Godrej Consumer Products Limited Ranked No.1 Among India's Top Companies for Sustainability and CSR 2021
Godrej Consumer Products Limited Ranked No.1 Among India's Top Companies for Sustainability and CSR 2021

FMCG company Godrej Consumer Products Limited (GCPL) has been ranked number 1 among the top 100 companies in India, for sustainability and CSR initiatives in 2021. 

Also, around 80 percent of the top 100 companies incorporate SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals) into their responsible business actions, according to a survey conducted by Futurescape and published by The CSR Journal.

Also, all the top 25 companies map their business goals with SDGs. The Top 10 ranks cover a range of industries — information technology, FMCG, chemicals, life sciences, textiles, power, steel and mining. GCPL is ranked among companies like Infosys, Wipro, Tata Chemicals Limited, ITC Limited, Jubilant Life Sciences Limited, Grasim Industries Limited, VedantaLimited, and Tata Power Company Limited.

GCPL has ranked number 1 for the first time with a spending of Rs. 34.08 crore on CSR initiatives in fiscal year 2020-21. At the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic in March 2020, the company recognised the urgent need for corporate support to be extended to communities to ensure immediate relief. GCPL diverted 63 percent of its CSR budget to reach over 2.77 lakh of the most vulnerable communities in India and initiated medium and long-term support to over 9,000 nano entrepreneurs. By March 2021, over 1,000 people re-established their businesses or received entitlements.

Sudhir Sitapati, Managing Director and CEO, GCPL, said: “In fiscal year 2020-21, as the COVID-19 pandemic spread across the world, we focused our efforts to ensure immediate relief and mid-to-long-term rehabilitation support. We worked in partnership with local authorities, the national government, and our communities, to provide support to the last mile. We continued to support our existing CSR programmes and pivoted our approach to the changing context on-ground."

Another key area of focus in pandemic relief was strengthening public healthcare. GCPL donated medical equipment worth Rs 2.36 crore to the governments in Mumbai and Assam. In India, GCPL donated 21 lakh units of sanitation products in response to requests from local authorities, hospitals, and NGOs for frontline workers and communities.

"We have now partnered with local healthcare providers to raise awareness on vaccination among low-income and underserved communities. We aim to reach over 1,00,000 people in India by March 2022. Going forward, we have bolder CSR goals, and aim to drive impact for over 13 million people by 2025,” Sitapati further added. 

Under its sustainability and CSR initiative, Good & Green, GCPL has been working towards enhancing the employability of beauty professionals by providing employment to micro and nano beauty influencers, protecting people from vector-borne diseases through its EMBED programme, ensuring judicious use of natural resources, and implementing a range of environmental sustainability and community development initiatives. 

 
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Retail India News: UNIQLO Reveals UNIQLO U 2024 Spring/Summer Collection
Retail India News: UNIQLO Reveals UNIQLO U 2024 Spring/Summer Collection
 

Global apparel retailer UNIQLO is set to launch the UNIQLO U 2024 Spring/Summer collection, designed by Artistic Director Christophe Lemaire and the UNIQLO R&D team in Paris. The collection, available in India from March 8th, features a calming palette of subtle colors, creating a flexible wardrobe of technicity, protective layers, and future classics.

The UNIQLO U 2024 Spring/Summer collection emphasizes lightweight volume, generous fabrics, iconic basics, and utilitarian garments with innate elegance, offering a simplified, modern wardrobe as an antidote to the demands of everyday life. The range includes a wide array of tonal looks and combinations in sage, celadon tints, mellow purples, bright khakis, creamy whites, and sorrel browns.

The men's and women's design teams collaborated to create genderless essentials, including the Utility Hooded Coat and the Boxy Tailored Jacket, featuring boxy silhouettes and a muted color palette for easy dressing for any body type.

This season introduces the UNIQLO U Women’s SUPIMA Cotton Crew Neck T-shirt and the Men’s AIRism Cotton Crew Neck T-shirt in fresh colorways and fit. Sports Utility Wear has also been updated, offering adaptable options like AIRism UV protection T-shirts and leggings for women, and DRY-EX T-shirts, Tank Tops, and Shorts for men, suitable for various activities.

With a lineup of 19 items for women, 23 items for men, and 4 accessories, the majority of the UNIQLO U 2024 Spring/Summer collection is designed to be genderless, providing a versatile and functional wardrobe for the modern consumer.

 

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Retail India News: Pilgrim Unveils New Makeup Line to Tap into India's Beauty Market
Retail India News: Pilgrim Unveils New Makeup Line to Tap into India's Beauty Market
 

Pilgrim announced the introduction of its makeup line, a strategic move to tap into the flourishing Indian beauty and personal care market projected to hit $30 billion by 2027. With a vision to bring global beauty ingredients to Indian households, Pilgrim launches a vibrant makeup range co-created with its dedicated customer community. This venture, comprising 45+ SKUs in the makeup category, is poised to contribute significantly to Pilgrim's goal of becoming a 1000 crore ARR brand by 2025, including a target of 30 percent growth in topline within the next 12 months.

Expanding from its successful skincare line, Pilgrim's foray into makeup is a response to customer demands for a range aligning with the brand's skincare ethos. The makeup collection, crafted with the input of its community, boasts innovative skincare-infused products designed to deliver both beauty and skincare benefits. Pilgrim, with a monthly client base of 7,00,000 and gross sales of 30+ crore per month, aims to disrupt the beauty market with this strategic move.

Anurag Kedia and Gagandeep Makker, Co-Founders, Pilgrim said, "At Pilgrim, it's not merely about competing; we are at the forefront of a beauty revolution, redefining the very essence of beauty both in India and across the globe. As we carry forward the Pilgrim narrative, each makeup product has been meticulously infused with skin-nourishing world ingredients. Our commitment to sourcing world beauty ingredients and addressing consumer requirements remains unwavering and our inaugural venture into the realm of makeup is a step towards the same direction.  Doubling down on our commitment to consumer centricity, the introduction of our makeup line was an opportunity for us to intimately collaborate with our valued community. We hosted engaging jamming sessions, delving into their preferences and desires. The result is a groundbreaking makeup collection infused with the goodness of international ingredients set to disrupt the billion-dollar industry.

Pilgrim's entry into the makeup segment follows its recent achievement of securing $20 million in Series B Funding led by Vertex Ventures Southeast Asia and India, alongside existing investors Fireside Ventures and Narotam Sekhsaria Family Office. The meticulously crafted makeup line includes vibrant metallic eyeliners, everyday lipsticks, and glam shades, aimed at enhancing the overall beauty experience. With a focus on skincare, the liquid lipsticks and face care products incorporate ingredients like Spanish Squalane, Hyaluronic Acid, Australian Kakadu Plum Vitamin C, Moroccan Argan Oil, Macadamia Nut Oil, and Jojoba, setting new benchmarks for hydration and longevity.

 

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Retail India News: Centaury's Q-Gel Range All Set to Disrupt Sleep Solution Market
Retail India News: Centaury's Q-Gel Range All Set to Disrupt Sleep Solution Market
 

Centuary Mattresses has introduced the Q-Gel Mattress range, incorporating CuSense Technology to redefine the sleep experience. This innovative addition aims to meet the increasing consumer demand for cooler and more comfortable sleep, addressing the importance of quality rest.

The meticulously crafted mattress features a Viscose Fabric Cover with EuroTop Finish, providing a luxurious feel and enhanced comfort. The Q-Gel Copper Crystal Memory Foam, infused with CuSense Technology, ensures effective heat management, contributing to a restful sleep experience. Designed with Ergo-soft Transition Foam and Centrik Pro Responsive Contour Foam, the mattress offers exceptional body support and airflow regulation.

As part of the launch offer, customers can avail of a Flat 10 percent off, a Free CuSense Pillow Set, and an Anti-microbial Bed Sheet with pillow covers, subject to terms and conditions.

The Q-Gel Mattress comes in two variants – the Q-Gel Luxury and the Q-Gel Comfort. The Q-Gel Luxury, with an 8-inch thickness, promises a soft and plush feel with EuroTop finish, backed by a 7-year warranty. Crafted with CertiPUR-US certified materials, it incorporates CuSense Technology, Centrik Pro responsive cushioning, Grip+ fabric, quilted designer border with Active edge support, and Hi-Rez foam with X-Bounce Anti Sag technology. Prices for single, queen, and king sizes are Rs 24,938, 39,465, and 47,752, respectively.

The Q-Gel Comfort, a 6-inch foam mattress with a soft firmness level, tight-top finish, and a 7-year warranty, offers advantages such as Q-Gel Copper Crystals, CuSense Technology, Centrik Pro Responsive Foam, Ergo-soft Transition layer, Anti-skid Base fabric, Certi-PUR US Certification, and antimicrobial properties. It is available in single, queen, and king sizes, with price points mirroring Q-Gel Luxury.

Centuary Mattress aims to make the Q-Gel Mattress accessible to consumers across India, initially available offline and on centuaryindia.com, with plans for wider online availability. This addition to Centuary's portfolio is a strategic response to market demands, offering a cooler and more comfortable sleep experience in the mid-premium price range. With a legacy spanning over three decades, Centuary Mattress is India's fastest-growing mattress brand, recognized as the nation's Sleep Specialist, consistently innovating to provide a comprehensive range of sleep solutions.

 

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Retail India News: Godrej Professional Unveils Botosmooth Treatment for Delhi Salon Industry
Retail India News: Godrej Professional Unveils Botosmooth Treatment for Delhi Salon Industry
 

Godrej Professional has introduced its latest hair treatment, Botosmooth, accessible in popular salons across Delhi. The brand conducted a hair show attended by over 100 salonists and stylists from the region, providing insights into the revolutionary hair Botox treatment. This move not only showcases the brand's commitment to innovation but also emphasizes its dedication to enhancing the skills of salon professionals.

Botosmooth is a groundbreaking treatment that rejuvenates all hair types without the use of formaldehyde, ensuring a safer option for consumers. The treatment leaves hair exceptionally soft, frizz-free, and naturally straight-looking for up to 30-60 washes. Enriched with a blend of nourishing Nutri oils, including Argan oil, Grape seed oil, Coconut oil, Sunflower oil, and Shea Butter, Botosmooth aims to set a new standard of excellence in hair care, empowering individuals to embrace their best hair every day.

Abhinav Grandhi, General Manager, Godrej Consumer Products Ltd (GCPL), stated, “We already have an established presence in the professional hair care category and expertise in haircare and colour, this makes us enter the next category which is hair Botox treatment. Botosmooth is a superior formulation that is free from formaldehyde that gives a smooth, long lasting, and fizz-free hair. Revolutionary products like Botosmooth enhance the salon experience for clients and foster business growth opportunities for salon owners.”

He further added, “Skill-building education about latest hair treatments is crucial for getting best results in salon hair care treatment. Godrej Professional is doing this by organizing training with international hairdressers and industry experts for stylists across Delhi. This will enhance the skills of all these hair stylists.”

Shailesh Moolya, National Technical Head at Godrej Professional, and Najeeb Ur Rehman, Botosmooth and Kerasmooth Ambassador at Godrej Professional, provided insights into the new hair straightening and smoothening technique. Sylvia Chen, Technical Ambassador at Godrej Professional, showcased simple styles during the session.

Shailesh Moolya, National Technical Head, Godrej Professional said, "Gone are the days of grappling with styling tools or battling unruly locks. Enriched with Shea Butter and Nutri oils like argan oil, grape seed oil, coconut oil, sunflower oil, Botosmooth offers a transformative solution that suits all hair types. With this Formaldehyde free formula, you can bid adieu to frizzy, dry hair that needs frequent washing and say hello to frizz-free, smooth, shiny, straight hair. We recommend our Godrej Professional Keracare hair care products such as shampoo, conditioner, hair mask and oil, for home care to maintain the results.” 

Filipe Rabelo, esteemed global educator and owner of prominent salon chain in Brazil, said, “Botosmooth by Godrej Professional is the salon expert for achieving superior hair texture, offering a revolutionary treatment now available in India. This protein-based product is free from formaldehyde, ensuring a safe and delightful experience for both salon professionals and clients alike. Infused with a variety of nutrition-enhancing ingredients, it guarantees that hair remains healthy and strong while achieving a smooth, sleek finish. This product also reflects a personal collaboration I had with Godrej Professional to introduce Brazilian formulations suitable for all hair types in India."

People can avail of Godrej Professional Botosmooth treatment across leading salons in Delhi. 

 

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Retail India News: Aditya Birla Group to Disrupt Indian Decorative Paint Sector, Aims for Rs 10,000 Cr Revenue in 3-Years
Retail India News: Aditya Birla Group to Disrupt Indian Decorative Paint Sector, Aims for Rs 10,000 Cr Revenue in 3-Years
 

In a strategic move echoing the dynamism of contemporary India, Aditya Birla Group Chairman, Kumar Mangalam Birla, unveiled the ambitious entry of the conglomerate into the Rs. 80,000 crore Indian decorative paints market. This foray is marked by the launch of the new brand, "Birla Opus," with an upfront investment of Rs 10,000 crore by the group flagship company, Grasim Industries Ltd.

Kumar Mangalam Birla, Chairman, Aditya Birla Group, said, “India today is teeming with dynamism, audacity, and a penchant for disruption. This India finds a reflection in our paints venture, Birla Opus. The Aditya Birla Group’s deep insight into the building materials ecosystem, honed over the years, offers us a unique vantage point. Birla Opus, therefore, is poised to transform the paint industry with a 40 percent addition to current capacity.  No paint company globally has ever launched in one shot— factories, operations, products, and services, at the scale that we are about to undertake. Birla Opus should be seen as a scale start-up incubated by the Aditya Birla Group. It uniquely combines the agility, energy, and frugality of a start-up with the muscle, reliability, and brand strength of a storied and dynamic conglomerate.

Birla Opus products are set to debut in Punjab, Haryana, and Tamil Nadu by mid-March 2024, expanding rapidly to cover all towns with populations exceeding 1 lakh by July 2024. This swift and extensive pan-India launch aims to set a new benchmark in the paint industry.

Birla Opus is all set to redefine standards on creativity, scale, transparency, technology, and sustainability. We are confident that the benefits of the competitive advantage built on the interplay of futuristic technology and pioneering chemistry will be passed on to the consumers through lower costs and consistency of superior quality. Birla Opus promises to simplify the consumer journey making the experience of painting enjoyable and contemporary,’ stated Himanshu Kapania, Director, Aditya Birla Group. 

Birla Opus is set to offer an extensive range with 145+ products and 1200+ SKUs, covering water-based paints, enamel paints, wood finishes, waterproofing, and wallpapers. Targeting diverse consumer segments, including economy, premium, luxury, designer finishes, and institutional clients, Birla Opus aims to present the largest range of 2,300+ tintable color choices, including 216 iconic Indian colors.

Rakshit Hargave, CEO, Birla Opus said, “On the back of strong in-house R&D, and extensive field validations, Birla Opus is committing to a higher product warranty than the leading players across most of water-based products. Birla Opus is also setting a benchmark by offering first-time warranty on enamels and wood finish products. As a customer-centric organisation, Birla Opus is poised to introduce a unique and pathbreaking customer assurance program shortly. As part of the inaugural offer, consumers will get an additional 10 percent volume on water-based products and contractors will get loyalty benefits across most of our products.

With a robust network strategy, Birla Opus plans to build the second-largest network of dealers within the first year, integrating modern tinting machines and ensuring a 4-hour delivery of its extensive range to dealers in depot towns. The brand aims to engage over 300,000 painting contractors, making significant strides in customer outreach.

At the launch event, Kumar Mangalam Birla invited the extensive spectrum of 100,000+ paint dealers pan-India to participate in this industry revolution and contribute to transforming the consumer experience.

Birla Opus proudly inaugurated six strategically located, fully automated, integrated manufacturing plants during the launch event. These plants, with a total commercial capacity of 1,332 MLPA, mark a 40 percent addition to the current industry capacity. The plants, equipped with 4th generation manufacturing technology, are fully sustainable with zero liquid discharge, ensuring end-to-end traceability.

The Aditya Birla Group's entry into the paints market aligns with the government's push for infrastructure development and housing for all. As India's economy heads towards a $10 trillion milestone by 2034, the paints sector is poised to surpass the Rs 3,00,000 crore mark, presenting Birla Opus with a unique opportunity to thrive in this dynamic landscape.

 

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Retail India News: Jungle Ventures Invests $20 mn in Walko Food for Ice Cream Expansion Strategy
Retail India News: Jungle Ventures Invests $20 mn in Walko Food for Ice Cream Expansion Strategy
 

In a strategic move signaling sustained confidence in India's burgeoning ice cream market, Singapore-based venture capital firm Jungle Ventures has injected an additional $20 million in growth funding into Walko Food, the country's fastest-growing ice cream brand and leading quick-service restaurant (QSR) company. This marks Jungle's second investment in Walko within less than a year, underscoring its belief in the company's potential to emerge as a dominant force in the Indian desserts landscape.

In a market where dessert preferences are undergoing a seismic shift towards ice cream, Walko Food stands out with its diverse portfolio of brands catering to various price points. Since its last funding round in May 2023, where Jungle Ventures initially backed Walko, the company has introduced Yummo, a new ice cream brand tailored for the Indian mass retail market, tapping into a substantial $3 billion opportunity.

Known for its unwavering commitment to quality, Walko's Yummo ice creams are crafted exclusively from pure milk, offering a wide variety that surpasses all other brands in India. The capital infusion from Jungle Ventures is poised to propel Walko's expansion, enhancing operational capacity, enriching product offerings, and accelerating the penetration of Yummo into the Indian ice cream market.

Sanjiv Shah, Director, Walko Food Company said, “We are thrilled to have Jungle Ventures as our partner. This is a significant milestone for Walko. The capital raised will help to expand Walko’s operational capacity, enrich our product offerings, and diversify with the mass-market ice cream brand - Yummo. This collaboration is a testament to Jungle Ventures' confidence in Walko's management team and its vision to nurture and grow our existing brands, including NIC, Grameen Kulfi, and Cream Pot, across various sales channels. As a key player in the Indian ice cream industry, Walko remains committed to solidifying its position in the market and delivering unparalleled value to its customers and stakeholders.

Arpit Beri, Partner, India Investments at Jungle Ventures said, “Walko is tapping into a multi-billion-dollar opportunity in the Indian ice cream industry. In recent years, ice cream has captivated Indian consumers, causing a structural shift in dessert consumption patterns from traditional Indian sweets to ice cream. Walko has showcased leadership in this segment with a diverse range of brands spanning various price points. At Jungle, we have been profoundly impressed by the overwhelming consumer love for Walko products and the way the founding team is establishing a modern FMCG house of brands. Walko has followed an uncharted path in creating its brands; whether it is establishing its own pan-India distribution system or establishing a dark store network to reach the consumers directly in metros and Tier l / lll cities. The management’s sharp focus on delivering high-quality products is a testament to the Company’s vision of building a solid foundation for growth,

As a testimony to Walko's commitment to brand visibility, the company recently appointed celebrity Rashmika Mandanna as the brand ambassador for its premium ice cream brand NIC. Additionally, Walko partnered with Zepto to distribute a staggering 250,000 cups of NIC ice cream, marking one of India's largest ice cream giveaways to date.

In an era where ice cream consumption is reshaping dessert trends, Walko Food, backed by Jungle Ventures, stands at the forefront of India's evolving retail landscape, solidifying its position and delivering unparalleled value to customers and stakeholders.

 

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Jimmy Choo's The Crystal Slipper Dazzles in the Global Luxury Arena!
Jimmy Choo's The Crystal Slipper Dazzles in the Global Luxury Arena!
 

In the throes of a dazzling transformation, India's luxury market is embracing a new era, fueled by cutting-edge technology and an unwavering commitment to sustainability. Deloitte's 2023 Global Powers of Luxury Goods report reveals India's formidable impact on the global luxury industry, which soared to an impressive $347 billion in the fiscal year 2022.

Against this opulent backdrop, the iconic Jimmy Choo brand has unleashed The Crystal Slipper, a contemporary reimagining of the enchanting fairy tale shoe. This glamorous footwear masterpiece harks back to the romance of 18th-century Rococo court shoes, showcasing meticulous craftsmanship and the mesmerizing sparkle of hand-applied Swarovski crystals, creating the illusion of a radiant jewel.

Sandra Choi, the Creative Director, shares her inspiration behind The Crystal Slipper, stating, "Embodying fantasy and magic, the Crystal Slipper is an ode to the eternal allure of glamour. I was inspired by the concept of love and drawn to Swarovski’s heart-shaped crystals."

Each pair of these magical shoes is meticulously hand-finished with a breathtaking 12,938 Swarovski crystals, including the underside, giving The Crystal Slipper an ethereal appearance of light emanating from within. A hand-embroidered heart-shaped crystal cluster graces the pointed toe pump, and a unique iridescent lining complements the crystal exterior with its ultra-violet glow.

Established in 1996, Jimmy Choo stands as a global luxury brand, exuding an empowered sense of glamour and a playfully daring spirit. Renowned for confident style and exceptional craftsmanship, the brand is synonymous with the art of celebrity dressing and red-carpet elegance. CEO Hannah Colman and Creative Director Sandra Choi have seamlessly blended the brand's innovative spirit with time-honored techniques, resulting in exceptional collections spanning footwear, handbags, fragrance, accessories, and a flourishing men's line. Together, they have crafted a global powerhouse defined by glamour, optimism, and joy. Welcome to the extraordinary world of Jimmy Choo's The Crystal Slipper — a tale of luxury, love, and limitless radiance.

 

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Retail India News: Makoba Showcases Exquisite Montegrappa Gladiator Range
Retail India News: Makoba Showcases Exquisite Montegrappa Gladiator Range
 

In a distinctive venture, Makoba, the distinguished one-stop shop for all Premium Pens, introduces the Montegrappa Gladiator – an ultra-luxury, limited-edition writing instrument designed and crafted by Montegrappa in India. This exclusive pen draws inspiration from the legendary fighters of Ancient Rome, blending opulent craftsmanship with historical significance.

Handcrafted from precious metals and equipped with top-tier writing components, the Montegrappa Gladiator caters to collectors and business professionals seeking the epitome of power in a pen. As the latest addition to Montegrappa's esteemed Warriors series, following the Viking (2019) and the award-winning Samurai (2018), the Gladiator captivates with its unique design and attention to detail.

The pen's design, a culmination of nearly five years of meticulous work, showcases a detachable torso with articulated arms and a hinged visor, presenting both a man and a fighting machine. Vermeil detailing adds a touch of glamour to the gritty, burnished silver finish, featuring symbols of imperial grandeur like the Aquila Romana and SPQR motto. The pen's mechanical prowess is matched by its internal engineering, featuring the exclusive Power-Push hydraulic charging system for revolutionary one-step filling.

Beyond its functionality as a writing instrument, the Gladiator serves as an objet d'art, suitable for display in offices or studios. Each pen comes with a grandiose 32 cm model of Rome's Colosseum, complete with display plinths for each component. A replica Gladius sword accompanies the pen for opening correspondence, while a vegan leather pen roll provides transport to other arenas.

Available in editions of 105 in sterling silver and five in 18K gold, the Gladiator marks the year 105 BCE, the inception of Rome's public Gladiator Games. As a nod to the extravagance of the empire's ludi, the pen pays homage to the costly spectacles featuring thousands of fighters and beasts.

