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Future Retail announces expansion plans for Big Bazaar.
Future Retail has announced plans to spend INR200 crore (US$28.6m) to boost its store network in the eastern region of the country. The retailer is aiming to open 25 new stores from April, operating under the Big Bazaar banner.
Of these 25 new stores, at least seven of them will be located in Kolkata, while the remaining stores will be spread across West Bengal, Bihar, northeast and Odisha.
This announcement comes shortly after Future Retail signed a master franchise agreement to operate 7-Eleven convenience stores in India.
Future Retail is one of India’s largest multi-format retailer and currently operates Big Bazaar, Hypercity, Nilgiris, Heritage Fresh and Easyday banners. Its loyalty programmes, Big Bazaar Profit Club and Easyday Savings Club, has close to 30m members.
Find out more information about Future Retail here.
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Seven & i Holdings partners with Future Retail to develop and operate its iconic brand in the country.
7-Eleven, the world’s largest convenience retailer, announced that it has signed a master franchise agreement with Future Retail to begin operations in the country.
The deal looks set to benefit both parties as the Future Group gains access to global technology and processes while 7-Eleven will leverage on the retail experience and local knowledge of Future Retail.
It remains unclear how 7-Eleven will coexist with the 1,300 Easyday stores that Future Retail currently operates. The group has already stated that it will rebrand some of its existing stores.
By introducing greater convenience to shoppers, 7-Eleven’s entry into India looks set to accelerate the modernisation of this channel. Kishore Biyani, founder and group chief executive officer of Future Group said, “we are proud to bring this globally trusted convenience store to India and build new pathways together that will offer Indian customers greater convenience and choices, within their own neighbourhood."
With more than 65,000 stores globally, 7-Eleven has successfully introduced the convenience format into more than 18 countries worldwide. In Japan alone, it operates over 20,000 stores.
Find out more information about Future Retail here and Seven & i Holdings here.
Expansion plans across both small and large format stores.
Future Retail has announced its intention to boost its store network in the coming months. It plans to open 20 more Big Bazaar hypermarkets as well as an additional 100 small format stores. When completed, this will bring its total network to more than 300 Big Bazaar stores and 766 small format stores.
As part of its strategy to increase revenues from small format stores, the retailer will ramp up the opening of its small stores. It is currently opening two stores everyday and intends to increase this pace to three stores per day.
Future Retail is India’s largest grocery retailer and operates multiple formats throughout the country. Under its large format category, the group operates the Big Bazaar, Hypercity and Foodhall banners. The small format banners which the group runs include Easyday Savings Club, Nilgiris and Heritage.
Find out more about Future Retail here.
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Future Group has said home deliveries of dairy products will start in two weeks.
In conjunction with plans to launch 1,000 outlets under the Easyday, Nilgiris and Heritage banners, Future Group has announced its intent to enter the home delivery segment. As a first step, milk, bread and eggs will be made available for home deliveries in the major metro cities. Subsequently, there are plans to extend this to include fruits, vegetables and other groceries.
Shoppers will place their orders through a mobile app. The nearest store within a two to three-kilometre radius will then work with various logistics firms to fulfil the order. The retailer recognises that fresh, daily deliveries of these items from a central warehouse is unfeasible and hence, will make use of their store network to support home deliveries.
The plan to provide the milk delivery services follows the retailer’s announcement last month that it will open 10,000 stores all over India. The milk delivery platform is part of Future Group’s launch of a new retail business model. This model blends technology with bricks and mortar and, if successful, will enable Future Group to become Asia’s largest integrated consumer retailer.
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