Category Archives: Technology

Reliance Retail & Samsung ink pact for after sales service

One of India’s largest media conglomerate, Reliance Retail and the technology major, Samsung have together signed a pact to offer after sales services. With this partnership Reliance will manage Samsung’s after sales services.

Going further Reliance aims at signing similar pacts with nearly all top electronics and technology brands present in the country and becoming India’s leading one-stop consumer electronics installation, maintenance and service venture.

The deal which has been signed between Samsung and Reliance resQ has started with the launch of pilot services in Pune.

 

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Former Nokia exec D Shivakumar joins Pepsico as Chairman & CEO

After Manu Jain quit Pepsico in June, its now that the food & beverage major has appointed a new Chairman & CEO for India region. D Shivakumar, former MD of Nokia India, fills in the vacant position.

Shivakumar has served as Nokia India’s Managing Director and then moved on to taking over as the VP for India, Middle East and Africa in 2011.

According to Indra Nooyi, as ETRetail reports, Shivkumar has the ability to take a billion-dollar business to the next level with innovation, execution and collaboration.

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ASUS opens store in Bhubaneswar

The technology brand, ASUS India, which has been aggressively expanding its retail presence, now opens its first exclusive store in Bhubaneswar, Odisha. The new outlet will feature the brand’s entire range of Ultrabooks, Notebooks, Netbooks, Tablets and Phablets that are available in India. The retail store Subham Infotech is located at Plot no-610, near UCO bank ATM, Saheed Nagar, Bhubaneswar – 751007.

Unaez Quraishi, Sales & Distribution Director – System Business Group – ASUS India said, “In view of our extensive retail expansion venture, we are extremely elated to be marking our presence in Odisha. Bhubaneswar is one of the country’s fastest developing cities and is emerging as an Information Technology (IT) and education hub in the state. We are affirmative about serving our existing and prospective customers in the region with utmost commitment from this city.”

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Reliance Retail to shut 16 iStores in India

If reports are to be believed, Apple’s plans to expand retail presence in India has hit a roadblock, as the partner Reliance Retail shuts 16 of the existing 20 iStores in India. The stores are being shut as the store designs are not upto the standards set by Apple.

The norms laid by Apple and not followed  by Reliance includes high ceilings, white LED lighting, wooden floors and set size of display tables. While Reliance feels that these norms will not be feasible in Indian market.

The shut stores will be transformed in to Reliance Digital Xpress stores, which Reliance Retail is expanding as a concept.

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Out of Stock! iPhone 5s sold out in five days of launch

iPhone fever seems to have captured the Indian consumers as iPhone 5s, the costlier version of iPhone 5, has gone ‘sold out’. It was only on 1st November that the product started selling off the shelf and in five days along with the latest iPhone 5c. Currently, Reliance Communications and Airtel are selling the product in India.

Reports suggest, 30,000 units of iPhones were shipped to India of which 6,000 were iPhone 5s. The stocks are likely to come in next two days.

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The MobileStore goes online at BuildaBazaar

One of India’s leading multi-brand telecom retail stores, The MobileStore, has launched it e-store powered by Infibeam. The online store will be catering to the Indian consumers by offering a wide variety of mobile phones with special offers from all the key brands available across the globe. The store will also offer solutions for accessories, connections, repairs, VAS online mobile and DTH credit recharge.

The store is hosted over BuildaBazaar a cloud based technology platform from Infibeam.com which offers retail store to build online store supported by secured payment gateway, logistics and promotional tools.

Vishal Mehta – Infibeam.com said that “We have witnessed a significant increase in the mobile and tablets shopping online recently, which is very encouraging for the mobile brands, retailers and service providers who adopt ecomerce to tap huge online customer base. Today, we are happy to have India’s leading mobile store Themobilestore on our platform and we will keep upgrading our platform and service to offer worldclass experience to our customers and partners.

Overseas: Apple hires Burberry CEO to navigate its retail division

Now that’s some shift between two exclusive retail brands. Apple, the technology major, has appointed luxury brand Burberry’s CEO, Angela Ahrendts, for its retail division.

Apple, which has been known for launching benchmark products, will have Ahrendts to accelerate the future of Apple’s retail division. The brand thinks that Ahrendts’ experience in technology, fashion retail and commerce will prove to be helpful for the brand. The idea is to create innovative retail strategies that will not create monotony for the brand in the future.

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Pic Courtesy: http://www.telegraph.co.uk

According to Los Angeles Times, during Ahrendts’ tenure with Burberry, the British luxury brand’s revenue grew to $5.1 billion in the year that ended March 31 from $1.1 billion in fiscal 2005, and its shares soared 268 per cent.

iPhone 5c & iPhone 5s launch in India on November 1

Bharti Airtel and Reliance Telecommunication will start selling the latest iPhone 5c & iPhone 5s on November 1 through their retail stores.

While iPhone 5c will be available at a starting price of Rs 42,000 while iPhone 5s will start from a retailing price of Rs 54,000 (these guys are getting way too expensive).

Not hurt by the price, Airtel had already received record breaking pre-bookings of the phones within three days of their US launch.

Though you can also buy contract-free and unlocked 16GB version of the iPhone 5c for $549 (approx Rs 35,000) in the US, and an unlocked and contract-free iPhone 5s for $649 (approx Rs 41,000).

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Interestingly, this will be a bang on launch for the festive season.

Another buyout? Lenovo in talks to takeover HTC

It’s been a quarter of acquisitions, buyouts and consolidation Including Microsoft taking over Nokia’s handset division and Blackberry selling stake to one of its key investors. Following the league, the next to join the bandwagon, if reports are to be believed, is Lenovo which is looking at buying out HTC.

This acquisition will help the Beijing based Lenovo to strengthen its mobile division, which is Taiwan-based HTC’s forte. Thus, Lenovo will be a strong brand for both PC and mobile handset needs.

All the previous buyouts strongly show that future lies in consolidation, in creating a brand which offers a wife proud of products.

50 AndroidLand stores to open in 18 months

Spice Group, an emerging player in the mobile and IT sector, has announced the opening of 50 AndroidLand stores across India in next 18 months. Spice Group manufactures mobile phones (Android OS) and also runs a chain of 650 multi brand mobile retail outlets, Spice Hotspot.

The stores will be opened in collaboration with Google Inc, owner of the Android OS.

Additionally, Spice Group will also set up 50 AndroidLand Mini stores within existing Spice Hotspot stores.

India’s is the second nation, after Indonesia, globally to open AndroidLand Mini shop-in-shop stores. These stores will feature Android based phones available across brands including Samsung, Sony, HTC, Lenovo, Xolo, Micromax and Karbonn, along with Spice.