Makoba, renowned for its vast selection of Premium Pens, men's accessories, and stationery, serves as the exclusive retailer for the Montegrappa Gladiator. With over 3000 products available, Makoba stands out as the go-to destination for branded pens, fine stationery, accessories, and corporate gifts. Featuring 60+ international brands, Makoba's website, makoba.com, is the largest online pen shop in India.

Makoba extends its offerings beyond pens to include a tasteful range of designer bar accessories and desk items. Luxurious paperweights, bowls, photo frames, and wine stackers, some crafted from genuine calf leather with platinum-plated fittings, enhance Makoba's premium and luxury segments. As a purveyor of fine craftsmanship and sophistication, Makoba continues to redefine the landscape of premium lifestyle products in India.

 

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Retail India News: VLCC Appoints Vikas Gupta as MD and Group CEO to Drive Strategic Growth
Retail India News: VLCC Appoints Vikas Gupta as MD and Group CEO to Drive Strategic Growth
 

In a significant leadership move, VLCC, the renowned beauty and skincare brand, has announced the elevation of its Group CEO, Vikas Gupta, to the role of Managing Director (MD) and Group CEO, effective immediately. The decision has been warmly welcomed by the company's Board of Directors. Vikas, who took on the position of Group CEO in April 2023, now assumes a dual responsibility at the helm of VLCC.

In his expanded role, Vikas Gupta is poised to spearhead VLCC's strategic initiatives, emphasizing overall business growth through the adept use of technology and a customer-centric approach. His focus is on introducing top-notch beauty and skincare products to the diverse and dynamic retail landscape in India. Boasting decades of global experience in shaping leading consumer brands and digital platforms, Vikas Gupta has been instrumental in propelling VLCC's growth within India. Under his leadership, the company has identified and capitalized on new opportunities for expansion and development in the Indian beauty and skincare market.

 

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Retail India News: Sensodyne Expands Oral Health Portfolio, Aims to Enhance Oral Hygiene Space
Retail India News: Sensodyne Expands Oral Health Portfolio, Aims to Enhance Oral Hygiene Space
 

In the ever-evolving landscape of oral care in India, Sensodyne, a prominent brand under Haleon (previously GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Healthcare), proudly unveils its latest breakthrough – Sensodyne Complete Protection+ Mouthwash. As a renowned player in the realm of toothpaste and brushes crafted for individuals with sensitive teeth, this new addition signifies Sensodyne's commitment to bringing trusted science in a fresh and innovative format.

The oral care segment in India is witnessing rapid growth, particularly in the mouthwash category. As health consciousness surges among Indians, Sensodyne aims to enlighten individuals on the advantages of incorporating mouthwash into their daily oral care routine. Sensodyne Complete Protection+ Mouthwash is meticulously designed to complement the daily brushing routine, providing an additional layer of protection to overall oral health. Formulated without alcohol, it offers defense against tooth sensitivity and enamel wear, contributing to the maintenance of robust teeth. Infused with fluoride, it also fights against cavities, while the cool mint flavor leaves a refreshing sensation without any burning effect.

Bhawna Sikka, Category Lead - Oral Healthcare, Haleon ISC said, "Our mouth is the gateway to our overall health, and therefore, it is extremely important to prioritize Oral Health. As a brand, our endeavor is to deliver superior science products to meaningfully cater to consumer needs. With Mouthwash, we will be able to help people seeking holistic oral health solutions. We are thrilled to introduce Sensodyne Complete Protection+ Mouthwash, providing consumers protection from sensitivity, enamel wear, and cavities. This expansion offers our consumers a comprehensive Sensodyne regimen that includes toothpaste, brush, and now a mouthwash."

Sensodyne Complete Protection+ Mouthwash will be conveniently available across various retail channels, including grocery stores, pharmacies, modern trade outlets, and e-commerce platforms throughout India. The product is offered in two practical pack sizes – 100 ml at an MRP of Rs 130 and 250 ml at an MRP of Rs 230. This strategic move further solidifies Sensodyne's commitment to delivering comprehensive oral care solutions to the discerning Indian consumer.

 

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How Walmart and Flipkart Empowered 50,000 MSMEs; Plus US Giant’s $10 bn Pledge
How Walmart and Flipkart Empowered 50,000 MSMEs; Plus US Giant’s $10 bn Pledge
 

In a remarkable culmination of collaboration and innovation, Walmart recently wrapped up its inaugural India Growth Summit, a groundbreaking event that showcased the prowess of export-ready suppliers, innovators, and entrepreneurs hailing from 24 states and union territories. This summit, characterized by vibrant pitch meetings, celebrated products crafted, cultivated, or assembled in the heart of India. Notably, more than 80 percent of participating suppliers received coveted invitations to progress to the next phase, underscoring the excellence and potential inherent in their offerings.

Aligned with Walmart's steadfast commitment to sourcing $10 billion worth of goods from India annually by 2027, the summit served as a pivotal platform to bolster the Make in India initiative. The overarching goal was to expedite exports across diverse categories where India holds expertise, including but not limited to food, consumables, health and wellness, general merchandise, apparel, shoes, home textiles, and toys. This strategic initiative not only solidified Walmart's commitment to the Indian market but also actively contributed to supporting India's ambitious vision of evolving into a leading participant in global markets.

Andrea Albright, Executive VP, Sourcing, Walmart said, “At Walmart, we see tremendous opportunity in India and that was seen in the quality products, sellers and innovators we met with this week. We are excited to continue serving as partners in India’s economic growth. Investing in high growth markets like India, helps us strengthen our relationships with established suppliers while also developing new relationships to build long-term surety and diversity of global supply.  We also see huge potential in collaborating with some of India’s brightest minds around value chain solutions.

The summit facilitated a dynamic convergence of the Walmart sourcing innovation team and forward-thinking supply chain innovators based in India. This collaboration aimed to propel the development of the country's supply chain infrastructure, reinforcing its resilience and competitiveness on the global stage.

Walmart's dedication to the Indian market extends beyond this recent summit, with the company having cumulatively sourced an impressive $30 billion in products across a spectrum of categories. In a strategic partnership with Flipkart, Walmart announced a significant milestone achieved through the Walmart Vriddhi training and mentorship program. The program successfully empowered 50,000 Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs), enabling them to actively participate in both domestic and global supply chains.

At Flipkart, we have a continued commitment to support the growth, development, and prosperity of MSMEs, who backed by their entrepreneurial zeal and innovation, are the driving force of India’s economy. Enabling MSMEs and unlocking inclusive growth while creating new jobs and empowering communities, is key to achieving India’s vision of a $5 trillion economy in the next few years. Alongside Walmart and the Walmart Vriddhi program, we are proud to support the digital transformation of MSMEs to enhance their growth journey, along with the knowledge they need to scale, uncover new business opportunities, and imbibe international best practices,” said Rajneesh Kumar, Chief Corporate Affairs Officer, Flipkart Group.

This week's event follows the triumph of the 2022 summit, where Walmart strategically recruited sellers for its online marketplace, drawing interest from more than 650 Indian MSMEs. As Walmart continues to play a pivotal role in fostering growth, innovation, and economic resilience within India's business landscape, the India Growth Summit stands as a testament to the company's unwavering commitment to driving positive change and building a robust foundation for future collaborations.

 

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Retail India News: Radico Khaitan Commits to Heroic Legacy with Spirit of Victory 1999 Pure Malt
Retail India News: Radico Khaitan Commits to Heroic Legacy with Spirit of Victory 1999 Pure Malt
 

In a poignant tribute to the valiant soldiers of the 1999 Kargil War, Radico Khaitan Limited, one of India's largest liquor companies, introduces the Spirit of Victory 1999 Pure Malt Whisky. This release, part of the distinguished "Spirit of Victory" brand range, follows the success of its predecessors, the 1965 The Spirit of Victory Premium XXX Rum and the 1965 Spirit of Victory Lemon Dash. Beyond showcasing brand creation capabilities, each product in this line is meticulously crafted with a profound sense of national pride, contributing to the emerging Pure Malt whisky category.

Underlining its commitment to the welfare of the Indian Armed Forces, Radico Khaitan has pledged to contribute a portion of the revenue from every bottle sold to their welfare funds. Initially launched in Uttar Pradesh and Haryana, the Spirit of Victory 1999 Pure Malt Whisky will expand to other states, priced at Rs 5,000.

Amar Sinha, Chief Operating Officer at Radico Khaitan said, "The Spirit of Victory 1999 Pure Malt Whisky is both a tribute to our courageous soldiers and a testament to our brand creation capabilities." He emphasized the product as more than just a new chapter, calling it a heartfelt acknowledgment of the indomitable spirit that unites the nation.

The Pure Malt, also known as a blended malt, is a whisky type crafted by blending various single malts distilled twice in traditional pot stills, each contributing distinct flavor profiles. The carefully selected global single malts are blended with Indian single malt to create the exceptional Spirit of Victory 1999 Pure Malt.

The Spirit of Victory range by Radico Khaitan commemorates the victories of three significant Indo-Pak wars, including 1965, the 1999 Kargil War, and 1971. Built on the pillars of Brotherhood, Courage, Valor, and Glory, the range includes the 1965 Spirit of Victory Rum, the 1965 Spirit of Victory Lemon Dash Rum, and the latest addition, the Spirit of Victory 1999 Pure Malt. Radico Khaitan continues to showcase its commitment to honoring and supporting those defending the nation.

 

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Retail India News: HCCB Strengthens Commitment to Youth Development in Telangana
Retail India News: HCCB Strengthens Commitment to Youth Development in Telangana
 

In a strategic move to empower the youth of Telangana, Hindustan Coca-Cola Beverages (HCCB), a leading FMCG company in India, is poised to extend its renowned 'Campus to Corporate Program' in partnership with the Telangana Academy for Skill and Knowledge (TASK) and Aahan Consulting. The initiative, announced at the Government Girls Polytechnic College, aims to equip nearly 5,000 final-year diploma students from Government Polytechnic Colleges with employable skills, emphasizing the company's commitment to skill development in India.

This expansion builds upon a successful collaboration that, since its launch in 2022, has already surpassed its initial milestone, training over 15,000 students across Telangana. Aligned with the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed between HCCB and TASK last year, the program sets an ambitious goal to upskill an additional 10,000 college students by the 2023-24 academic year.

The 'Campus to Corporate' initiative focuses on making college students industry-ready by offering comprehensive training sessions. TASK, in collaboration with HCCB, orchestrates physical classroom sessions, while HCCB takes charge of content development, trainer identification, Train the Trainers program (TTT), and both virtual and physical classroom sessions.

The training curriculum encompasses soft skills, resume building, and interview preparation, aiming to bridge the gap between academia and the industry. Sri C. Srinath, Regional Joint Director, Department of Technical Education, Telangana, emphasized the significance of such initiatives in facilitating a smooth transition for students into professional roles.

Himanshu Priyadarshi, Chief Public Affairs, Communications, and Sustainability Officer at HCCB stated, “HCCB remains deeply committed towards the growth and prosperity of Telangana. Through our 'Campus to Corporate Program,' we aim to harness the dynamic nature of today's job market and equip the young professionals with adequate skills to make them employable. We are firm in our dedication to empowering the state's youth, driving positive community change, and fostering economic development. We are excited about the future and our role in supporting the vibrant economy of Telangana.

This announcement follows closely on the heels of HCCB's meeting with the Hon'ble Chief Minister of Telangana, Sri A. Revanth Reddy, shedding light on the company's Rs 3,000 crore expansion plans in the state, including the upcoming greenfield project at Bandatimmapur in Siddipet district. The 'Campus to Corporate Program' is part of HCCB's comprehensive engagement with the Government of Telangana, encompassing various projects focused on skill development, water stewardship, and waste management. As HCCB strengthens its ties with Telangana, the 'Campus to Corporate Program' emerges as a crucial pillar in the broader strategy of driving positive socio-economic change in the region.

 

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From Aisles to Algorithms: Bombay Gourmet Market's Online Overhaul with Yango Tech!
From Aisles to Algorithms: Bombay Gourmet Market's Online Overhaul with Yango Tech!
 

Bombay Gourmet Market recently announced a strategic collaboration with Yango Tech, a global technology leader celebrated for its forward-thinking solutions, to revolutionize modern retail in India, to elevate and enrich the online shopping experience for their clientele.

Central to this impactful partnership is the introduction of Yango Tech's White-Label Store App, a technological marvel engineered to refine and enhance the online grocery shopping journey. At the core of this advanced application lies sophisticated machine learning capabilities, meticulously tailored to offer personalized recommendations, thereby ensuring a seamless and efficient user experience.

Distinguishing the collaboration is the implementation of a unique custom design solution within the White-Label Store App. This bespoke interface serves as a visual testament to the distinctive brand identity of Bombay Gourmet Market, meticulously showcasing its diverse product offerings in an aesthetically pleasing manner.

In line with the brand’s commitment to customer satisfaction, the White-Label Store App will introduce live order tracking, affording customers the ability to monitor their purchases in real-time. The application will also incorporate dynamic pricing based on real-time demand, guaranteeing the patrons consistently competitive prices. Furthermore, the app will facilitate flexible payment options, encompassing credit cards, debit cards, and e-wallets for added convenience.

A notable advantage of this collaboration lies in the White-Label Store App's status as a ready-made solution, obviating the need for additional development time. This expeditious implementation ensures a swift and seamless transition for Bombay Gourmet Market into the realm of advanced online grocery services. 

"We are excited to partner with Yango Tech to bring our gourmet grocery selection and exceptional service to a wider audience online," said Akshay Kumar, Founder-Director, Bombay Gourmet Market. "Yango Tech's White-Label Store App is the perfect solution for us, as it allows us to quickly and easily launch our online store and provide our customers with a convenient and seamless shopping experience."

Max Avtukhov, CEO, Yango Tech, expressed his enthusiasm, stating, "We are thrilled to be working with Bombay Gourmet Market to help them expand their reach and provide their customers with a world-class online grocery experience. Our White-Label Store App is designed to give retailers like Bombay Gourmet Market the tools they need to succeed in the competitive online grocery market."

Together, Yango Tech and Bombay Gourmet Market are committed to transforming the way people shop for groceries in India, offering a revolutionary online grocery experience that combines technological innovation with the richness of gourmet selections.

 

 

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Retail India News: Nothing Before Coffee (NBC) Celebrates 50th Store Opening, Eyes Nationwide Expansion
Retail India News: Nothing Before Coffee (NBC) Celebrates 50th Store Opening, Eyes Nationwide Expansion
 

In a remarkable achievement, Nothing Before Coffee (NBC), a leading Quick Service Restaurant (QSR) brand, unveils its 50th store in the vibrant cityscape of Malviya Nagar, New Delhi. The inauguration heralds a new era of accessible, high-quality coffee experiences for patrons across diverse regions.

Founded in 2017 by Akshay Kedia, Anand Jain, Ankesh Jain, and Shubham Bhandari, NBC has swiftly garnered a loyal following by prioritizing premium coffee offerings and fostering inviting environments. The brand's relentless pursuit of excellence has established its presence across 10 states and 26 cities, captivating coffee enthusiasts nationwide.

With the addition of 25 outlets in the fiscal year 2023-24 alone, NBC boasts the highest-ever store expansion rate, indicating a robust growth trajectory. The brand's expansion endeavors are further fortified by a strategic collaboration with Building Brands for Tomorrow (BBFT), a renowned leader in restaurant franchising and startup consultancy.

"Our 50th store opening symbolizes our unwavering dedication to crafting unparalleled coffee experiences," remarks Akshay Kedia, Founder & CMO of Nothing Before Coffee. "We aspire to become synonymous with exceptional coffee and beverage cafes, catering to diverse communities across India's Tier 1 & Tier 2 cities and beyond."

Rohit Singh, Founder of Building Brands for Tomorrow (BBFT), echoes Kedia's sentiments, emphasizing the burgeoning demand for affordable yet premium coffee offerings nationwide. "NBC's evolution from inception to prominence is truly inspiring. Our collaboration aims to amplify the brand's reach and impact, enriching coffee culture throughout India."

Spanning 550-600 sq. ft., the Malviya Nagar store offers a welcoming ambiance for patrons to unwind, work, or socialize while indulging in a diverse menu of over 100 meticulously crafted beverages. Notable highlights include the signature 'Shrappe,' a fusion of frappe and shake, showcasing NBC's commitment to innovation and quality.

With a steadfast commitment to vegetarian options, competitive pricing, and unparalleled customer service, Nothing Before Coffee continues to redefine the QSR landscape, promising an unparalleled coffee experience with every visit.

As NBC embarks on its ambitious expansion journey, the brand remains poised to leave an indelible mark on India's coffee culture, uniting communities one cup at a time.

 

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Saffola Honey's Unique Proposition to Celebrate Sundarbans Day
Saffola Honey's Unique Proposition to Celebrate Sundarbans Day
 

Marico Limited’s Saffola Honey, one of India's leading honey brands, is all set to introduce a packaging refresh for its Saffola Honey Active on the occasion of Sundarbans Day, February 14. Alongside this exciting pack refresh, the brand has also unveiled an immersive CGI video as part of its campaign.

Launched in 2020, Saffola Honey has long been a trusted name in Indian households, recognized for its commitment to purity. Saffola Honey which embodies the brand's promise of natural and unadulterated honey sourced from forests and pristine regions including Sundarbans. With the refreshed packaging, consumers can now experience the essence of the new pack in a visually appealing and attractive format.

Speaking about this initiative, Vaibhav Bhanchawat, Chief Operating Officer, India & Foods Business, Marico Ltd said, "We're excited to introduce the refreshed packaging for Saffola Honey Active, now presenting a captivating new look that reflects the purity and natural essence of our honey which includes honey from Sunderbans Forest.”

Bhanchawat further said, “To celebrate this refresh, we have unveiled a CGI video that brings the packaging redesign to life, showcasing the journey of Saffola Honey Active from the Sundarbans to your table. It's a delightful visual treat that complements the packaging refresh and reinforces our commitment to delivering an exceptional honey experience."

Saffola Honey, made with Sundarbans Forest honey, stands out for its purity. As consumers witness the new packaging, they can be confident in experiencing the same great taste and quality. This campaign reflects Saffola’s ongoing commitment to delivering pure honey experience, straight from nature's lap.

The newly redesigned packaging for Saffola Honey Active will be rolled out across various markets, including Hyderabad, Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai, Delhi, and Bangalore. Additionally, it will be accessible through various e-commerce platforms.

 

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Retail India News: Allied Blenders and Distillers Limited Appoints Jayathirtha Mukund as Head - Investor Relations and Chief Risk Officer
Retail India News: Allied Blenders and Distillers Limited Appoints Jayathirtha Mukund as Head - Investor Relations and Chief Risk Officer
 

Allied Blenders and Distillers Limited (“ABD”) has announced the appointment of Jayathirtha Mukund as Head - Investor Relations and Chief Risk Officer, as the company gears up for its initial public offering (IPO).

"Mukund will be responsible for investor management and relations, risk management practices, and environmental, social and governance reporting. His experience will also be instrumental in enhancing ABD's risk strategies and enabling best practices in compliance," the company stated.

Mukund brings a wealth of experience from his tenure at esteemed organizations such as Raymond Limited, Reliance Communications Ltd., and Vodafone Essar Ltd. His appointment underscores ABD's commitment to fortifying its investor relations and risk management practices.

"We're focused on being 'future-ready' and we welcome Mukund on board," commented Alok Gupta, Managing Director, ABD.

ABD, recognized as the largest Indian-owned Indian-made foreign liquor (“IMFL”) company and the third largest IMFL company in India, anticipates leveraging Mr. Mukund's expertise to strengthen its market position and drive sustainable growth.

With brands like Officer’s Choice, Sterling Reserve, ICONIQ White Whiskies, and Kyron Premium Brandy under its portfolio, ABD aims to consolidate its position in the market and capitalize on emerging opportunities. Mr. Mukund's appointment marks a strategic move towards achieving these goals as ABD continues to expand its footprint in the industry.

 

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Demand for Premium Labels and Wine Tourism Boosts Profit of Sula Vineyards
Demand for Premium Labels and Wine Tourism Boosts Profit of Sula Vineyards
 

Sula Vineyards, India's leading wine producer, has reported a robust profit surge of over 9 percent in the third quarter, citing heightened demand for its premium labels and burgeoning wine tourism endeavors.

According to the Mumbai-based company, its consolidated net profit soared to 429.8 million rupees ($5.2 million) from 392.8 million rupees in the corresponding period last year.

The wine division, featuring esteemed brands like Dindori and Rasa, experienced a nearly 4 percent uptick in revenue for the quarter, representing the largest share of Sula's total revenue at 89 percent. 

Meanwhile, the wine tourism segment, though smaller, witnessed a notable 16 percent revenue increase, as more visitors flocked to Sula's vineyards in Nashik and Bengaluru, particularly over the Christmas weekend.

Overall, the company posted a 4 percent uptick in total revenue, reaching 2.18 billion rupees.

Sula's Earnings Before Interest, Taxes, Depreciation, and Amortization (EBITDA) margins expanded to 33.7 percent, up from 31 percent year-over-year.

Moreover, Sula has declared an interim dividend of 4 rupees per share for the fiscal year 2024.

The company's shares, which surged more than 7 percent in the December quarter, concluded trading with a nearly 5 percent gain ahead of the results announcement.

 

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Retail India News: Smartsters Teams Up with Hamleys and Crosswords to Expand Presence in India with 10+ New Stores
Retail India News: Smartsters Teams Up with Hamleys and Crosswords to Expand Presence in India with 10+ New Stores
 

In a groundbreaking collaboration aimed at transforming the landscape of children's furniture in India, Smartsters, the renowned kids' furniture brand, is set to unveil over 10 new stores across the country in partnership with retail giants Hamleys and Crosswords.

"This expansion reflects our commitment to making Smartsters an integral part of homes across India," says Ashni Biyani, the visionary force behind Smartsters. "Our journey is guided by the belief that every child deserves a space that sparks creativity and comfort."

The expansion initiative will see the launch of Smartsters Shop-in-Shop locations in major cities like Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Goa, Pune, Ahmedabad, and Noida, as part of the collaboration with Crossword and Hamleys. This strategic move aims to enhance accessibility and introduce Smartsters to a wider audience of parents and children, fostering a love for quality and style in kids' furniture.

The first Shop-in-Shop concept at Crossword's flagship store was met with resounding success, followed by expansions into Hamleys outlets. Moreover, a dedicated standalone store awaits in Ahmedabad's Palladium, promising a magical space filled with Smartsters' signature charm.

With three existing stores already catering to families nationwide and ambitious expansion plans in the works, Smartsters remains steadfast in its commitment to providing functional yet stylish kids' furniture. This move not only underscores Smartsters' dedication to nationwide accessibility but also solidifies its position as a leader in the evolving children's furniture market.

 

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India and Brazil drive Coca Cola’s beverage volume growth
India and Brazil drive Coca Cola’s beverage volume growth
 

Soft drink giant Coca-Cola Company announced on Tuesday that its beverage volume growth in 2023 within developing and emerging markets was spearheaded by India and Brazil. According to the company's latest financial report, net revenue for the December quarter surged by 7 percent to reach USD 10.8 billion, with organic revenues (non-GAAP) experiencing a robust growth of 12 percent. For the entirety of 2023, net revenues expanded by 6 percent to USD 45.8 billion.

