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.
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.
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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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.
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).
Interestingly, this will be a bang on launch for the festive season.
The Japanese electronic brand, Panasonic, moves towards abandoning research in smartphones for consumer markets as it struggles to compete with dominant brands including Apple and Samsung.
The company announced that it will suspend developing new smartphones for the business-to-consumer market in Japan, and instead will pour our business resources into smartphones for the business-to-business market that is expected to grow.
Infact there are other brands who are finding it difficult to survive in the market. The names include Sharp, NEC and even Sony to an extent.
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