Monthly Archives: April 2020


As we approach the end of Lockdown 2.0 and with the easing of restrictions in certain areas, let’s take a look into how is Indian Retail preparing to get back on track.

 

Unilever to maintain its marketing spend but will rethink priorities

Flat underlying sales due to a decline in Asian Markets has Unilever reviewing all discretionary marketing spends.

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FMCG output to remained scaled-down as half of the factories are in red zones

Out of the 157 facilities owned by pure-play FMCG firms, 43% are in red zones.

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Niche grocers are filling many more baskets

While disruptions have wreaked havoc on established organized trade, niche enterprises selling organic have seen their sales rise.

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Retail outlets remain shut despite MHA notifications

Large & Small retailers stayed shut in most parts of the country despite certain exemptions by the government.  To know more, click here

 

FMCG Companies look to forensic investigators to tackle counterfeits  

Amidst supply chain disruptions, counterfeit products from biscuits to jams, and detergents to shampoos are being pushed to retailers.

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Amazon begins to woo Kirana stores after Jiomart signs up local grocers

Retail India is set for a recast as e-tailers woo Kiranas.

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FMCG Cos launch special insurance schemes for frontline workers

Leading FMCG Companies such as Nestle, GCPL. Marico & Dabur are providing special insurance covers for the frontline workforce.

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Personal Care, F&B, Homecare expected to recover faster from COVID 19 Crisis

EY’s latest report claims that essential categories will recover faster compared to electronics and furnishing.

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What Indian Retailers can do to tide over the crisis

Each store and center will have its own journey and it’s advantageous to start early.

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P&G to manufacture 3 ply facemasks at its Telangana unit

The company which has begun production of Hand Sanitizers in Uttarakhand will begin manufacturing face masks soon.

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GCPL urges government to include mosquito repellents in the essentials list

Godrej group has urged the government to include mosquito repellents and similar products in the list of the essential items.

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The government may stand guarantee to bail out MSMEs

The government is considering a proposal to provide a guarantee so that MSME’s have more access to working capital.

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A week of Lockdown 2.0 has gone by. India Inc. is planning on getting ready to get the economy rolling. Take a peek onto how Retail India is preparing for the same.

 

Nielsen Study provides a look into the impact of COVID 19 on FMCG India

The second edition of Nielsen’s covers the changing consumption patterns due to COVID 19.

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FMCG sales take a hit in 4th week of March

After posting double-digit in the first 3 weeks, FMCG sales decline sharply in week 4.

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Walmart goes on a hiring spree

Walmart said it will hire 50,000 more people in their stores and distribution centers to meet the surge in demand for groceries etc.

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MSME’s stare at labor and Raw Material supply issues

As the graded lifting of the lockdown commences, MSME’s will face labor and raw material shortages.

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New CEO Sunil D’Souza of TCP aims to make Tata Consumer nimble

Taking charge of TCP amidst COVID 19, D’Souza looks to scalability through acquisitions and organic growth.

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Are FMCG companies ready for digital growth explosion in rural markets?

With the Internet penetrating most of rural India, there lies a huge potential for growth.

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Imported Raw Material scarcity hits FMCG India

While ports have been kept operational, limited evacuation of Raw materials to production factories is creating hurdles.

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The retail industry expects to recover in 6 months

More than 70% of retailers expect to recover in 6 months post-COVID 19.
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How retailers are preparing for post-COVID 19 era

From De-risk strategies to budget reallocations, Retail India prepares for Post COVID 19.

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Kishore Biyani gets a breather

Lenders give a conditional nod to restructuring loans worth $600 million dollars.

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Non-essentials goods delivery by e-coms to be prohibited

The government’s U-Turn on home delivery of non-essential goods will leave consumers disappointed according to Amazon.

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Fashion retailers seek govt. help

With zero revenue and only outgoings, fashion retailers look to the government for aid.

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March was a catastrophic month for US retailers too

As stores shut due to COVID 19 restrictions, March saw a record plunge in retail sales across the US. A long shutdown could leave lasting changes.

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A Very Happy Easter, Baisakhi and New Year! The past week has seen signs of hope amidst the lockdown. With the extension looming, let’s take a look as to what is the latest in the Retail world.