In 2023, Coca-Cola witnessed a 2 percent increase in unit case volume, with developed markets growing by 1 percent, fueled notably by growth in Mexico and Germany. James Quincey, Chairman and CEO of the Coca-Cola Company, highlighted India's substantial growth during the earnings call, describing it as "robust" for the year.

The company's statement emphasized that developing and emerging markets experienced a 2 percent growth, with India and Brazil driving the momentum, although this was partially offset by the suspension of business in Russia in 2022. Unit case volumes for Coca-Cola saw a 2 percent increase during the December quarter.

During the same period, developing and emerging markets witnessed a 4 percent growth, primarily fueled by Brazil and India. The term "unit case volume" refers to the number of units of beverages directly or indirectly sold by the company and its bottling partners.

India stands as the fifth largest market for The Coca-Cola Company and played a significant role in driving overall growth in the Asia Pacific region and emerging markets, the company reported.

Coca-Cola noted that in the Asia Pacific region, unit case volume for the December quarter grew by 2 percent, driven primarily by growth in juice, value-added dairy, plant-based beverages, and sparkling flavors, with India and China leading the charge.

Despite gains in value share in total non-alcoholic ready-to-drink beverages, Coca-Cola observed a decline in unit case volume from its bottling investments in India during the December quarter, as the company continues to divest its business.

Coca-Cola's bottling investments group reported a 1 percent decline in unit case volume for the quarter, with growth in India and the Philippines being outweighed by the impact of refranchising bottling operations.

Last month, Coca-Cola's Indian bottling arm, Hindustan Coca-Cola Beverages (HCCB), handed over bottling operations in Rajasthan, Bihar, the Northeast, and parts of West Bengal to its existing partners in those regions.

Looking ahead to 2024, Coca-Cola expressed optimism, anticipating organic revenue growth of 6-7 percent. Quincey stated, "As we begin a new year, we are confident that our all-weather strategy, powerful portfolio, and harmonized system will continue to create value for our stakeholders in 2024 and for the long term."

 

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How ABFRL is Taking Jaypore to US with Ingenuity
How ABFRL is Taking Jaypore to US with Ingenuity
 

Aditya Birla Fashion and Retail Ltd is set to make waves in the United States with the launch of its renowned brand, Jaypore. This foray into the US market is made possible through a strategic partnership with Ingenuity, a leader in providing technology and marketing expertise.

Jaypore, celebrated for its artisanal lifestyle offerings, curates handwoven and handcrafted apparel, jewelry, home textiles, and accents inspired by craft forms from across India. This move signifies ABFRL's global ambitions, with a particular focus on expanding its direct-to-consumer (DTC) presence on an international scale.

Ashish Dikshit, Managing Director, Aditya Birla Fashion and Retail Ltd., said, “While Indian markets offer huge opportunity for consumer brands, it’s also an era for Indian brands to delight customers overseas. These are not just customers of Indian diaspora but also natives of those markets. Jaypore has a distinct appeal amongst customers who are looking for intricate designs, artisanal crafts, fine work and great quality products from India. We are glad to introduce Jaypore to the US market, in partnership with Ingenuity, paving the way for us to explore the global market through the digital route. We are excited about this move and hope to cater to many more customers of Jaypore around the globe.”

Vivek Ganotra, CEO, Ingenuity, said, “We are delighted to be working with ABFRL to introduce their Jaypore brand to the US market, which will be their first expansion into the country. Our dedication lies in providing streamlined commerce solutions for enterprise brands seeking internal expansion and we are thrilled to partner with one of India’s foremost fashion companies in facilitating their debut in the U.S. market. We are excited to contribute to the extension of the success they have already achieved in their home market of India.”

Ingenuity will play a key role in implementing comprehensive new market entry strategies tailored for the US audience. The focus includes customer acquisition and retention through a blend of influencers, paid media, and affiliates.

As Jaypore prepares to leave its mark on the US market, this strategic partnership symbolizes a new chapter in the global journey of India's leading fashion conglomerate.

ABFRL, a part of The Aditya Birla Group, stands as India's first billion-dollar pure-play fashion powerhouse. With revenue reaching Rs 12,418 Cr. and a retail space of 10.8 million sq ft (as of March 31, 2023), ABFRL is home to leading fashion brands and retail formats. Boasting a network of 3,977 stores, the company has established iconic brands like Louis Philippe, Van Heusen, Allen Solly, Peter England, and Pantaloons.

The international brands portfolio includes The Collective, with exclusive partnerships with brands such as Ralph Lauren, Hackett London, Ted Baker, Forever 21, and more. ABFRL has also ventured into the branded ethnic wear business with brands like Jaypore, Tasva, and Marigold Lane, showcasing its commitment to diversity and unique offerings.

As part of its technology-led venture, the House of D2C Brands, ABFRL's TMRW is building a portfolio of digital-first brands in partnership with emerging E-commerce market founders. Focused on fashion and lifestyle, TMRW aims to tap into the significant growth potential in India and globally, catering to the evolving needs of digitally native consumers.

 

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Hershey India takes AI Route to Woo Consumers This Valentine’s Day
Hershey India takes AI Route to Woo Consumers This Valentine’s Day
 

Hershey India Pvt. Ltd., a subsidiary of The Hershey Company, one of the leading global snacking and confectionery company has launched an innovative way to extend the brand’s distinctive proposition of expressing affection between loved ones by creating special moments by using Artificial Intelligence (AI).

The third edition of its flagship campaign, #YourForevers this Valentine’s Day with an AI powered element of personalization enabled by AI technology. The AI-powered campaign invites consumers to express feelings to their Forevers through an innovative and interactive experience which helps them create personalized dedications on the microsite (https://yourforevers.hersheyland.in/). Users can create and dedicate their proclamations by providing a few prompts, which will be transformed into a personalised ‘Snap Song’. The ‘Snap Song’ will have a custom photo and lyrics created and sung using generative AI technology.

The output will then be shared with users, allowing them to share the heartfelt creation with their Forevers. The brand has additionally partnered with leading storytelling platform Terribly Tiny Tales to showcase the dynamics of modern relationships through their highly acclaimed web show, ‘Butterflies’. The webisodes present a beautiful representation of love in myriad expressions, from the profound relationship between lovers to the cherished bond among friends. These heartwarming webisodes feature Ritwik Bhowmik and Reem Shaikh as the endearing couple who is about to tie the knot, celebrated TV Actor Asha Negi and Namita Dubey as friends who are trying to rekindle the magic of their past and Influencer Ashnoor Kaur, Harsh Gandhi and Arjun Deswal as best buddies on the verge of stepping into adulthood.

Commenting on the campaign, Ankit Desai, Marketing Director, Hershey India said, “Valentine’s Day is one of the most widely celebrated occasions, and in recent years, we have seen chocolates gaining prominence as a delicious enabler to expressing love during this special day. It’s a day dedicated to celebrating love, and through Hershey’s delectable range of chocolates, we want to empower our consumers to convey their feelings across relationships be it their parents, spouse or friends.”

“This Valentine’s Day, we have adopted an integrated 360-degree approach, encompassing new product launches, media on our lead brand HERSHEY’S KISSES and a new campaign on HERSHEY’S EXOTIC DARK, along with in-store activations. Additionally, we are amplifying the campaign on digital through our association with Terribly Tiny Tales, coupled with a first-of-its kind AI enabled ‘Snap Song’, which is a personalized song crafted using generative AI technology, tailored just for our consumers. With these initiatives, we aim to deliver a strong performance this Valentine’s.”

Hershey India’s celebration of myriad relationships mirrors the vast assortment of chocolates the brand offers, such as HERSHEY’S KISSES, HERSHEY’S EXOTIC DARK and HERSHEY’S BARS. In a move to make this Valentine’s Day even sweeter for consumers, Hershey India has launched a comprehensive 360-degree approach, unveiling a tantalizing array of new products including HERSHEY’S KISSES CASHEWS, HERSHEY’S EXOTIC DARK TURKISH HAZELNUTS - MOCHA AND CARAMEL FLAVOR and HERSHEY’S BAR -DARK ‘N’ RICH COFFEE FLAVOR.

 

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Retail India News: Minimalist Expands Horizons, Unveils Skin Solutions in Singapore, Vietnam, and Australia
Retail India News: Minimalist Expands Horizons, Unveils Skin Solutions in Singapore, Vietnam, and Australia
 

In a bold stride towards international expansion, Minimalist, India's renowned science-backed skincare brand, announces its venture into three new markets: Singapore, Vietnam, and Australia. This leap underscores the brand's dedication to making its proven and transparent skincare solutions accessible to a broader global audience.

Targeting millennials and Gen Z individuals in search of effective yet gentle skincare regimens, Minimalist has identified a thriving demand in Singapore, Vietnam, and Australia for clinically tested, transparent, and efficient skincare products. This aligns seamlessly with the brand's ethos. Departing from conventional advertising tactics, Minimalist focuses on educating consumers about various skin concerns and their remedies. Leveraging platforms like TikTok Shops in key markets, the brand delivers informative content directly to users. Embracing an online-first approach, Minimalist initially targets direct-to-consumer (D2C) channels and marketplaces, later expanding through strategic retail partnerships as demand escalates.

Mr. Mohit Yadav, Co-founder of Minimalist, expresses his excitement, stating, "Expanding our clinically proven skincare to these vibrant markets fills us with immense thrill! We've observed a clear demand for dependable skincare solutions among millennials and Gen Z in these regions, and we're confident that our values and approach deeply resonate with them."

Expanding beyond platforms like Shopee and Tokopedia in Singapore, Lazada and TikTok Shop in Vietnam, and Amazon in Australia, Minimalist is also making waves in the UK's Beauty Bay and TikTok Shop, and Saudi Arabia's Noon. A major Malaysian retail chain is set to join the fray in Southeast Asia, with plans for the debut of its haircare range following the success of its skincare line. Looking ahead, Minimalist eyes European expansion and consolidating its presence in key regions such as the UK, USA, GCC, and Southeast Asia, driven by its commitment to transparency, education, and clinically tested formulations.

At the heart of Minimalist's endeavors lies a mission to cultivate brand awareness among global audiences and establish itself as a leading player in the skincare arena. The expansion blueprint also entails fortifying its presence in existing markets like the UK, USA, GCC, and Southeast Asia through additional channels and geographical outreach.

As Minimalist transcends geographical boundaries, one thing remains constant - its unwavering dedication to empowering individuals with dependable, science-backed skincare solutions. This strategic global expansion lays the foundation for a united community driven by the pursuit of healthy, glowing skin, underpinned by transparency, education, and a keen understanding of the needs of millennial and Gen Z consumers. With ambitious plans and an unyielding focus on quality, Minimalist is poised to carve a prominent niche in the global skincare landscape, leaving an indelible mark on faces and hearts worldwide.

 

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India Sells Record 3.93 Lakh Cars in January: FADA
India Sells Record 3.93 Lakh Cars in January: FADA
 

In January 2024, India's automotive retail sector experienced significant expansion, with notable increases across all vehicle categories, as reported by the Federation of Automobile Dealers Associations (FADA) on February 13.

According to FADA data, the overall market activity surged by 15 percent, with two-wheelers leading the way with a 15 percent increase. Three-wheelers followed closely behind, boasting an impressive 37 percent growth rate, while passenger vehicles saw a 13 percent rise. Tractors (Trac) experienced a substantial 21 percent uptick, and commercial vehicles showed a modest 0.1 percent increase.

FADA attributed the steady demand for two-wheelers to continued strength in the rural market, bolstered by favorable crop production forecasts and ongoing government support for rural economies.

The report highlighted various factors contributing to increased demand, including improved vehicle availability following adjustments post-OBD 2 norm implementation, the introduction of new models, and a shift towards premium options. Despite supply shortages, heightened interest in electric vehicles suggests evolving consumer preferences within the segment.

Meanwhile, the passenger vehicle segment achieved a new all-time high in January, retailing 393,250 vehicles, marking a 13 percent year-on-year growth and surpassing the previous record set in November 2023. However, concerns persist regarding high inventory levels, which remain in the 50-55-day range, posing challenges for auto dealers.

FADA noted a mixed landscape in the three-wheeler sector, with growth and optimism in the commercial market tempered by intensified competition from electric models, which now represent 55 percent of the market.

Looking ahead to February, FADA anticipates continued consumer spending momentum driven by the ongoing marriage season and expected income from agricultural sales. Additionally, the implementation of post-Union Budget policies is expected to fuel growth in the commercial vehicle sector, particularly within infrastructure-related industries.

 

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Retail Inflation Eases to a Three Month Low of 5.1 pc
Retail Inflation Eases to a Three Month Low of 5.1 pc
 

India’s retail inflation slowed to 5.1 percent in January this year from 5.69 percent in December 2023, bringing some relief to household budgets, according to official data released by the Ministry of Statistics & Programme Implementation. A Reuters poll of 44 economists had forecast a three-month low of 5.09 percent.

Informing the Parliament of the measures taken to keep inflation stable, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, while presenting Interim Budget 2024-25 in the Lok Sabha said, “Retail inflation is stable and has come down within the tolerance band as a result of the steps taken by the government to check price rise, especially in perishable commodities.”

Inflation rate in rural and urban areas stood at 5.34 percent and 4.92 percent, down from 5.93 percent and 5.46 percent seen in the same month a year ago.

Food inflation, which accounts for close to half of the overall consumer price index (CPI), fell to 8.3 percent in January from 9.05 percent in December. However, the prices of vegetables, pulses, and spices registered a double-digit growth during the month, though there was some consolation as cooking oil prices continued to decline during the month.

The data show that vegetable prices shot up by as much as 27.03 percent, which was lower than the 31.34 percent during December. There was no relief as far as pulses are concerned as they turned costlier by 19.54 percent, while spices were dearer by 16.36 percent. The prices of cereals went up by 7.83 percent in January as against 9.53 percent in December.

"Food price inflation continued to impart considerable volatility to the inflation trajectory," RBI Governor Shaktikanta Das had said while announcing the policy decisions. "In contrast, the deflation in CPI fuel deepened and core inflation (CPI inflation excluding food and fuel) moderated to a four-year low of 3.8 percent in December."

Geopolitical events and their influence on supply chains, along with the volatility in international financial markets and commodity prices, are 'key sources' of upward risks to inflation, the RBI had said. The collective impact of policy repo rate increases is still making its way through the economy, it added.

The consumer price inflation is now above the 4 percent midpoint of the RBI’s 2-6 percent target range and is the main reason why the RBI is not going for a cut in interest rates to spur economic growth. The Central bank is keen to keep inflation under control to ensure stability and has held the repo rate steady at 6.5 percent for six consecutive times in-a-row in its bi-monthly monetary policy reviews.

 

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Strategic Adjustments Drive Growth for Tribhovandas Bhimji Zaveri in Q3
Strategic Adjustments Drive Growth for Tribhovandas Bhimji Zaveri in Q3
 

Tribhovandas Bhimji Zaveri Limited ("TBZ Ltd."), a renowned and trusted jewelry retailer in India with a legacy of over 159 years, announced its audited financial results for the third quarter of fiscal year 2023-24 (Q3 FY24) and the nine-month period of the year (9M FY24). Demonstrating resilience, the Company reaffirms its commitment to delivering unparalleled craftsmanship and value in the Indian jewelry landscape.

In Q3 FY24 and 9M FY24, despite facing revenue challenges, the jewelry brand maintained resilience by navigating through a period of fluctuating gold prices. The company made strategic adjustments, including optimizing the supply chain for greater efficiency and carefully managing sales to prioritize profitability. Notably, TBZ witnessed a positive shift in the Gold/Diamond Ratio, with a 3-4% growth in Diamond compared to Gold for Q3 FY24 and 9M FY24. This improvement reflects the company's efforts to adapt to evolving market demands while maintaining profitability.

Shrikant Zaveri, Chairman and Managing Director of TBZ, stated, "Our performance in the first nine months of FY24 highlights our commitment to steady growth and improved profitability despite market challenges. With our expanding footprint and enhanced operational metrics, TBZ Ltd. has earned the trust of a multi-generational clientele."

He further said, "We remain dedicated to delivering high-value growth without compromising on quality and renowned designs. Lastly, I invite everyone to visit our new store in Vapi, Gujarat, as we continue to expand nationally."

Mukesh Sharma, CFO of TBZ, reiterated the company's dedication to operational excellence, stating, "We are actively working on optimizing our supply chain and improving operational efficiencies to navigate through dynamic market conditions. Our focus on profitability and strategic management of sales channels has yielded positive results, reflected in our improving gross margins and profitability metrics. As we head into the end of the financial year, we remain focused on expanding our presence through new stores and the franchisee model, and building a journey of sustained growth, grounded on business fundamentals." He added.

 

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Garden Vareli 2.0: TCG's Rs 1,250 Cr Spectacular Game-Changer in India’s Textile Retail Space
Garden Vareli 2.0: TCG's Rs 1,250 Cr Spectacular Game-Changer in India’s Textile Retail Space
 

In the heart of Surat, Gujarat, a textile revolution is underway, led by The Chatterjee Group (TCG) and its visionary Chairman, Dr. Purnendu Chatterjee. The Rs 1,250 crore Fully Drawn Yarn (FDY) expansion project at Garden Silk Mills Private Limited (GSMPL) stands as a testament to TCG's commitment to reshaping the landscape of the textile sector. At the epicenter of this transformation is the iconic Garden Vareli brand, poised for a spectacular revival.

GSMPL, under the strategic guidance of TCG, has recently commissioned a state-of-the-art FDY plant at Jolwa with a capacity of 272 tons per day. The Oerlikon Barmag Wings+ machines employed in the facility are set to redefine textile manufacturing, producing 'best in class' FDY for various applications, from knitting to sizing.

D.P. Patra, Whole Time Director and CEO of MPCI, expressed the commitment to realizing Dr. Chatterjee's textile vision, emphasizing their dedication to attaining exponential growth in the PTA-Polyester Downstream segment. “We at MCPI and GSMPL are committed to realize the strong textile vision of Dr. Purnendu Chatterjee, Chairman, TCG.” – D.P.Patra, Whole Time Director and CEO, MCPI.

The investments in the new FDY yarn facilities, coupled with a 220 KVA electricity connection and a focus on renewable power sources, underscore TCG's dedication to sustainable and innovative business practices.

The Garden Vareli Resurgence 

Garden Vareli, a legacy brand established in 1979, once held a prominent position in India's fabric and fashion industry. Despite facing challenges in recent years, the brand's enduring recall value and equity have prompted TCG to actively work towards its revival. Driven by a desire to restore the brand's former glory, TCG is making significant strides in strengthening the consumer-facing side of the business.

GSMPL, a producer of polyester chips, yarn (POY, FDY, and others), griege, and finished fabric, stands as the backbone of this revival. Through forward integration in the PTA chain and a steady supply of high-quality PTA from MPCI, GSMPL is repositioning itself in the polyester business. The FDY plant, a key component of this strategy, symbolizes not just an expansion but a technological revolution in the textile industry.

TCG's Vision Beyond Textiles

Dr. Chatterjee's vision and leadership extend beyond the textile sector. With a diversified portfolio, TCG has made an indelible mark on the global business landscape. The conglomerate's investments of $8 billion globally span sectors such as Petrochemicals, Life Sciences, Information Technology, Real Estate, Fin-tech, and more. TCG's continuous efforts to cultivate knowledge are embodied in the establishment of the Centre for Research and Education in Science and Technology (CREST), a world-leading research institute dedicated to knowledge creation, application, and dissemination across various fields.

 

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Retail India News: Wooden Street Hits Landmark 97th Store with Pune Opening, Aims for 300 Nationwide
Retail India News: Wooden Street Hits Landmark 97th Store with Pune Opening, Aims for 300 Nationwide
 

In a bid to fortify its presence in the Indian furniture market, Wooden Street, a renowned furniture brand, has inaugurated its seventh physical outlet in the sprawling expanse of Creaticity Mall, Pune. Spanning over 5000 sq. ft., this latest addition not only signifies a major milestone in the brand's expansion strategy but also marks its impressive 97th store across the country.

The move underscores Wooden Street's commitment to meeting the escalating demand for premium furniture offerings in Pune while providing an enhanced shopping experience for residents. With an extensive array of furniture options ranging from sofas and dining sets to beds and wardrobes, coupled with exquisite home decor items, the new store aims to cater to diverse customer preferences.

Lokendra Ranawat, CEO of Wooden Street, expressed enthusiasm about the brand's latest venture, stating, "Wooden Street is poised for expansive growth, and we're delighted to unveil another brick-and-mortar store in Pune. This vibrant city, known for its cultural richness and rapid urbanization, presents a ripe opportunity for us to connect with discerning customers who appreciate both style and craftsmanship."

Wooden Street has set ambitious targets for its expansion, with plans to open 300 stores nationwide within the next 36 months. Additionally, the company intends to introduce an array of exclusive products at the Pune outlet, including designer and space-saving furniture lines, along with a unique collection of home furnishings under the banner of Earthy Threads.

The new store not only serves as a platform for customers to interact with Wooden Street's offerings but also serves as a catalyst for job creation within the local community. This strategic expansion not only enhances customer accessibility but also underscores Wooden Street's commitment to fostering economic growth at the grassroots level.

 

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Retail India News: Page Industries Limited Showcases Fiscal Resilience Amid Retail Sector Challenges
Retail India News: Page Industries Limited Showcases Fiscal Resilience Amid Retail Sector Challenges
 

In a challenging landscape marked by shifting consumer spending patterns, Page Industries Limited, India's leading apparel manufacturer, has revealed its financial performance for the third quarter and nine months ending December 31, 2023. As the retail sector grapples with mixed demand trends, Page Industries has demonstrated resilience, showcasing a strategic commitment to sustainable sales practices and meticulous inventory management.

For Q3 FY 24, Page Industries reported a 4.6 percent YoY growth in sales volumes, totaling 55.2 million pieces. The revenue reached Rs 12,288 million, marking a 2.4 percent YoY increase. The impressive figures continued with an EBITDA of Rs 2,352 million, reflecting a robust growth of 19.1 percent over the previous year, and a Profit After Tax (PAT) of Rs 1,524 million, showing a significant 23.1 percent increase compared to the same period last year.

V.S. Ganesh, Managing Director of Page Industries Limited, highlighted the company's success in navigating the complexities of the retail sector. He attributed the impressive growth to the company's strategic focus on sustainable sales practices and meticulous inventory management. Ganesh remarked, "Our concerted efforts to optimize operational efficiency have been pivotal in enabling us to achieve an impressive 23.1 percent growth in PAT for Q3."

Challenges in the Nine-Month Snapshot

However, the nine-month snapshot revealed a different story. The overall revenue for 9M FY24 amounted to Rs 35,863 million, reflecting a 4.4 percent decline, primarily attributed to subdued performance in the early part of the fiscal year. EBITDA recorded at Rs 7,051 million, with a slight 3.2 percent decline YoY, and PAT stood at Rs. 4,610 million, down by 6.5 percent YoY.

Despite these challenges, Ganesh expressed optimism about stabilizing revenues in Q3, emphasizing the company's adaptive strategies to meet evolving market demands. He highlighted the early signs of stabilization in revenue, attributing it to their commitment to operational efficiency.

