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Digitization smoothening workflows across Indian retail

Digitization smoothening workflows across Indian retail

    The pandemic has transformed work patterns across all industries in India. No industry has remained unaffected by the crisis; more so the retail industry. Overnight, Indian retailers were forced to redefine their supply chains as a contactless process. They had to move inventory from centralized warehouses to local stores, says ... Read more

Mall revenues to remain low despite rise in toplines: Crisil

Mall revenues to remain low despite rise in toplines: Crisil

     Ratings agency Crisil expects malls revenues to remain lower than their pre-pandemic levels despite a healthy rise expected in their toplines this fiscal . The report states, shopping malls' revenue is likely to grow by 45-55 per cent in FY22 after the 45 per cent dent in the previous fiscal due to the lockdowns. Topline ... Read more

CMAI’s appeal against shutting down garment factories in Maharashtra

CMAI’s appeal against shutting down garment factories in Maharashtra

    The Clothing Manufacturers Association of India has appealed to the Maharashtra government not to hinder economic recovery by shutting down garment factories once more as it is the lifeline of the state. In a press release issued by the Association, Rajesh Masand, President, CMAI has said, increasing number of COVID-19 cases in ... Read more

India’s yarn exports increase in February 2021 as fibre exports decline

India’s yarn exports increase in February 2021 as fibre exports decline

    In February 2021, India’s export of basic textiles comprising fibres, spun and filament yarns increased 24 per cent Y-o-Y to $822 million. As per a report by Textile Value Chain, they accounted for about 2.9 per cent of total merchandise exported from India during the month. Driven by a sharp increase in cotton exports, th... Read more

Recurrent lockdowns threaten apparel brands’ near term growth, profitabil…

Recurrent lockdowns threaten apparel brands’ near term growth, profitability

    Lockdowns continue to spell doom for clothing companies that witnessed business upsurge in January and February owing to ‘end of season sales’ and declining COVID cases. However, a report by ICICI Securities expects rising COVID cases and subsequent restrictions to again delay recovery. The report estimates, apparel ... Read more

India’s Tier II, III beat Tier I cities in e-commerce growth: ICICI Secur…

India’s Tier II, III beat Tier I cities in e-commerce growth: ICICI Securities

     The growth of e-commerce volumes in Tier II and III cities in India is outpacing that in Tier-I cities, says an ICICI securities report. As per the report, in Q4 CY20, the volume share of smaller cities in India's e-commerce market increased to 46 per cent from 32 per cent YoY. Online spending per customer in Tier II and I... Read more

With 16% CAGR till 2024, an impressive future awaits casual wear in India

With 16% CAGR till 2024, an impressive future awaits casual wear in India

  Not wishing to be governed by structures and definitions, the new generation is rewriting old rules of dressing. The generation is unpretentious in its clothing choices and prefers to dress in casual and unstructured clothing. As per a Wazir Advisors study ‘The swing towards casual wear’, the category accounted for 36 per ce... Read more

Data-focus helps Clovia optimize investments and control risks

Data-focus helps Clovia optimize investments and control risks

    One of India’s the premier lingerie brands, Clovia claims to have negligible rate of new product failure. The brand can launch new products with a high degree of confidence, affirms Pankaj Vermani, CEO. It recently launched Bra-Bot, an online AI-based chatbot which guides customers to the correct product while advising siz... Read more

E-com companies expect minimum impact from new restrictions

E-com companies expect minimum impact from new restrictions

     E-commerce firms expect Maharashtra’s new COVID-related restrictions to have minimal impact on their operations. As per Economic Times, the Maharashtra government ordered delivery and supply chain staff of e-commerce companies to either get vaccinated or carry a negative RT-PCR test report, starting April 10 Hari M... Read more

