featuring a diverse array of premium goods. This new brand identity represents a significant stride towards establishing a more relatable and personalized connection with customers.

The proactive approach towards refining their identity underscores the rebranding's objective of achieving 'One distinguished identity', reflecting the company's lofty ambitions.

 

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Retail India News: ITC Achieves Top Water Management Certifications in India
Retail India News: ITC Achieves Top Water Management Certifications in India
 

Multi-business conglomerate ITC Limited has secured the prestigious Platinum-Level AWS (Alliance for Water Stewardship) Certification for two of its advanced units in Ranjangaon, Maharashtra, reaching the highest global standard for water management. Additionally, ITC attained an exclusive Leadership Level ‘A’ score for Water Security from CDP, a renowned not-for-profit organization promoting engagement on global environmental issues.

The AWS certifications for the Ranjangaon units follow the company's success in obtaining the same accolade for its Foods Unit in Malur in 2022, recognized as Asia's inaugural food processing facility to receive the certification. Moreover, ITC's Paperboards Unit in Kovai became the first site in India and the world's premier paper mill to achieve AWS certification.

The esteemed AWS Certification entailed meticulous onsite and community-level evaluations at the Integrated Foods facility in Ranjangaon, Pune district. This unit produces ITC’s renowned food product brands such as YiPPee! noodles, Bingo! snacks, and Aashirvaad Atta, among others. Alliance for Water Stewardship (AWS) is a global coalition comprising businesses, NGOs, and the public sector dedicated to sustaining local water resources.

These certifications symbolize the scale and impact of ITC's extensive initiatives, ensuring sustainable water supply and responsible usage within the facilities. These efforts also extend beyond factory boundaries, addressing water security for stakeholders in the catchments and benefiting local communities. Notably, these initiatives have rendered the Ghod river basin water positive.

Aligning seamlessly with the Jal Shakti Abhiyan, ITC supports small and marginal farmers in establishing Water User Groups (WUGs) for community-based participatory management of local water resources.

S Sivakumar, Group Head – Agri, Sustainability and Social Investment Programmes, ITC Ltd said, “ITC has been steadfast in strengthening its comprehensive water stewardship initiatives over the years. With four ITC facilities now rated platinum under the prestigious AWS framework, we will maintain the momentum and stay committed to attain this highest global certification in all our sites by 2035, wherever the threat of water shortage may arise in future. Entering the CDP 'A' List for water security is yet another testament to the innovative efforts by ITC, especially to ensure water security for all our stakeholders.” 

Emphasizing a 360-degree approach to water stewardship, ITC's Sustainability Program focuses on efficient water management and conservation through watershed development initiatives, covering over 15 lakh acres and benefiting more than 4.40 lakh people.

Looking ahead, as part of the Sustainability 2.0 agenda, ITC aspires to create rainwater harvesting potential equivalent to over five times its net water consumption by 2030, alongside a targeted 40 percent reduction in specific water consumption compared to the FY 2018-19 baseline.

In essence, ITC's journey in water stewardship sets a benchmark in corporate responsibility and sustainable practices, paving the way for a greener, more sustainable future.

 

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Retail India News: Tramontina Expands Reach in Indian Retail Market
Retail India News: Tramontina Expands Reach in Indian Retail Market
 

Tramontina, a globally recognized houseware brand with a rich Brazilian heritage spanning a century, has announced its eagerly awaited entry into the Indian retail market. With a presence in over 120 countries, the brand is set to introduce its renowned standards of quality and innovation to India with specially curated product lines tailored to suit Indian preferences.

This launch in India marks a significant milestone in Tramontina's journey of growth and expansion, building upon its successful ventures in North America, Latin America, and Europe. Prioritizing health and safety, the brand will kickstart its Indian venture by introducing a range of toxin-free cookware, with plans to expand into a comprehensive houseware solution range encompassing cookware, tableware, cutlery, furniture, and more shortly. Concurrently, Tramontina aims to establish a strategic partnership to establish a state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in India, thereby reinforcing its presence and diversifying its product offerings.

Marcelo Borges, CEO of Tramontina US said, “With our foray into the dynamic Indian retail landscape, we are excited to extend Tramontina's legacy of craftsmanship and innovation to discerning Indian consumers. Our diverse product portfolio caters to a wide array of household needs, blending practicality with elegance, and we are confident of a warm reception in India. We are assembling a seasoned leadership team in India, led by Aruni Mishra, to oversee operations and ensure an unparalleled experience for our Indian clientele.

Aruni Mishra, CEO of Tramontina India said, “I am delighted to embark on this new chapter with Tramontina as we enter the vibrant Indian market. With a burgeoning young demographic in the country, there is a growing inclination towards cooking and embracing a healthy lifestyle. Tramontina is well-positioned to meet this evolving demand by offering Indian consumers durable products that prioritize health and safety, ensuring a 100 percent worry-free cooking experience.

Established in 1911 in Carlos Barbosa, South America, Tramontina has emerged as a household name over the past century, boasting a vast product range exceeding 22,000 offerings, spanning cookware, furniture, appliances, and more. The brand's meticulous manufacturing processes guarantee products that are not only aesthetically superior but also durable.

Demonstrating a commitment to sustainable practices, Tramontina upholds a comprehensive Environmental Management Program to ensure the judicious use of natural resources, underscoring its dedication to environmental responsibility.

With its debut in the Indian market, Tramontina intends to roll out a "worry-free" cookware range and its renowned knife collection in the initial phase, followed by flatware and tableware assortments. Designed to meet the standards of both everyday home users and professional chefs, this professional-grade cookware is crafted without toxins and PFAS, establishing it as a safe and preferred choice for Indian households. Tramontina aims to elevate household experiences for Indian consumers, aspiring to become an indispensable part of Indian homes for generations to come.

 

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[Funding Alert] Jumbotail Bags Rs 151 cr in Series C3 Funding Round Led by Artal Asia
[Funding Alert] Jumbotail Bags Rs 151 cr in Series C3 Funding Round Led by Artal Asia
 

Jumbotail, India’s prominent B2B marketplace and New Retail platform for food and grocery has successfully raised Rs 151 crore in equity capital during its Series C3 funding round, with Artal Asia Pte. Ltd. (“Artal”) leading the investment. Other key investors included Heron Rock, Sabre Investment, Arkam Ventures, Jarvis Reserve Fund, Reaction Global, and VII Ventures. The funding infusion is earmarked to bolster Jumbotail’s suite of GTM (Go-To-Market) products and services, facilitating new and emerging brands to access mass-market consumers through Jumbotail’s extensive network of kirana stores across India. Jumbotail's strategic focus revolves around deploying AI-driven technologies to drive higher customer wallet share by capitalizing on its robust sourcing capabilities across FMCG and staples, along with its industry-leading kirana supply chain.

Ashish Jhina, Co-Founder and COO of Jumbotail said, “Jumbotail serves as the most expedient and capital-efficient avenue for brands to tap into over 100 million urban middle-class consumers through kirana stores on our platform. Our intent is to fortify our leadership position by deepening our presence in existing markets and facilitating brands to reach kiranas with minimal total cost of activation and the swiftest route to market in the sector. We anticipate achieving full profitability on an operational basis across our entire network by the end of 2024. We are gratified to witness esteemed investors reaffirming their commitment to our mission of revolutionizing India’s food and grocery retail ecosystem.

A multitude of national and regional brands in India directly collaborate with Jumbotail, jointly strategizing to enhance range availability, product discovery, and sales growth to kirana stores through Jumbotail’s eB2B platform. Through Jumbotail, brands wield significant influence over the entire demand funnel, from generating kirana awareness about their products to driving consumer awareness via kirana stores, utilizing Jumbotail’s digital marketing suite and tech-driven ops capabilities. With over 60 percent market penetration of kiranas in the cities it serves, Jumbotail boasts the highest wallet share and monthly purchase frequency among small and medium kirana stores in the industry. All sales generated by Jumbotail are through unassisted digital orders placed organically by kirana stores across India via Jumbotail B2B digital retailer app. The company’s remarkable 98 percent order fill rate and 95 percent on-time deliveries, coupled with its fintech-enabled access to working capital, offer kiranas an unparalleled service level, rendering Jumbotail the preferred platform for small and medium kirana stores and FMCG and staples brands targeting urban middle-class consumers through these kiranas.