Strategic Investments and Future Growth

Looking ahead, Page Industries remains strategically positioned for sustained growth, navigating the complexities of the retail sector and adapting to evolving consumer demands. The company continues to invest in expanding its distribution network and enhancing e-commerce capabilities, focusing on long-term growth opportunities.

Page Industries' outlook revolves around embracing operational improvements and digital innovations. The company is prioritizing the expansion of its e-commerce platform and strengthening direct-to-consumer (D2C) connections. These efforts are geared towards enhancing consumer access and experience, ensuring Page Industries stays ahead in a competitive retail landscape.

As Page Industries continues to face the challenges and opportunities presented by the dynamic retail sector, its resilience and strategic approach position it as a noteworthy player in India's apparel manufacturing industry.

 

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Retail India News: OnMobile Global Reports Q3 FY24 Results; Gaming Biz Flourishes
Retail India News: OnMobile Global Reports Q3 FY24 Results; Gaming Biz Flourishes
 

OnMobile Global Limited, the leading player in mobile gaming and entertainment, has released its financial results for the third quarter of FY24, concluding on December 31, 2023. While facing a 10.3 percent QoQ revenue dip primarily due to reconciliation adjustments, the international market continued to drive 92 percent of the total revenue during Q3FY24. The company witnessed a reduction of 8.6 percent in operating expenses (opex) costs, and its gaming business displayed notable growth with a 38.8 percent YoY increase in revenue for the first nine months of FY24. Despite top-line challenges, OnMobile's EBITDA and operating profit experienced significant YoY growth, setting a promising tone for future quarters.

The third quarter financial results of OnMobile Global Limited for FY24 have been unveiled, revealing a 10.3 percent QoQ revenue decline, primarily attributed to reconciliation adjustments. Notably, the international market dominated, contributing 92 percent of the total revenue during Q3FY24. Despite these challenges, the company demonstrated cost-effectiveness by reducing opex costs by 8.6 percent. The mobile gaming segment witnessed substantial growth, with 14 operators going live in Q3 FY24 and 89 during the first nine months of FY24. The robust gaming performance contributed to a notable 38.8 percent YoY increase in revenue. The EBITDA and operating profit showed remarkable growth on a YoY basis, showcasing resilience amidst short-term challenges.

OnMobile Global Limited, a global leader in mobile gaming and entertainment, has unveiled its financial results for Q3FY24, concluding on December 31, 2023. The quarter witnessed a 10.3 percent QoQ decline in revenue due to reconciliation adjustments, with international revenue constituting a substantial 92 percent of the total. Despite these challenges, OnMobile efficiently managed its opex costs, reducing them by 8.6 percent. The mobile gaming segment emerged as a highlight, boasting 14 operators going live during Q3 FY24 and a significant 38.8 percent YoY increase in revenue for the first nine months of FY24. The growth in EBITDA and operating profit reflects the company's strategic resilience amidst evolving market dynamics.

OnMobile Global Limited, a prominent player in mobile gaming and entertainment, has disclosed its financial results for the third quarter of FY24, concluding on December 31, 2023. Despite facing a 10.3 percent QoQ revenue dip attributed to reconciliation adjustments, the international market remained a strong contributor, accounting for 92 percent of the total revenue during Q3FY24. The quarter saw an 8.6 percent reduction in opex costs. The gaming business emerged as a bright spot, witnessing the addition of 14 operators during Q3 FY24 and contributing to a noteworthy 38.8 percent YoY revenue increase for the first nine months of FY24. The robust financials in EBITDA and operating profit highlight OnMobile's ability to navigate challenges and foster growth in its gaming segment.

 

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Now Embed Video Messages in Your Ring with CaratLane's Unique Postcards Feature!
Now Embed Video Messages in Your Ring with CaratLane's Unique Postcards Feature!
 

CaratLane has unveiled an innovative feature named Postcards. This pioneering feature, driven by machine-learning technology, marks a significant leap in CaratLane's commitment to #KhulKeKaroExpress. Postcards is a first-of-its-kind service globally, enabling users to record heartfelt video messages and embed them into any CaratLane ring, offering recipients a timeless experience by scanning and reliving these messages forever.

Gurukeerthi Gurunathan, Co-Founder and CTO, CaratLane said, “Enabling our users to express their emotions is our brand’s purpose. Over the last two years, our commitment to bringing Postcards to life has been through a tedious journey of constant trials, testing, and pushing the limits of technology. But the true beauty of Postcards doesn’t lie in the complex technology that powers this service. It lies in the seamlessness with which the user can attach their emotions to a ring, making it even more priceless.

Avnish Anand, Co-Founder and CEO, CaratLane added, “Most of our designs are chosen for gifting, and over the years, we’ve seen that a vast majority of those users take the effort of writing a special gift message. While a gift message or card is personal, it’s also very transient- most people we spoke to ended up misplacing or losing the card in a few months. On the other hand, when it comes to conveying true emotions, a video is far more impactful. We wanted to address this inherent need for making the gifting experience deeply personalized through a service that would let users save these memories eternally. And that paved the way for Postcards.

Since its recent launch, Postcards has generated significant buzz on social media, with over 400+ people participating in CaratLane’s Instagram teaser. The brand collaborated with Yashraj Mukhate to create a catchy song encapsulating the Postcards experience, accompanied by three heartwarming films conceptualized by BBH India. 

Parikshit Bhattaccharya, Chief Creative Officer of BBH India stated, “Postcards is a great example of brand experience. It uses technology to add more heart to the experience. And it comes straight out of the brand’s line Khul Ke Karo Express. The three stories in the films hint at the emotional reservoir that this experience can unlock for people while gifting a ring with CaratLane. This innovation needed memorable communication and I feel the teams at CaratLane, BBH and Colour Palette Films have delivered it in spades. Toh Khul Ke Karo Express with Postcards from CaratLane.

CaratLane’s Postcards has phenomenally added a new dimension to gifting and self-expression, seamlessly blending emotions and personalization. Whether as a gift for others or a personal indulgence, it presents an exclusive and heartfelt way to express emotions in intimate relationships.

 

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Retail India News: Loreal Paris Expands Skin Care Product Portfolio with New Under Eye Serum
Retail India News: Loreal Paris Expands Skin Care Product Portfolio with New Under Eye Serum
 

L’Oréal Paris has unveiled its latest offering for the Indian market – the Glycolic Bright Dark Circle Eye Serum, a groundbreaking solution targeting under-eye hyperpigmentation and puffiness.

As the eye serum category gains momentum, L'Oréal Paris, renowned for its continuous innovations, takes a significant leap with a product meticulously designed to meet Indian skincare preferences. Scientifically formulated, the serum promises to diminish dark circles by an impressive -49 percent in just two weeks, providing visible improvements with consistent use. Addressing prevalent concerns such as dark circles, hyperpigmentation, and puffiness, this breakthrough serum sets a new standard in under-eye care, catering to the dynamic women of today.

Infused with a potent blend of 3 percent Glycolic Acid, Vitamin CG, and Niacinamide, the Glycolic Bright Dark Circle Eye Serum is tailored for proven efficacy on Indian skin. Its unique Triple Bead Applicator, featuring patented technology, ensures an instant cooling effect while facilitating swift product absorption, effectively depuffing under eyes.

Dario Zizzi, General Manager, L'Oréal Paris said, "At L'Oréal Paris, we recognize dark circles as a top skincare concern. Introducing a scientifically formulated solution that stands out, our dermatologically validated claim underscores effectiveness is specifically proven on Indian skin. We believe in offering consumers trusted, science-backed products that cater to their unique needs, setting a new standard in skincare innovation."

In a strategic move, L’Oréal Paris has launched a dynamic out-of-home (OOH) campaign at key locations like airports, business parks, and metro trains in major cities such as Delhi, Mumbai, and Bengaluru. Featuring contextual creatives and engaging copy, the campaign aims to raise awareness about the significance of under-eye care, leveraging relatable scenarios.

Popular actor Anushka Sharma, the face of the skincare portfolio, graces the campaign's creatives. Additionally, the brand extends its reach with an inaugural cinema placement strategy, targeting late-night screenings. This innovative approach allows L'Oréal Paris to capture audiences during prime viewing hours, effectively connecting with the target demographic seeking impactful skincare solutions. Through strategic collaborations with cinema halls, Connected TV, and OTT platforms, the brand ensures comprehensive visibility across multiple touchpoints, enhancing engagement with discerning consumers.

Priced at Rs 699, the Glycolic Bright Dark Circle Eye Serum is ophthalmologically tested, suitable for all skin types, and clinically proven to treat visible dark circles. With this innovation, L'Oréal Paris continues its legacy of providing impactful and proven skincare solutions, elevating the skincare experience for consumers nationwide.

 

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Retail India News: Adani Wilmar and Indian Army Forge Innovative Solutions to Tackle Water Crisis in Kutch
Retail India News: Adani Wilmar and Indian Army Forge Innovative Solutions to Tackle Water Crisis in Kutch
 

In a strategic move aimed at addressing the persistent drinking water crisis in Kutch, Gujarat, Adani Wilmar, a leading Food and FMCG company in India, has joined forces with the Indian Army deployed near Mundra. This collaboration, driven by Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiatives, focuses on leveraging 'Innovative' and 'Make in India' solutions to provide clean and safe drinking water in the Southern Command region.

Kutch, particularly Bhuj, faces a severe shortage of drinking water exacerbated by drying bores, saline wells, and inherent water scarcity. Despite the presence of the Narmada River as a primary water source, impurities pose significant health hazards.

The initiative, a part of the broader outreach program by the Army Design Bureau (ADB), aims to empower Def Industries to devise solutions for challenges identified by field formations. Adani Wilmar partnered with Livinguard Technologies, with a primary goal of ensuring the provision of safe and potable drinking water within minimum distances for 600–1000 soldiers, thereby enhancing their overall quality of life. The initiative also includes measures for the conservation, recharge, and sustainability of drinking water in army camps.

Angshu Mallick, MD and CEO of Adani Wilmar, emphasized the company's commitment to social responsibility, stating, "The partnership with the Indian Army in facilitating safe drinking water in Kutch is a testament to our company’s commitment to social responsibility. Through innovative solutions and ‘Make in India’ initiatives, we aim to provide clean and safe drinking water, contributing to the well-being of those who safeguard our nation."

The current requirement involves providing 1 x 1000 litres per hour (lph) of safe and sustainable drinking water through an industrial system; the output water should be free of bacteria and hardness. An additional 2000 lph water storage tank will also be installed. The system, developed in collaboration with Livinguard Technologies and the NGO Srujana Foundation, employs technology that removes unnecessary salts, contributing to high TDS and hardness while retaining essential minerals. It also eliminates bacteria and viruses without additional electricity.

Adani Foundation, representing Adani Wilmar, has spearheaded various CSR projects in Kutch, including the Fortune SuPoshan Project combating malnutrition, Project Udaan offering quality education, Grass Land Development transforming pastureland, and Project Utthan enhancing literacy and numeracy skills. These initiatives have made a substantial impact on communities in Mundra, Kutch.

Adani Wilmar remains committed to contributing to the well-being of the Indian Army deployed in the region while exploring innovative and sustainable solutions that benefit both the company and the planet. This initiative is a crucial step toward achieving a healthier and more sustainable nation.

 

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Retail India News: Malabar Gold and Diamonds Expands Global Footprint, Debuts in Australia's Retail Landscape
Retail India News: Malabar Gold and Diamonds Expands Global Footprint, Debuts in Australia's Retail Landscape
 

In a groundbreaking move, Malabar Gold and Diamonds, a leading international jewelry brand, has etched its name in history as the first Indian jewelry retailer to establish operations in Australia. The inauguration of the new showroom in Sydney, attended by esteemed guests including Australian Cricketer Brett Lee, signals the brand's entry into its 13th country of operations. With over 340 showrooms globally, spanning India, UAE, Qatar, Kuwait, Oman, KSA, Bahrain, Singapore, Malaysia, the USA, the UK, Canada, and now Australia, Malabar Gold and Diamonds continues its commitment to "Make in India; Market to the World."

Malabar Gold and Diamonds' Chairman, M.P Ahammed said, "This is a proud moment for us as the first Indian International jewelry retailer to begin operations in Australia. We have been a strong proponent of 'Make in India; Market to the World,' showcasing the artistry of Indian jewelry on a global stage, and expanding into Australia is another testimony of our commitment to this initiative."

Located at 109 Wigram Street in Harris Park, the new showroom is set to be Sydney's largest jewelry outlet. Offering an extensive collection in 18K, 22K gold, and diamonds, it boasts over 30,000 designs catering to bridal wear, daily wear, and occasional wear. Additionally, the showroom features a customized jewelry design facility, allowing customers to bring their unique designs to life with expert assistance.

Shamlal Ahamed, MD-International Operations, Malabar Gold and Diamonds said, "Being our 13th country of operations, our venture into Australia will mark a significant shift in the country’s jewelry landscape. With a large diaspora of immigrants from the Indian Sub-continent, the jewelry sector in Australia remains a largely untapped one."

Malabar Gold and Diamonds maintains a strong focus on ethical and responsible sourcing, using 100 percent traceable raw materials. The brand adheres to international standards for transparent gold and diamond sourcing, endorsed by organizations such as LBMA and World Gold Council. Abdul Salam K.P, Vice-Chairman of Malabar Group, highlighted the organization's commitment to ESG (Environmental, Social, and Governance) initiatives, integrating principles of sustainability and responsibility throughout its operations.

The expansion into Australia is part of Malabar Gold and Diamonds' larger vision to promote India's indigenous craftsmanship globally. The brand plans to strengthen its retail presence in existing regions and explore new markets, including South Africa, Egypt, Bangladesh, Turkey, and New Zealand. Asher O, MD-India Operations, Malabar Gold and Diamonds, affirmed the brand's significant progress in both international and Indian jewelry sectors, positioning it for the coveted No 1 spot.

As Malabar Gold and Diamonds continues to make waves on the global stage, its foray into Australia underscores its commitment to providing customers with an exceptional and transparent jewelry shopping experience while contributing to the local economy and job market.

 

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Retail India News: Beyond Snack Elevates Tradition with Coconut Oil-infused Kerala Banana Chips
Retail India News: Beyond Snack Elevates Tradition with Coconut Oil-infused Kerala Banana Chips
 

In a significant move in the Indian snack retail landscape, Beyond Snack, a prominent Kerala banana chips brand, proudly introduces its latest product – Kerala Banana Chips in Coconut Oil. This innovative offering is a harmonious fusion of traditional flavors and modern health consciousness, aligning with Beyond Snack's unwavering commitment to quality and authentic taste.

For generations, Kerala's banana chips have been inseparable from coconut oil, and Beyond Snack is on a mission to uphold this cherished tradition while incorporating healthier cooking methods. Following an intensive 8-month product development phase, the brand is set to meet the expectations of health-conscious consumers, addressing the evolving nutritional preferences of today.

Amidst the '24 Carat Taste' campaign, the launch of Kerala Banana Chips in Coconut Oil is a strategic move by Beyond Snack, emphasizing the cultural significance of coconut oil in Kerala's culinary heritage. This unveiling reflects the brand's dedication to blending cultural authenticity with contemporary health standards, offering consumers an indulgent yet guilt-free snacking experience.

Setting this product apart in the market is its unique composition without onion and garlic, catering to those seeking fasting-friendly options. The introduction of rock salt, replacing refined salt, adds to its health appeal. A distinctive feature is the meticulous focus on cleanliness, positioning these banana chips as the first-ever branded chips made with coconut oil. This not only enhances their health benefits but also adds a delightful twist to the classic snack.

Manas Madhu, Co-Founder of Beyond Snack stated, "With Kerala Banana Chips in coconut oil, we've embraced the historical connection of coconut oil and banana chips and elevated the snack to meet modern health expectations. Our rigorous development process and thoughtful ingredient selection are a nod to our responsibility towards our consumers who trust us for quality and experience."

Beyond Snack ensures that its commitment to quality and nutrition remains steadfast. The coconut oil-based banana chips are gluten-free, non-GMO, and made with real, premium ingredients. As with all Beyond Snack products, they are free from artificial preservatives, colors, and flavors, offering consumers a wholesome, guilt-free indulgence with every bite.

Available in 85gm packets at Rs 75 per pack, Kerala Banana Chips made with Coconut Oil can be conveniently purchased across leading e-commerce platforms like Amazon, Flipkart, Big Basket, Blinkit, and Instamart. Additionally, they are accessible at retail outlets nationwide and on Beyond Snack's official website, beyondsnack.in.

 

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Retail India News: Radico Khaitan Pays Homage with 'Spirit of Victory 1999' Pure Malt Whisky
Retail India News: Radico Khaitan Pays Homage with 'Spirit of Victory 1999' Pure Malt Whisky
 

Radico Khaitan Limited has unveiled the 'Spirit of Victory 1999 Pure Malt Whisky' as a poignant tribute to the brave soldiers of the 1999 Kargil War. Part of the esteemed 'Spirit of Victory' range, which includes the successful 1965 Premium XXX Rum and the 1965 Spirit of Victory Lemon Dash, this launch not only upholds a commitment to quality but also strategically taps into the emerging Pure Malt whisky category in the retail sector. With a unique philanthropic angle, the Company pledges to contribute a portion of the revenue from each bottle sold to the welfare funds of the Indian Armed Forces.

This exclusive offering is initially available in Uttar Pradesh and Haryana, poised for subsequent expansion across other states, priced at Rs 5,000. Amar Sinha, the Chief Operating Officer at Radico Khaitan, expressed enthusiasm for the product, stating that the Spirit of Victory 1999 Pure Malt Whisky is more than just a beverage; it is a heartfelt acknowledgment of the unwavering spirit that binds the nation together. Sinha highlighted the company's dedication to producing exceptional spirits that not only embody quality but also honor the bravery, sacrifices, and shared destiny encapsulated by the Spirit of Victory brand.

Diving into the specifics, a Pure Malt, also known as a blended malt, is a unique whisky crafted by blending various single malts distilled twice in traditional pot stills. These single malts undergo maturation in oak barrels, with each distillery contributing a distinct flavor profile. Radico Khaitan takes a global approach, selecting diverse styles of single malts and blending them with Indian single malt to create the exceptional Spirit of Victory 1999 Pure Malt. This move positions Radico Khaitan at the forefront of the retail whisky market, combining craftsmanship with a noble cause.

 

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Retail India News: Reliance Jewels Celebrates Love and Strength with Valentine’s Collection
Retail India News: Reliance Jewels Celebrates Love and Strength with Valentine’s Collection
 

In honor of Valentine’s Day, Reliance Jewels, a rapidly growing and trusted jewelry brand in India, introduces an exclusive collection that transcends traditional expressions of love. This occasion, celebrated worldwide, signifies the spirit of companionship, and Reliance Jewels is marking it with a unique touch.

The exclusive Valentine’s Day collection features exquisitely crafted rings, couple bands, and pendants made in 14kt yellow gold, rose gold, and diamonds. Beyond being tokens of affection, these pieces are designed for everyday wear, serving as a perpetual reminder of the enduring love between couples. The distinct designs in this collection not only exude style but also prioritize comfort, elevating everyday looks with a touch of sophistication.

More than just a celebration of love, this collection is a tribute to the resilience of women across diverse journeys. Ranging from bold to sophisticated and intricately designed pieces, the collection reflects the strength that women bring to relationships. It offers a fresh perspective on women being pillars of support, showcasing their unwavering strength for their partners.

The collection seamlessly aligns with Reliance Jewels' latest campaign, #MyStrongerHalf, advocating the celebration of moments where women provide encouragement and support to men through life's myriad ups and downs.

Valentine’s Day, as a symbol of true love, represents the profound bond shared by couples and their mutual appreciation for each other. Reliance Jewels introduces this collection as a tribute to the strength and accomplishments of women who gracefully navigate diverse roles in today's world.

The jewelry brand invites customers to explore this gorgeous collection, both online and in select stores. Beyond the glittering gems, each piece tells a story of enduring love and the indomitable strength that women bring to relationships and life's journey.

 

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Retail India News: Strategic Leadership Augmentation at Hilton Bengaluru Properties
Retail India News: Strategic Leadership Augmentation at Hilton Bengaluru Properties
 

Hilton and Hilton Garden Inn Bengaluru Embassy Manyata Business Park proudly introduces three seasoned professionals who are set to play pivotal roles in steering the trajectory of these esteemed properties. With diverse backgrounds and rich expertise, these leaders are poised to bring fresh perspectives, aligning with the overarching commitment to guest satisfaction.

Akshay Varma - Director of Sales

Assuming the role of Director of Sales is Akshay Varma, a distinguished hospitality professional with over 15 years of industry experience. Varma's notable career includes serving as the Director of Sales at Courtyard by Marriott Bengaluru Hebbal and Sheraton Grand Bangalore, where he garnered acclaim for his dedication and leadership in steering successful sales initiatives.

In his capacity at Hilton and Hilton Garden Inn Bengaluru Embassy Manyata Business Park, Varma is set to play a pivotal role in steering the sales strategy, achieving revenue targets, and overseeing all facets of the sales and marketing department.

Manish Singh - Cluster Security Manager

Hilton and Hilton Garden Inn Bengaluru Embassy Manyata Business Park, along with Hilton Bangalore Embassy Golf Links, proudly welcome Manish Singh as the Cluster Security Manager. Boasting over 11 years of hospitality experience and an exemplary 15-year service record in the Indian Navy, Singh brings a unique skill set encompassing Physical Security, Loss Prevention, Crisis and Risk Management, liaisoning, Transport and Parking Management, overall administration, and Team Development.

Having served on warships and made significant contributions to renowned establishments like Four Points by Sheraton Navi Mumbai, The Zuri White Sands Goa Resort and Casino, Novotel Ahmedabad, and Novotel Kolkata Hotel and Residences, Singh's leadership promises to enhance safety and security protocols at the properties.

Sharada Bandodkar - HR Manager

Sharada Bandodkar takes on the role of Human Resources Manager for Hilton and Hilton Garden Inn Bengaluru Embassy Manyata Business Park. With a dynamic decade-long career in Human Resources Management, Bandodkar brings extensive expertise in Manpower Budgeting, Recruitment, HR Policy Formulation, Performance Management, and Employee Engagement.

With a successful track record in managing the Human Resources department at The Leela Bhartiya City, Bengaluru, and playing pivotal roles at Vivanta Goa, Panaji, Vivanta Goa, Miramar, and other prestigious establishments, Bandodkar's wealth of experience is poised to significantly contribute to the success and growth of the properties' human resources initiatives.

Manish Garg, General Manager, Hilton and Hilton Garden Inn Bengaluru Embassy Manyata Business Park, expressed delight in welcoming Akshay Varma, Manish Singh, and Sharada Bandodkar to the team. Their extensive experience and proven track records are anticipated to contribute significantly to the team's excellence, aligning with common goals. The entire team eagerly looks forward to their valuable contributions as they strive to provide exceptional experiences to guests.

 

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Retail India News: Samsonite Sets New Benchmarks for Endurance with 'Tested Like Samsonite'
Retail India News: Samsonite Sets New Benchmarks for Endurance with 'Tested Like Samsonite'
 

Samsonite redefines the narrative with a robust extension of its campaign - 'Tested Like Samsonite.' With 113 years of seamlessly adapting to the evolving needs of travellers and the industry, Samsonite stands as a symbol of resilience and reliability.