Eco-friendly denim gets a boost with new brands, materials

Eco-friendly denim gets a boost with new brands, materials

    Handcrafted jeans made from khadi are latest innovation in the denim industry. As per a report by the Apparel Resources, a 100 per cent swadeshi brand launched in 2016, Desitude offers handcrafted jeans and other premium quality apparel and accessories made from hand-spun and hand-woven khadi. These denims maintain the spirit an... Read more

LFW reemphasizes the importance of storytelling in fashion

LFW reemphasizes the importance of storytelling in fashion

    The industry has to restart sooner or later, emphasized designer Payal Singhal at the recently concluded Lakme Fashion Week. For her, fashion weeks are a way to bring in new business to support her staff of 150. She organized a live, in-person show to launch Indian athleisure line called Kismet. The show featured mask-less model... Read more

High-value apparel products will help India mitigate COVID-19 effects: KP…

High-value apparel products will help India mitigate COVID-19 effects: KPMG

    Fashion retail markets across the world were under severe stress even before the COVID-19 crisis. A new KPMG report ‘Covid-19: Mitigation strategy for Indian textile and apparel sector’ highlights issues like deep discounting and damp consumer sentiments were already threatening the future prospects of the industry. ... Read more

Pandemic accelerates demand for secondhand fashion in India

Pandemic accelerates demand for secondhand fashion in India

    The pandemic has changed the age old, shabby and worn out image of secondhand fashion and encouraged young Indian fashionistas to embrace pre-worn or used clothes. A report by The Times of India shows, Indian market for secondhand clothes is expected to grow 185 per cent over the next 10 years with many global brands jumping on ... Read more

Riding on online sales, Madame aims for three-fold growth in three years

Riding on online sales, Madame aims for three-fold growth in three years

    Desperate times call for desperate measures. Fashion brands are trying to survive the ongoing tough times by shifting their business online and incorporating consumer feedback into operations. They are also stepping up their online training facilities for specific retail capabilities, says Akhil Jain, Executive Director, Madame.... Read more

Pandemic forcing Indian retailers to build in agility and resilience in o…

Pandemic forcing Indian retailers to build in agility and resilience in operations

    Desperate times call for desperate measures, the pandemic is forcing Indian retailers to reshape their business operations and become more agile and build capacities. The Economic Times CEO Breakfast presented by Accenture India and emphasized on several such learnings from the pandemic. Omnichannel to be the way forward The d... Read more

Footwear sector revenues to grow 23 per cent next fiscal: CRISIL

Footwear sector revenues to grow 23 per cent next fiscal: CRISIL

     As per a CRISIL report, Indian footwear sector could see revenue growth of 23-25 per cent next fiscal, closing in on pre-pandemic topline levels of Rs 70,000 crore. Footwear companies could rakes in sales to pre-pandemic levels by next fiscal. In the current fiscal, sales in the category are expected to contract 21 per cen... Read more

Bengaluru’s brand penetration per capital higher than Mumbai: Kearney

Bengaluru’s brand penetration per capital higher than Mumbai: Kearney

     As per a Keanery report, Bengaluru’s brand penetration per capita is higher as compared to Mumbai, thus making it attractive for retailers. Manoj Muthu Kumar, Principal, Kearney, says, despite a lower population, Bengaluru has a higher per capita income and much higher level of spending and consumption in key sector... Read more

Contribution of big cities to India’s retail growth declines: Kearney

Contribution of big cities to India’s retail growth declines: Kearney

     As per global management consulting firm Kearney, contribution of big cities to the growth of India’s retail industry is declining, as consumption patterns have changed over the last decade. As per a report by Economic Times, smaller cities, including Surat, Jabalpur, Raipur, Mangalore and Faridabad are emerging as ... Read more

India’s organized apparel market geared for a better outlook in FY22: Ind…

India’s organized apparel market geared for a better outlook in FY22: Ind-Ra

     In its recent outlook for apparel retail, India Ratings and Research (Ind-Ra), said India’s organized apparel market is geared for a better business outlook in FY22 as improved consumer confidence, pickup in store expansion and prospects of wider vaccine rollout help the sector rebound. As per the Ind-Ra report, the... Read more

