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Is the Reliance Retail-Future Group deal a sign of things to come?

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Is the Reliance Retail-Future Group deal a sign of things to come?

While the deal has infused some action into a retail sector battered by the COVID pandemic, experts believe the tough operating environment could lead to more consolidation in the sector

After the deal with Reliance Retail, what does the future hold for Kishore Biyani?

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After the deal with Reliance Retail, what does the future hold for Kishore Biyani?

Burdened by debt, the Future Group founder and CEO had to sell the business he painstakingly built over three decades to Mukesh Ambani’s Reliance Retail. But those who know Kishore Biyani say it won’t be long before he’s back again and making waves in the retail space

Reliance Retail-Future Group deal: How will it benefit RIL’s consumer facing businesses

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Reliance Retail-Future Group deal: How will it benefit RIL’s consumer facing businesses

Reliance Retail will get the benefit of economies of scale. The products can be bought in large quantities and sold at competitive prices, and would see further improvement in margins due to improving scale.

Reliance Retail-Future Group deal: King of modern retail Kishore Biyani finally surrenders

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Reliance Retail-Future Group deal: King of modern retail Kishore Biyani finally surrenders

Biyani was looking for a knight in shining armour, went pillar to post for selling his beleaguered businesses. He held marathon meetings with potential suitors who could bail him out.

No product launches by FMCG firms during this Onam in Kerala, but COVID-19 messages in brand promotion stand out

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No product launches by FMCG firms during this Onam in Kerala, but COVID-19 messages in brand promotion stand out

Nestle Milkmaid, Marico and Yardley lead the show. Traditionally, the 10-day harvest festival is a broad indicator of consumer sentiment and overall adspend. Owing to COVID-19, campaigns muted this time. Hindustan Unilever has stayed away from big ad spends so far

Hotel and restaurant industry lobby FHRAI writes to Home Ministry seeking 6 relaxations in Unlock 4 guidelines

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Hotel and restaurant industry lobby FHRAI writes to Home Ministry seeking 6 relaxations in Unlock 4 guidelines

Seeks permission to resume bar and liquor services, easing of quarantine norms for short visits and quick testing of tourists. The industry also wants to moratorium on loans to be extended

How kirana shops are driving the cashless revolution in India

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How kirana shops are driving the cashless revolution in India

It’s a win-win situation. Customers are keen on contactless transactions for the sake of safety and local grocers are now accepting digital payments for the same reason. And that has taken the volume and value of digital transactions to new highs during the lockdown.

How the shift to cooking at home has helped basmati rice seller LT Foods

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How the shift to cooking at home has helped basmati rice seller LT Foods

The company has seen a surge in demand for its rice brands both in India and overseas, says LT Foods Business Head Ritesh Arora

New normal | How office cafeteria will look like in post-coronavirus time

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New normal | How office cafeteria will look like in post-coronavirus time

Material handling, food preparation, kitchen hygiene standards and food transportation with 11 different records are being maintained at kitchens

How a bunch of startups is helping people celebrate Ganesh Chaturthi

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How a bunch of startups is helping people celebrate Ganesh Chaturthi

The festival is likely to be a low-key affair this year because of the COVID-19 pandemic. But My Omnamo, Mypoojabox and Eco Ganesha are stepping up to help families navigate through the restrictions and make it a memorable affair

How COVID-19 is turning Indians into constant gardeners

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How COVID-19 is turning Indians into constant gardeners

Plants have magically begun to appear in homes across India, as Covid-19 drives people stuck indoors to work on their health and the aesthetics of their residences. Nurseries and e-tailers, the biggest beneficiaries, are cultivating the trend

Gold glitters but watches stop ticking for Titan

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Gold glitters but watches stop ticking for Titan

Titan CFO Subbu Subramaniam says customers are keen to buy gold jewellery despite the high prices that are prevailing. Hopes for recovery by Q4 of FY21 but expects numbers for the full year to be hit badly by the pandemic.

As their customers work from home, footwear companies step up with WFH, athleisure collections

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As their customers work from home, footwear companies step up with WFH, athleisure collections

Bata, Metro, Puma launch comfortwear such as padded slippers; hope sales will go some way to mitigate the wipeout in FY21.

Demand for home-office furniture still on the rise

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Demand for home-office furniture still on the rise

Ikea, Flipkart and Pepperfry lead the show. Physical and mental health concerns during COVID times encouraging consumers to choose items that address ergonomic, aesthetic needs

Bored of dining in, can’t dine out? DIY meal kits show the way out

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Bored of dining in, can’t dine out? DIY meal kits show the way out

From pizzas to burgers to signature starters, be it Indian or Continental, many restaurant chains launch do-it-yourself meal kits to make restaurant-quality food at home. They come with pre-portioned ingredients and step-by-step instructions.

COVID-19 pandemic: Brands bet on sanitisers with silver to kill germs

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COVID-19 pandemic: Brands bet on sanitisers with silver to kill germs

Internationally, silver as a component has been celebrated and accepted by the sanitization sector since time immemorial.

The festive season is around the corner and here’s what brand experts are telling apparel retailers

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The festive season is around the corner and here’s what brand experts are telling apparel retailers

Tap social media to engage with the customer, strengthen e-commerce channels and increase advertising — these are some of the tips the experts have for apparel retailers looking to rebound from the hammering they have taken in the wake of the Covid-19 outbreak

These are the highest-paid FMCG CEOs in India

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These are the highest-paid FMCG CEOs in India

Sanjiv Mehta of Hindustan Unilever still tops the list. Marico’s Saugata Gupta gets the highest hike in FY19-20. We take a look at the salaries of the top executives of FMCG companies.

FMCG Q1 Review: The quarter of health and hygiene products

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FMCG Q1 Review: The quarter of health and hygiene products

There was a rising trend of ‘at-home’ as opposed to ‘out-of-home’ consumption. Apart from a thrift mindset, consumers were preferring larger pack formats as they seek to reduce the frequency of purchase

COVID-19 impact: Prataap turns to healthy snacking options; to soon launch Omega fortified Potato Chips

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COVID-19 impact: Prataap turns to healthy snacking options; to soon launch Omega fortified Potato Chips

Most popular Indian snack companies in India are Prataap Snacks, Balaji Wafers, DFM Foods, Bikanervala, and Haldirams.

COVID-19 impact: After record sales during lockdown, Grofers looks to push the advantage with its biannual sale

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COVID-19 impact: After record sales during lockdown, Grofers looks to push the advantage with its biannual sale

Over the nine-day sale, Grofers aims to sell 2.5 crore items manufactured by its MSME partners and serve 5 million customers during the sale.

MF industry adds 11 lakh new SIP accounts in July; inflows see a slight fall

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MF industry adds 11 lakh new SIP accounts in July; inflows see a slight fall

Currently, mutual funds have about 3.27 crore SIP folios through which investors regularly invest in schemes.

AMFI July Data: Most equity scheme categories saw outgo; all debt funds except credit risk schemes witnessed inflows

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AMFI July Data: Most equity scheme categories saw outgo; all debt funds except credit risk schemes witnessed inflows

The mutual fund industry recorded total assets under management (AUM) of Rs 27.1 lakh crore in July, higher than Rs 25.5 lakh crore in June.

Gold still under-owned; 60-40 allocation to equity-debt no more dependable: Chirag Mehta of Quantum MF

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Gold still under-owned; 60-40 allocation to equity-debt no more dependable: Chirag Mehta of Quantum MF

When dollar depreciates gold gains. The dollar has lost 4.4 percent in July and hit a two-year low, in turn pushing up the price of gold

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