The campaign, 'Tested Like Samsonite,' pays homage to individuals who exemplify strength and valor in the face of life's adversities. Mirroring the diversity of its product range, the campaign underscores the rigorous strength and durability tests each Samsonite product undergoes. These tests, integral to the final product approval, underscore Samsonite's unwavering commitment to delivering products of the highest standards and quality.

Anushree Tainwala, Executive Director – Marketing, expressed, “Samsonite products are more than just luggage; they are a testament to our commitment to quality and durability. 'Tested Like Samsonite' is a celebration of the same. This time, the brand is pushing boundaries by enlisting a stellar lineup of celebrities who will subject Samsonite's diverse range of products to a series of extraordinary tests.

In a strategic move, Samsonite collaborates with six influential personalities, embodying resilience and endurance, as they subject various products to rigorous testing. The campaign unfolds through a captivating 6-part video series, with each influencer highlighting the strength and tolerance inherent in Samsonite products.

The first video features renowned Indian Formula 1 driver, Karun Chandhok. In this riveting one-minute segment, he subjects the Liteshock luggage trolley to an intense tumble test, drawing parallels between the demands on the racetrack and the durability of Samsonite’s Liteshock series. The Liteshock series emerges as a testament to unwavering strength, withstanding the rigorous tumble test without a hint of falling apart.

Next in line is Indian actor and fitness icon Milind Soman, who stars in an impactful one-minute video showcasing the EVOA series undergoing an exhaustive mileage test. Reflecting fitness and endurance, Milind Soman embarks on a comprehensive 32-KMS journey, demonstrating the robust construction and endurance of Samsonite products.

Subsequent commercials will feature legendary personalities including tennis legend Sania Mirza and Michelin-starred Chef Garima Arora, among others, subjecting various Samsonite series to rigorous tests. These stories will resonate across digital platforms, outdoor spaces, and social media networks, adding a new chapter to the enduring legacy of Samsonite in the retail landscape.

 

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Retail India News: Timex launches " Waste More Time" Campaign to Mark Valentines Day
Retail India News: Timex launches " Waste More Time" Campaign to Mark Valentines Day
 

Timex has debuted its latest rendition of the 'Waste More Time' spring campaign, featuring Actor and Brand Ambassador, Ananya Panday. The 'Waste More Time' initiative, celebrated worldwide, advocates for a shift in mindset from the relentless hustle to a more leisurely pace, urging individuals to explore their true passions and selves.

In its Valentine’s month release, the campaign delves into the theme of love, portraying Ananya in a moment of joy as she shares affectionate whispers with her verdant companions, her plants. 'Waste More Time' presents a delightful departure from the mundane, inviting viewers into a whimsical realm where passion and enjoyment reign supreme.

The Timex ‘Waste More Time’ campaign champions the notion that spending time doing the things you love the most, is truly time well spent. The global response of this campaign has been very positive because it not only resonates across generations and continents, but its message has also become a way of life,” said Tobias Reiss-Schmidt, President and CEO, Timex Group.

Deepak Chhabra, Managing Director, Timex India said, “The success of the ‘Waste More Time’ campaign is attributed to all those consumers who believed in it. We’re happy to launch the spring edition where one will see an interesting and fun spin on the season of love, reiterating the importance of enjoying time at your pace. Ananya Panday brings her charm to the campaign with her appeal to a wide range of consumers.” 

The release of Timex's second 'Waste More Time' film marks a significant milestone for the brand, reaffirming its commitment to innovation and style. The film is now accessible on Timex's official website and social media platforms, inviting viewers to embrace leisure in India's fast-paced retail landscape.

 

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Retail India News: Diageo India's Micro Enterprise Initiative Empowers Women Farmers in Nashik
Retail India News: Diageo India's Micro Enterprise Initiative Empowers Women Farmers in Nashik
 

Diageo India, a leading alco-bev company, has initiated a micro-enterprise program aimed at empowering smallholder women farmers in Nashik. In collaboration with Savitribai Phule Ekatma Samaj Mandal (SPMESM) and technical partner S4S Technologies, Diageo India is set to equip 100 women farmers with skills and resources to address crop loss, minimize food waste, and establish sustainable livelihoods. Aligned with Diageo's Society 2030: Spirit of Progress plan, the initiative contributes to local sourcing communities' economic and environmental resilience while supporting the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goal 12.3 to reduce global food waste. The focus of the program is to skill women in sun-drying surplus produce, creating a complete value chain that supplies hotels, restaurants, and ingredient manufacturers, ensuring a stable income for these women micro-entrepreneurs. 

Jagbir Singh Sidhu, Corporate Relations Director at Diageo India, emphasizes the commitment to Pioneering Grain-to-Glass Sustainability and the global initiative to support smallholder farmers. The collaboration with SPMESM and S4S Technologies reflects Diageo India's dedication to creating lasting solutions in agricultural supply chains and empowering communities.

Pratibha Phatak, Founder Trustee, SPMESM said, "We are delighted to partner with Diageo India on this transformative initiative to empower women while devising sustainable solutions to address food and crop wastage issue in Maharashtra. The potential for positive impact is immense, and we look forward to making a meaningful difference together."

Beyond this initiative, Diageo India has undertaken various water replenishment projects, impacting over 59,000 individuals across 23 villages in Maharashtra. The company's commitment to positive environmental impact aligns with its broader sustainability goals, contributing to a more resilient and empowered community.

 

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Retail India News: IKEA Strategizes New Investment Approach in India as Initial Commitment Matures
Retail India News: IKEA Strategizes New Investment Approach in India as Initial Commitment Matures
 

Swedish furniture giant IKEA is gearing up for another round of investment in India as it completes its committed Rs 10,500 crore investment made a decade ago. The company's India CEO, Susanne Pulverer, revealed plans to bolster IKEA's presence, expand volumes, and increase sourcing in the dynamic Indian retail market.

IKEA, known for its iconic blue and yellow stores, initiated its retail journey in India with the inauguration of its Hyderabad store in August 2018. With ongoing projects in Delhi-NCR set to open in 2025, the company is poised to fulfill its 10-year investment commitment.

Pulverer stated, "The plans are being formulated, and we will make announcements when ready," emphasizing the company's strategic approach. The government had approved a Rs 10,500 crore FDI proposal in 2013, enabling IKEA to establish 10 stores with allied infrastructure in a decade, subsequently planning 15 more stores."

As IKEA invests around Rs 7,000 crore to enter the National Capital Region with stores in Gurugram and Noida, Pulverer hinted at the next investment round being "big and bold," aligning with India's growth potential. She expressed confidence in India's market dynamics, citing the country's growth decade and the rising trend of young consumers upgrading their homes.

IKEA's focus extends to the South and West regions with an omnichannel strategy. While concentrating on Delhi-NCR, the company contemplates expansion into North India, eyeing cities like Lucknow and Chandigarh. Pulverer mentioned potential interest in Pune, Chennai, and Kolkata, emphasizing a stepwise approach beyond NCR.

A key element in IKEA's strategy is boosting sourcing from Indian markets for global retail operations, particularly in furniture production. Pulverer highlighted the potential for growth in categories like textiles, plastics, metals, handicrafts, and bulky furniture, aligning with the regulatory requirement for foreign retailers to source locally.

IKEA aims for sustainability and affordability for Indian consumers, sourcing 33 percent of retailed products locally, with plans for further increases. Pulverer emphasized the importance of specific categories and the need to explore India's potential for supplying other IKEA markets.

Despite the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, IKEA achieved a 61 percent increase in India sales to Rs 1,768 crore for the financial year ending March 31, 2023. However, the company reported a loss of Rs 1,134 crore due to expansions into new markets and infrastructure investments, indicating a strategic long-term vision in India.

 

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McDonald’s 'For Youth' Program Targets 2000 Jobs for Underprivileged Youth by 2025 in North and East India
McDonald’s 'For Youth' Program Targets 2000 Jobs for Underprivileged Youth by 2025 in North and East India
 

In a steadfast commitment to empower local communities and instigate social change, McDonald's – North and East India has undertaken a noteworthy initiative to uplift youth, particularly those from underprivileged backgrounds in Uttar Pradesh. The renowned fast-food chain, as part of its impactful community program, "McDonald’s for Youth," extends a warm invitation to NGOs in the state to collaborate and facilitate connections with potential beneficiaries in local communities.

This community-driven campaign by McDonald’s India – N&E aims to catalyze positive change and illuminate brighter futures. The initiative is strategically designed to address a pivotal challenge faced by today's youth: the need for equal opportunities and improved career prospects.

Rajeev Ranjan, MD, McDonald’s India – North and East said, “McDonald’s for Youth is a campaign dedicated to providing gainful employment including youth from less privileged communities. We aim to meet 50 percent of our entry-level requirements through this program. We keep working towards continuously enhancing their knowledge skill and abilities through McDonald’s world-famous high-quality training programs so that they keep growing in their professional career. More than just filling positions, this program is about community engagement and breaking down barriers to growth, fostering economic development, and empowering youth to succeed in professional and personal life. With 800 recruits so far, we are inviting local NGOs in Uttar Pradesh—Lucknow, Ghaziabad, Noida, Meerut, Kanpur, and Agra—to accelerate recruitment for the programme.” 

The program, which has already recruited 800 individuals, is now extending its reach to local NGOs in Uttar Pradesh, including Lucknow, Ghaziabad, Noida, Meerut, Kanpur, and Agra, to further accelerate recruitment efforts. McDonald’s India – North and East has established collaborations with national-level NGOs like Magic Bus Foundation, Save the Children, Light House Community Foundation, Udayan Care, SEWA Bharat, Trrain, Saksham, Tarraqi, SPID, Lend-a-Hand, Quess Corp Ltd., among others.

In Uttar Pradesh, the company has partnered with Magic Bus Foundation and Yuva Parivartan, actively working towards fostering employment opportunities for the underprivileged. Currently operating 41 restaurants in the state, McDonald's India – North and East envisions recruiting employees through NGOs for these locations.

By proactively collaborating with NGOs and leading the charge in creating opportunities for underprivileged individuals, McDonald's India - North and East aspires to catalyze positive societal change, contributing to the creation of a brighter future for India. To tackle youth unemployment and forge pathways to employment, McDonald's – North and East India is extending its outreach to NGOs in Uttar Pradesh that share a common vision for a more inclusive and empowered future.

 

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Godrej Interio's Sustainable Surge: A Green Revolution in Indian Retail Furniture
Godrej Interio's Sustainable Surge: A Green Revolution in Indian Retail Furniture
 

Godrej and Boyce, a stalwart in the Indian retail landscape, through its business arm Godrej Interio, is navigating the tides of change in the furniture industry. The announcement that the leading furniture solutions brand anticipates up to 42 percent of FY24 revenues to be derived from environmentally sustainable products signals a paradigm shift in consumer preferences.

Greening the Supply Chain

Aligning with the parent company's values, Godrej Interio sets an ambitious target of securing a minimum of 50 percent of revenue from sustainable products by 2032. The cornerstone of this strategy is a green, efficient, and predominantly local supply chain ecosystem. Currently boasting a remarkable 94 percent local value addition in FY24, the company is actively engaged in training suppliers on energy efficiency, water conservation, renewable energy, waste management, and more. The focus on a well-integrated supply chain underscores their commitment to driving growth while fostering eco-conscious practices.

Beyond Sourcing for a Greener Future

Swapneel Nagarkar, Senior VP and Business Head of Godrej Interio, emphasizes the significance of a sustainable supply chain for business competitiveness. The 'Beyond Sourcing' supplier program plays a pivotal role in shaping a supply chain aligned with the brand's commitment to environmentally responsible consumption choices. Nagarkar asserted, "Our sustainability strategy prioritizes eco-conscious materials and an expanding range of ergonomically designed furniture. Our 'Green Assured' logo on 'GreenPro' certified furniture products serves as a guiding light, steering customers towards environmentally friendly and healthier choices."

Innovative Design for Environmental Impact

Through optimized design, use of engineered materials, and efficient processes, Godrej Interio has crafted chairs that reduce material utilization without compromising performance, delivering enhanced value to customers. The brand's dedication to sustainability extends beyond product design, permeating every facet of its operations.

Green Achievements Across Manufacturing Locations

Godrej Interio's commitment to sustainability echoes through its manufacturing locations. Despite an expansion in facilities, the brand proudly boasts water positivity status, a 28 percent reduction in carbon intensity, a 41 percent reduction in specific energy consumption, and a 10 percent reduction in specific water consumption since FY11. Technological interventions across manufacturing locations further minimize the brand's ecological impact, emphasizing environmental stewardship and community well-being.

Godrej Interio's stride towards sustainable practices not only reflects a business strategy but also an ethical responsibility towards the environment and society. As the retail giant sets sail on its green journey, it promises a future where Indian consumers can make choices that not only enhance their living spaces but also contribute to a healthier planet. The surge in demand for environmentally sustainable products is not just a financial milestone but a testament to the growing consciousness in Indian retail towards a greener and more self-reliant future.

 

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Retail India News: Kohler's Cairn Kitchen Sinks Debut in India
Retail India News: Kohler's Cairn Kitchen Sinks Debut in India
 

In a strategic move reflecting Kohler's dedication to innovation, the global kitchen and bath design leader has launched the Cairn Kitchen Sinks in India. This debut in the dynamic Indian kitchen sinks market introduces a range that seamlessly combines unparalleled beauty with robust durability, redefining the kitchen experience for discerning consumers.

Crafted from Neoroc, Kohler's proprietary matt composite sink material, the Cairn Kitchen Sinks are engineered to withstand the rigors of daily use. The sinks feature a rich matt color palette, straight bowl walls with soft French curves, and an impressive 9½ depth, designed to complement various countertop styles. Each sink comes with an included sink rack, enhancing both functionality and aesthetics while providing added protection to maintain a newer look over time.

Neoroc's unique composition of natural stone and resin results in a rock-hard composite, ensuring 2X impact resistance, 1.4X heat resistance, and stain resistance compared to competitors. This exclusive material offers a matte finish that seamlessly integrates into different kitchen aesthetics, reflecting Kohler's commitment to durability and design.

Kohler's foray into the Indian kitchen sinks market with the Cairn Range is a natural extension of its legacy as a leader in bath and kitchen solutions. The collection not only showcases the brand's versatility but also solidifies its position as a pioneer in delivering premium, innovative solutions for contemporary living spaces. This move reinforces Kohler's commitment to excellence in both bath space and kitchen solutions, making a significant impact on the retail landscape for kitchen products in India.

Salil Sadanandan, President - South Asia and Asia Pacific at Kohler Co said, “Our entry into the Indian kitchen sinks market reflects our commitment to providing cutting-edge solutions. The Cairn Kitchen Sinks are a testament to Kohler's dedication to elevating everyday experiences with functional and stylish products. With Neoroc, we have not only met industry standards but surpassed them, offering a sink material that is not just extremely durable but also stunningly beautiful. With an unparalleled combination of strength, resilience, and timeless design, we are sure that Kohler's Cairn® Kitchen Sinks are set to redefine and elevate the kitchen experience for Indian consumer.“ 

 

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Retail India News: Novotel New Delhi Aerocity Spearheads Sustainable Hospitality, Unveils Electric Vehicle Charging Station
Retail India News: Novotel New Delhi Aerocity Spearheads Sustainable Hospitality, Unveils Electric Vehicle Charging Station
 

Novotel New Delhi Aerocity has elevated its commitment to sustainability by inaugurating an Electric Vehicle (EV) charging station in collaboration with Charge Zone. This strategic move aligns with the hotel's broader vision of incorporating eco-friendly practices into its operations, establishing itself as a leader in sustainable hospitality.

Conveniently located near the entrance, the EV charging station at Novotel New Delhi Aerocity provides guests with a convenient and efficient way to charge their electric vehicles while enjoying the hotel's various amenities. This service is available to guests staying at both Novotel and Pullman, reinforcing the hotel's commitment to offering sustainable solutions. In addition to the new charging station, the hotel has implemented various eco-friendly initiatives on its premises, showcasing a long-standing dedication to environmental responsibility.

Among its range of sustainable initiatives, Novotel New Delhi Aerocity boasts a 5500 sq ft herb garden dedicated to organic farming and an operational glass bottling plant, strengthening the establishment's sustainable practices. The commitment extends to reducing single-use plastics in the hotel, aligning with brand-wide initiatives to eliminate single-use plastic by 2050. Noteworthy changes include the substitution of in-room amenities, plastic straws, and stirrers with sustainable alternatives. The incorporation of Fairtrade-certified and labeled products, such as Kimirica and Oriental Lotus amenities, underscores the hotel's pledge to ethical and environmentally responsible practices.

"We are delighted to announce the launch of the EV charging station at Novotel New Delhi Aerocity. It not only signifies our dedication but also provides a practical solution for our discerning guests who increasingly prioritize eco-friendly options," expressed Vineet Mishra, Cluster General Manager, Pullman & Novotel New Delhi Aerocity.

Novotel New Delhi Aerocity seamlessly combines environmental consciousness with unparalleled comfort. The inauguration of the EV charging station marks a pivotal step in the hotel's journey towards a greener future, establishing new benchmarks in responsible hospitality.

 

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Retail India News: Kohler Forays into the Kitchen Sink Market in India
Retail India News: Kohler Forays into the Kitchen Sink Market in India
 

Kohler, a global leader in kitchen and bath design, has launched Cairn Kitchen Sinks in India. This strategic move marks Kohler's entry into the dynamic Indian kitchen sinks market, reinforcing its commitment to innovation and excellence in both bathspace and kitchen solutions. The sinks are poised to redefine the kitchen experience for discerning Indian consumers, offering a harmonious blend of unmatched beauty with rock-solid durability.

The Cairn Kitchen Sinks – Crafted from Neoroc are built to endure the demands of daily use, combining a beautiful design and a rich matt color palette with the most durable material. Each sink comes with an included sink rack, providing an added layer of protection and helping the sink look newer for an extended period, enhancing both functionality and aesthetics. With straight bowl walls with soft French curves and an impressive 9½" depth, the sinks are designed to complement any countertop.

The Cairn range is crafted from Neoroc - Kohler’s proprietary matt composite sink material which is an exceptionally durable composite material available in India. This exclusive blend of natural stone and resin results in a rock-hard composite meticulously crafted to endure the rigors of daily kitchen use. Engineered with durability as its guiding principle, Neoroc offers a matte finish that’s designed to complement countertops and seamlessly integrate into a variety of kitchen aesthetics.

Neoroc boasts of 2X Impact resistance, and 1.4 X Heat resistance and is also stain resistant when compared to the competition.

Kohler's venture into the kitchen sinks market in India with the Cairn Range is a natural extension of its legacy as a leader in bath and kitchen solutions. This collection not only showcases the brand's versatility but also strengthens its position as a frontrunner in delivering premium, innovative solutions for contemporary living spaces.

Commenting on the same, Salil Sadanandan, President - South Asia & Asia Pacific at Kohler Co said, “Our entry into the Indian kitchen sinks market reflects our commitment to providing cutting-edge solutions. The Cairn Kitchen Sinks are a testament to Kohler's dedication to elevating everyday experiences with functional and stylish products. With Neoroc, we have not only met industry standards but surpassed them, offering a sink material that is not just extremely durable but also stunningly beautiful.”

He further added, “With an unparalleled combination of strength, resilience, and timeless design, we are sure that Kohler's Cairn Kitchen Sinks are set to redefine and elevate the kitchen experience for Indian consumers."

 

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Retail India News: Pepperfry Announces Furniture Exchange Program for Convenience-Centric Customers
Retail India News: Pepperfry Announces Furniture Exchange Program for Convenience-Centric Customers
 

Pepperfry, India’s leading e-commerce furniture and home decor company, has announced an innovative ‘Furniture Exchange Program’, designed to eliminate the hassle associated with getting rid of existing bulky and old furniture. Customers can now effortlessly exchange their existing furniture for brand-new stylish home décor, ensuring a smooth transition and enhancing their overall shopping experience.

In today's fast-paced world, the need for convenience in home furnishing is paramount; Pepperfry's ‘Furniture Exchange Program’ addresses this necessity head-on. Aimed at fostering customer loyalty, this innovative program eases the transition to fresh, stylish interior and home decor. Customers no longer face the dilemma of storage space or the hassles of negotiating with buyers, thanks to this seamless exchange process. The furniture exchange program has been launched in Bangalore and is set to expand to Delhi and Mumbai in the near future.

Tailored for ease in furniture shopping, this exclusive studio-only service ensures a direct, personal, and effortless exchange experience. This exchange program offers customers the opportunity for a 'like-to-like' exchange, permitting the trade-in of old for new within the same furniture category, be it beds, sofas, dining sets, or wardrobes. It comes with the added flexibility to either upscale or downscale selections. To sweeten the deal, the program includes a 7 percent extra discount on similar category products, complemented by free shipping, without any constraint on the order value. This approach simplifies the buying process and enhances the overall customer satisfaction. Pepperfry will continue to evaluate and expand the range of products eligible for exchange based on customer feedback.

Hussaine Kesury, Chief Activation Officer at Pepperfry said, "At Pepperfry, we recognize the modern consumer's desire for seamless experiences while making a purchase decision. This program aims to cater to convenience-conscious customers who want to get rid of their old furniture with new designs on Pepperfry without getting into the hassles of negotiating with multiple vendors. Through a hassle-free 'like-to-like' furniture exchange, we strive to simplify the overall shopping experience, fostering a transition towards a more circular economy for the furniture industry."

Pepperfry is India's leading furniture and home products marketplace, offering customers a wide selection of amazingly priced furniture and home merchandise. They are known for their commitment to quality, convenience, and innovative solutions in the home furnishing space.

 

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Retail India News: Dubai-based Athleisure Brand IKASU Debuts in India
Retail India News: Dubai-based Athleisure Brand IKASU Debuts in India
 

IKASU, the UAE-based athleisure brand founded by the young visionary and entrepreneur, Karima Karmouzi, is poised to make a mark with Indian women passionate about wellness, movement, and self-care. Meticulously conceptualized to champion an active lifestyle, IKASU beckons women to gracefully embrace a harmonious way of life. The brand's exquisite range of athleisure not only empowers individuals to remain active but also invites moments of indulgent relaxation. Each design is an epitome of sartorial sophistication, blending timeless elegance with contemporary flair—crafted for athletic endeavors and moments of post-exercise allure.

IKASU in Japanese means to revive and to make the best of something. The brand is meticulously designed to inspire women to become the best versions of themselves, supporting their daily activities and empowering them to pursue a happy, healthy, and well-balanced life. Each product is crafted with carefully selected fabrics, ensuring an unparalleled fit and a vibrant color palette to uplift one's spirits. The product range encompasses leggings, sports bras, T-shirts, outerwear, shorts, skirts, and our signature jumpsuits, complemented by accessories such as yoga mats, fitness gear, and Pilates socks. The brand's newest addition is a swimwear line that is 100 percent sustainable.

In India, IKASU holds great potential due to its affinity towards wellness practices such as yoga and Ayurveda, particularly among women. This aligns well with the brand's focus on athleisure. In recent years, there has been a surge in public attention towards wellness and a growing market for products and services related to fitness and health. IKASU not only provides high-quality athleisure wear but also positions itself as a brand that promotes a wellness-oriented lifestyle.