Indian e-commerce needs new strategies aligning with current trends

Indian e-commerce needs new strategies aligning with current trends

    As a large part of the Indian population stayed indoors due to the COVID-19, e-commerce emerged as an essential service as fashion customers. Fashion styles like athleisure and relaxed casual wear formed an important part of the COVID recovery trend as customers opted for easy and breathable styles. An opportunity to explore mu... Read more

Duke’s spring/summer ’21 collection reflects Indian sensibilities

Duke’s spring/summer ’21 collection reflects Indian sensibilities

    Inspired by international fashion culture, the essence of Duke’s spring/summer collection remains Indian. Featuring floral and nature-inspired prints with clean cuts, the collection uses light and airy fabrics such as cotton linen, pique, single jersey sub and textured materials to offer customers a wide range of T-shirts,... Read more

Retailers achieve 93% of pre-COVID sales in February: RAI survey

Retailers achieve 93% of pre-COVID sales in February: RAI survey

     As per the 13th edition of the Retail Business Survey by the Retailers Association of India, the retail industry achieved 93 per cent of the pre-COVID sales in February. Segments such as consumer durables and quick service restaurants (QSR) reported 15 per cent and 18 per cent growth respectively in February 2021, says th... Read more

49% Indians opted for online shopping in the last 12 months: LocalCircles

49% Indians opted for online shopping in the last 12 months: LocalCircles

     As per the survey by LocalCircles, in the last 12 months, 49 per cent Indian consumers opted for online sites and apps as the preferred mode of shopping. The survey received over 130,000 responses from over 42,000 consumers in 358 Indian districts Around 18 per cent of the respondents preferred home deliveries while 31 pe... Read more

March to be the watershed month for apparel recovery: Gautam Singhania, …

March to be the watershed month for apparel recovery: Gautam Singhania,  Raymond

    It may take a few quarters for apparel sales to get back to normal, says Gautam Singhania, Chairman and Managing Director, Raymond. Singhania believes, “March will be watershed month leading to 100 per cent recovery”. Sales are improving as more people get vaccinated and step out. Weekend sales are back to pre-COVID... Read more

Large retailers revive expansion plans post COVID-19 disruptions

Large retailers revive expansion plans post COVID-19 disruptions

   Large organized retailers are reviving expansion plans after COVID-19 disruptions stopped store openings last year. Fashion, fast-food chains and electronics retailers will lead store openings over the next 12 months. Shubhranshu Pani, Managing Director-Retail Services, JLL India says, retail expansion has picked up for value reta... Read more

E-commerce becomes the preferred shopping mode in India: Survey

E-commerce becomes the preferred shopping mode in India: Survey

     As per a survey by Local Circles, e-commerce is fast becoming one of the most preferred modes of shopping in India, buoyed by increased customer adoption over the past 12 months due to the COVID-19 pandemic/ Nearly half of all respondents said, ecommerce websites and apps have become their preferred mode of shopping over ... Read more

Ethnic and innerwear focus helps ABFRL grow despite COVID-19 disruptions

Ethnic and innerwear focus helps ABFRL grow despite COVID-19 disruptions

    While the entire fashion industry is still reeling under the effects of COVID-19 pandemic, Aditya Birla Fashion & Retail (ABFRL) has managed to outperform peers by focusing on the ethnic wear and inner wear segments. Media reports say, the company has not only reduced its debt levels but also expanded store network, and ramp... Read more

Garment makers focusing on online space: CRISIL

Garment makers focusing on online space: CRISIL

     India’s garment makers have begun to increasingly focus on the online space, says a new CRISIL report. The textiles sector has aggressively adopted digital channels for business prospects with digital adoption growing from barely 20 per cent pre-COVID to 58 per cent currently in the textile sector. A similar trend is... Read more