Benjamin Felt, Board Member of Jumbotail and Managing Director of Invus, the global advisor of Artal said, "We are enthused to witness Jumbotail's sustainable growth trajectory, underscored by a robust focus on profitability and capital efficiency. Since Artal’s initial investment in Jumbotail in 2021, the company has consistently showcased its distinctiveness and market leadership in digitally empowering the kirana ecosystem.

Since its previous equity funding round in December 2021, Jumbotail has reinforced its market dominance, expanded its footprint nationwide, and substantially augmented market reach for its FMCG and staples brand partners, leveraging its economies of scale to expedite the journey towards profitability. The company intends to onboard top-tier teams in deep sourcing, category management, product management, AI/ML, and marketing.

With an estimated 12 million kirana stores in India overseeing more than 95 percent of the country’s $600B+ food and grocery market, these stores remain indispensable for Indian consumers and serve as the economic backbone of the nation. Startups like Jumbotail, armed with technology, supply chain, and fintech solutions, are poised to reshape the kirana store ecosystem at an unprecedented pace and scale in the coming years, empowering kirana retailers to meet the evolving needs of the next-generation Indian consumer.

 

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Retail India News: Livpure Q3 Results: Reports Robust Financial Growth, Driven by Strong Revenue Growth
Retail India News: Livpure Q3 Results: Reports Robust Financial Growth, Driven by Strong Revenue Growth
 

Livpure, a prominent player in India's home and living consumer product sector, has announced impressive financial results for the third quarter of the fiscal year 2023-24. The company achieved a remarkable 77 percent quarter-over-quarter revenue growth in its Water-as-a-Service (WAAS) category, reaffirming its pioneering role in the water subscription segment.

The company's diverse product portfolio experienced significant growth across various segments during the quarter. The water purifier category witnessed a substantial 61 percent growth, while the air cooler and sleep categories saw impressive increases of 171 percent and 91 percent, respectively. This strong performance underscores Livpure's dedication to innovation and its commitment to offering exceptional products that cater to the diverse needs of consumers.

The growth trajectory extended across all sales channels, with notable increases recorded. General trade witnessed a solid 52 percent growth, while e-commerce experienced an astounding 336 percent surge. Modern trade and exports also saw substantial growth, with increases of 181 percent and 289 percent, respectively. These figures underscore Livpure's strategic expansion efforts and its ability to engage consumers through various touchpoints.

Rakesh Kaul, MD of Livpure said, “We are delighted with the remarkable growth achieved in the third quarter, particularly in our flagship Water-as-a-Service category. Our achievement is a result of our steadfast commitment to innovation, quality, and customer satisfaction. We remain dedicated to providing cutting-edge solutions that enhance the well-being of our customers and contribute to a healthier and more sustainable future.” 

Among the notable highlights of the quarter was Livpure's first-ever export of air coolers to Nepal, serving over 6 million satisfied consumers to date. The successful launch of new products, including Hydroboost, new air cooler models, and the integrated UTC-Stealth, also contributed to the company's growth. Additionally, Livpure expanded its retail footprint by partnering with renowned chains such as Aditya Vision, Maharashtra Elect, Surya Electronics, Reliance Digital, and JioMart.

With its innovative product offerings, expanding distribution network, and customer-centric approach, Livpure continues to consolidate its position as a leader in the home appliance industry. The company remains focused on driving sustainable growth and establishing new benchmarks for excellence in the retail sector.

 

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Retail India News: Lee Cooper Disrupts Flagship Women's Footwear Segment with 'No Shoe Party'
Retail India News: Lee Cooper Disrupts Flagship Women's Footwear Segment with 'No Shoe Party'
 

Lee Cooper, the renowned denim brand, organized an exclusive "No Shoe Party" in Mumbai to unveil its flagship women's footwear collection. This marked Lee Cooper's entry into the women's footwear segment, with a unique event where guests were encouraged to shed their shoes and step into the world of Lee Cooper footwear. The party lasted until the early hours, with attendees dancing the night away in the comfortable Lee Cooper footwear, and they were pleasantly surprised to receive their chosen footwear as gifts after the event.

The SS’24 women's footwear collection by Lee Cooper, named "Shoes Don't Judge," offers a diverse range of designs suitable for various styles and occasions. This collection features a unique style, a wide range of colors, and materials suitable for all events. In a world filled with judgment and stereotypes, shoes symbolize impartiality and acceptance. They do not discriminate based on appearance, status, or background. Instead, they serve as a form of self-expression, enabling individuals to express their true selves. For Lee Cooper, "Shoes Don't Judge" is not just a campaign but a movement that celebrates individuals' choices and preferences without judgment.

Adding to the launch of Lee Cooper's flagship women's footwear range was the presence of the talented actress Sanya Malhotra, who expressed her excitement about the "Spring Summer’24 collection." She praised the collection for its quality, comfort, and style, stating that it has become her personal favorite.

The concept of the "No Shoe Party" was created to celebrate individuality, perfectly aligning with Lee Cooper's values of self-expression and authenticity. Guests enjoyed an evening of music, fashion, and fun while showcasing Lee Cooper's stylish and comfortable footwear. Winners of a digital contest across Lee Cooper’s social media platforms also joined in the celebration, adding to the excitement of the event.

 

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Retail India News: BSH Home Appliances Marks its Advent in the Cleaning Category in India
Retail India News: BSH Home Appliances Marks its Advent in the Cleaning Category in India
 

BSH Home Appliances Pvt. Ltd a subsidiary of BSH Hausgeräte GmbH, a global leader in the home appliance industry, has introduced the Bosch Unlimited 7 Handstick Vacuum Cleaner for Indian consumers. This launch signifies an endeavor to redefine home cleaning experiences in India, addressing local consumer preferences and needs effectively.

The Bosch Unlimited 7 stands out as an ideal solution for Indian households, efficiently capturing over 99.9 percent of dust. This innovative vacuum cleaner responds directly to the changing needs of Indian homes, combating escalating dust levels resulting from rapid construction and increased pollution.

Powered by a TurboSpin motor generating 66,000 rpm, the Unlimited 7 ensures robust suction power across various surfaces. With a 3.0 Ah battery, it offers extended runtime, enabling cleaning of up to 1000 sq ft on a single charge. Its flexible tube enhances maneuverability, while the quick stand facilitates convenient storage, streamlining the cleaning process.

The Unlimited 7 distinguishes itself with intuitive features like the nozzle foot release, flex tube, and ergonomic handheld design. Its flexible tube adapts to user movements, simplifying cleaning of tricky spots without strain. LED lights illuminate dark corners, ensuring thorough cleaning, while the auto mode with auto-adjust power optimizes efficiency based on the surface being cleaned.

Saif Khan, MD and CEO, BSH Home Appliances said, “At BSH, we put consumers at the forefront of our innovations. Introducing the BSH Unlimited 7 Handstick Vacuum Cleaner marks our strategic entry into the cleaning category. In a landscape where lifestyles continually evolve, so do the expectations of consumers. The Unlimited 7 seamlessly aligns with this transformative shift, presenting itself not merely as a cleaning tool but as a sophisticated smart companion, bringing innovative solutions to elevate the cleaning experience for modern Indian households.

In addition to its exceptional features, the Bosch Unlimited 7 Handstick Vacuum Cleaner is available in multiple color options, providing customers the flexibility to choose according to their aesthetic preferences. Priced at Rs 30,000 onwards, the Bosch Unlimited 7 Handstick Vacuum Cleaner is poised to revolutionize the Indian market, offering consumers a superior cleaning solution blending power, efficiency, and convenience seamlessly.

 

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Retail India News: Skechers Showcases Streetwear Capsule at Lakme Fashion Week
Retail India News: Skechers Showcases Streetwear Capsule at Lakme Fashion Week
 

American footwear and apparel brand Skechers made its inaugural appearance at Lakmē Fashion Week in partnership with the Fashion Design Council of India (FDCI), unveiling a streetwear apparel capsule collection designed by Indian designer Kanika Goyal, according to a press release issued. Known as 'Retroverse,' the Skechers X Kanika Goyal collaboration will hit retail stores on 22 March 2024.

The event, hosted at Jio World Convention Centre in Mumbai's Bandra Kurla Complex, witnessed over 1,300 events and welcomed more than 2.5 million visitors.