“Having previously explored India during a visit to Jaipur and learning through our collaborations with select Yogis and content creators from the country, India became a source of inspiration. This is why, we are thrilled to announce our presence in India! IKASU's earnest ambition is to elevate every woman's wellness routine, inspire her to embrace a healthy lifestyle and foster a connected community that values growth and well-being. We are currently exploring relevant e-commerce platforms and partners for IKASU to expand our reach to a wider audience in India," said Karima Karmouzi, Founder of IKASU.

Giving back to the community is an integral aspect of the brand. IKASU also supports the ‘She’s the first’ mission which launched 5 programs and hired 8 new staff members in 2022. Their vision is to provide girls with an opportunity to choose their future. These are young women rallying peers for rights, and organizing events like protests in different parts of the world. Women are also running programs for girls in oppressed communities, spanning from rural Kenya to the mountains of Peru and remote towns in India.

The range of athleisure from IKASU is priced at accessories starting from Rs 1470 to jackets starting at Rs 5655 and is available to buy on the brand’s website.

 

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Retail India News: Bollywood Actor Ranveer Singh Makes Investment in boAt
Retail India News: Bollywood Actor Ranveer Singh Makes Investment in boAt
 

boAt, the world’s second largest audio wearable brand, has announced a partnership that electrifies the industry – Bollywood powerhouse Ranveer Singh has not only joined the boAt family but also invested an undisclosed amount in the company, becoming a key stakeholder in its future. 

This dynamic alliance transcends traditional brand endorsements. Singh's entrepreneurial spirit and deep understanding of Gen Z and millennial audio preferences make him a strategic asset for boAt. His investment signifies belief in the brand's vision, further fuelling its growth trajectory across India and the world. 

"Ranveer's infectious energy and passion for music resonate perfectly with boAt's core values," said Aman Gupta, Co-Founder, and CMO of boAt. "His investment and strategic involvement validate our mission to revolutionize the audio experience in India. Together, we'll push boundaries, redefine sound, and create a community that thrives on passion and innovation." 

Ranveer Singh, known for his electrifying performances and impeccable style, expressed his excitement about the partnership, stating, "boAt's commitment to best-in-class sound and youth connect resonates deeply with me. Investing in their journey is more than just a financial decision; it's about co-creating a revolution. Get ready for boAt to amplify the sound of India like never before." 

This partnership marks a new era for boAt, solidifying its position as a brand that not only embraces cutting-edge technology but also champions youth culture and audacious dreams. With Ranveer Singh on board, boAt is ready to turn up the volume and rewrite the future of sound in India. 

This electrifying collaboration sets the stage for Ranveer Singh's pivotal role in boAt's upcoming campaign for the 'Nirvana series' boAt’s sub-brand offering premium & superior audio products which include TWS, and headphones crafted for the ultimate listening experience. The 360-degree campaign, conceptualized and executed with Bangalore-based creative agency Talented, captures the euphoric state of immersing oneself in the enchanting soundscape of boAt's Nirvana range. 

Ranveer is seen in a never-before avatar as he leads viewers on a sonic odyssey through the 'Lost in Nirvana' campaign. The campaign unfolds through captivating ad films inviting audiences to experience the Nirvana range's exceptional features such as an impressive 120 hours of battery life, boAt signature sound, and cutting-edge Active Noise Cancelling technology. 

 

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Retail India News: DriveX Elevates Ownership with Specialized Engine Oil for Pre-Owned Two-Wheelers
Retail India News: DriveX Elevates Ownership with Specialized Engine Oil for Pre-Owned Two-Wheelers
 

In response to the burgeoning demand and untapped potential in India's pre-owned and refurbished two-wheeler market, DriveX, the nation's pioneering fully integrated pre-owned two-wheeler platform, is redefining the landscape. By focusing on providing a credible and enjoyable buying experience, DriveX is set to revolutionize the sector. Taking a significant stride towards enhancing the ownership journey, the company has unveiled DriveX Xplor, a specialized-grade engine oil designed explicitly for two-wheelers. This strategic initiative aims to drive a positive shift in behavior, with a specific focus on enhancing engine protection and optimizing performance for pre-owned two-wheelers.

DriveX Xplor has been meticulously crafted to prioritize engine longevity and improved performance. This not only reinforces the commitment to enhance the ownership experience of pre-owned two-wheelers but also offers DriveX customers a comprehensive solution for increased durability and performance, particularly for matured engines. Compatible with both BS IV and BS VI engines, DriveX Xplor not only cleanses the engine but also ensures a seamless and enjoyable riding experience. With superior quality at a competitive price point, it emerges as the ideal choice for those seeking peak performance and an extended lifespan for their engines.

Narain Karthikeyan, Founder, and Executive Director stated, “We are proud to launch DriveX Xplor engine oil, which not only strengthens our commitment to enhancing the ownership experience of pre-owned two-wheelers but also provides our valued customers with a comprehensive solution to enhance longevity, durability, and performance, especially for matured engines. We have been constantly innovating to completely transform the pre-owned vehicle market, and this launch brings us one step closer to our goal of instigating a positive shift in behavior, benefiting our dealers and end-users. It also aims at improving engine protection and optimizing performance for pre-owned two-wheelers, completely revolutionizing the market. Uniquely crafted to boost performance and enhance durability, particularly for matured engines, Xplore is available in two variants, 10W30 and 20W40 semi-synthetic (pack size 900 ml and 1.0 L). Suitable for both BS IV and BS VI engines.

The company envisions that this introduction will prove highly advantageous for DriveX dealers and end consumers alike. Targeting bike owners and automotive enthusiasts prioritizing superior engine performance, durability, and maintenance, the launch is poised to deliver substantial benefits. By championing these essential aspects, the new engine oil not only meets but exceeds the expectations of discerning consumers, fostering a transformative experience in the realm of two-wheeler maintenance.

 

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Retail India News: T.A.C. Elevates Ayurvedic Reach, Targets Broader Retail Landscape
Retail India News: T.A.C. Elevates Ayurvedic Reach, Targets Broader Retail Landscape
 

In a significant stride toward making Ayurveda accessible to a broader audience, The Ayurveda Company (T.A.C.) announces its foray into the general trade market with the pan-India launch of TAC Bharat. This strategic move reflects T.A.C.'s commitment to disseminating Ayurveda's timeless wisdom, particularly in areas underserved by online retail and the emerging retail landscape in Bharat. TAC Bharat, the new general trade vertical, aims to bring T.A.C.'s unique blend of traditional Ayurvedic knowledge and modern innovation to a more extensive consumer base nationwide.

T.A.C, a pioneer in India’s Ayurvedic lifestyle sector and an early adopter of the D2C model, has established a robust offline team to ensure a strong presence in the retail channel, enhancing brand visibility and customer engagement. Venturing into general trade is a strategic move to increase market reach, especially in the rapidly urbanizing tier ll/tier lll towns, recognizing the unique opportunities these areas present. This expansion is not just geographical; it's about deepening connections with diverse consumer segments, understanding their unique preferences, and addressing their needs.

Param Bhargava, Founder at T.A.C, stated, "Our general trade expansion line, TAC Bharat, is a step forward towards our goal of making Ayurveda's timeless wisdom available to all. The name 'TAC Bharat' embodies our commitment to growth and new opportunities in India's rising towns, mirroring the dreams of its young people." The product designs align with our distribution model, ensuring success in these markets. This channel will enable us to achieve profitability by FY 2025."

Sanjiv Gupta, Chief Advisor at T.A.C, shared, "The Ayurveda Company stands at the helm of the ‘Modern Ayurveda’ movement. This general trade expansion line is a reflection of the same. Our target is to reach 50K touchpoints by Diwali 2024, supported by media and BTL activations and building an entire network on the cash and carry model.

T.A.C. has strengthened its leadership team with the appointment of Mukund Raut as the Head of Marketing, leveraging his extensive 6+ year experience at Nestle. Mukund is poised to play a crucial role in building the brand for the general trade market with strong demand generation inputs.

The offline team at T.A.C, headed by Vice President Shekhar Singh, is well-positioned for significant achievements in expanding the business. With 32 years of extensive experience in establishing offline businesses at notable companies, Shekhar Singh leads the team in developing the entire front end, including the strategic appointment of over 100 super stockists and more than 800 distributors within the calendar year, leveraging their substantial sales experience.

T.A.C. anticipates that this expansion will significantly contribute to its growth, marking a new chapter in its journey of blending traditional Ayurvedic practices with modern lifestyle needs. Plans to launch more products and expand the product line are also in motion this summer, further solidifying T.A.C's position as one of the fastest-growing brands in the Ayurvedic lifestyle sector, backed by experts.

 

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Retail India News: Maishaa Enhances Elegance in Home Decor with ILIV's Serene Collection
Retail India News: Maishaa Enhances Elegance in Home Decor with ILIV's Serene Collection
 

In the dynamic realm of Indian home decor, Maishaa emerges as a trendsetter with the introduction of the Serene Collection by ILIV, seamlessly combining nature-inspired aesthetics with contemporary flair. This curated selection from Maishaa promises to redefine elegance in interior design, offering a captivating blend of delicate hand-painted watercolor designs and timeless motifs inspired by the tranquillity of nature.

The Serene Collection, a testament to Maishaa's commitment to aesthetic excellence, showcases painterly florals, wild grass motifs, and contemporary geometrics, intricately woven into the fabric by Maishaa's in-house design team. Beyond its visual appeal, the collection emphasizes durability, featuring fire-retardant fabrics with an impressive martindale of over 50,000 rubs. This quality makes the collection versatile for both residential and commercial spaces, meeting the evolving demands of the Indian retail landscape.

Notably, the Serene Collection's thoughtful design extends to its six distinct colour stories, offering a wide palette that opens up infinite possibilities for coordination and balance in any space. As global design trends embrace cooler, muted tones, this collection emerges as an ideal fit for the evolving design landscape. With its cool prints and muted colours, the Serene Collection effortlessly captures the essence of contemporary living, making it a versatile choice for those seeking sophistication in their homes or aiming to create chic commercial spaces.

In the ever-evolving world of interior design, Maishaa's collaboration with ILIV's Serene Collection brings forth not just a range of aesthetically pleasing decor but a thoughtful response to the growing demand for durability, versatility, and contemporary elegance in Indian homes and retail spaces alike.

 

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Retail India News: Sorrentina Expands Product Portfolio, Sets New Culinary Standards
Retail India News: Sorrentina Expands Product Portfolio, Sets New Culinary Standards
 

Sorrentina has introduced the newly crafted Pink Pasta (Rosa) Sauce, a culinary delight made from real tomatoes and genuine cheese. Tailored for enthusiasts of genuine Italian cuisine, this sauce transcends ordinary meals, whether entwined with al dente pasta, employed as a flavorful pizza base, or interwoven in a lasagna creation.

Commitment to excellence is paramount for Sorrentina, and their Pink Pasta Sauce exemplifies this dedication. Crafted from real tomatoes at its core, the addition of authentic cheese contributes to its velvety smooth consistency, while an infusion of Italian herbs ties all the elements together. Beyond taste, this sauce has undergone rigorous testing by mothers, winning acclaim not only for its rich yet gentle flavors but also for its zero-palm-oil, kettle-cooked recipe—a fact that resonates particularly well with health-conscious consumers.

Rooted in a traditional Italian recipe, the Rosa sauce from Sorrentina distinguishes itself through its finesse and adaptability. The sauce provides a canvas for culinary creativity, allowing enthusiasts to personalize their dishes with additional vegetables, cheeses, and herbs—without compromising its hearty Tuscan essence. Sorrentina's Pink Pasta Sauce epitomizes the marriage of authenticity and versatility, offering a culinary journey that delights palates, and transforms everyday meals into extraordinary dining experiences.

 

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Retail India News: Clare Waight Keller Elevates UNIQLO's 2024 Spring Collection 
Retail India News: Clare Waight Keller Elevates UNIQLO's 2024 Spring Collection 
 

Global apparel retailer UNIQLO has unveiled the 2024 Spring collection for UNIQLO : C, a women's line designed by renowned British fashion creator Clare Waight Keller, celebrated for her creation of sophisticated and effortless wardrobes. The latest line epitomizes a light, comfortable aesthetic, pulsating with fresh energy to seamlessly integrate into everyday life. Adorned in lively hues of poppy red, blush pink, aqua blue, and army green, the functional and beautifully crafted pieces beckon a transition to the new season.

The collection features a pleated dress subtly emerging from behind a trench coat, creating beautiful lines with each step. Voluminous wide pants, when paired with a jacket, bring about a silhouette alteration at the waist. Knitted vests, cropped T-shirts, poplin check baseball caps, and spacious faux leather bags offer a myriad of options for spring layering, set to hit markets from February 23 (Friday).

Clare Waight Keller shared, "In this second collection for UNIQLO : C, I wanted to explore the concept of movement through lightness. Working with ultra-light fabrications, I found a new perspective of proportions. Longer volumes play against cropped silhouettes. Fluidity and freshness were key elements of the spirit. I think that Spring represents a time of transition where the seasons change, and our wardrobes need the same flexibility. I love the mix between tailored and relaxed styles. The feeling is effortlessly elegant with a youthful attitude that captures the lightness and ease of summertime."

Anticipating the upcoming season, the 2024 Summer collection, as a second installment, is scheduled for introduction on April 5 (Friday), with details to be announced closer to the launch date.

British-born designer Clare Waight Keller, recognized for her roles at the world's top fashion houses and as the Creative Director of renowned luxury brands in London and Paris, has overseen ready-to-wear and couture collections. In 2018, she secured the title of Womenswear Designer of the Year at the British Fashion Awards and was named one of the most influential people of 2019 in TIME magazine's TIME 100 Awards.

 

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Retail India News: HCCB's Bidadi Facility Attains Carbon Neutrality, Elevates Sustainability Standards
Retail India News: HCCB's Bidadi Facility Attains Carbon Neutrality, Elevates Sustainability Standards
 

In a significant development, Hindustan Coca-Cola Beverage Pvt Ltd (HCCB) proudly announced the certification of its bottling plant in the Bidadi Industrial Area, Ramanagara, Karnataka, as carbon neutral. This milestone, by the international standard PAS 2060, is a first for Coca-Cola in India and the Southwest Asia region. The esteemed certification by DNV, a globally accredited registrar and classification society, is scheduled to be awarded to HCCB in May 2024, marking a crucial step in the company's journey toward sustainability.

Aligned with HCCB’s commitment to achieving Net Zero by 2050, the carbon-neutral status of the Bidadi plant reflects the company's dedication to reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions across its value chain by 25 percent by 2030. The approach prioritizes emission reduction within its value chain before investing in verified carbon offset projects.

The Bidadi facility has actively reduced its carbon footprint since 2020, with over 90 percent of its power sourced from renewable energy. This commitment to energy efficiency is evident in HCCB's ongoing efforts to optimize energy consumption for every liter of beverage produced.

To address residual emissions, HCCB plans to purchase Gold Standard certified carbon credits from a project in India. This reinforces the company's commitment to achieving carbon neutrality by 2024. HCCB also remains dedicated to environmental stewardship through water replenishment initiatives, nature-based solutions, biodiversity enhancement, and the promotion of regenerative agriculture in collaboration with suppliers and farmers.

In 2021, The Coca-Cola Company globally committed to a 25 percent absolute reduction in carbon emissions from its 2015 baseline and achieving Net Zero GHG emissions by 2050 across its operations.

Alok Sharma, Executive Director of Supply Chain at HCCB said, “Achieving carbon neutrality in our plant is not only a major milestone for us but also sets new benchmarks for the industry. It’s a clear demonstration of our commitment to a sustainable future. This is just the beginning, and we are setting the stage for a greener tomorrow across our supply chain, through focused actions that can lead to impactful environmental progress.

Enrique Ackermann, VP–Technical Innovation and Supply Chain Coca-Cola India and Southwest Asia, highlighted the company's commitment to addressing climate change and building climate resilience. He stated, “This certification obtained by HCCB underscores our steadfast commitment to carbon neutrality and the dedication to forging a more sustainable future.

HCCB's initiatives align with the Government of India's vision of achieving net-zero emissions by 2070, reflecting a shared commitment to sustainable development and environmental conservation. By aligning its goals with national priorities, HCCB aims not only to adhere to governmental guidelines but also to actively participate in a collective movement towards a more sustainable future.

 

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Retail India News: MK Agrotech and M11 Industries Pioneer Oil Palm Plantations in Odisha
Retail India News: MK Agrotech and M11 Industries Pioneer Oil Palm Plantations in Odisha
 

In a significant move towards bolstering India's domestic edible oil production, Karnataka-based MK Agrotech Pvt Ltd, a renowned edible oil and food company, and M11 Industries, have jointly embarked on an ambitious oil palm plantations program in Odisha. The initiative, executed under the National Mission on Edible Oils - Oil Palm (NMEO-OP), has been formalized through a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Government of Odisha.

The oil palm plantation program, initiated in Nuapada and Bolangir districts, already boasts the participation of 31 farmers. The long-term vision includes establishing a palm oil mill in the state by 2029-30, featuring a Fresh Fruit Bunch (FFB) processing capacity of 10 Metric Tons per Hour (TPH) initially. M11 Industries Pvt Ltd is actively identifying progressive farmers for oil palm plantations, primarily in Bolangir and Nuapada districts.

The comprehensive plan involves training, technical support, and capacity building for farmers, coupled with assistance in establishing nurseries and supplying quality planting materials. Micro irrigation emerges as a pivotal element to ensure effective cultivation, with a dedicated and experienced extension team working tirelessly to advance oil palm extension and development.

Bolangir and Nuapada districts are poised for heightened productivity, benefitting from shared climatic and soil conditions with the successful oil palm farmers in the neighboring Bargarh district. The farmers in Bargarh have experienced notable success, attributing it to profitability, limited marketing efforts, reduced labor intensity, and a threefold increase in profit compared to paddy cultivation.

Against the backdrop of India's status as the world's largest edible oil importer, importing 13.35 million tonnes valued at Rs 80,000 crore in 2020-21, the oil palm initiative aligns with the national goal of reducing reliance on imports. Palm oil constitutes 60 percent of India's imported edible oils, followed by soybean oil (25 percent) and sunflower oil (15 percent).

Mannan Khan, Director of MK Agrotech Pvt Ltd said, “Oil palm, originating from West Africa, offers significantly higher oil yield per hectare per year compared to traditional domestic oilseeds. The Government's ongoing efforts to expand oil palm cultivation aim to enhance domestic edible oil production and curb excessive imports.

MK Agrotech's flagship brand, Sunpure, known for being India's first chemical-free, processed, and physically refined oil, has been pivotal in reducing India's dependence on imported edible oils over the last 28 years.

Mannan Khan reiterated their commitment to the 'Make in India' vision said, "Partnering with the Government in implementing NMEO-OP in Odisha reflects our long-term commitment to fostering an inclusive Indian economy, benefiting farmers and stakeholders alike."

Nasim Ali, Adviser to MK Agrotech, outlined the strategy said, "The plan involves adopting a cluster approach, developing model farming plots, and raising awareness, especially at the village level. With the support of various government authorities, we aim to empower stakeholders and ensure sustainable success."

Under NMEO-OP, the Government provides substantial financial support through subsidies to encourage oil palm cultivation. Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, and Kerala are the major palm oil-producing states, contributing nearly 90 percent of the country's total production.
 

 

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Retail India News: Saint-Gobain Gyproc Elevates Architectural Landscapes with Innovative Solutions
Retail India News: Saint-Gobain Gyproc Elevates Architectural Landscapes with Innovative Solutions
 

In the realm of alternative construction solutions, Saint-Gobain Gyproc emerges as a stalwart, introducing a transformative lineup of avant-garde products that promise to redefine architectural norms and elevate industry standards. Among these, the Glasroc X stands out as a groundbreaking exterior wall gypsum board, offering unmatched durability, UV resilience, and mold protection, becoming a crucial element for structural integrity in exterior applications.

Metlance, a pinnacle of architectural refinement within Gyproc's portfolio, seamlessly integrates sophisticated design elements with easy maintenance, transforming ceilings into expressions of sophistication and pragmatism. Alongside this, the Habito Standard Board, a robust 13mm gypsum board engineered to withstand substantial loads of up to 15kg point load capacity without additional support, establishes its suitability for high-impact commercial environments. Strengthening Gyproc's commitment to innovation, Rigiroc emerges as a versatile 13mm multipurpose gypsum board, redefining utility with its intrinsic moisture resistance, robust 15kg point load capacity, and formidable impact resistance. Its adaptability spans diverse construction needs, from residential drywalls to environments requiring moisture-resistant solutions, such as healthcare facilities and educational institutions.

Glasroc X, a distinguished offering, signifies a paradigm shift, setting pioneering standards for exterior wall applications. With exceptional dimensional stability, impervious UV resilience, and fortitude against mold, moisture, and thermal exposure, it champions durability, performance, and environmental sensitivity through its 100 percent recyclable nature. Simultaneously, Metlance's transformative range of architectural metal ceiling tiles embodies state-of-the-art design elements, seamlessly harmonizing innovation with low-maintenance elegance, transcending diverse architectural styles and spaces.

Habito Standard Board stands resilient, meeting the demands of rigorous loading applications in various commercial domains, promising longevity, reliability, and sustainability. Rigiroc, with multifaceted functionality in both dry and wet areas, caters to the imperatives of moisture resistance while upholding robust impact resistance. Crafted from 100% recyclable, low-VOC emitting materials, it significantly diminishes carbon footprints throughout its lifecycle.

These groundbreaking offerings from Saint-Gobain Gyproc mark an epochal shift in the construction landscape, embodying solutions that transcend traditional benchmarks. Glasroc X, Metlance, Habito Standard Board, and Rigiroc epitomize the pinnacle of innovation, addressing the evolving demands of modern construction while recalibrating standards of excellence, heralding a new era in architectural aesthetics and functionality, not just in India but on a global scale.

 

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Retail India News: Swarovski Unveils Valentine's Elegance and Craftsmanship
Retail India News: Swarovski Unveils Valentine's Elegance and Craftsmanship
 

In anticipation of Valentine’s Day, Swarovski unveils a seasonal collection designed by the Global Creative Director, Giovanna Engelbert, transforming expressions of love into shimmering keepsakes. Brimming with joyful extravagance, the collection not only highlights Swarovski's unrivaled craftsmanship but also serves as a tribute to the various facets of love.

Giovanna Engelbert, offering insights into the collection, commented, “Our Valentine’s collection celebrates the wonder of love with shining pieces to give and to cherish. There are so many techniques at play, like the dancing stone at the heart of the Hyperbola pendant, which captures that magical feeling of love as it sparkles with every movement. There is also an antique and vintage feel to the design, with its halo of pearl borders, which is inspired by the love tokens my mother and grandmother received from their sweethearts.

This unique collection is part of the ‘The Wonder of Love’ campaign, showcasing the savoir-faire embedded in Swarovski's heritage. The campaign encourages expressions of love through gifts for every style, featuring heart-shaped arrangements of jewelry and eyewear. Each image centers around a dazzling piece, symbolizing the essence of love.

From vintage-style heart pendants like Hyperbola, featuring a dancing stone that sparkles with life, to the ethereal floating crystals on Constella cat’s eye-style eyewear, each focal item is complemented by an array of jewelry and accessories catering to diverse tastes. The campaign serves as an ode to love, inviting individuals to explore and express their unique styles of affection during the season of love.

