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Reliance Retail plans to integrate its own e-commerce app JioMart into WhatsApp, within the next six months.  This would enable 400m users of India’s most popular messaging app to order food and grocery products, without having to switch to another platform.

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Reliance Retail will depart from its previous strategy of directly selling packaged grocery products.  Instead, its e-commerce platform JioMart will soon use Kirana stores as franchise partners to deliver non-perishable grocery items in India.  Kiranas will be leveraged for non-perishable items; Reliance Retail will fulfill perishable goods JioMart will utilise the existing inventory of the...
The Delhi high court recently upheld the proposed merger of Future Retail Limited (FRL) with Reliance Retail Ventures Limited (RNRL), following a challenge by Amazon.  It has also allowed Amazon to continue opposing the merger in appropriate legal forums. Delhi high court clears Future-Reliance deal According to the Delhi high court, the transaction between Future and Reliance did not viola...
Reliance Retail Ventures, a subsidiary of Reliance Industries, will buy Future Group’s retail and wholesale business including its logistics and warehouses for US$3.4bn. Reliance strengthens leadership position Reliance Retail is India’s largest retail store operator including 621 Reliance Fresh (neighbourhood stores) and Reliance Smart (supermarkets), 52 Reliance Market (cash and carry), 7...
Reliance Retail added 1,533 stores last year, expanding its network to 11,784 across food, fashion and digital sectors. Total sales grew 24.8% The company’s pre-tax earnings grew 55.7% to INR96.5bn (US$1.3bn) year-on-year. March growth for the total company was the weakest due to the COVID-19 lockdown impact. However, grocery stores under the banners Reliance Fresh, Reliance Smart and Relia...

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