Tag Archives: India

Ikea bets big on India but keeps meatballs off the menu


(Source: Rappler | June 24, 2018) Furniture giant Ikea is set to open its first store and restaurant in India after years of trying but arguably its most famous item is off the menu – Swedish meatballs. Ikea, the world’s biggest furniture retailer, will next month cut the ribbon on a massive 37,000-square-meter outlet in the southern city of Hyderabad, complete with ...

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Miniso India plans to open 200 stores this year


(Source: Inside Retail Asia | June 13, 2018) Discount chain Miniso India plans to open 200 stores by year’s end. India has become a fertile market for many international retail brands, including Gap, H&M and Zara. So far, Miniso has opened 20 stores in India. A World Bank report says India’s economy has grown by 6.7 per cent from last ...

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Walmart is buying India’s Flipkart

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(Source: CNN Money  | May 9, 2018) Walmart has agreed to buy India’s leading online retailer Flipkart, paying $16 billion for a controlling stake of 77%. Flipkart gives Walmart access to a market it has been trying to crack for years. The Arkansas-based retailer has been restricted by local regulations to operating wholesale outlets in the world’s fastest growing economy. ...

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Amazon wants to buy Indian e-commerce company Flipkart


(Source: Business Insider | May 3, 2018) Amazon has made an offer to purchase approximately 60% of Indian e-commerce company Flipkart, according to CNBC. The US e-commerce titan has been interested in acquiring Flipkart for awhile; it made a bid to purchase 51% to 55% of Flipkart two years ago, a source told Reuters, but the offer was rejected because ...

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India relaxes FDI rules

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(Sources: Economic Times India, Moneycontrol | January 15, 2018) The Indian government has announced sweeping relaxations in foreign direct investment (FDI) rules in single-brand retail and other areas. Currently, only 49 percent of FDI was allowed under automatic route in singe-brand retail. Investment beyond that level required government approval. Furthermore, single-brand retailers can set off “incremental sourcing of goods from ...

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Google: Southeast Asia’s internet economy is growing faster than expected

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(Source: Techcrunch | December 12, 2017) Southeast Asia is now the world’s third largest region for internet users — with more people online than the entire U.S. population — and internet is having a bigger impact on the region than originally thought, according to a new report co-authored by Google. China and India typically dominate the conversation when looking at ...

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Amazon buys into India’s Shoppers Stop


(Source: Inside Retail Asia | September 25, 2017) Amazon has bought a 5 percent stake in Indian department store chain Shoppers Stop. Local analysts herald the investment as a step towards the US e-commerce giant gaining a foothold in the brick-and-mortar sector to help build online-offline alliances and build its brand. The purchase price is believed to be about Rs180 ...

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India races past China to nab top spot on global retail index

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(Source: Techwire Asia| June 7, 2017) India has overtaken China in an index ranking developing countries in terms of their attractiveness for retail investment. The Global Retail Development Index, an annual report from management consulting firm A.T. Kearney, said the ranking was based on the countries rapidly expanding economy, a major increase in consumer spending and the government’s easing of ...

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Indian e-commerce boom looms

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(Inside Retail Asia | 18 May 2017) An Indian e-commerce boom is imminent thanks to burgeoning numbers of internet and smartphone users. The founder and CEO of online women’s fashion store Trend Arrest, Nitin Bhatia, predicts that by next year there could be 500 million internet and 280 million smartphone users. He says new users are fueling growth daily and ...

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Apple plans retail expansion in India


(Source: Apple Insider | 17 March 2017) American multinational technology company Apple is expanding its presence in India by increasing authorized reseller locations with over 100 small stores believed to be a six-fold increase in the number of outlets already in operation in the country. The reseller stores will measure 450 to 500 square feet in size, according to the ...

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