 

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Retail India News: BlendJet 2 Expands Presence in India's Dynamic Retail Sector
Retail India News: BlendJet 2 Expands Presence in India's Dynamic Retail Sector
 

In a strategic move that underscores its commitment to health and wellness, BlendJet has officially marked its entry into the vibrant Indian retail market. The US-based brand is set to offer its much-coveted BlendJet 2 portable blender to customers across all states and Union Territories, marking a noteworthy milestone in the company's trajectory as one of the fastest-growing multinational direct-to-consumer (D2C) brands.

The decision to foray into India is driven by BlendJet's confidence in the robustness of its supply chain and a targeted consumer outreach strategy. The brand envisions a substantial threefold increase in sales volume within the next six months, capitalizing on the health-conscious ethos embedded in India's cultural fabric.

Ryan Pamplin, CEO and Co-Founder, BlendJet said, “From Yoga to Ayurveda, India has always been a country that values health and wellness. BlendJet's commitment to enhancing daily nutrition and lifestyle choices aligns perfectly with this ethos. We are incredibly proud to extend our presence to India and are excited to contribute to their dynamic D2C growth. We expect a revenue surge of nearly $1.5 million with our entry into the Indian market.

BlendJet 2, the star product in this venture, empowers customers to create a variety of nutritious options from anywhere in the world. Whether on a mountaintop or a kitchen countertop, the compact yet powerful BlendJet 2 facilitates the creation of smoothies, protein shakes, baby food, frozen lattes, milkshakes, salad dressings, chutneys, soups, and more. With a USB-C port for seamless charging and a popular self-cleaning feature, BlendJet 2 is tailored for on-the-go lifestyles.

The portable blenders are exclusively available in India on BlendJet.in, offering consumers a spectrum of vibrant colors and patterns, including Black, Glacier, Royal Blue, Mint, Lavender, Purple, Red, Black Marble, Geode, and Urban Camo. Notably, BlendJet is gearing up to unveil an exclusive Disney range in the Indian market, adding an extra layer of excitement to the blend of health and innovation that it brings to the retail landscape.

 

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Retail India News: Sai Silks Kalamandir Ltd Reshapes Ethnic Apparel Retail with Innovation
Retail India News: Sai Silks Kalamandir Ltd Reshapes Ethnic Apparel Retail with Innovation
 

Sai Silks Kalamandir Ltd. (SSKL) emerges as a beacon of innovation and strategic prowess. With a recent surge in institutionalizing merchandising and sales processes, SSKL is reshaping the industry's dynamics with a bold technological push and a commitment to excellence.

Renowned for its diverse collection of traditional ethnic wear, SSKL's recent foray into the stock exchanges and the inauguration of its 58th retail outlet signal a period of remarkable growth. The company's ambitious plan to add 10 new stores annually, coupled with its post-IPO expansion that has already seen four operational outlets, reflects a trajectory of unprecedented expansion.

At the heart of SSKL's transformative journey lies its cutting-edge Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system, a technological marvel that meticulously captures 25 nuanced aspects of each saree, from design intricacies to color schemes and acquisition details. This system, underpinned by a strategic blend of digitization and the addition of 100 merchandising experts, revolutionizes traditional inventory management paradigms.

"The technology deployed now is custom-made, tailored based on the requirements of the business on the supply side as well as on the sale side. We have built custom reporting layers to fetch data whenever we need and however we need to run the reports effectively," shared Prasad Chalavadi, Managing Director of SSKL.

Beyond mere inventory management, SSKL's ERP system offers invaluable insights into merchandising trends, powered by artificial intelligence (AI) analytics. This data-driven approach not only optimizes stock efficiency but also enhances customer satisfaction by aligning inventory with localized preferences.

What sets SSKL apart is its forward-looking approach to technology integration. By leveraging its robust ERP system, the company swiftly identifies fast and slow-moving stock, facilitating efficient inter-store transfers tailored to diverse consumer preferences. This agile operational model positions SSKL at the forefront of the retail revolution, setting new benchmarks for the industry.

As SSKL amplifies its e-commerce footprint and expands into new territories, the company's technology-driven ethos promises to redefine the ethnic apparel retail landscape. With a relentless pursuit of excellence and a commitment to innovation, Sai Silks Kalamandir Ltd. stands poised to chart new frontiers in India's vibrant retail market.
 

 

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Retail India News: The Organic World Expands Vegan Range to Cater to Growing Demand
Retail India News: The Organic World Expands Vegan Range to Cater to Growing Demand
 

The Organic World (TOW) has announced a noteworthy expansion in its vegan product category, introducing four innovative offerings: Peanut curd, butter, ice cream, and protein powder. This strategic move aligns seamlessly with TOW's dedication to providing diverse, personalized, and responsible choices for its customers, meeting both daily and monthly consumption needs. The initiative reflects the company's commitment to staying attuned to changing consumer trends and adapting its offerings accordingly, particularly amidst the rising popularity of Veganuary.

Over the past 3-4 months, TOW has significantly grown its vegan range from 10-20 products to now encompass over 200 diverse offerings. From essentials like non-dairy milk and tofu to indulgent treats such as ice cream, bread, chocolates, and even beauty products, TOW aims to cater comprehensively to the discerning preferences of its customers. This expansion is a direct response to the escalating consumer demand for vegan options, aligning with the dynamic landscape of the vegan market. Currently, the vegan category at TOW boasts an extensive array of approximately 200 SKUs.

According to an IMARC study, the India vegan food market reached $1,324 million in 2022, with expectations to reach $2,463 million by 2028, reflecting a growth rate (CAGR) of 10.9 percent during 2023-2028. Capitalizing on this opportunity, TOW targets to derive 10 percent of its total sales from the burgeoning vegan category.

Gaurav Manchanda, Founder and MD, The Organic World said, "The decision to broaden TOW's vegan product line was inspired by a growing interest among our customers. Initially, we expanded with fundamental products like tofu and chocolates and later delved into extending our range to include more diverse offerings such as ice cream, bread, and beauty products. The rising popularity of the growing vegan market has led to the need for trusted vegan brands which has significantly influenced and reinforced our commitment to this expansion so that we can serve our customers at every point in this journey. What sets TOW's vegan products apart is our unwavering commitment to being free of harmful chemicals, in line with our Not in Our Aisle List. Our vegan products adhere to higher standards than industry-established ones, ensuring a truly responsible retail experience. Furthermore, our commitment to cruelty-free practices, prominently highlighted in our beauty products, resonates with the ethical choices of our environmentally conscious customers.” 

With a focused goal to become the market leader in the vegan space, TOW's objective reflects confidence in the growing demand for vegan products and the brand's commitment to integrating them into its core offerings. Beyond sales figures, the brand aspires to be a one-stop shop for all things vegan, accommodating the diverse preferences and values of its customers. TOW aims to navigate the vegan wave comprehensively, ensuring customers find everything they need while staying true to their values.

 

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Retail India News: CURRYiT Sets Culinary Standards with Preservative-Free Ginger Garlic Paste
Retail India News: CURRYiT Sets Culinary Standards with Preservative-Free Ginger Garlic Paste
 

In a significant development for the Indian retail landscape, CURRYiT, a highly esteemed food startup, introduces India's first preservative-free and additive-free Ginger Garlic Paste. This groundbreaking product challenges prevailing norms in the market, particularly with incumbent brands relying heavily on additives and preservatives in daily-use items like Ginger Garlic paste.

Ginger and Garlic, fundamental to most Indian cuisines, have established ginger garlic paste as a kitchen staple, particularly in urban areas. However, the sour and industrial aroma introduced by preservatives and additives in most packaged pastes has deterred many, notably mothers, from using these products.

Conducting an extensive consumer survey, the CURRYiT team sought to understand the challenges and expectations associated with this staple product. Aligned with the brand's commitment to clean and additive-free offerings, the answer was clear—to introduce a preservative-free Ginger Garlic Paste for daily cooking.

Crafted with traditional homemade techniques reminiscent of the age-old sil batta (mortar and pestle) approach, CURRYiT's Ginger Garlic Paste epitomizes the brand's dedication to delivering a fresh, pure, and flavorful culinary experience rooted in Indian traditions.

Founders Richa and Nischal emphasized, "We believe in keeping it 100 percent Natural, ensuring 100 percent Great Taste. The preservative-free Ginger Garlic Paste by CURRYiT is a game-changer in the ready-to-cook category, offering a clean convenience that stands apart."

Testimonials from users applaud the product's natural taste and aroma, describing it as an essential element for curries and a valuable time-saving addition to the kitchen by eliminating the need to peel garlic and ginger. In contrast to competitors laden with preservatives, acidity regulators, stabilizers, xanthan gum, and thickening agents, CURRYiT distinguishes itself with a preservative-free formula—no preservatives, no acidity regulators, no stabilizers, no xanthan gum, no thickening agents.

Priced affordably at just Rs 99, CURRYiT's Preservative-Free Ginger Garlic Paste becomes an accessible choice for enthusiasts and home chefs seeking top-notch culinary ingredients without compromise.

 

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Retail India News: UBON's BKH-24 Sets New Standards in Mobile Accessory Space
Retail India News: UBON's BKH-24 Sets New Standards in Mobile Accessory Space
 

In a strategic move aimed at enhancing the efficiency of delivery professionals in India, UBON, a pioneering domestic audio and mobile accessories brand, introduces its latest innovation - the state-of-the-art Helmet Bike Mobile Holder. This groundbreaking accessory, named UBON BKH-24, specifically caters to the unique challenges faced by delivery riders, offering a rainproof, sun-shielded, and multi-angle adjustable solution for seamless navigation and communication.

Designed with a focus on functionality and style, the Helmet Bike Mobile Holder goes beyond conventional safeguards by blocking direct sunlight and ensuring optimal screen visibility. Its broad compatibility with diverse devices and distinctive helmet-shaped design reflect a perfect blend of practicality and fashion in tech accessories.

Lalit Arora, Co-Founder at UBON said, "Our new mobile holder reflects our commitment to innovation that goes beyond the conventional. With features like rainproof design, sunshade, and multi-angle adjustment, we aim to make the lives of delivery riders easier and more enjoyable."

UBON's dedication to innovation and user-centric design is evident in the Helmet Bike Mobile Holder, setting a pioneering benchmark for mobile holders in the delivery industry. This release exemplifies UBON's relentless pursuit of excellence, redefining standards for functionality and convenience.

As the market evolves, UBON remains dedicated to enhancing the efficiency and comfort of those who rely on bikes for swift and efficient deliveries. The new mobile holder is now available for purchase at authorized UBON retailers and online stores, offering a competitive price of Rs 999 only.

 

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Retail India News: Contemporary Seating Mastery by Escape from Creatomy
Retail India News: Contemporary Seating Mastery by Escape from Creatomy
 

In the dynamic landscape of contemporary furniture design, Escape by Creatomy, a visionary in the industry, unveils its latest chair collection, seamlessly blending innovation and comfort. The fusion of cultural inspiration with modern design principles challenges traditional notions of upholstery, presenting each piece as a statement that marries artistic expression with practicality.

Escape by Creatomy's Black Charred Wood Pin Chair draws inspiration from the traditional hairpin used by North-Eastern tribes. This piece translates cultural nuances into a modern masterpiece, skillfully blending charred wood with a minimalist design, creating an aesthetic that harmoniously merges tradition with modernity. The Scoop Chair, another highlight of the collection, takes a visionary approach to comfort. Inspired by the natural arches formed by a person seated comfortably on foam, this ingeniously designed chair offers optimal support and relaxation. The flowing arches on the inside mirror the natural contours of the human form, providing a unique and inviting seating experience without any upholstery.

Escape by Creatomy continues to redefine contemporary furniture, transcending conventional seating concepts. These chairs not only offer comfort but also serve as artistic expressions that reflect the marriage of cultural inspiration and modern design principles. As India's retail landscape evolves, Escape by Creatomy stands as a testament to the industry's ability to push boundaries and create furniture that goes beyond mere functionality.

 

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Retail India News: FNP Strengthens Leadership with Paridhi Joshi as AVP
Retail India News: FNP Strengthens Leadership with Paridhi Joshi as AVP
 

FNP (formerly Ferns N Petals), India's trailblazing gifting brand, welcomes Paridhi Joshi as the Assistant Vice President - Retail, marking a strategic move to bolster its retail strategy and elevate the overall customer experience. With over 14 years of retail prowess, Paridhi is poised to play a key role in steering FNP's retail initiatives, overseeing category and merchandising operations, optimizing customer engagement strategies, and fostering innovation to contribute to the brand's sustained growth.

Paridhi's extensive background includes pivotal roles at Mensa Brands, where she played a crucial part in new product development, contributing significantly to the growth of renowned brands within the Fashion and Home portfolio. Her accomplishments span launching new categories, implementing strategies for sales and profit goals, and enhancing input costs for top sellers through product re-engineering.

Throughout her career journey with Aditya Birla Fashion and Retail, ColorPlus, and V-Mart Retail, Paridhi showcased her ability to drive omni-channel integration, fostering seamless collaboration between internal and external stakeholders. Renowned for her meticulous attention to detail, she is acknowledged for her passion and dedication, coupled with an adeptness for taking carefully calculated risks. Her strategic approach involved rolling out structured processes that led to improved business metrics.

Pawan Gadia, Director and CEO Global at FNP said, "We are thrilled to welcome Paridhi to the FNP family. Her proven track record in retail and product development aligns seamlessly with our vision for the brand's future. At FNP we are set to enhance the customer journey, infusing the latest trends, and showcasing our gift offerings in an engaging and impactful way. We are confident that her leadership will bring valuable insights and contribute significantly to our endeavours. FNP is now ready to take the next step in its growth journey and it’s the perfect moment for Paridhi to join the team.

Paridhi said “I am excited to join the prestigious FNP family. The brand's commitment to excellence, innovation, and creating memorable gifting experiences has always set it apart. Being a part of the continued legacy of FNP is both inspiring and motivating. I look forward to contributing my skills and passion for retail to enhance the operations and bring joy to our customers through thoughtful and unique gifting solutions.

Beyond her corporate success, Paridhi is recognized for her dedication to the art of Odissi dance, showcasing her multifaceted talents and unwavering passion. Her appointment solidifies FNP's commitment to nurturing top-notch talent and driving innovation in the gifting industry.

 

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Retail India News: Croma Unveils Electronics Extravaganza in Celebration of India's Republic Day
Retail India News: Croma Unveils Electronics Extravaganza in Celebration of India's Republic Day
 

In a nod to India's Republic Day, Croma, the pioneering omni-channel electronics retailer under the Tata Group, proudly introduces its Republic Day Sale, setting the stage for a week-long celebration of electronics retail from January 20th to January 28th, 2024.

This distinctive sale emphasizes Croma's extensive array of electronic gadgets while reinforcing its steadfast commitment to affordability. Offering enticing deals on TVs, Refrigerators, ACs, Washing Machines, Mobile Phones, Laptops, and more, Croma positions itself as a go-to destination for quality products in the retail electronics landscape.

EMI options, starting as low as Rs 999, make purchases even more accessible, and the opportunity to exchange old electronics for benefits up to Rs 5,000 adds an extra layer of value. Customers can also enjoy an extra 10 percent discount on select bank offers, making Croma's top-brand electronics even more enticing.

The article spotlights specific offerings, such as a 10 percent flat discount on Croma-branded products and attractive EMI plans for a 7.5 Kg Front Load Washing Machine and a 50-inch Google TV. Tech enthusiasts can delight in exclusive offers on Apple products, including the iPhone 15 and Apple Watch SE 2023, as well as affordable Redmi 13C 5G smartphones.

In the home appliances category, Croma's Republic Day Sale presents a diverse selection, from LG Ultra HD Smart LED TVs to Samsung's 10 kg 5 Star Fully Automatic Top Load Washing Machines. Daikin's Inverter Hot and Cold ACs, starting at just Rs 1899 per month, cater to those seeking year-round comfort.

Croma goes beyond electronics, offering a range of kitchen appliances that blend functionality with style. From IFB's Convection Microwave Oven to A.O Smith's MiniBot Instant Geyser, customers can elevate their kitchens at competitive prices.

These exclusive offers across various categories underscore Croma's commitment to providing quality products at affordable prices. The Republic Day Sale invites customers to hurry to their nearest Croma store and seize the opportunity to turn their tech dreams into reality.

 

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Mayur Ashtekar Joins Snitch to Spearhead Offline Retail Expansion in India
Mayur Ashtekar Joins Snitch to Spearhead Offline Retail Expansion in India
 

In a strategic move to fortify its leadership team, Snitch has appointed Mayur Ashtekar as the Lead Business Development and Offline Expansion Head. Leveraging his extensive background in business development and retail operations, Ashtekar brings a wealth of experience and expertise to Snitch, aiming to drive innovative growth in the retail sector.

With a notable stint as the Business Development Manager at Rare Rabbit and Rareism, Ashtekar has showcased exceptional leadership skills and profound knowledge of the retail industry. His successful track record in implementing strategic initiatives, fueling growth, and enhancing customer satisfaction played a pivotal role in his previous role. Furthermore, his adeptness at building robust relationships with key stakeholders significantly contributed to achieving critical business objectives.

Siddharth Dungarwal, Founder of Snitch expressed, "We are delighted to welcome Ashtekar to the Snitch team. His exceptional skills and passion for transforming the retail landscape make him the perfect fit for spearheading new business acquisition and strategic offline expansion. With his innovative thinking and customer-centric approach, we are confident in his ability to further our mission of providing seamless and enjoyable shopping experiences for our customers."

In his new role as Lead Business Development and Offline Expansion Head, Ashtekar will oversee the entirety of Snitch's retail business development, with a primary focus on driving offline expansion across various regions in India. Drawing upon his rich experience and expertise, he will play a crucial role in formulating and executing strategic plans to extend Snitch's cutting-edge solutions to a broader audience.

Ashtekar expressed, "I am thrilled to embark on this new journey with Snitch. The opportunity to lead the business development and offline expansion efforts of a pioneering company like Snitch is truly exciting. I look forward to leveraging my experience to drive the growth of Snitch's offline presence and deliver innovative shopping experiences that exceed customer expectations."

Ashtekar's appointment signifies Snitch's commitment to strengthening its leadership team and driving continuous growth. With his visionary approach to business development and retail operations, Snitch is poised to revolutionize the retail industry and offer unparalleled shopping experiences for customers across the nation.

 

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Retail India News: HCCB's Water ATM Initiative in Nalbari Blends Community Welfare with Sustainability
Retail India News: HCCB's Water ATM Initiative in Nalbari Blends Community Welfare with Sustainability
 

In a significant stride towards community welfare and sustainable water security, Hindustan Coca-Cola Beverages Private Limited (HCCB), a prominent FMCG company in India, has introduced a Drinking Water ATM in collaboration with Y4D foundation at the Natya Mandir premises in Nalbari, Assam. The inauguration of the Drinking Water ATM witnessed the presence of esteemed dignitaries, including Shri. Jayanta Mallabaruah, Hon'ble Minister of PHED, SEED and Tourism, Assam, and Smt. Varnali Deka, IAS, District Commissioner of Nalbari district.

Positioned to serve approximately 4000 residents in the community, the Drinking Water ATM is a manifestation of HCCB's broader commitment to ensuring sustainable water security and contributing to regional empowerment initiatives.

Varnali Deka, IAS, District Commissioner of Nalbari district, Assam said, “Initiatives that empower the community and cater to the overall welfare of the people have a long-standing impact on lives. We are happy to have HCCB actively enabling access to safe and clean water for the local community of Nalbari. This development impacts thousands of people and paves the way to positive change in the region. The Water ATM will bring succour to more than 150 shops and commercial establishments, 50 Street vendors in the immediate vicinity, besides providing water to attendees of all the events at the frequently used Natya Mandir with a capacity of 500 people.” 

Himanshu Priyadarshi, Chief Public Affairs, Communications and Sustainability Officer, HCCB said, “At Hindustan Coca-Cola Beverages, we recognise the need for community empowerment and the challenges encountered in accessing safe, clean drinking water. The introduction of Drinking Water ATM in the Nalbari district marks an important step towards addressing this need. The initiative aligns with our larger vision to foster community welfare and contributes towards ensuring access to water and sanitation for all. These programs showcase our steadfast commitment to driving positive change in the communities we serve."

Apart from the water initiative, HCCB has previously undertaken efforts to empower women and the community in Assam. This includes upskilling over 400 women in digital and financial literacy and equipping a local school with a digital smartboard for tech-enabled learning. In addition, plans for bee farming training and equipment supply for 20 women in Nalbari aim to enhance employability, fostering welfare, and empower women with valuable skills.

 

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Retail India News: Archies and Mondelez India Unite to Redefine Gifting Culture
Retail India News: Archies and Mondelez India Unite to Redefine Gifting Culture
 

In a strategic alliance, Archies, the iconic gifting brand, has partnered with Mondelez India, renowned for brands like Cadbury Dairy Milk and Oreo. This collaboration aims to reimagine the gifting experience, just in time for the Valentine's season, infusing sweetness and sentiment into the retail landscape.

With a profound legacy in the gifting industry, Archies has consistently been a symbol of spreading love and joy. This partnership with Mondelez India aligns seamlessly with Archies' commitment to providing unique and heartfelt gifting solutions for every occasion. Mondelez India, the force behind beloved brands like Cadbury, has played a pivotal role in establishing chocolates and biscuits as integral components of gifting traditions across India for decades. Together, they aspire to elevate and broaden the "Meetha" occasions in households across the nation by offering a delightful range of customized Mondelez India's gift hampers.

Varun Moolchandani, Executive Director at Archies said, “We are excited about the possibilities this collaboration brings. Mondelez India’s reputation for crafting delightful and high-quality chocolates perfectly complements our mission to provide customers with an array of choices that symbolize affection and thoughtfulness."

Desmond D’Souza, VP, Sales, Mondelez India, added, “We are excited to offer our differentiated gift hampers across Archies India’s stores and website. We look forward to jointly building a compelling gifting proposition for Indian shoppers, and to entrench our products as a gift item across multiple occasions, both large and small.

This collaboration introduces an exclusive lineup of Mondelez India’s gift hampers at Archies stores, promising a perfect blend of sweetness and sentiment. Whether expressing love, celebrating milestones, or indulging in the joy of giving, Archies and Cadbury invite everyone to explore the art of gifting in a truly delightful way.

 

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How Metro Brands is working to Improve Margins, Enhance Customer Satisfaction and Support Rapid Growth
How Metro Brands is working to Improve Margins, Enhance Customer Satisfaction and Support Rapid Growth
 

Metro Brands Limited, a prominent player in India's footwear and accessory retail landscape, has forged a strategic alliance with Nextail, a trailblazer in merchandise planning platforms for the fashion industry. This enduring collaboration, spanning various AI-infused solutions within Buying and Merchandising, underscores Metro Brands Limited's unwavering dedication to elevating the retail journey and addressing the ever-evolving demands of the dynamic Indian consumer base.

The partnership is poised to reshape the retail landscape in India, ushering in a new era of innovation and customer-centric strategies. As one of the nation's leading footwear and accessory specialty retailers, Metro Brands Limited has recognized the imperative need to embrace cutting-edge technologies to stay ahead in the competitive retail arena.

