The ecommerce marketplace, Amazon India, has launched its pilot project for Cash on Delivery service driven by India Post. The service is being tried along with reverse logistics.
COD will only be practiced on products that are being ‘Fulfilled by Amazon’. The customer can see the tag of ‘Fulfilled by Amazon’ on the product and “Eligible for Cash on Delivery” on the product details page. COD is currently being offered with no extra charges but going further a convenience fee of Rs 39 will be charged.
The marketplace has also launched ‘One Day Delivery’ service. The service is limited to selected pin codes and cities including Bangalore, Mumbai, New Delhi, Ahmedabad, Hyderabad and Pune. So customers in the selected pincodes can choose for the service at the time of check-out. To avail the service, you have to pay Rs 99.
One of the leading tile brand of India, Asian Granito, plans to ramp up its retail business by opening 100 new exclusive AGL Tiles World stores. Currently the brand has 44 stores and the number will reach 100 by end of 2014.
The existing 44 stores have been opened since fiscal 2012-13 till now in cities including New Delhi, Kanpur, Jaipur, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Patna, Mumbai, Nasik, etc. New stores will be coming up in Punjab, Uttar Pradesh, Karnataka, Kochi and Patna.
Kamlesh Patel, Chairman & MD of Asian Granito India said, “The domestic market is expected to witness a strong growth in the years to come. The per capita consumption of ceramic tiles in India is expected to maintain a healthy growth rate with rising disposable incomes, rapidly growing purchasing power of the middle class and increased urbanisation. We have been particularly focused on tapping this opportunity and increasing our market share by setting up 44 exclusive showrooms in various cities of the country and plan to add many more in the coming months.”
India’s ace fashion designer, Manish Malhotra, opens first flagship store in New Delhi. Located at Mehrauli, the store spells traditional luxury as the products strongly focus on bridal wear and couture collections for both men and women.
The designer brings the ‘old world charm of opulent India’ in the city of old heritage by placing the standalone store in a haveli spread across 6000 sq ft. The decor is contemporary, and the primary colours used are grey and gold, which add an aura of elegance and encapsulates the mesmerizing charm of the designer’s signature style.
Store’s lavish grandeur retains the historic significance of an imperial haveli along with designer’s modern sensibilities to create a whole new world of refined luxury.
The store showcases the designer’s latest couture pieces, inspired from the 1930s to all his signature bridal collection and the latest Diffusion line, which is lighter and a modern collection that not just reflects the designer’s vision for younger minds but also his passion for Indian craftsmanship. It includes lehengas, saris, anarkalis, lighter luxe line of colour-blocked tunics with pants, cape tunics, sherwani jackets, ghagras and sharara pants for women. Men can choose from a range of bandgalas, bandi jackets, shirts and kurtas.
Collection showcases works such as Kashmiri, Chikankari, Phulkari, which have been important to Manish’s collections in the recent past.
The natural care brand, Lotus Herbals, has entered the Indian retail arena with the launch of its two exclusive brand outlet (EBO) in NCR, the first at Great India Place Mall, Noida and the second at IGI Airport, New Delhi. With the new stores, the brand aims to increase visibility and offer enhanced customer experience.
In this exclusive shopping zone, the Lotus EBO is surrounded by premium lifestyle and luxury brands and is open 24 * 7, allowing customers to do the last minute shopping before departing for their journeys. The outlets reflects the brand’s modern aesthetics with the focus on color palette, visuals and mood boards that enhance the brand experience.
Lotus, going further, will expand its presence across high end malls, high streets and airports, across key metros in India. In the near future, Lotus Herbals plans to open more exclusive stores in Delhi & Mumbai and has set a target of opening 20 EBOs in the current financial year.
Elaborating on the launch, Nitin Passi, Director, Lotus Herbals, says, “It has been our endeavor to provide the Indian consumer the finest natural care products that are free of harsh chemicals and preservatives. The objective of our retail foray is to provide our consumers the right brand experience and make our entire range of products available under one roof.”