Offline retail bounces back with sales reaching pre-COVID levels

Offline retail bounces back with sales reaching pre-COVID levels

       Brick and mortar retail has bounced back in India with sales reaching pre-COVID numbers few months ago. This was revealed at the recent Retail Leadership Summit 2021, organized by the Retailers Association of India, lingerie retailer Zivame and fashion watch brand Fossil. Zivame with Reliance Brands as one of its ... Read more

Bengaluru retail sees a U-shaped recovery

Bengaluru retail sees a U-shaped recovery

     Retail sector in Bengaluru is now beginning to see green shoots of revival with a U-shaped recovery. While essential goods like food and grocery, followed by apparel, FMCD and electronics, furniture and home furnishings and QSR are seeing a V-shaped recovery, other segments like beauty, wellness and personal care and home ... Read more

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‘Night suits is a big opportunity because it can be a long term game’

Akhil Jain, ED, Madame

Akhil Jain Executive Director Madame“Since May some of our operations have resumed. Lounge wear, pajamas and athleisure used to be only 2 per cent of our overall business but in the three and a half weeks since we opened, this category has made up 33 per cent of the entire business we have done. Be it offline or online sales or demand from excising multi-brand outlets or distributors, the only products everyone is asking for are: pajamas, lounge wear or nightsuits. We see demand for basic athleisure wear and not fancy ones. It’s a small category for us. Also, there are not many players in the organized sector in India but in the unorganized sector, it is a big category.
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‘With less business, retailers should reformulate cost structure, focus on increasing savings’

BS Nagesh, Founder, TRRAIN
BS Nagesh“We are not sitting at home with the intention of closing our business. We will all reopen our businesses. So, the first attitude is, we are going back to our business and will take it to the next level. Secondly, we will have to analyze our previous work and behaviour with customers in the last 5 to 10 years, if our attitude was that of ‘you are just a customer’ and ‘I don’t care’ previously then be assured your customer will never come back. The people or brands who have already created trust with customers will be the early winners according to me. At this time, those who are in competition need to introspect their future dealings and elements related to it. To create this trust today, no one has a magic wand because we are unaware of customer’s demand, choice and when they come in, we will not work on our KPI’s because we don’t know what the customer wants. It is all guess work.”
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‘Retailers have to enhance consumer engagement by focusing on relation building and communication’

Hemant Jain, Director, KKCL

Hemant Jain“I don’t feel business will decline forever. It will decline but for a short while. Like in cricket, the game is not over if it is hindered by rains, only some overs are reduced but the score remains the same and in order to square the score players focus on hitting the ball to the boundary or over the boundary. Similarly we will have to focus on our ticket size. So if the ticket size grows maybe we will sustain but our priority should be hygiene and safety and we have to convey this message to our customers, that if you walk in to our stores it is safe. So, if we can communicate a sense of safety to our customers maybe retailers will be able to sustain their business.”
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‘We also need to sanitize merchandise at regular intervals’

Vipul Mathur, Business Head, Udaan.com
Vipul Mathur Udaan“Can you move a part of your store online. Can you get to the same degree of sales without getting as many customers as you used to in stores. Is that possible? Can you do home delivery for people to feel safer. If you are an apparel retailer you might have to go places, can you avoid going there and use alternative sourcing methods. If you do all these then three things will happen: you will remain safe, employees will remain safe, customers will remain safe. Their being safe over time they can buy goods without any mishap. Practiced over time this will see business grow.”
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‘COVID-19 is teaching Indian consumers to be restrained in their spending’

Rakesh Jallipally, Chief Operating Officer, U.S. Polo Association and Flying Machine

Rakesh Jallipally“Right now people are looking at essentials like staples and household supplies. That is at the top of their list. Apparel or fashion may be fifth or sixth item on the list. But all said and done from our personal experience, we have opened a few stores since and seen there is demand, people are coming in. Indeed, walk-ins are less but whoever has come in are decisive and buying. The world is not over according to me for apparel or fashion retail. There is enough optimism. Basically we need try to and reach out to our consumers because there is a need. It might be latent at this point of time because it is not essential but if we keep reaching out to them I’m sure demand will come back though it might take some time.”
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‘If we overcome the fear our business will slowly come back to normal’