Today we debuted Skechers India’s first streetwear collection at the Lakmē Fashion Week X FDCI. Though the Skechers ‘Retroverse’ capsule is a wink to our past, it represents a step forward for our brand as we push the boundaries of fashion innovation and walk the runway of Lakmē Fashion Week in partnership with FDCI,” said Rahul Vira, CEO, Skechers Asia Pvt Ltd

Indian actress and Skechers brand ambassador Kriti Sanon graced the runway as the showstopper for the fashion show.

Kanika Goyal shared her enthusiasm for collaborating with Skechers to create their inaugural capsule collection for India, describing the experience as exhilarating and creative.

Skechers South Asia, a subsidiary of California-based Skechers U.S.A Inc., was founded by Robert Greenberg in 1992. The company specializes in designing, developing, and marketing lifestyle and performance footwear, apparel, and accessories for men, women, and children.

With a presence in 180 countries and territories, Skechers products are available through various retail channels, including department stores, specialty stores, digital platforms, and approximately 5,170 company and third-party-owned physical retail outlets.

 

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Retail India News: Decathlon to Ramp Up Retail and Manufacturing Investments in India
Retail India News: Decathlon to Ramp Up Retail and Manufacturing Investments in India
 

Decathlon, the French sports retailer, is intensifying its efforts to expand production and strengthen its retail presence in India, which Barbara Martin Coppola, its Global CEO, describes as one of its "most important" global markets.

Decathlon anticipates sustaining its robust growth momentum in the Indian market, which is evolving into a crucial manufacturing hub for the sports retailer. Currently, around 65 percent of its production in India is exported to global markets.

India ranks among Decathlon's top ten global markets, boasting a growth rate twice that of others since its entry in 2009. The retailer operates 129 stores across the country. Coppola commends India's evolving sports culture, particularly among the middle class, driven by rising incomes and a burgeoning economy. She notes a growing appetite for sports consumption and vibrant energy in Decathlon's stores, affirming India's status as a major market for the brand.

Decathlon plans to accelerate local production and sourcing while expanding its retail footprint in India. The country is pivotal to Decathlon's global operations, leveraging its digital prowess and innovative manufacturing capabilities. With India progressively manufacturing diverse sports products, including bikes, backpacks, tents, and textiles, Decathlon aims to increase local sourcing to 85 percent within the next two years.

The retailer acknowledges India's burgeoning sports participation, fueled by societal shifts and increased disposable incomes. The middle class, in particular, is embracing sports, aided by a rise in sporting avenues and leisure spending. Decathlon's app has garnered nearly 29 million downloads in India, offering a seamless omni-channel experience that extends beyond selling sports goods to providing space for sports-related activities in its stores.

 

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Retail India News: Samsung Anticipates 24% Surge in Rs 30,000 Smartphone Market, Unveils Galaxy A55 and A35
Retail India News: Samsung Anticipates 24% Surge in Rs 30,000 Smartphone Market, Unveils Galaxy A55 and A35
 

In an exciting development for tech enthusiasts, Samsung predicts a substantial 24 percent surge in the Rs 30,000-50,000 smartphone segment this year. This projection comes alongside the launch of its latest premium segment smartphones, the Galaxy A55 and Galaxy A35. Aditya Babbar, VP MX Business at Samsung India, highlighted the company's anticipation of outpacing market growth, attributing it to the rising trend of premiumization and accessible finance options.

"The Rs 30,000-50,000 smartphone segment is witnessing remarkable growth, with analysts projecting a 24 percent volume increase this year. We're confident of exceeding this growth rate," stated Babbar.

Samsung, holding an 18 percent market share in 2023 as per Counterpoint Research, aims to fortify its leadership position in the premium smartphone space with the new releases. The Galaxy A35 5G is priced between Rs 27,999 and Rs 30,999, while the Galaxy A55 5G ranges from Rs 36,999 to Rs 42,999.

Babbar emphasized Samsung's commitment to enhancing user experiences through a three-pronged approach: democratization of features, affordability, and experience. The new devices boast features like metal frames, IP67 water resistance, Gorilla Glass Victus protection, and Samsung Knox Vault security.

Counterpoint Research data suggests a promising outlook for India's smartphone market, with a projected 5 percent growth in the coming year. Factors contributing to this growth include the increasing adoption of 5G, premiumization trends, and improved economic conditions.

The surge in the premium segment in 2023, witnessing a 64 percent year-on-year growth, was fueled by accessible financing schemes. Samsung, in collaboration with partners like Bajaj Finance and other NBFCs, aims to further facilitate purchases through installment plans, starting at Rs 1,792 per month for the Galaxy A55.

With these strategic moves, Samsung is poised to capitalize on the burgeoning demand for premium smartphones, offering consumers cutting-edge technology coupled with accessible financing options.

 

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Godrej Interio Aims for Rs 250 cr Retail Expansion in India's Mattress Market
Godrej Interio Aims for Rs 250 cr Retail Expansion in India's Mattress Market
 

Godrej and Boyce, the cornerstone of the Godrej Group, have revealed plans for their retail arm, Godrej Interio, to elevate its mattress category to Rs 250 crore within the next three years. The renowned furniture solutions brand is gearing up to enrich its mattress range across diverse price segments and venture into complementary categories like sofa beds, mattress beds, bases, and accessories to ensure optimal posture support. Prioritizing wellness, the brand recently introduced a range of innovative mattresses, including the Air Sense mattress with a removable and washable 3D Silver Mesh top for enhanced breathability and temperature control. Additionally, their patented Posture Support Mattress, featuring Pressure Neutralising Zones, promises tailored support according to individual body weights.

Dev Sarkar, Senior Vice President (B2C) at Godrej Interio said, “In India, the evolving lifestyle dynamics, characterized by increased stress and anxiety, are reshaping the mattress industry. We firmly believe that quality sleep is intrinsically linked to overall well-being, elevated living standards, and enhanced productivity. A supportive mattress is essential for rejuvenating sleep, ensuring individuals wake up refreshed and revitalized. Recent studies have underscored the crucial role of mattress designs in improving sleep quality, alleviating pain, and maintaining spinal alignment. At Godrej Interio, we integrate extensive research into our design philosophy, evident in our Pressure Neutralising and 3D Silver Mesh technology, alongside our focus on advanced foam materials. With a dedication to innovation and customer well-being, we are poised to achieve a 20 percent Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) in our mattress category over the next three years.

The burgeoning disposable income of consumers and their heightened awareness regarding the impact of mattresses on overall health and sleep quality are driving significant growth in the market.

According to the HomeScapes study commissioned by Godrej Interio, one in every three respondents (33 percent) regards their home as a sanctuary—a haven for personal relaxation, meditation, self-care, and enjoying moments in the balcony garden. Recognizing the pivotal role of sleep in holistic well-being, the market has transitioned from conventional mattresses to a diverse range, reflecting evolving consumer preferences influenced by travel experiences. There has been a shift from traditional coir mattresses to a diverse array, including Pu Foam, Bonded Foam, Memory Foam, Latex, and various spring variants like Bonnel and Pocket. Godrej Interio addresses this evolving demand with its Accupadic range, featuring the Aqmatic Mattress (available in Bonnel and Pocket Spring variants). Beyond mere comfort, this mattress contributes to optimal blood circulation and speedy recovery from muscle strain. Elevate your sleep experience with the Accupadic Aqmatic Mattress—ushering in a new era of comfort and well-being.

In celebration of World Sleep Day, the brand is offering customers discounts of up to 15 percent or the chance to win exciting gifts (pillows/comforters, etc.) worth up to Rs 22,000.

 

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Retail India News: Pantaloons to Redefine Professional Fashion with 'Workdrobe'
Retail India News: Pantaloons to Redefine Professional Fashion with 'Workdrobe'
 

Pantaloons has introduced its latest campaign, 'Workdrobe,' aiming to celebrate the unique style of every woman and encourage them to express their authentic selves in the workplace. 'Workdrobe' focuses on adaptability, comfort, and originality in professional attire, empowering women to confidently showcase their individuality while pursuing their careers.

Conceived by Pantaloons and Chalk and Chini, the 'Workdrobe' campaign features a diverse group of women in various professional settings, each representing a distinct sense of fashion and work approach. With the tagline 'Your Work Day, Styled Your Way,' the campaign highlights women confidently making their work choices, embracing their true selves, and redefining style according to their preferences.