At the core of this strategic collaboration lies the integration of AI-driven solutions across Buying and Merchandising. The implementation of advanced artificial intelligence technologies promises to revolutionize Metro Brands Limited's approach to inventory management, forecasting, and merchandising strategies. This move aligns seamlessly with the brand's commitment to staying ahead of market trends and ensuring an optimal shopping experience for its diverse customer base.

With the Indian footwear industry witnessing a seismic shift, projected to triple from $26 billion to $90 billion by 2030, Metro Brands Limited recently also announced a strategic partnership with US-based footwear giant Foot Locker, leading the expected surge for sports footwear in the country. Currently the brand operates 826 stores across 192 Indian cities, and has plans to open 200 additional stores by FY 2025.

Additionally, Metro Brands retails footwear under its own brands of Metro, Mochi, Walkway, Da Vinchi and J. Fontini, as well as certain third-party brands such as Crocs, Fitflop, Fila, Skechers, Clarks, Puma, and Adidas, which complement its in-house brands. The Metro footwear range is specially curated based on the regional sensitivity to cater to the needs of different regions.

The collaboration with Nextail is the latest example of Metro Brands leveraging technology to cater to the diverse and evolving needs of their customers. The company is now poised to leverage Nextail’s innovative solutions to capitalize on this market growth and respond to changing consumer behavior faster than their peers. With Nextail, Metro Brands Limited is expected to increase operational efficiency while continuing their growth journey. Through highly accurate demand forecasting and decision automation, Nextail’s platform will ensure product availability across the rapidly expanding store footprint.

With hyper-local forecasting, every single store will have the individual focus that is usually only possible in the earliest stages of a brand’s journey. Metro Brands will be one-of-a-kind retailers in India with this capability at scale, joining a number of European pioneers already leveraging such technologies.

Nissan Joseph, CEO, Metro Brands Limited, said, “Since opening our first store in 1955, Metro Brands Limited has been fully dedicated to providing unparalleled service to customers by way of fashionable and region-specific footwear. Our decision to partner with Nextail is based on their strong product vision and retail knowledge, but importantly because of our shared ethos for leveraging cutting-edge solutions in favor of enhancing the customer experience.”

Juan Avedillo, Co-CEO, Nextail shared his enthusiasm about the partnership, stating, “We are so proud to embark on this journey with Metro Brands Limited, an iconic and respected name in the Indian retail landscape. Together, we aim to empower Metro Brands Limited to stay at the forefront of retail innovation in India and worldwide.”

 

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Retail India News: ITC's Aashirvaad Svasthi Fuses Devotion and Sustainability at Ayodhya's Ram Mandir Inauguration
Retail India News: ITC's Aashirvaad Svasthi Fuses Devotion and Sustainability at Ayodhya's Ram Mandir Inauguration
 

In a poignant display of devotion and commitment to sustainability, ITC's Ghee brand, Aashirvaad Svasthi, is set to play a significant role during the sacred Pran Pratishtha ceremony at the Lord Ram Mandir in Ayodhya on the 22nd of this month. As part of the ceremonial celebration, Aashirvaad Svasthi Pure Cow Ghee will illuminate thousands of Diyas, embodying the 'Aro-Ma of Love' in the newly constructed temple.

Beyond the ceremonial aspects, ITC's social investment program, Mission Sunhera Kal, has expanded its collaboration with the Ayodhya Nagar Nigam to launch the Swachh ‘Teerth’ campaign. This initiative incorporates multi-dimensional interventions aimed at promoting cleanliness and sustainability in the city. Over 1,000 dustbins made from recycled plastic have been distributed to local vendors as part of the effort, fostering a collective commitment to maintaining a cleaner environment.

The Swachh ‘Teerth’ campaign also involves the strategic placement of more than 200 Plastic Collection Boxes at various locations, constructed from recycled plastic. To oversee the waste collection process, a team of over 200 trained volunteers will actively participate. ITC's collaboration with Ayodhya Nagar Nigam, under the Memorandum of Understanding with the Government of Uttar Pradesh, showcases a commitment to long-term sustainability efforts. Plans for the installation of composters and bio-gas units in the coming months further reinforce this commitment.

ITC Aashirvaad Svasthi Ghee takes pride in actively participating in and enhancing the celebrations surrounding the Ram Mandir inauguration. Collaborating with the Shri Ram Janmbhoomi Teerth Kshetra, ITC contributes to the Nutan Vigrah Pran Pratishtha of Shri Ram Lallaji, becoming enablers of devotion during this momentous occasion.

In a warm welcome to devotees visiting Ayodhya, ITC Aashirvaad Svasthi Ghee has adorned prominent locations with banners and signages, including the airport, railway station, entrance of the Ram Mandir, and other significant temples across the city.

The Pran Pratishtha ceremony at the New Ram Mandir holds immense spiritual importance, signifying the establishment of the life force within the deity's idol. As a transformative ritual, it endows the idol with divine essence, making the Ram Mandir a key pilgrimage site, drawing devotees from across the world. ITC's multifaceted involvement in this event underscores a harmonious blend of devotion and sustainability, contributing to the significance of the occasion.

 

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Retail India News: Sector Gin Blossoms with the Debut of Hibiscus and Peach-Infused Gin
Retail India News: Sector Gin Blossoms with the Debut of Hibiscus and Peach-Infused Gin
 

Sector Gin introduces its latest creation – the Hibiscus and Peach Infused Gin. This artisanal gin, a fusion of botanical finesse and fruity allure, promises a sensory experience that transcends the ordinary. Crafted with precision and passion, master distillers at Sector Gin have artfully combined the delicate essence of hibiscus blossoms with the sweet juiciness of ripe peaches. The result is a libation that invites enthusiasts and connoisseurs alike to embark on a journey of flavor discovery.

The Hibiscus and Peach Infused Gin unfolds layers of complexity with each sip, as the hibiscus imparts a floral symphony that gracefully intertwines with the juicy notes of perfectly ripened peaches. This creation is a testament to Sector Gin's commitment to innovation, quality, and the pursuit of unparalleled taste.

"We sought to redefine the gin experience by infusing it with hibiscus's vibrant harmony and peaches' natural sweetness. This creation celebrates botanical craftsmanship, inviting discerning palates to savor a symphony of flavors in every glass. As our consumers embraced our infused gins at events, we realized the potential to reach a wider audience by diversifying our offerings. The Hibiscus and Peach Infusion is just the beginning. We are committed to exploring and introducing more captivating flavors to elevate the gin experience," said Bharat Bhagnani, Founder, Sector Gin.

Beyond its exquisite taste, the bottle itself is a work of art – a visual testament to craftsmanship. The label, adorned with botanical motifs and hues inspired by the lushness of a blooming garden, serves as a preview of the sensory delight held within.

The Hibiscus and Peach Infused Gin is poised to be a game-changer in the Indian spirits market, appealing to those who appreciate the artistry and innovation behind a truly exceptional libation. Whether sipped neat, on the rocks or as the star ingredient in your favorite cocktail, this infusion promises a premium and unforgettable drinking experience.

At Sector Gin, consumers are invited to raise a glass to the Hibiscus and Peach Infused Gin – a symphony of botanicals, a celebration of craftsmanship, and an ode to the extraordinary. As Sector Gin diversifies its offerings, this infusion marks a strategic move to capture a wider audience and solidify its presence in India's vibrant and evolving retail landscape.

 

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Retail India News: Shah Rukh Khan Partners with Tide in a Stain-Removal Saga
Retail India News: Shah Rukh Khan Partners with Tide in a Stain-Removal Saga
 

In a strategic move that blends Bollywood glamour with laundry excellence, Tide has unveiled its latest innovation: the NEW and IMPROVED Tide with boosted magnets, designed to conquer deep-seated stains like tea, coffee, oils, and gravy. This development comes as Tide, a stalwart in laundry solutions, adapts to the changing landscape of consumer habits and evolving lifestyles. With a decade-long commitment to innovation, Tide's new formula caters to both hand wash and machine conditions, providing exceptional whiteness and freshness.

The partnership with Bollywood's King Khan, Shah Rukh Khan, marks a significant milestone for Tide India. The actor joins Tide as the 'asli/real SRK – Stain Removal King,' embodying the brand's promise of perfection and excellence. The collaboration is not just about endorsing a product; it signifies a shared commitment to consumer delight and the relentless pursuit of excellence. Tide's NEW and IMPROVED formula finds its voice through a compelling campaign featuring Shah Rukh Khan, ensuring that consumers have a reliable and iconic ally in their laundry needs.

Mukta Maheshwari, CMO, P&G India and VP, Fabric Care, P&G India spoke on this new partnership said, “P&G, home to the world's no 1* detergent brand, is committed to solving everyday consumer needs with superiority that drives brand preference. We're delighted with the partnership with Shah Rukh Khan and his endorsement of the New and Improved Tide as the Stain Removal King. Tide, the world's number one detergent brand, is focused on offering laundry solutions that delight consumers every day where it matters most. In this continued endeavor, we're thrilled that Tide has upgraded to remove deep-seated stains and offer an outstanding clean on the toughest stains. We are delighted to have SRK recommend Tide as the ‘asli/real SRK – Stain Removal King’ to consumers and fans across the country."

 

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Retail India News: Senco Gold and Diamonds Honors Spiritual Heritage with SiyaRam Collection
Retail India News: Senco Gold and Diamonds Honors Spiritual Heritage with SiyaRam Collection
 

Senco Gold and Diamonds has introduced the special 'SiyaRam Collection.' This collection emerges as an artistic tribute coinciding with the inauguration of the Ram Mandir in Ayodhya on January 22. Marking a milestone in India's spiritual and cultural landscape, the SiyaRam Collection by Senco Gold and Diamonds pays homage to the timeless bond between Lord Ram, Sita, Lakshman, and Hanuman.

The contemporary and intricately crafted SiyaRam Collection, comprising elegant pendants, necklaces, and earrings, encapsulates the virtues embodied by Ram as the ideal leader, Sita as the ideal wife, Lakshman as the ideal brother, and Hanuman as the ideal worshipper. The designs intricately capture the grandeur of the Ram Mandir and the legendary moment of Ram and Sita's coronation, surrounded by their devoted companions Hanuman and Lakshman. This innovative collection seeks to not only celebrate the temple's inauguration but also radiate love, peace, and happiness to all admirers of its beauty.

Crafted by the skilled artisans of Senco Gold and Diamonds, the SiyaRam Collection features delicate nakashi craftsmanship, meenakari work, and intricately set diamonds. These elements are thoughtfully incorporated to symbolize the divine connection between Lord Ram, Sita, Lakshman, and Hanuman. The temple-inspired designs, adorned with antique polish, add a touch of grandeur, symbolizing the eternal love and strength emanating from the epic narrative of Ramayana.

Suvankar Sen, MD and CEO of Senco Gold and Diamonds expressed, "The atmosphere of devotion to Lord Ram is palpable everywhere in anticipation of the Ram Mandir inauguration. Drawing inspiration from the magnificence of Ram Mandir, Ram Sita coronation, and the Dus Avatars, our SiyaRam Collection captures the essence of exemplary leadership, companionship, and devotion." The intricate jewelry pieces, a fusion of traditional craftsmanship and symbolism, carry profound meaning within the allegorical narrative of Ram and Sita."

Joita Sen, Director and Head of Marketing and Designs at Senco Gold and Diamonds added, "Ram Mandir paves the way for showing dedication of devotees all over the world. Our SiyaRam Collection is a perfect tribute to the personification of love, peace, and perfection amongst Ram, Sita, Lakshman, and Hanuman. This collection exudes artistic brilliance and serves as a poignant reminder of the timeless values that shape our lives." With optimism, the SiyaRam Collection is poised to be warmly embraced by the brand's loyal consumers, encapsulating the majestic embodiment of peace, love, and perfection.

 

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Retail India News: PepsiCo India Charts New Leadership Course in Strategic Transition
Retail India News: PepsiCo India Charts New Leadership Course in Strategic Transition
 

In a strategic move indicative of PepsiCo's global adaptability, PepsiCo India recently announced a leadership transition set to take place in March 2024. Ahmed El Sheikh, the incumbent CEO of PepsiCo India, will step into a new role as the CEO of the Middle East Business Unit. This shift paves the way for Jagrut Kotecha, currently serving as the Chief Commercial Officer for PepsiCo in Africa, Middle East, and South Asia (AMESA), to assume the role of CEO for PepsiCo India. The transition reflects PepsiCo's dynamic global approach, aligning leadership to navigate evolving market dynamics.

In 2023, PepsiCo India showcased robust financial results, continuing its transformation journey. The strategic shift in leadership comes from the company's adept understanding of the Indian market, innovative product development, and efficient distribution strategies. PepsiCo India's adaptability to meet diverse consumer preferences, commitment to sustainable business practices, and digitalization efforts have solidified its position as a key player in the Indian food and beverage industry.

Eugene Willemsen, Chief Executive Officer – Africa, Middle East and South Asia, PepsiCo said, “India remains a pivotal market for PepsiCo, playing a crucial role in our global strategy. Over the last six years, Ahmed has been instrumental in transforming our business, driving innovation, and steering the team through challenging landscapes. His leadership saw the introduction of pioneering products and various community focused initiatives, and I look forward to continuing to work with him in his new capacity. I am equally excited to welcome Jagrut to the India executive team and am certain that we will continue to scale new zeniths of success under his leadership with our Indian consumers.” 

Ahmed ElSheikh, CEO, PepsiCo India said, "Leading the team in India has been a journey filled with unique insights and vibrant experiences. The diversity and cultural richness of India have not only added to the business's success but also enriched my personal growth. The resilience and creativity of the Indian team are unparalleled, and I do not doubt that they will continue to excel under Jagrut’s leadership. I leave with a heart full of gratitude and a treasure trove of memories that will continue to inspire me in my future endeavors.” 

Jagrut Kotecha, current Chief Commercial Officer for PepsiCo in AMESA and incoming CEO for PepsiCo India said, "Having been part of the PepsiCo family for the past 30 years, I have witnessed firsthand the unwavering commitment of PepsiCo India to excellence and innovation. This commitment has not only propelled our growth in the Indian market but also reinforced our position as a leader in the industry. Ahmed leaves an indelible mark on our India operations and his legacy of success sets a high benchmark for us all. As I take on this new responsibility, I am excited to drive forward our mission, ensuring continued success and growth in the Indian market.” 

The leadership transition signifies a new chapter for PepsiCo India and the company's dedication to nurturing leadership talent and adapting to evolving market dynamics. As PepsiCo India remains focused on strengthening its operations, the change marks a strategic evolution, reinforcing the company's commitment to innovation and customer satisfaction in the ever-changing retail landscape of India.

 

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Retail India News: Gaurav Shah Assumes CFO Role at The Sleep Company
Retail India News: Gaurav Shah Assumes CFO Role at The Sleep Company
 

In a strategic move, The Sleep Company has appointed Gaurav Shah as Chief Financial Officer, effective from December 26, 2023. Bringing over 18 years of expertise as a Chartered Accountant, Shah is poised to play a pivotal role in aligning stakeholders with organizational goals, enhancing financial performance, and shaping the financial narrative of the evolving business model. His focus on driving EBITDA and prioritizing improved gross margins underlines the commitment to making The Sleep Company a world-class, process-driven entity.

Priyanka Salot, Co-Founder of The Sleep Company said, "Gaurav’s appointment aligns with our vision for strategic and operational foresight. His financial leadership will play a crucial role in realizing our goals. We are thrilled to welcome him onboard to this exciting journey towards continued growth and success.

In his role as CFO, Shah is set to leverage his experience to drive The Sleep Company's growth, emphasizing the unique position it holds in India's comfort tech sector through superior innovation and SmartGRID technology. Highlighting the discretionary spending habits of Indian customers and their inclination to upgrade lifestyles where value is perceived, Shah sees immense potential for the company. He acknowledges The Sleep Company's strong presence across various channels and social media, coupled with experienced stores across the country, as a significant differentiator in reaching customers effectively.

Sharing his excitement about joining The Sleep Company, Shah commented, "I am very excited to be part of this space and take the Company forward by leveraging my experience.

Prior to his role at The Sleep Company, Shah served as CFO for Wellness Forever in India. His career boasts impactful milestones, including filing DRHP with SEBI for the IPO of Wellness Forever and being part of the core founding team for Tata Starbucks in India in 2012, contributing to the company's growth over four years. His financial acumen and strategic direction played a crucial role in several rounds of funds raised, whether through equity or debt, showcasing a consistent track record of financial success in his previous roles.

 

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Retail India News: JBL's PartyBox Ultimate Debuts, Sets New Standard in Audio Space
Retail India News: JBL's PartyBox Ultimate Debuts, Sets New Standard in Audio Space
 

Setting the stage for a larger-than-life auditory spectacle, JBL unleashes its latest marvel, the JBL PartyBox Ultimate, promising a more significant, superior, and bolder sonic experience. Scheduled for its retail debut in India on January 18, 2024, priced at Rs 164,999, the JBL PartyBox Ultimate introduces an unparalleled fusion of JBL Original Pro Sound, Dolby Atmos immersive audio, and a mesmerizing light show perfectly synchronized with the rhythm. This audio powerhouse is poised to redefine partying across the nation.

Embodying a promise to not just hear but feel the music, the JBL PartyBox Ultimate emerges as the best-sounding and loudest JBL PartyBox to date. With superior JBL Original Pro Sound, powered by two high-sensitivity mid-range drivers and dual tweeters, every nuance of favorite tracks becomes vivid even at the highest volumes. Boasting a capability to fill spaces as vast as two basketball courts, the thunderous bass, courtesy of a pair of 9-inch subwoofers, ensures an immersive experience throughout any room. Dolby Atmos takes the sonic journey a step further, placing the listener at the epicenter of music with unmatched clarity and depth.

The grandeur of the JBL PartyBox Ultimate extends beyond sound with the most extensive multi-dimensional light show ever witnessed in a party speaker. From a captivating starry night effect to dynamic strobes, the lights dance in harmony with the music, turning every occasion into a visual and auditory spectacle.

Seamless music streaming, courtesy of Wi-Fi and Bluetooth capabilities, offers the flexibility to enjoy high-definition music and take the party on the go. The Wi-Fi connectivity ensures uninterrupted music playback, even amidst a flurry of phone notifications. Whether indoors or outdoors, the JBL PartyBox Ultimate automatically adapts to its surroundings every time it powers on.

Adding an interactive twist to the festivities, the JBL PartyPad on the PartyBox's top panel allows users to customize their party experience with simple fingertip actions – tap, hold, and slide. Transform the ambiance with DJ-quality sound effects, dive into a favorite playlist, or take center stage with guitar and dual mic inputs, complemented by karaoke EQ tuning.

Built for portability, the JBL PartyBox Ultimate boasts an IPX4 splashproof design, an easy-to-grip handle, and sturdy wheels, ensuring that the party can travel anywhere. Vikram Kher, VP of Lifestyle at HARMAN India, emphasized, "When it comes to throwing an unforgettable party, the JBL PartyBox delivers," underscoring the brand's commitment to creating an immersive and unforgettable audio experience for music enthusiasts across India.

 

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Retail India News: Pride of Cows' Premium Ghee Elevates Ayodhya Ram Mandir Consecration
Retail India News: Pride of Cows' Premium Ghee Elevates Ayodhya Ram Mandir Consecration
 

In a cultural tapestry that weaves together tradition and modernity, Pride of Cows, the Single Origin Milk brand of Parag Milk Foods, has made a significant donation of premium ghee to The Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams (TTD). This noteworthy contribution aligns with TTD's mission to provide 'Srivari' laddus, each weighing 25 grams, for the consecration ceremony of the Ayodhya Ram Mandir. With a legacy spanning 300 years, the 'Srivari laddu' prasadam holds a special place and will be distributed among participating devotees and esteemed guests on January 22nd this year.

"We are delighted to contribute our premium ghee to The Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams for the consecration of the Ayodhya Ram Temple, which will enhance the preparation of Srivari's laddus. This is a testament to our dedication towards heritage and a goodwill gesture to the devotees at the Ayodhya ‘Pran Pratishtha’ event,” shared Devendra Shah, Chairman at Parag Milk Foods.

Beyond being a mere donation, this act reflects Pride of Cows' commitment to preserving cultural heritage and fostering community connections. The Ayodhya Ram Temple, a symbol of faith for millions, becomes a shared celebration, and Pride of Cows is honored to contribute its premium ghee to the meticulous preparation of these symbolic 'Srivari' laddus. As the cultural fabric unfolds, this contribution stands as a testament to the brand's ethos of community engagement and its integral role in preserving traditions that echo through India's rich history.

 

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Retail India News: RAK Ceramics' Pivotal Role in Ayodhya's Ram Mandir Architectural Triumph
Retail India News: RAK Ceramics' Pivotal Role in Ayodhya's Ram Mandir Architectural Triumph
 

In the realm of prestigious projects across India, RAK Ceramics has etched a storied history, leaving its mark on iconic landmarks such as the Kashi Vishwanath temple complex, the UP PWD project, and major airports in Lucknow, Chennai, Bangalore, and Delhi. Renowned institutions like IITs in Kanpur, Tirupati, and Patna, medical colleges including AIIMS, and pivotal initiatives such as BHU, ISRO, and NTPC have also benefited from RAK Ceramics' commitment to excellence and unwavering quality.

However, the Ram Mandir project is the grandest testament to this enduring partnership, weaving together Indian consumers and RAK Ceramics in a cultural and architectural narrative. The Ram Temple Complex, a beacon of faith and identity, has become a pivotal collaboration for RAK Ceramics, reinforcing its dedication to providing top-notch solutions. Operating from a state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Samalkot, Andhra Pradesh, with a production capacity of 30,000 square meters of vitrified tiles and 3000 pieces of sanitary ware daily, the company's impact on India's architectural landscape is substantial.

Anil K Beejawat, CEO of RAK Ceramics India Pvt. Ltd said, “While our products are used in tens of thousands of projects globally every year, this prestigious association is one of a kind. To be associated with a project embedded in the cultural, religious, and social life of the people of Bharat is a matter of great pride for RAK Ceramics.

Integral to the Ram Temple Complex, RAK Ceramics' high-quality products adorn key areas such as the Pilgrims Facility Centre, Fire Post, Pilgrims Toilet, Main Receiving Substation, Staff Locker Male/Female, Waiting Hall, and UPS Room. These high-footfall spaces, expecting millions of visitors annually, demanded the utmost quality, which RAK Ceramics expertly fulfilled.

Beejawat highlighted, “It is the epitome of faith of all Indians the world over. It’s symbolic of the real identity of Bharat and the re-emergence of one of the oldest civilizations on this planet. With this opportunity to be a part of the Ram Temple Complex, we have added another unmatched accomplishment to our repertoire. We are keenly looking forward to the grand opening of the temple on 22nd January.

RAK Ceramics, a global ceramic giant, annually produces 118 million square meters of tiles, 5.7 million pieces of sanitaryware, 26 million pieces of porcelain tableware, and 2.6 million faucets. Operating cutting-edge plants across the United Arab Emirates, India, Bangladesh, and Europe, the company's influence extends far and wide. As they gear up for more exciting projects and significant associations shortly, RAK Ceramics continues to shape India's architectural narrative with an unwavering commitment to quality and excellence.

 

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