Can Reliance Pull Of the Kirana & Jio Omni-Channel Retail Strategy ?

Decade and Half old Reliance Retail Ltd a subsidiary of Reliance Industries Ltd has been toying with several strategies to make its presence felt in several Hundred Billion Dollar Organized Retailing. In order to connect ~30m kirana stores with its own physical and digital infrastructure, Reliance Retail (RRL) launched the Jio PoS machine in 2019. We’ll now explore how has the market received the next generation online & offline retail business strategy.

Our visits to multiple kirana stores that have adopted the Jio PoS device pointed to healthy penetration in the pilot market. RRL has offered attractive pricing for the PoS device (an initial deposit of sub-Rs 4,000 and no recurring fee). This has aided penetration among kiranas. Note that the PoS devices offered by banks often demand an up-front fee of Rs4,000-10,000 and (more…)

Reliance Retail – Good Performance in Difficult Times

Reliance Trends Retail Results Review Reliance Retail has significantly stepped up the pace of store operations across various segments over the past few years and now operates 11.7mn sq ft of retail space. Reliance Retail has emerged as the largest retail chain in the country and is now closing in on Future Retail in terms of revenue (for comparable value formats). Below are key highlights of the company’s performance in Q4FY14 and FY14.

Despite difficult Economic situation under the Corrupt Congress Regime, Reliance Retail added 225 stores over FY14 taking total store count (more…)

Reliance Retail Footprint Expands to 142 Cities with 1577 Stores

Reliance Retail Business UpdateIn the past three years, organized retail players have seen their profitability erode on the back of rising rentals, high power costs, levy of service tax and above all a poor consumer sentiment. Amidst these headwinds, Reliance Retail has seen its retail business report a strong performance. Reliance Retail, now a pan India player has a presence in 141 cities with 1,577 stores covering over 10.7mn square feet. In terms of profitability, the company turned around at the end of FY13 at the EBIDTA level.

We expect penetration of organized retail to continue to increase as the presence (more…)

Reliance Retail – Good Performance by Loyalty Club Members

Reliance Trends ShoppingReliance Retail added 184 stores over FY13, taking its total store count to 1,466. Total space as of end-FY13 was 9mn sqft across 129 cities. The fashion & lifestyle segment witnessed the highest store additions, followed by electronics.

Store additions for value formats were relatively low. Retail space is concentrated more in the south (40% share of retail space) and west (33% share), followed by the north at 19% and the east at 8%.

Reliance Retail posted relatively (more…)