From the Creative Genius sporting bold prints and unconventional silhouettes to the Glam Powerhouse exuding sophistication with a touch of glamour, the campaign showcases the diverse possibilities of fashion beyond traditional office hours. Reflecting the evolving nature of work post-pandemic, the campaign also portrays real-life work scenarios, including the Elegant Multitasker managing work from home and the inspiring D2C Entrepreneur embodying the Boss Lady persona.

The campaign brings to life Pantaloons' extensive range of fashion offerings for the workplace, featuring printed coordinated sets, contemporary kurta sets, well-tailored classic pieces, comfortable dresses, and essential accessories such as shoes and bags. Additionally, the campaign includes an exclusive workwear collection by W, available exclusively at select Pantaloons stores.

Sangeeta, CEO of Pantaloons said, "The nature of work and workwear has evolved drastically over time. Office goers now bring their unique personalities to work and represent themselves, confidently and authentically in all that they do. The ‘Workdrobe’ campaign encourages authenticity, creativity, and self-expression, reflecting the modern woman's diverse interests and fashion choices.

In a world full of ‘shoulds’ and ‘musts’, our muse for the campaign chooses ‘can’ and ‘will’. Confidence is her fashion, and she wears it boldly in her own unique way that works for her. With ‘Workdrobe’, we have tried to put the spotlight on this woman as she extends her individuality to her workplace with an authentic flair,” added Isha Sahu, Founder and Strategist, Chalk and Chini. 

 

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Retail India News: Voltas Expands SmartAir Inverter AC Portfolio with New Innovation
Retail India News: Voltas Expands SmartAir Inverter AC Portfolio with New Innovation
 

In a bid to fortify its dominance in India's retail Cooling Products sector, Voltas, the leading brand in the realm of cooling solutions and the premier AC brand under the Tata group, has rolled out its latest innovation – the SmartAir Inverter AC series. This new lineup is designed to cater to the evolving demands of consumers, blending advanced technology with affordability.

The SmartAir Inverter AC series boasts a range of intelligent features and IoT capabilities aimed at enhancing user experience. With lower noise levels, seamless temperature adjustments, and advanced functionalities accessible through the Voltas Smart Mobile App, consumers are offered unprecedented control and convenience. Notably, the IoT-enabled devices can effortlessly integrate with users' networks and smart speakers, compatible with popular platforms like Alexa and Google Home. Furthermore, consumers can track and analyze their energy usage with the Energy Consumption Trend graph feature.

Pradeep Bakshi, Managing Director and CEO, Voltas Limited said, “Voltas has always been a flag bearer of innovation in the Cooling Products and Home Appliances domain. The product that we have launched is in line with the market demand and to meet the growing expectations of consumers in the Indian market, by offering them unique technology at an affordable price. Voltas’ SmartAir ACs come with a unique value proposition of smart and IoT enabled features and its unique Super Silent Operation for additional comfort and convenience. Given the strong summer predictions, we at Voltas are well-prepared to meet the surge in demand with our new range."

With consumer preferences shifting towards tech-savvy options that prioritize comfort and convenience, Voltas aims to capitalize on this trend with its SmartAir ACs. The company's market insights indicate a growing inclination among Indian consumers to upgrade their home appliances, particularly those equipped with advanced technology.

To complement its product launch, Voltas will soon unveil a television commercial as part of its summer promotional campaign, highlighting the effectiveness of the SmartAir Air Conditioners. The 2024 RAC product portfolio by Voltas encompasses a total of 81 SKUs, including a variety of Inverter ACs, Fixed Speed Split ACs, Window ACs, Air Purifiers, and Water Heaters. Additionally, the company has introduced 47 new SKUs of Commercial Refrigeration products, further strengthening its overall portfolio.

As the summer approaches, Voltas aims to entice consumers with attractive financing offers, including cashback incentives, easy EMI finance options, and a 5-Year Warranty on PCB, ensuring ease of adoption and accessibility for customers. With its SmartAir Inverter AC series, Voltas continues to set the benchmark for innovation and affordability in India's retail Cooling Products market, catering to the evolving needs of consumers while maintaining its position as the industry leader.

 

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Retail India News: Jaypore Expands Product Portfolio with New Spring Summer '24 Range
Retail India News: Jaypore Expands Product Portfolio with New Spring Summer '24 Range
 

Jaypore introduces its Spring Summer '24 collection, blending traditional Indian craftsmanship with modern aesthetics. The collection features a range of breathable cotton garments, including floral dresses, kurtis, and trousers, designed for comfort and style in the warm weather.

As one of India's premier artisanal brands, Jaypore offers a diverse selection of apparel, jewelry, home decor, and accessories. The brand is committed to showcasing authentic Indian products that celebrate the country's rich heritage while catering to modern lifestyles.

Sooraj Bhat, CEO, Ethnic Business, Aditya Birla Fashion and Retail Ltd said, “The SS’24 collection highlights Jaypore's steadfast commitment to harmonizing traditional craftsmanship with contemporary aesthetics. It reflects our firm dedication to providing customers with timeless apparel, jewellery and home accents that pays homage to our rich historical legacy while embracing modernity. The new SS’24 collection embodies a timeless elegance while prioritizing the comfort and crafts this season needs. The light fabrics, chic silhouettes, and crafts such as block prints, Ajrakh, Hand-embroidery, Chikankari, Ikat textiles, Tribal silver, Temple, and Filigree jewellery, and many more make a perfect addition to any summer wardrobe and home.”  

The SS'24 collection features curated Indian crafts like block prints, ajrakh, hand embroidery, and ikat, among others. The 'Lagom' range, inspired by Bauhaus aesthetics, combines modern design with traditional Ajrakh prints, creating a unique fusion of artistry and sophistication. Drawing inspiration from nature, the Kaashni collection showcases line-drawn floral motifs and vibrant block prints, capturing the essence of spring. The Gauri range pays homage to Goddess Parvati with its classic ethnic silhouettes and khadi block prints, evoking purity and brilliance.

The Camilla collection features botanical prints on breezy linen blend fabrics, while the Naisha range offers sorbet-dipped hues and delicate embroidery for a fresh summer look. For men, the Chippa and Aadir collections offer modern interpretations of traditional craft techniques, such as hand-pressed block prints and striped patterns.

In addition to apparel, Jaypore's SS'24 collection includes artisanal accessories like tribal silver earrings, filigree necklaces, and temple jewelry, adding the perfect finishing touch to any ensemble. With prices starting at Rs 3,000, the SS'24 collection invites fashion enthusiasts to explore and embrace India's rich heritage of craftsmanship. The collection is now available at Jaypore stores nationwide and online.

 

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Retail India News: JBL Debuts Sustainable Speakers for Holi Celebrations
Retail India News: JBL Debuts Sustainable Speakers for Holi Celebrations
 

As Holi approaches, JBL introduces its latest range of eco-friendly speakers, capturing the essence of the festival while prioritizing sustainability. Offering a diverse selection, from the compact JBL CLIP 4 Eco and JBL Go 3 Eco for on-the-go music enthusiasts to the robust PartyBox Club 120 and PartyBox Stage 320 speakers for terrace and rooftop gatherings, JBL aims to enhance festive experiences while minimizing environmental impact.

The JBL Go 3 Eco and JBL Clip 4 Eco deliver five and ten hours of uninterrupted music playback, respectively, boasting IP67 waterproof and dustproof features for durability. Crafted with 90 percent PCR plastic and 100 percent recycled fabric, these speakers come in sustainable packaging, reducing the consumption of virgin plastic and lowering the product's overall carbon footprint.

Expanding its PartyBox range, JBL introduces the PartyBox Club 120 and PartyBox Stage 320, featuring powerful sound and enhanced bass, ensuring an unforgettable Holi celebration. With splashproof and dust/colorproof technology, these speakers guarantee uninterrupted music and revelry during the festival.

Equipped with AI Sound Boost, the PartyBox Club 120 offers twelve hours of playtime and two mic inputs, while the PartyBox Stage 320 boasts two high-sensitivity woofers and dual tweeters for detailed sound reproduction. Both speakers incorporate post-consumer recycled materials, contributing to environmental sustainability.

To promote the new lineup, JBL plans on-site activations at retail locations and malls across North, East, and West India, allowing customers to experience the exceptional sound quality and durability firsthand. These activations aim to highlight JBL's commitment to providing innovative and eco-friendly audio solutions for every occasion, including the festive season.