 

 

Lockdown extended till 3rd of May

The honorable Prime Minister has extended the lockdown until May 3rd, with a possible relaxation if the situation permits post 20th April.

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Industrial Manufacturing should begin operations

The DPIIT letter recommends that 16 sectors be allowed to resume operations with conditions and limited capacity.

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Local Brands get a break during the lockdown

As FMCG majors struggle with logistics, private labels & local brand space on shelves at homes and Kirana shops.

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Suraksha Stores: 20 lakh essential shops planned by the government

Each FMCG major will be allocated one to two states to execute this plan. Talks are ongoing.

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GCPL partners with Zomato, ShopKirana & Zoomcar for delivery of essentials

GCPL is the latest FMCG Major to explore the delivery partner route after ITC, Britannia & Marico.

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 The Lockdown is a reset button for the FMCG Sector

According to Mayank Jalan, CMD, Keventer Agro, consumer buying patterns will change post-COVID 19.

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Liquor Bodies want states to allow home deliveries

The CIABC has written to the govt. to allow home deliveries of liquor and brought their attention to the huge loss in excise due to the lock down.

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China’s loss could be India’s gain

With western countries looking to diversify their manufacturing from China & Japan, India could be a fertile ground.

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Durables & Electronics to feature high on shoppers list post lockdown

According to Croma, Products such as laptops, smartphones, AC’s etc. will now be important than ever.

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Capacity utilization drops due to logistical issues

Companies such as HUL see a 40% drop in sales and production amidst the lockdown.

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Marico, GCPL Q4 paints a gloomy picture

Demand blues get worse due to COVID 19 and commentary of FMCG makers are changing too.

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While calling the situation “Fairly Bad”, Dabur remains hopeful of recovery in 3 months

In 3 months, Amit Burman, Chairman, Dabur sees at least 40 – 50% consumption capacity for Dabur.

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Tata Consumers Products (TCP) partners with Flipkart for deliveries

The blurring of lines between Online & Offline continues with the latest announcement.

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Retailers want their migrant workers back to augment the supply chain

Retailers and consumer companies want govt. to run special buses and trains to get the migrants back.

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Welcome to your weekly dose of Indian Retail. The week that has gone by can be best described as a period of innovation out of expedience. Due to the lockdown, FMCG companies have explored new synergies in order to keep the goods flowing.

Let us see what transpired in the past few days:

 

Lockdown to impact Q1 (Apr – June) nos. according to GCPL

Although GCPL is ramping up its production & distribution to ensure supplies of essentials, certain “bottle Neck” issues continue to hamper capacity.

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Online Food Delivery Platforms open a new supply frontier for FMCG companies

Marico has partnered with Swiggy & Zomato to provide essentials to consumers. ITC too is doing the same with Dominos.

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MORE Retail continues to operate 90% of its stores in lockdown

Mohit Kampani, CEO, Hypermarkets at MORE, keeps 90% of 645 Stores operational by continuing to solve supply chain issues.

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Great news for makers of personal care products

The Latest MHA guidelines have expanded the definition of groceries. Personal care hygiene goods are now classified as essentials and transportation of all goods has been authorized.

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Discover the workings of an AMUL Plant, during the lockdown

By redefining shifts and innovating production guidelines, this Amul plant in Maharashtra ensures that the river of milk keeps flowing.

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Losses pile up for Retail

According to CAIT, losses amounting to $30 billion have been incurred by retail trade in the past 15 days.

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Etailers on a hiring spree

Big Basket & Grofers will hire up to 10000 permanent staff to meet the surge in demand.

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COVID-19 crisis may lead to new products

According to GCPL’s MD Vivek Gambhir, the current crisis may lead to not just new practices but products as well.

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Bulk Deliveries to ensure smooth supply

Retailers find fulfilling bulk orders from RWA convenient during the manpower crunch.

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 HUL completes acquisition of GSK Consumer

After securing all the necessary approvals, HUL announces the acquisition of GSK consumer and thereby marking HUL’s entry into the HFD category.

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Consumer durables take a hit

While there is some light at the end of the tunnel for FMCG, consumer durables sales in summers will see a 25 – 30% decline.

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