Manohar Chatlani, Chairman and Managing Director, Soch
Manohar D Chatlani“I think we have overestimated the prospective of this virus (COVID-19) to do harm. It is not as deadly or as dangerous as we think. It spreads faster than any other virus we have known so far. If we can overcome this fear, business will slowly come back to normal. Besides sanitizing and cleaning stores the government will have to think about public transport where people have the confidence to use them. Of course, to attract customers we will have to offer good discounts that are better than online discounts and newer merchandise than online. It is a question of time as public memory is short and things should become normal fast. I am hopeful.”
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“Discount retailers and value-oriented brands stand to win”

Usha Periasamy, Director, Brands & Operations, Classic Polo
Usha Periasamy Director Brands Operations Classic Polo“Consumer spending is dramatically curtailed during a recession. Consumers have adopted short-term behaviour during the pandemic that in many cases will become permanent, as a lesson learned from such unprecedented occurrences. Not only do consumers become more financially conservative but also credit may become less available and a large cohort may go into default on their debt, dramatically limiting purchasing power. Consumers will wake up from the pandemic in a new economic reality, changing their commercial behaviours in extreme ways.
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‘It will be very tough now and might take six months to be normal’

Pravin Mutha, MD, Cool Colors, Bafna Clothing
PravinMutha MD Cool Colors Bafna Clothing“Year 2020 scenario is the first time manufacturers have faced such a huge challenge. If they achieve even 60 per cent of sale compared to last year, it will be a great achievement and I presume that 20 per cent of manufacturers and brands will be wiped out. This is a big concern and the government needs to play an active and important role in this. The government has to understand the garment and textile industry is the second largest after agriculture and employs a huge amount of labor from all sections of the society. Hence, the government has to think exclusively for MSME’s and textile and garment industry, like restriction of customs on import, large format stories to source only from Indian market etc.”
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“The elephant in the room is cash-flow management and crisis management”

Dr Darlie Koshy, Academician, Industry Expert, Author ‘Garment Exports: Winning Strategies’
Dr Darlie Koshy"The elephant in the room is cash-flow management and crisis management. For cash-flow management, except exemption package to file returns or reduction of interest on delayed payment, there is very little the government will do at this stage given the huge fund requirement and reduction in tax collection with bottom of pyramid's social and health costs taking predominance. Many SMEs will shut shop and consolidation and constriction will happen. There will be constriction in operations and consolidation of big becoming bigger with deep pockets and select buyer support."
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‘To regain existing business everybody has to work as fast as possible’

Raj Kumar Jain, MD, Bonjour-Zonac Knitting Machines
Raj Jain MD Bonjour Zonac Knitting Machines“Everybody has realized this is the time to think out of the box so that the when it opens they will be ready with what they want to do, like aligning people, volume of production needed to be done, how many showrooms to open, what volume of orders to be taken up because export orders have been cancelled, most large format business have cancelled their orders with vendors. Hence, from day one factories will have nothing to do. As for brands, when they open they have already sustained with their fixed expenses and have no money and will not be able to ask their customers for money. In fact, we will have to assure them we are with them and ask them to start business with full confidence. The main worry is financial support. Low margin business or those subsisting hand to mouth will face extra difficulties. This will simultaneously open new opportunities. It will be a new life after opening. To regain existing business everybody has to work as fast as possible."
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‘The one change we will see is online will bounce back faster than offline’

Manish Kapoor, CEO, Pepe Jeans
Manish Kapoor CEO Pepe Jeans“Whether you open today or a month later or you start EOSS from June 15 or August 15, demand and consumer sentiment per say is not going to change much. The other reality is, in terms of physical retail from the time you reopen the consumer will take time to go back to stores. The one change we will see is online is going to bounce back much faster than offline. This change has been seen in China also and the same scenario is likely to happen in India. In a scenario where the lockdown is lifted around May 15 and EOSS is announced, the consumer will still not visit malls to buy, so delaying EOSS is justified."
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‘The garment industry will witness very tough time, may take six months to a year for normalcy’