Vikram Kher, Vice President of Lifestyle at HARMAN India said, “This year, the festival of colors deserves a sound that resonates with vibrancy, and JBL is here to deliver that. This new launch we're not only bringing the party with powerful sound and immersive experiences, but also doing our part for the environment with our eco-friendly options. Let this Holi be remembered not just for the colors but for the unbeatable beats that accompany them.

 

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Retail India News: Bad Monkey Beer Makes Official Entry into Uttar Pradesh
Retail India News: Bad Monkey Beer Makes Official Entry into Uttar Pradesh
 

Sinq Beverage Pvt Ltd, the creator of Bad Monkey Beer, has officially launched its product in Uttar Pradesh, India. Priced at Rs 130 for a 500 ml can, Bad Monkey Beer offers a strong taste, boasting alcohol by volume (ABV) of up to 8 percent.

With a growing fan base from the streets of Delhi to the cultural landscapes of Punjab, Chandigarh, Jharkhand, Daman Diu, and Silvassa, Bad Monkey Beer has become synonymous with premium taste and quality across India. Its popularity reflects the brand's dedication to delivering excellence.

Rohan Khare, Founder of Sinq Beverage Pvt Ltd said, "Uttar Pradesh is a crucial market for us. With our success in Delhi, Jharkhand, and other states, we are confident that Bad Monkey Beer will appeal to the discerning palates of beer consumers in Uttar Pradesh. With its robust flavour profile along with a smooth finish, Bad Monkey beer promises a drinking experience that is both bold and refined, embodying the spirit of adventure and discovery in every sip. Bad Monkey Beer invites Uttar Pradesh residents to experience its exceptional taste and quality, as it joins the state's dynamic beer market.

India's beer market is on a steady growth trajectory, with an expected annual growth rate of 5.94 percent from 2023 to 2028, according to Statista. In 2023 alone, the market generated $11.6 billion in revenue, with projections to reach $23.45 billion by 2029.

Fueled by local success, Bad Monkey Beer is set on conquering international markets and becoming a global icon. Its expansion into Australia, New Zealand, and Middle Eastern countries marks the beginning of an ambitious journey, with each can crossing oceans to captivate new palates and hearts worldwide.

 

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Retail India News: Tanishq Expands High Jewellery Portfolio with "Ethereal Wonders"
Retail India News: Tanishq Expands High Jewellery Portfolio with "Ethereal Wonders"
 

Renowned jewellery retail brand Tanishq, recognized for its exquisite diamond jewellery, craftsmanship, and quality designs, introduces its latest high jewellery collection, "Ethereal Wonders." This collection is a magnificent fusion of indulgence, glamour, and whimsy, featuring brilliant diamonds and rare gemstones meticulously arranged to create wearable art.

"Ethereal Wonders" is a testament to Tanishq's commitment to pushing the boundaries of high jewellery design. Each piece in this curated ensemble has been crafted with precision, showcasing the luminosity of rare orange sapphires, the opulence of velvety tanzanites, the vibrancy of emeralds, the fervor of fiery rubies, and the magnificence of tourmalines from exotic locations like Tanzania, Brazil, Myanmar, and beyond.

Sophistication meets enchantment in this high jewellery collection, where simplicity intentionally highlights the innate beauty of gemstones. The result is a captivating design that transcends trends, inviting wearers to appreciate the exquisite details and craftsmanship embodied in each gemstone—a timeless expression of elegance and artistry.

Revathi Kant, Chief Design Officer, Titan Company Limited said, ‘Ethereal Wonders’ as, "Embark on a journey of exquisite craftsmanship that transcends traditional boundaries and transforms each piece into a narrative inspired by unique stories associated with exotic gemstones. This collection, steeped in rarity, offers an ultra-luxurious fusion of tradition and modernity. Inspired by sculptural forms and modern sensibilities, 'Ethereal Wonders' invites you to embrace sophistication—a timeless investment in fashion and an enduring legacy of style. Exclusive techniques, rare gemstone combinations, and dynamic surfaces breathe life into this wearable art, capturing the beauty of gemstones in a mesmerizing blend of modern design aesthetics."

This collection is an invitation to revel in a grand yet timeless look, effortlessly fusing timeless silhouettes and contemporary grace, embodying the essence of luxury through the intricate beauty of each meticulously crafted piece.

 

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Retail India News: U&i Widens Legacy Series Range for Retail Market
Retail India News: U&i Widens Legacy Series Range for Retail Market
 

U&i has introduced its latest innovation, the U&i Legacy Series Wireless Speaker. This cutting-edge speaker aims to transform the way consumers experience sound, delivering high performance in a compact and stylish form. Designed to Impress: The U&i Legacy Series Wireless Speaker features a sleek and modern design suitable for any environment. Its compact size makes it perfect for on-the-go use, while its premium build quality ensures durability and longevity.

Exceptional Audio Quality: With dual 52mm speakers, each delivering 6 Watts of power, the U&i Legacy Series Wireless Speaker offers crystal-clear sound with enhanced bass for an immersive listening experience. Whether enjoying music, podcasts, or videos, this speaker provides rich, powerful, and depth-filled audio.

Versatile Connectivity: Experience true wireless freedom with the U&i Legacy Series Wireless Speaker. Using Bluetooth 5.2 technology, this speaker allows seamless connectivity with devices up to 10 meters away. Additionally, it features an FM radio, TF card reader, USB port, and a built-in microphone for hands-free calling, offering endless entertainment options on the go.

Long-lasting Battery Life: The U&i Legacy Series Wireless Speaker is powered by a high-capacity 1200 mAh battery, providing up to 6 hours of continuous playback on a single charge. Whether at home, in the office, or on the go, consumers can enjoy uninterrupted music playback without worrying about running out of battery.

 

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Retail India News: Fast&Up Aims to Expand Retail Presence in the UK After Successful ASDA Placements
Retail India News: Fast&Up Aims to Expand Retail Presence in the UK After Successful ASDA Placements
 

Fast&Up, India’s leading sports and health nutrition brand, is set to enhance its footprint in the UK market following successful placements in over 200 ASDA Stores Limited, a prominent British supermarket chain. The range is also accessible at leading Independent Pharmacies and Alliance Healthcare, the UK's leading Pharmacy Wholesaler, complementing their established presence in India.

With a robust track record of growth in India and approximately 34 other international markets, including Europe and the USA, Fast&Up has developed a dedicated range of health, beauty, and wellness nutritional supplements.

Entering the UK market during the pandemic, Fast&Up leveraged two decades of experience with Swiss effervescent technology. Currently, the brand offers a variety of effervescent products in the UK, spanning three ranges, with Fast&Up Reload (electrolytes and vitamins) emerging as its #1 bestseller.

Varun Khanna, Group CEO of Fullife Healthcare Pvt Ltd expressed, “It is a moment of pride for Fast&Up to have our products available in one of the largest supermarket chains in the UK. We are witnessing a growing interest from UK consumers due to the perceived quality, effectiveness, and results, aligning with their requirements. There is significant potential in the UK for our category, and we aim to capture that space. Our focus is on a holistic and long-term approach to expanding penetration and reach in international marketplaces, progressing to modern-trade, chemist outlets, and eventually broader general grocery stores, given the products broad acceptance and usage."

After a successful presence at the 2023 TCS London Marathon Running Show, we are now gearing up for an even larger presence in 2024, ensuring their products are readily available for consumers. Fast&Up intends to hydrate runs across the country by partnering with companies and participating in fitness and wellness events. We are committed to continuous development with the brand set to launch new products and product formats that cater to a larger consumer base.”

 

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Retail India News: UNIQLO and UNHCR Collab on Global Charity T-shirt Launch
Retail India News: UNIQLO and UNHCR Collab on Global Charity T-shirt Launch
 

Global retail giant UNIQLO has revealed the introduction of a charity T-shirt collection, featuring winning designs from the 2023 Youth with Refugees Art Contest, co-organized with UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency. These T-shirts will be made available at UNIQLO stores with the UTme! service in 12 markets globally, including India, starting Monday, March 15.

The Youth with Refugees Art Contest, initiated by UNHCR in 2020, serves as a platform for individuals aged 30 and under worldwide to showcase their artistic talents and creativity while expressing solidarity with refugees through their art. The 2023 edition of the contest, jointly organized by UNHCR and UNIQLO, encouraged customers globally to support refugees by purchasing a special collection of T-shirts.

