India news and analysis

05 November 2018
SPAR India opens 24 th store. New hypermarket located in Hyderabad SPAR India reaffirmed its commitment to India with the opening of its 24 th store in Hyderabad. Located within the Sharath Capital City Mall, it is the fifth SPAR hypermarket in this city. This milestone also marks a growth by 50% of SPAR India’s store network within just 24 months. Mr. Rajeev Krishnan, SPAR India’s Man...
01 November 2018
Announcement of additional investments made at opening of its 23rd store. Plans to open another 47 stores within 5 years At the opening of its 23rd Cash and Carry store, Walmart India revealed that it will invest another US$500m to boost its presence in the country. In addition to its ecommerce platform, the retailer is targeting to have 70 stores by 2022. Walmart India President and CEO...
15 October 2018
Traditional stores go by many names: mom-and-pop stores, kiranas (India); warung (Indonesia); kedai runcit (Malaysia); sari-sari (Philippines). They include markets, street vendors and kiosks, and are a major feature of Asia’s grocery retail landscape.  They’re also the specialist subject of Johann, one of our Singapore-based senior retail analysts. We asked Johann for his views on the traditi...
02 October 2018
Metro Cash and Carry India is turning to smaller better stores, one of the five key trends we outlined earlier this year in IGD's Asia Outlook. More compact stores... Metro Cash and Carry is due to open its 27th store in India. It will operate approx. 3,716 sq m / 40,000 sq ft retail space, around half the size of most of Metro's existing stores in the country. The new compact store in Ghaz...
28 September 2018
Sixth store to open in the Indian state of Punjab. Operating under the Best Price Modern banner Walmart India has announced the opening of another cash and carry wholesale store. It is the sixth such store in the state of Punjab and the 22 nd  store in India. The newly opened store is also fully integrated into its B2B ecommerce platform. Walmart India President and CEO Krish Iyer said, ...
27 September 2018
Metro Cash and Carry is planning to support the development of 500,000 kirana stores in India as part of its omnichannel strategy. The German wholesaler has said it will look to help kirana owners digitalise their stores over the next three to five years. Modern fixtures, marketing tools and point-of-sale devices Metro will continue its focus on the business-to-business space by helpi...
19 September 2018
Fully automated, cashier-less store opens in Kochi, Kerala. India’s response to Amazon Go Launched by a new Indian startup, the new store is called Watasale, and located in a shopping mall in Kochi. Similar to the Amazon Go store in the US, the store relies heavily on technological innovations to provide shoppers with a queue-less system where they can just exit the store after picking up t...
11 September 2018
Metro Cash and Carry supporting efforts to digitise traditional kiranas. Launch of Kirana Success Centre Metro Cash and Carry is launching several initiatives that target the neighbourhood mom and pop channel. Arvind Mediratta, CEO of Metro Cash and Carry India, said that it intends to be “ champion of all small independent business and be a one-stop solution for them and help them in their...
10 September 2018
Expansion plans across both small and large format stores. Stores in more than 100 cities across India Future Retail has announced its intention to boost its store network in the coming months. It plans to open 20 more Big Bazaar hypermarkets as well as an additional 100 small format stores. When completed, this will bring its total network to more than 300 Big Bazaar stores and 766 small f...
07 September 2018
Amazon is the first to offer its service in Hindi, the most widely spoken language in India. Leading the way Shoppers are now able to choose the Hindi language on Amazon's mobile site or android app. This will soon be extended to its desktop and Apple mobile app. The retailer will be able to reach non-English speakers ahead of its key competitors. Flipkart, Paytm Mall and Snapdeal do not ha...