Rakesh Grover, Managing Director, Groversons and President for Intimate Apparel Association

Rakesh Grover Managing Director Groversons“The after effects will be tough. Already the industry was going through a difficult time but after this, there will be a hard time because payment cycle will be affected, raw material supplies will be affected as the supply chain is affected, factories are closed and even if production begins, how will we continue production as we need a lot of raw materials and different ingredients to complete garments. To procure from China or India at the moment is difficult as labor returned to their villages and to get them back to work will be a big challenge. It may take a month or two to get them back to work. Even if we have orders production may not start in full strength for about two months post lockdown."
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Will also have to liquidate maximum merchandise at better values

Bobby Arora, Director, Status Quo
Bobby Arora Director Status Quo“Once the lockdown opens, people are more likely to rush to restaurants and other entertainment zones rather than stores for buying clothes. This may create a frustrating situation for brands and retailers and compel them to offer higher discounts than the routine trend. Regarding inventory management, we will have to be smart and carry forward some of the inventories to the next season. We will also have to liquidate maximum merchandise at better values to make some money."

China was also under a lockdown and we depend a lot on them for fabrics

Akhil Jain, Executive Director, Madame
Akhil Jain Executive Director MadameSince we have our own manufacturing, we are manufacturing less. With lockdown finances are also shut, we will save about 100,000 to 150,000 units, that is produced and this is what I am thinking of if the season doesn’t begin in the next two months. As for autumn/winter, it is still under speculation as China was also under a lockdown and we depend a lot on them for fabrics. Of late, we have started pursuing Chinese...
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Lockdown may prolong and will affect our and world economy

Sanjay Dawar, MD, Bodycare Creation
Sanjay Dawar MD Bodycare CreationsWe are aware of the gravity of the situation and emerging problems across all industries. I feel, the lockdown may prolong for a longer period and affect our and world economy. Everyone will have to face it in their own capacity as no planning and management will work. It is a wait and watch; work as per situation. We plan to retain all labourers, as most have left for their hometown. We will pay them without cuts...
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The only way to avoid this blood bath is massive Government support

Rahul Mehta, Chief Mentor, CMAI
Rahul Mehta Chief Mentor CMAI“India’s Garment Industry is currently going through its worst ever crisis The current lockdown of the country – is a death blow to these smaller units. Most of them will simply not have the resources of surviving for any length of time even after the markets reopen. This is because even after they reopen, markets are highly unlikely to return to its normal,...
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Bad impact on the industry as all inventories are stuck

Sandeep Jain, MD, Monte Carlo
Sandeep Jain Managing Director Monte CarloCoronavirus will have a bad impact on the industry as all inventories are stuck. Goods in transit are not being sold. Goods are stuck in warehouses, so there’s total loss. We plan to cut down our winter production depending on how long it goes on. We’ll have to sell more goods on discount. If this ends in April, it will be fine and if it prolongs to June, it will be very difficult for the industry...
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We are sitting on stocks and there is no sale and absolutely no cash-flow

Kamal Kushalani, Founding Director, Mufti
Kamal Kushalani Founding Director MuftiFollowing government directives closed all our stores and offices. Hopefully, this will be controlled in 21 days and markets open up. Both our spring/summer and autumn/winter collections are likely to be impacted as almost all production for summer is ready. We are sitting on stocks and there is no sale and absolutely no cash-flow. When markets open, we’ll have to look at demand and how much stocks are cleared...
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Tough times and teams with character and determination will win