The theme for the 2023 Youth with Refugees Art Contest, "HOPE AWAY FROM HOME," focuses on acknowledging and including individuals who have fled their homes in search of hope and the opportunity to rebuild their lives in places of refuge. The winning designs, selected from over 4,000 entries worldwide, aim to aid refugees in finding acceptance and taking steps towards building new lives.

In addition to a direct donation of US$100,000 (approximately 14.7 million JPY) that UNIQLO will contribute to UNHCR, the company will also donate US$3 (approximately ¥441) to UNHCR for every T-shirt purchased from the collection. Furthermore, UNIQLO will contribute 5,000 T-shirts and 1,000 tote bags from the collection to UNHCR, valued at ¥11.94 million based on the retail value of these items at UNIQLO in Japan. These tote bags are not available for sale at UNIQLO stores. UNHCR will internally sell these items at the online UNHCR Visibility Shop, with all proceeds dedicated to supporting UNHCR's refugee assistance activities.

 

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Retail India News: Snitch Highlights Q4 Success and Unveils Aggressive Offline Retail Plans
Retail India News: Snitch Highlights Q4 Success and Unveils Aggressive Offline Retail Plans
 

Snitch has disclosed its Q4 results, showcasing substantial growth in revenue and sales. The company marked a remarkable 2.2X growth in Gross Merchandise Value (GMV) from Q1 to Q4 in the Fiscal Year 2023, reaching a GMV of 400 crore, with a projected GMV of 600 crore by the end of FY 2024.

Sustaining a growth trajectory of 30-35 percent average QoQ revenue increase over the last 2 years, Snitch attributes its success to consistent product innovation and an effective omnichannel retail strategy. The company primarily generates revenue through its D2C platform and leading marketplaces. A significant investment in digital integrated marketing targets GenZ and millennials.

With recent forays into offline retail, Snitch anticipates a 35-40 percent QoQ sales and revenue boost. Plans include expanding its physical retail footprint with 30-40 stores in the next two years, supported by the Rs 110 crore raised in its Series A funding round.

While men's apparel remains the primary contributor, constituting 80 percent of total operating revenue, Snitch aims to diversify its offerings. Expanding into fragrances, shoes, sunglasses, and introducing men's jewellery this year, the brand maintains its focus on quality, style, and customer satisfaction. Positioned as an all-inclusive wardrobe solution for men, Snitch aims to redefine menswear fashion.

Siddharth Dungarwal, Founder of Snitch stated, "This achievement reflects the trust and support of our valued customers, as well as the dedication and hard work of our entire team. With our relentless pursuit of innovation and ability to stay ahead of the fashion curve, we remain committed to pushing boundaries, setting new trends, and providing our customers with the best affordable style.

Known for its trailblazing role in the industry, Snitch combines modern designs, premium materials, and detailed craftsmanship, garnering a loyal customer base appreciating its street-style products. The brand's focus on trendsetting fashion positions it as a leader in the men's fashion landscape.

 

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Retail India News: Coach Explores Denim Evolution Across Real and Virtual Spaces
Retail India News: Coach Explores Denim Evolution Across Real and Virtual Spaces
 

Coach's "Find Your Courage" campaign embarks on a journey of self-discovery, delving into the intersection of real and virtual realms. In this phase, virtual characters Imma and Wu Jinyan navigate the world of denim, a timeless symbol of self-expression. The campaign showcases denim's enduring charm while pushing boundaries for fresh possibilities. Imma, guided by Wu Jinyan, learns about embracing change and innovation within this classic context, emphasizing the campaign's theme of embracing one's identity in new and exciting ways. Set in a virtual universe, the campaign introduces the Coach Spring collection within a narrative focused on finding the courage to define authenticity.

Coach's latest exploration of "The Courage to Be Real" centers on inspiring individuals to express their diverse identities. "Find Your Courage" unfolds in both physical and virtual spaces, blurring the lines between the two. The campaign draws inspiration from how today's younger generations redefine authenticity and navigate the intricate layers of identity with courage. Coach extends the campaign's reach through collaborations with gaming platforms, allowing users to dress their avatars in the Coach Spring collection. Additionally, a new multi-sensory version of The Coach Tabby Shop, inspired by the Quilted Tabby shoulder bag, will enhance the immersive experience.

 

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Retail India News: Miraj Cinemas Debuts in Kerala with Multiplex in Kozhikode
Retail India News: Miraj Cinemas Debuts in Kerala with Multiplex in Kozhikode
 

Miraj Cinemas has introduced its latest cinematic offering in Kozhikode, Kerala, a city renowned for its cultural richness. This milestone marks Miraj Cinemas' entrance into the vibrant state, providing the local community with exceptional entertainment options. Situated on Mavoor Road within the newly developed Blue Diamond Mall, the multiplex occupies the third floor, offering a unique cinematic experience to movie enthusiasts in the region.

Miraj Cinemas Kozhikode features three thoughtfully designed screens with a total seating capacity of 489, ensuring ample space for movie buffs to enjoy their favorite films. The Blue Diamond Mall multiplex caters to diverse preferences, accommodating 131 patrons in Screen 1, 166 in Screen 2 (including 12 recliners), and 192 in Screen 3. With traditional seats and luxurious recliners, the seating arrangements provide unparalleled comfort throughout the screening.

Each auditorium is equipped with state-of-the-art technology, including Dolby 7.1 sound systems and 2K projection for crystal-clear visuals and immersive audio. Moviegoers can also experience the ultimate cinematic journey with Triple Beam 3D Technology, enhancing the viewing experience and bringing their favorite films to life. The strategically located Miraj Cinemas in Kozhikode sets a new standard for cinematic excellence in the region, offering an unmatched entertainment destination for the local audience.

Amit Sharma, Managing Director of Miraj Entertainment Ltd said, “We are delighted to introduce Miraj Cinemas to Kozhikode, marking our debut in Kerala. The inauguration of our first property in the state marks a momentous milestone for us, underscoring our steadfast commitment to providing top-notch entertainment to our valued patrons in this region. With over 50 screens currently in the fit-out stage, we eagerly anticipate the grand unveiling of new cinemas in Delhi NCR, Chennai, Patiala, Ludhiana, Indore, Alwar, Agra, Jamshedpur, and beyond. This launch underscores our commitment to expanding the company’s presence across India, with plans to introduce more properties in the southern region soon.

Bhuvnesh Mendiratta, COO, Miraj Cinemas said, “Miraj Cinemas Kozhikode introduces innovative concepts to elevate the movie-watching experience. Featuring The Beanary Cafe and Chef Corner, alongside the Pop Corner and plush recliners, every visit promises an unforgettable experience. At The Beanery Cafe, our patrons enjoy our signature food and beverage offerings, while Chef Corner offers made-to-order dishes using fresh, high-quality ingredients, catering to all palates with local specialities, international flavours, and gluten-free options along with Jain cuisine. Our latest offering, Miraj Cinemas Blue Diamond Mall in Kozhikode, promises to be a beacon of cinematic excellence where movie enthusiasts can immerse themselves in unparalleled entertainment and luxury.

 

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Retail India News: Vinod Cookware Expands Production with New Manufacturing Unit in Maharashtra
Retail India News: Vinod Cookware Expands Production with New Manufacturing Unit in Maharashtra
 

Vinod Cookware, a leading Indian cookware manufacturer, has recently inaugurated its latest manufacturing unit in Gundale village, Palghar district, Maharashtra. This strategic move aims to cater to the growing demand for Vinod Cookware products in both domestic and global retail markets. Covering an extensive 250,000 square feet, the newly opened plant in Gundale now stands as the brand's largest production unit, aligning seamlessly with Vinod Cookware's existing operational setup in Palghar. This expansion not only enhances logistical efficiency but also reinforces managerial cohesion.

The new manufacturing unit, touted as the brand's largest, is anticipated to generate around 300-350 new jobs, contributing to the seamless running of operations. With an emphasis on technological advancements, the Palghar facility is expected to feature larger capacity production machinery and advanced management technology. Initially handling base and supplementary production processes, the plant will play a significant role in scaling Vinod Cookware's existing operations.

In line with the brand's commitment to sustainability, the new unit will adhere to standard operating procedures for expanded production, focusing on the use of sustainable materials and waste reduction in production processes. A noteworthy aspect is the anticipated 60 percent boost in production capacity, showcasing Vinod Cookware's dedication to meeting increased market demands while adhering to sustainable and efficient manufacturing practices.

