Mirari Jewels goes online

With an aim to reach easily the today’s busy women, especially the entrepreneurs and working women, Mirari Jewels takes its brand and products online with www.mirari.com.

Along with the outlets in metro cities, the digital shop will serve as an extraordinary platform to jewellery lovers of all age groups as it will showcase the creative and magnificent designs of Mira Gulati, the creative head at Mirari.

At the Mirari online store, the consumers can choose from a wide variety of pendants, rings, ethnic and fancy earrings, traditional and contemporary bangles, elegant bracelets and neckpieces. The collection is priced from Rs 8,000 onwards. The portal shall tailor its designs to meet each client’s personality and unique sense of style.

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Sharing the excitement of going digital, Mira Gulati expressed, “Being an entrepreneur myself I understand how busy today’s woman is. Along with managing professional and personal life, she is expected to be presentable all the time. Understanding the time constraints, the customer does not have to personally visit the store, the online store will help our customers to make the purchase at their own time and convenience. They will also have the option to design their own jewellery with us. We want our customers to have maximum choice and flexibility in terms of designs and shopping.”

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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.

 

Shopify secures $100 mln Series C funding

The ecommerce platform provider, Shopify, has raised $100 million in Series C funding round. The funds have come in from OMERS Ventures and Insight Venture Partners along with existing investors Bessemer Venture Partners, FirstMark Capital, Georgian Partners and Felicis Ventures.

The funding will be utilised to let the company work towards its plans to expand focus on offline retail world as well. Shopify is aiming to introduce a unique product that will fuse the offline world with the online world.

Keeping the offline retail world, the company earlier this year had launched a point-of-sale system and Square-style mobile card reader. These products were to synchronise the in-store and online inventory, process and accept credit cards, and generate sales reports.

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Anchor Lighting sets up LED Lighting Experience Centre

One of India’s leading lighting solution manufacturer, Anchor Lighting, has unveiled its first state-of-the-art LED lighting showroom in Mumbai. The ‘touch and feel’ experience store houses a wide variety of home decorative lighting concepts and solutions.

With an in-house simulation room, customers will be able to view the lighting effects of various kinds of lighting fixtures and installation options in different settings. The showroom brings alive, ample possibilities of LED lighting and helps customers understand how the integrated lighting solution works in a given home environment. It will also have a comprehensive range of lighting solutions for the entire home. The 47 new models that will be available at the showroom include Large Ceiling Light, Compact Ceiling Light, Chandelling (chandelier-like decorative ceiling light), Down-light, Line Light and Wall bracket models.

Speaking on the launch, Makoto Kitano, Director of Lighting Business Division and Vice President of Eco Solutions Company said, “Driven by our commitment to the Indian consumer and the local market, this new LED lighting experience centre will help us serve our customers better with our best-in-the-class products. It will encompass our overall approach to impeccable quality assurance, demonstrating the importance of stylish, carefully-crafted lighting in the daily lives of our consumers.” He further added, “Anchor contributes significantly to Panasonic overall turnover and we are hoping to drive increment in the market share from this segment in the coming years.”

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Zivame raises $6 mln

India’s niche ecommerce player, Zivame, raises $6 million funding from Unilazer Ventures.

A Ronnie Screwvala‘s funding firm, Unilazer is investing most of the money along with other participating investors. The funds will be utilised to up the marketing and also upgrade the platform to make it more personalised for consumers.

Zivame is India’s leading name in online retail of lingerie and sleepwear for women. The e-retailer also recently ventured in fast fashion products.

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Walmart appoints Krish Iyer as CEO of India operations

The global cash and carry major, Walmart, appoints Krish Iyer as the CEO of India operations. Iyer will take over Ramnik Narsey who moves to a global role of Senior Vice-President at Walmart International.

Iyer has been associated with Walmart from 2012 and has been a part of Southeast Asia and Europe on management roles for Hong-Kong based retailer, A.S. Watson. He has also served as the Managing Director of Ashok Piramal Group-owned Piramyd Retail.

It was only recently that Walmart broke its seven year old ties with Bharti Retail.

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Arvind Brands & Shoppers Stop join hands to launch ‘Next’ shop-in-shop

Arvind Lifestyle Brands has entered a partnership with India’s leading retail chain, Shoppers Stop to setup and launch shop-in-shop of Next. The SIS of the British brand will be opened at Shoppers Stop’s Juhu store and will be spread across 600 sq ft.

The shop-in-shop will retail apparels for kids from the age of 2 to 12 years. The range will also have hosiery, socks, shoes and accessories.

The brand will be an addition to Shoppers Stop portfolio and will bring in the value of being aspirational brand.

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J Suresh, MD & CEO, Arvind Lifestyle Brands said, “For the first time in India  we are bringing speciality retail inside a department store. Next provides Shoppers Stop consumers best of British kids fashion wear offering. On the other hand, Next can take advantage of the ready consumer base of Shoppers Stop. We expect this to be a win-win collaboration between speciality retailers and department stores.”

Payless ShoeSource ties up with Reliance Retail

The American discount footwear brand, Payless ShoeSource, now comes to India. A part of the Collective Brands, Inc., the brand ties up with Reliance Retail as its exclusive franchisee in the country.

The retail conglomerate, Reliance Retail, will replicate the store design strategy followed across other international market. The stores will house footwear and fashion accessories for the complete family. The USPs of these stores will be great value priced products, hard-to-find footwear sizes for women and perfectly fitting footwear for children.

Payless has 258 stores worldwide in countries including Russia, the Philippines, Saudi Arabia, Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam, South Korea, Kuwait, United Arab Emirates and Malaysia.

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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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Now bid for products as Pepperfry launches Auctions service

One of India’s leading marketplace for home and furniture segment, expands it services as it launches auctions. With this service, the consumers will be able to win items at the price they wish to pay. Pepperfry Auctions is an exciting and engaging format for enthusiastic and evolved Indian shoppers who’d definitely enjoy the thrill of purchasing unique home merchandise by competing with fellow shoppers.

Pepperfry Auctions allow customers to bid for products that are perceived expensive and hence the customers can bid the price they wish to pay. Customers new to the auctions format can opt for Auto-bid which will act as their bidding manager and keep bidding on their behalf until the maximum amount set the by the customer is reached.

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Kashyap Vadapalli, CMO-Pepperfry.com said “Pepperfry Auctions add excitement and provide a bit of an adrenaline rush for customers. This is a test pilot to help customers engage with the Pepperfry brand. Other categories such as Electronics and Apparel have bargain sales and there are ready price-references available that indicate the amount of savings. In Furniture and Home items the value is not only in the material and quality but also in the design and the concept, so auctions provide a fantastic opportunity for our customer to discover a price and also pay only what they wish as per the value they perceive. Our Auctions concept is simple, easy to use and coupled with a chance to take away a beautiful product for your home.”