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  • India Retail Forum 2018

    In its 15th edition, India Retail Forum (IRF) 2018 presented by MAPIC and powered by Future Group, the premier knowledge and networking platform for India’s retail industry will be taking place on 5th and 6th September 2018 at Hotel Renaissance, Mumbai. India Retail Forum has evolved over the last 15 years into India’s most robust and influential platform for Retail business, with the ardent support of the industry. Mr. Suresh Prabhu, Hon’ble Union Minister

  • Ericsson showcases nearly 1000X faster fifth-generation network

    Mumbai : Days after pegging that fifth-generation (5G) mobile technology would be a USD 27.3-billion opportunity for Indian telcos by 2026, mobile technology major Ericsson on Friday demonstrated the new technology, delivering a speed of 5.7 gigabyte per second. The prevalent fourth-generation (4G) networks in the country are reportedly found to be offering an average speed of 6.13 megabytes per second.

  • ExTravelMoney co-founder George Zachariah discusses different aspects of online forex transactions

    Online forex transactions can be an alluring business model, if you get it right. In some ways, Kochi-based ExTravelMoney has managed to crack that code by keeping expenses low. This has helped the company to break-even and explore high-velocity growth in less than 3 years.  Co-founder George Zachariah talks about different aspects with Pankaj Joshi.

  • Eruditus Executive Education co-founder Chaitanya Kalipatnapu: We are very focused on career outcome for candidates

    Mumbai-based Eruditus Executive Education, is focussed on providing high-end professional development courses to employees in mid and higher management level. This is in collaboration with top-end business educational institutions. 2010-started Eruditus has a student base from  four different geographies.  The co-founder, Chaitanya Kalipatnapu, discusses the vision and future plans with Pankaj Joshi.

  • Imarticus’ MD Nikhil Barshikar discusses future of company dealing with skilling and re-skilling

    Given the large-scale job losses and the demographic profile of India, the urgency of creating employability is now at its peak. Imarticus, since its existence for over five years, aims to bridge the gap between available skills and needed skills through focussed training in the financial services space. Imarticus’ MD, Nikhil Barshikar talks to Pankaj Joshi about future.

  • Bhaumik Shah of Capita World shares roadmap of company reaching out to fund seekers

    India’s credit requirement is on a rise and this growing capital requirement is now supported by new growing models. Capita World is one such niche model among other existing lending models that partners with banks, NBFCs, investors and others, to reach out to fund seekers. Bhaumik Shah, national business head, Capita World shares with FPJ’s Jescilia Karayamparambil the company’s roadmap.

  • Voonik CEO Sujayath Ali on reaching out to shoppers who look for ‘affordability’

    Marketed as India’s first personal shopping app, Voonik, which is based out of Bangalore, is witnessing remarkable traction and acceptability. Sujayath Ali, CEO and co-founder, talks to Pankaj Joshi about what exactly are the pegs of their business plan and where do they see it going.

  • Deepak Sahni, co-founder and CEO of Healthians, on potential of home-based pathology testing

    What was the genesis of your business idea?
    The idea of home-based pathology testing crystallised in April 2014, after my 12-year exposure (direct and indirect) to healthcare services. In 2006-08 in my personal capacity, I had represented India in the USA, pitching the country as an ideal medical tourism destination. An association was created, and I helped individual hospitals set up their international patient departments, and in making a sound digital presence.

  • Power2SME founder and CEO R Narayan discusses various aspects of MSME segment

    Like most fintech companies, Power2SME has also found its niche. The company which was established five years back has more than 50,000 clients in the MSME segment. This finance facilitator has a large base of small and growing businesses and it has used this as a good alternative sales channel for large businesses in different industries. The founder and CEO R Narayan explains different aspects of the business to Pankaj Joshi.

  • Mohan Nair, chief marketing officer of Avenues, discusses digital payments ecosystem

    In the early 2000s when ecommerce was still nascent and a high element of risk was involved in online transactions, Avenues was among the pioneers that created a series of products in the space. Today, this online payments management company is a key player in the digital payments ecosystem, powering 1, 50,000 merchants. Mohan Nair, chief marketing officer, shares his vision with Pankaj Joshi.

  • Myra Medicines founder Faizan Aziz on how technology has made it easy to supply medicines online

    A Bengaluru-based startup, Myra Medicines, has been exploring the online business model to supply medicines. The company which relies heavily on technology, offers discounted medicines online with the convenience of home delivery. While the potential of the activity cannot be disputed, it is also full of challenges. The company founder Faizan Aziz discusses the sector contours and how the company is leveraging technology for aggressive growth, with Pankaj Joshi.

  • ReTechCon 2017: Identify and unleash the future opportunities in retail business

    The Retailers’ Association of India organised its annual technology conclave (ReTechCon) in Mumbai recently. Innovation and transformation were themes that kept recurring throughout the conference. The focus was increasingly towards improving the financial viability of providing a customer experience. Pankaj Joshi presents key takeaways from the event.

  • Note ban pulls prices down; Jan retail inflation at 3.17%

    New Delhi : Impacted by note ban, retail inflation fell to multi-year low of 3.17 per cent in January and may prompt the Reserve Bank to have a re-look at its hawkish monetary stance in the next policy due in April.

  • Sensex soars 245 pts to near 2-month high

    Mumbai : The Sensex rebounded strongly to end near a two-month high of 26,878 by zooming over 245 points and the NSE Nifty rescaled the 8,200-mark after the US Fed minutes hinted at the uncertainty over the pace of rate hike.

  • Stay lean to grow: Manish Kalra, Chief Business Officer at Craftsvilla

    With a simple motive to take people back to their roots and help them connect to their culture, the founders of Craftsvilla started a journey in 2011. Since its inception, the company strove to stick to its vision as they embraced growth. Former Amazon executive who is now chief business officer at Craftsvilla, Manish Kalra, talks about the exciting journey leading up to one of the most successful ethnic marketplaces.

  • Govt plans single policy for retail, FMCG and e-comm

    New Delhi : To provide a level-playing field to stakeholders, there is a move in government to harmonise policies of retail, FMCG and e-commerce within a single policy framework, NITI Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant said on Thursday.

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    Retail Growth Online or Offline?

    The Retailers’ Association of India (RAI) organized its annual Retail Leadership Summit in Mumbai last week. Presented below are some takeaways in key areas of discussion and oration by a wide spectrum of industry players. Pankaj Joshi reports.

  • Office-cum-retail complex trend catches on!

    Mumbai : Office-cum-Retail Complexes (ORCs), i.e., retail outlets setting up shop in office buildings, is a trend that is picking up fast in Mumbai’s ever-changing real estate landscape. New business districts like Bandra Kurla Complex (in pic), Powai, Navi Mumbai and Andheri are homes to this growing trend, according to a report released by real estate consulting firm, Jones Lang Lasalle (JLL).

  • Govt raids hoarders, seizes over 50,000 ton of pulses

    New Delhi : Over 50,000 tonnes of pulses, mostly imported tur dal, have been seized from hoarders in raids across 10 states even as retail prices on Friday showed no signs of abating and continue to rule at Rs 210 per kg. In order to assess the availability of imported pulses, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley today held two rounds of meetings, first with importers and later with officials of ministries concerned.

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