Satyen P Momaya, CEO , Celio Future Fashion
Satyen P Momaya CEO Celio Future Fashion“We are looking at how to adjust to a new and challenging reality along with protecting the safety of our employees. Being a fashion retailer, we need tombalance the current season’s merchandise while working on possible buy reduction for the coming season. I foresee the market to remain challenging for at least a quarter even after things settle down and stores open as we fall in the non essential category and consumer sentiment will not be at its best. Therefore, I foresee a 20 per cent reduction in demand for subsequent months. We need to look at all costs to protect our bottomline and also manage the working capital. These are tough times and teams with character and determination will win.”
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‘We are focusing strongly on the innerwear category’

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‘CMAI needs to take a leap into the next level’: Rahul Mehta

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Spykar, Swag Fashions collaborate for new fashion line

   Spykar and Swag Fashions have joined hands to create the 83 fashion line.The brand signifies India’s World Cup gl... Read more

Around 67 per cent urban Indians to switch to online shopping post pandemic…

   Nearly 67 per cent of urban Indians plans to switch to online shopping post pandemic, says latest research report by Yo... Read more

Amazon challenges Delhi High Court’s order in Supreme Court

   Amazon has challenged the Delhi High’s court stay on single judge’s order restraining Future Retail from go... Read more

Van Heusen to launch new WFH clothing brand

   ABFRL’s formal wear brand Van Heusen plans to launch a new sub-brand for work-from-home (WFH) and comfort clothin... Read more

Fashionista Fashion and Lifestyle to hold eighr events across India

   Multi-brand women’s shopping fair Fashionista Fashion and Lifestyle Exhibitions will hold eight events for May an... Read more

PHDCCI offers suggestions on India’s FDI policy for e-commerce

   The PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PHDCCI) has offered few suggestions to the Indian government on its FDI polic... Read more

Luxury brand Qua opts for zero plastic packaging

   Home-grown affordable luxury fashion brand Qua has opted for zero plastic packaging for its clothing products. The bran... Read more

Universal Sportsbiz raises Rs 30 crore debt funds from Vistra ITCL

   Bengaluru-based fashion company Universal Sportsbiz is raising Rs 30 crore in debt funding from independent corporate t... Read more

Benetton India, Timex collaborate for exclusive watch range

   Benetton India has joined hands with Timex India to launch an exclusive range of watches in the Indian market. The coll... Read more

Killer launches new store in Patna

   Flagship brand of Kewal Kiran Clothing (KKCL), Killer has launched a new store in Patna. The store offers a wide range ... Read more

Marriage Mantra shifts business online

   Multi-brand women’s fashion events business Marriage Mantra has shifted its business online with a new venture, m... Read more

Delhi High Court reschedules hearings on Future, Amazon appeals

   A division bench of the Delhi High Court, which hears appeals filed by Amazon and Future Retail against two orders by s... Read more

Meesho to target 100 million small businesses

   As a part of its diversification plan, social commerce platform Meesho plans to target 100 million small businesses. Fo... Read more

Anita Dongre launches Spring/Summer 2021 collection

   Designer Anita Dongre has launched her new Spring/Summer 2021 collection in collaboration with Tencel™ by Lenzing... Read more

Brand Payal Singhal launches wedding venue design service

   Designer Payal Singhal’s eponymous brand has launched wedding venue design service ‘PS Wedding’. PS W... Read more

Trident Group’s bath linen production grows 82 per cent in March’21

   The home textile division of Punjab-based Trident Group registered 82.80 per cent growth in production of bath linen to... Read more

Shree to take store count to 500 in five years

   Fashion Retail Brand Shree, which opened its 95th store in Delhi recently, aims to take store count to 500 in the next ... Read more

Nykaa Fashion acquires jewellery brand Pippa Bella

   Nykaa Fashion, a multi-brand fashion e-commerce platform has acquired online jewellery brand Pipa Bella to expand its j... Read more

Future Retail lenders hope for a debt recast plan

   Lenders to Future Retail are hopeful of approving a debt recast plan by the end of this month, with the final draft bei... Read more

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