Beyond the Palghar expansion, Vinod Cookware has extended its presence by entering the UK and EU retail markets. The brand launched its official UK website in November of the previous year, further solidifying its global reach and reinforcing its commitment to providing quality cookware products to a wider consumer base.

"We are pleased to announce the opening of our new manufacturing plant in Palghar, Maharashtra. This strategic expansion marks a significant milestone for Vinod Cookware as we strive to meet the surging demand for our high-quality products with enhanced efficiency and scale. Our new facility stands as a testament to our unwavering commitment to operational growth and, above all, customer satisfaction. As we embark on this exciting journey, we look forward to setting new benchmarks in the cookware industry while ensuring a positive impact on the local community through job creation and economic development,” stated Sunil Agarwal, Director, Vinod Cookware.

 

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[Funding Alert] Bira 91 Bags $25 mn Investment from Tiger Pacific Capital 
[Funding Alert] Bira 91 Bags $25 mn Investment from Tiger Pacific Capital 
 

B9 Beverages Ltd, the parent company of Bira 91, announced that it is raising $25 million in new funding from Tiger Pacific Capital, an Asia-focused fund based in New York and Hong Kong. The investment is part of a $50 million round raised by the company, with participation from its existing investor, Kirin Holdings of Japan, and Tiger Pacific Capital from New York.

Ankur Jain, Founder and CEO of Bira 91, stated, "As Bira 91 takes next steps to drive growth across markets and strengthen its supply chain, this new partnership will strengthen the company's balance sheet considerably."

With this capital infusion, the company plans to expand its manufacturing footprint to new regions, including Uttar Pradesh. Currently, Bira 91 operates six large-scale manufacturing plants in the country. Bira 91 has emerged as the fourth largest beer company in India, following multinational giants like Heineken, AB-Inbev, and Carlsberg. It has achieved robust double-digit growth since its inception nine years ago. Additionally, the company owns India's largest beer-focused pub chain, The Beer Cafe.

Run Ye, Founder of Tiger Pacific Capital said, "We are excited to partner with emerging companies in India, especially brands like Bira 91 with a unique understanding of the new Indian consumer, and a strong local manufacturing footprint."

Established in 2015, B9 Beverages is backed by leading investors, including Japan's Kirin Holdings, MUFG Bank, Sofina of Belgium, and Peak XV Partners (formerly Sequoia India).

 

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Retail India News: Wahter Pioneers Affordable Hydration Solutions in NCR with Innovative Carts
Retail India News: Wahter Pioneers Affordable Hydration Solutions in NCR with Innovative Carts
 

India's branded packaged drinking water brand, Wahter, has introduced its proprietary carts across the National Capital Region (NCR), signaling a significant shift in access to affordable drinking water. With a focus on students, children, and marginalized communities, Wahter offers its premium-quality bottled water at an 80 percent discount compared to prevailing market rates.

Wahter's dedication to accessibility and affordability is evident in its pricing strategy, offering bottles at Rs 1 for 250 ml and Rs 2 for 500 ml. The objective is to ensure that everyone in the NCR region can access clean and safe drinking water, regardless of socio-economic constraints.

Amitt Nenwani, Co-Founder of Wahter said, "These carts represent more than just a distribution mechanism; they symbolize our dedication to democratizing access to clean drinking water. By offering our branded packaged drinking water at significantly reduced prices, we are empowering individuals in every corner of the NCR to have equitable access to water."

Wahter has strategically placed its proprietary carts and strollers at prominent locations across the NCR, including Advant in Noida, India Gate, and Huda Sector 44 in Gurgaon, providing packaged drinking water at an 80 percent cost reduction.

To extend its reach, Wahter has launched an engaging ad campaign on SonyLIV Channel, featured during episodes of Shark Tank India. The brand's commitment to accessibility is further strengthened through collaborations with organizations like the Shoobhi Foundation (BOAT CSR) and Vijay Sales.

As Wahter pioneers innovation in the packaged drinking water industry, it remains steadfast in its mission to make clean and safe drinking water accessible to every individual, contributing to a healthier and more equitable society.

Moreover, Wahter emphasizes sustainability by partnering with Scrapbuddy to collect and recycle used bottles. The company has set an ambitious goal to recycle 10 million bottles into clothing within the next three months.

 

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Retail India News: Michael Kors Spotlights Dahyun in Spring 2024 Campaign
Retail India News: Michael Kors Spotlights Dahyun in Spring 2024 Campaign
 

Michael Kors has announced its latest campaign starring Dahyun, a key member of the globally acclaimed group TWICE. Captured by photographer Kim Hee June, the campaign effortlessly blends this season’s modern glamour, seamlessly combining casual ease with sophisticated chic.

In the campaign visuals and accompanying videos, Dahyun showcases styles from the Spring 2024 MICHAEL Michael Kors collection. Known by her full name Kim Da-hyun, the musician has cultivated a strong connection with the brand, attending Michael Kors Collection runway shows and headlining previous campaigns. Notably, Dahyun was a prominent guest at the Fall/Winter 2024 Michael Kors Collection runway show in February.

Designer Michael Kors expresses his admiration for Dahyun, stating, “Dahyun is energetic, animated, and has truly captured a global audience. From her incredible talent to her style, she’s the perfect representation of our brand.”

For Spring 2024, Michael Kors introduces a self-assured approach to dressing, featuring chic and relaxed separates. The ready-to-wear collection exudes an easy, modern glamour, complemented by accessories that emphasize both effortlessness and high-impact style. Two new shoulder bags, the Colby and the Tribeca, take center stage as polished, versatile designs suitable for day and night. The campaign debuted on March 1, 2024, with ads circulating globally throughout the spring season. The visuals will be showcased in digital outlets, on various social media platforms, and through traditional outdoor media placements.

 

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[Funding Alert] Swizzle Bags Seed Funding to Propel Expansion in Indian Mocktail Sector
[Funding Alert] Swizzle Bags Seed Funding to Propel Expansion in Indian Mocktail Sector
 

Bengaluru-based startup Swizzle, a pioneer in Made-in-India mocktails crafted with natural ingredients, has successfully raised an undisclosed amount in seed funding from various angel investors. The equity-based seed investment round, led by existing investor Monika Rao, included participation from Akshay Singhal, Founder and CEO of Log9 Materials, and new investors Deepak Gambhir and Sri Harsha Thota. Swizzle, having raised over Rs 1 crore in cumulative funding, plans to utilize the newly acquired seed capital for extensive retail expansion, team building, inventory enhancement, quality control, and marketing initiatives.

The funding infusion positions Swizzle to promote its premium canned mocktails on a larger scale. The startup intends to use the funds to hire skilled professionals across various roles, increase in-store product availability, maintain high-quality production standards, and expand its distribution network, especially in the retail sector. A significant portion of the funds will also be allocated to marketing and brand-building initiatives, including online and offline campaigns, pop-ups, events, and branded packaging, to enhance brand awareness and reach a wider audience.

Vrinda Singhal and Deepender Singh, Co-Founders of Swizzle said, “We are super excited to announce our latest seed fundraise, which marks a pivotal milestone in Swizzle’s journey, and catalyses our mission of revolutionizing the beverage industry in India. It allows us to introduce our line-up of refreshing mocktail products to a wide audience across both the B2C and B2B segments, and establish a strong presence across retail locations. By August 2024, we aim to be accessible in more than 1000 locations and plan to extend our reach to several new cities across the nation, thus bolstering our distribution network. And the latest funds raised shall play an instrumental role in achieving this goal through implementing effective marketing and go-to-market strategies, thereby propelling us forward to experience accelerated growth in the years to come, and helping us become the preferred choice for more and more beverage enthusiasts across India.

Monika Rao, Lead Investor in Swizzle said, “Swizzle has demonstrated a unique ability to innovate and bring to market a range of high quality mixers. Their revamped hip and cool branding and packaging will help them scale and acquire the upwardly mobile young customer base across Tier 1 cities. This category is still young and favours ready to consume innovative products. Swizzle is placed uniquely to capture this market segment”.