The Australian designer sanitaryware brand, Caroma, has announced its entry into the Indian market. The announcement was made when the brand opened its flagship store at MG Road, New Delhi.
The flagship store is a 400 sq mts experience centre that would offer people a first-hand experience of the innovation marvels created by the company over the years.
The brand aims to bring to the country its remarkable innovations in creating ultra modern and water efficient toilets that lead the way to the future.
Caroma is globally known for blending design innovation, cutting-edge technology and water conservation in its products. The exceptional commitment Caroma makes to water conservation applies to their pursuit of design excellence. It is this philosophy that has made Caroma an industry leader in high efficiency toilets, urinals, and bathroom sinks.
“We believe there is a huge market for us in this country as the demand for better technology and designs increases. There is also enough space for new players in the middle to higher sanitary ware market and Caroma being the world leader in many aspect will certainly become the preferred choice of customers looking for luxury and innovation,” said Kishore Kapoor, Chairman Starmerc Infratech, the Indian franchise holder of Caroma.
One of their most sought after innovation is world’s first dual flush toilet system which they introduced in the early 1990s. What was unique about Caroma’s dual flush toilets was its two-button system – for a full flush and a half flush. With its vast water saving potential it quickly became a global standard.
The ace cricketer and a youth icon, Virat Kohli, inks a deal with the lifestyle & sports brand Adidas. Under the deal, the sportsman will be the brand ambassador for the brand for next two years and will promote the brand through various sports events.
The coming of Kohli on board is surely aimed at regaining its lost sheen in the Indian market in past one and a half year, since the Reebok scam and strong expansion by competition brands including Puma and Nike.
Prior to Kohli, Sachin Tendulkar has been Adidas’ brand ambassador from past 16 years.
Select Citywalk is slowly and gradually becoming a cosmetic destination. with Bobbi Brown opening its door in July, Chanel is all set to open its store. The store will be placed right between Bobbi Brown and Estee Lauder.
Presently, the brand is doing product preview through a kiosk placed in the mall aisle near MAC.
Additionally, Deborah which had opened next to TUI Travels has been shut in short span of time and now will be replaced by Forest Essentials.
PS: Happily Unmarried also coming soon.
The multiplex major, PVR Cinemas, plans to open add 100 screens to its existing number of 400. These screens will be added within this fiscal with an investment of Rs 150 crore.
Going further, the plan is to open 100 every year and reach a mark of 1,000.
Of the new screens, nearly 50 per cent of them will be opened in metro while others will be coming up in tier I and II cities.
Known for its interesting design and a blast of colours, the Belgian watch brand Ice-Watch, makes its India retail entry. The brand which is distributed by Ganga Watches Pvt Ltd in India, will now be available off the shelf in cities including Mumbai, New Delhi, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Pune and Kochi.
Available in all leading pop-colours, these watches are a must have in every wardrobe. With a price range of Rs 5,500 and above, the brand’s latest collection to India will include Ice-Forever, Ice-Love, Ice-Chocolate, Ice-Chrono Party, Ice-Glow and Ice-Chrono Electrik.
The brand is a Brainchild of Belgian entrepreneur Jean-Pierre Lutgen and has sold it has sold almost ten million timepieces across the world.
We have seen a plenty of QSRs that serve junk food and aerated beverages but today I attended a launch of a QSR which only sells and promotes healthy eating. Refuel as it is known, is a completely healthy way of eating while you shop at Select Citywalk. The first outlet has been opened as the part of Select Citywalk’s foodcourt Food Talk.
The store ensures that whatever you order is prepared right in front of your eyes using an open kitchen concept, no preservatives added.
For sandwiches, subs and wraps one can choose the vegetables that they would need. Interestingly, Vikram Khosla, Managing Director elaborates, “Generally all the QSRs that operate on open kitchen model serve fresh vegetables that might at times be unhygienic. So in order to ensure high standards of hygience, we saute the vegetables a little so that the impurities are gone.”
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