Introduction to Retailing
“Retailing is a distinct, diverse and dynamic sector” . “It is an activity of enormous economic significance to most developed nations”. It generates revenue and wealth for nation, encourages investments and brings technological advancements. Stated that “it brings employment and creates wealth of the economy”. “It is a vibrant part of our changing society and a major source of employment” Retailing performs activities at larger level so it requires massive manpower to handle and manage it’s operations. Retailing also helps society in general by providing goods and services in reasonable price and increasing their standards of living. “Retailing activity can be viewed as a significant contributor to the economy in general”. Retailing is the set of activities that markets products or services to final consumers for their own personal or household use. It does this by organizing their availability on a relatively large scale and supplying them to consumers on a relatively small scale.” Retailing makes products and services available in large quantities. Retailers produce or order the products/services in bulk so they can take advantage of economy of scale and thus they can formulate competitive pricing strategies. Products and services are generally sold through the store or on the internet.
Introduction to Retail Industry
The first decade of modern retail in India has been characterized by a shift from traditional kirana shops to new formats including department stores, specialty stores hypermarkets, and supermarkets and across a range of categories. Modern retail formats have mushroomed in metros and mini-metros. In the last few years, modern retail has also established its presence in the small cities, exposing residents to shopping options like never before. Some of these stores are branded stores(exclusive showrooms either owned or franchised out by a manufacturer) , specialty stores(greater choice to consumer, comparison between brands is possible) , department stores/supermarkets (one stop shop catering to varied consumer needs) , hyper-mart (low prices , vast choice available including services such as cafeterias.) , shopping malls (variety of shops available to each other ).
Introduction to Big Bazaar
Big Bazaar is a chain of shopping malls in India currently with 31 outlets, owned by the Pantaloon Group. The idea was pioneered by entrepreneur Kishore Biyani, the head of Pantaloon Retail India Ltd. The idea from the very beginning was to make Big Bazaar very comfortable for the Indian customer. That was Kishoreji’s strength as a retailer. He had a lot of confidence in what he was doing, even though it defied conventional logic. Big bazaar is not just another hypermarket. It caters to every need of your family. Where Big Bazaar scores over other stores is its value for money proposition for the Indian customers. At Big Bazaar, you will definitely get the best products at the best prices - that’s what they guarantee. With the ever increasing array of private labels, it has opened the doors into the world of fashion and general merchandise including home furnishings, utensils, crockery, cutlery, sports goods and much more at prices that will surprise you. And this is just the beginning. Big Bazaar plans to add much more to complete their customers shopping experience. If one looks at Indian bazaars, mandis, melas, they are environments created by traders to give shoppers a sense of moment, of event, of place. They provide an inclusive environment where men and women from all castes, creeds and classes can come and shop at the same place. The founders of Big Bazaar were from the beginning very clear that they had to reflect the look and feel of Indian bazaars at their modern outlets, so that no customer would feel intimidated with the surroundings. In India most of us are not prepared for the consumerism that is...