Swizzle, known for its 100 percent vegan and artificial ingredients-free ready-to-drink (RTD) mocktails, achieved a remarkable 210 percent growth in FY 2023. The startup aims to reach a projected revenue of Rs 15 Crore by the end of FY 2025. Currently available on major e-commerce platforms, including Amazon, JioMart, Flipkart, and Swiggy-Mini, Swizzle plans to partner with express delivery platforms like Instamart and Blinkit. On the retail front, Swizzle's flagship mocktails are popular in over 350 locations in Bengaluru, and the startup aims to expand to 3000+ locations by the end of the current financial year while serving up to 5 lakh mocktails per month. Future plans include venturing into cities like Hyderabad, Mumbai, Pune, and Chennai, with a focus on the HoReCa and QSR segments.

 

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Retail India News: Mahu Tasty Foods and Yuvraj Singh Pioneer India's Animal Township
Retail India News: Mahu Tasty Foods and Yuvraj Singh Pioneer India's Animal Township
 

Mahu Tasty Foods Pvt Ltd, supported by cricket legend Yuvraj Singh, has introduced India's pioneering integrated animal township—an ambitious project spanning 100 acres near the Delhi-NCR region. With a substantial investment of Rs 250 crore, the revolutionary initiative, named PashuPalak, aims to establish an advanced ecosystem dedicated to dairy farming, setting new benchmarks and fostering growth for the local community.

A key driver behind this visionary project is the strategic partnership with Planify, a prominent financial services company specializing in investment solutions. Founded by Abhishek Rao and Sanchit Tyagi, Planify's support has played a crucial role in realizing PashuPalak's vision, providing essential financial backing and strategic guidance at every stage of development.

The cutting-edge facility will not only serve as a sanctuary for over 20,000 animals but also contribute significantly to the economic growth of dairy farmers. Through 'PashuPalak,' Mahu Tasty Foods aims to empower 4,000 dairy farmers, facilitating their transition into entrepreneurship by establishing their dairy farm businesses within the integrated township.

An essential focus of the township is to produce high-quality milk and ensure transparency for consumers by implementing rigorous hygiene and safety standards for animal health. The inclusion of a centralized healthcare facility will regularly monitor the health of cattle, consequently improving milk quality. In a forward-thinking approach, 'PashuPalak' also strives to provide participating farmers with carbon credits, aligning with environmental sustainability goals.

Abhishek Rao, Founder and CEO, Mahu Tasty Foods Private Limited said, “We believe in the strength and resilience of our farmers, and PashuPalak’s animal township is a step towards ensuring their efforts are recognized, rewarded, and realized to their full potential. Our goal is to foster a sustainable and prosperous dairy farming ecosystem, where farmers are equipped with the necessary tools, knowledge, and resources to thrive. Through this township project, we are committed to transforming the dairy industry, ensuring the highest standards of safety, hygiene and health for cattle, and contributing to the socio-economic development of our community along with providing the best quality milk to consumers.”  

Ishima, Singla Founder, Planify said, “Planify and Mahu Tasty Foods share the same synergies in our commitment to agriculture and dairy farming. We believe that dairy farmer community needs our support to transform their working process to ensure quality dairy products for end consumers and raise their income levels. Therefore, we together launched PashuPalak’s first integrated animal township. We hope that our efforts in form of the unique cattle township will have a significant impact in improving the quality of dairy products and spark another white revolution in the country.

 

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Retail India News: Parag Milk Foods Appoints Sumit Jain as President of Finance 
Retail India News: Parag Milk Foods Appoints Sumit Jain as President of Finance 
 

Parag Milk Foods Limited has appointed Sumit Jain as President of Finance. Jain, a Chartered Accountant with impressive accolades, brings a wealth of financial expertise to the organization, having secured All India Rank 18 in 2012 and All India Rank 22 in Cost Accountancy in 2013. Recognized as one of India's top 40 CA’s under 40, Jain's previous role as Head of Finance at Reliance Luxury Lifestyles equipped him with valuable experience in leading financial strategies for over 30 luxury brands.

Jain's diverse background includes working with renowned brands such as Armani, Jimmy Choo, Coach, Balenciaga, Michael Kors, and Bottega Veneta, along with contributions to companies like Parle Agro, Britannia, and Bauli India Bakes. His appointment as President of Finance at Parag Milk Foods is a strategic move aimed at propelling the company to new heights of financial success.

Devendra Shah said, “We are pleased to welcome Sumit Jain to our team as President of Finance. His exceptional track record and expertise in financial management will be instrumental in guiding our company towards achieving our strategic goals. We look forward to working together with Jain to accomplish new milestones and drive continued success for Parag Milk Foods."

Jain expressed his enthusiasm for joining Parag Milk Foods said, “I am honored to be part of the journey with Parag Milk Foods and excited to contribute to its financial success. I look forward to collaborating with the talented team at Parag Milk Foods and leveraging our collective strengths to achieve our objectives." 

 

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Retail India News: Shoppers Stop Teams Up with Ace Turtle to Showcase Dockers
Retail India News: Shoppers Stop Teams Up with Ace Turtle to Showcase Dockers
 

Ace Turtle, India’s forefront technology-native retail company, collaborates with Shoppers Stop, India’s premium omnichannel fashion and beauty destination, to launch Dockers, the leading global khaki brand. This move brings Dockers’ versatile and enduring men's collection to 15 Shoppers Stop stores and shoppersstop.com, signifying a significant milestone for both retail giants.

The Dockers collection at Shoppers Stop showcases a thoughtfully curated range of clothing and accessories tailored for the contemporary Indian consumer. From chinos and shirts to sweaters and jackets, each piece reflects Dockers’ dedication to superior craftsmanship, innovative materials, and timeless design. Whether navigating city life or venturing into unexplored territories, Dockers empowers individuals to embrace their authentic selves with confidence and style.

Kavindra Mishra, Customer Care Associate, Executive Director, and CEO of Shoppers Stop Ltd said, “It has been our constant endeavor to offer premium brands to Indian consumers. In line with our journey towards premiumization, our strategic collaboration with Ace Turtle to launch Dockers signifies our commitment to curating the best brands for our customers. Dockers brings a timeless blend of quality and style that resonates with the evolving preferences of the modern Indian consumer. Dockers collection will resonate strongly with those who appreciate timeless classics with a modern twist.

Nitin Chhabra, CEO of Ace Turtle, the exclusive licensee of Dockers in India, stated, “We are delighted to partner with Shoppers Stop to reach a wider audience across the country. Shoppers Stop’s extensive reach and brand recognition, coupled with Dockers’ global appeal, creates a winning combination for success. We aim to leverage our unique technology-driven operating model and omnichannel commerce expertise to take Dockers to millions of Indian consumers through relevant online and offline channels. Our tech-enabled pan-India reach, data-driven approach, deep consumer understanding will aim to unlock new opportunities presented by the dynamic Indian fashion retailing market.

 

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Retail India News: Wipro's Yardley London Expands Shower Essentials Portfolio
Retail India News: Wipro's Yardley London Expands Shower Essentials Portfolio
 

Wipro's Yardley London has announced the introduction of its latest line of Shower Gels and Clear Gel Bars, expanding its array of shower essentials. Infused with natural floral oils, this new range promises a rejuvenating fragrance and a spa-like indulgence, offering the convenience of an at-home experience.

Designed for all skin types, the dermatologically tested and pH-balanced Shower Gels, along with the Clear Gel Bars infused with 99 percent pure glycerin, deliver a luxurious lather and a subtle floral aroma. Ideal for both the morning routine and evening relaxation, these products provide a gentle yet effective cleansing experience, free from silicones and parabens.

Manish Vyas, Senior Vice President and Business Head of Yardley India and Thailand said, "We are delighted to introduce the latest additions to the Yardley family, namely the new Yardley Shower Gels and Clear Gel Bars. As a brand that values excellence, we are committed to providing our consumers with premium solutions, and our latest range is no exception. It has been infused with natural floral oils, ensuring the bathing experience is both indulgent and refreshing. This expansion is a testament to our dedication to enhance our brand offerings and to address the evolving needs of our consumers."

The range includes delicately scented variants such as Iris and Violet, Gardenia and Waterlily, Peony and ylang-ylang, and Lily of Valley and Frangipani, all designed to moisturize and nourish the skin. Now available in retail stores across Kerala, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, and Telangana, as well as on Yardley's official website and major online platforms like Amazon and Flipkart, the Clear Gel Bar is priced at Rs 95 for 125g, while the Shower Gel costs Rs 225 for 250ml. Wipro's Yardley continues to prioritize consumer needs, offering a refreshing bathing experience through its new retail-ready shower essentials.

 

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