Opportunities in Indian Organized Retail Sector

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The opportunities in Indian organized retail sector are many for this sector is witnessing a boom.

The retail industry in India amounted to US$ 200 billion in 2006, and out of this amount the Indian organized retail sector amounted to US$ 6.4 billion. The opportunities in India organized retail sector can be judged from the fact that by 2010 it is expected to rise to US$ 23 billion.

The various opportunities in the organized retail sector in India are mainly there for the Indian consumers behavior pattern has changed. Now the Indian consumer gets more hefty pay- packages, is younger, a large number of women are working, western influences, and more disposable income have opened a lot of opportunities in Indian organized retail sector. The Indian consumer wants to shop, eat and get entertainment in one place and is have also given Indian organized retail sector an opportunity to grow.

The Indian government in 2005 allowed foreign direct investment (FDI) in single brand retail to 51%. This have opened up a lot of opportunities in India organized retail sector. In fact 325 departmental stores, 300 new malls, and 1500 supermarkets are being built which shows the tremendous opportunities in the organized retail sector in India.

Many Indian companies seeing the various opportunities in organized retail sector in India have entered it. Pantaloons have decided to increase its retail space to 30 million square feet with an investment of US$ 1 billion. Reliance Industries Limited is targeting for annual sales of US$ 25 billion by 2011. It is planning to invest US$ 6 billion in order to open 1,500 supermarkets and 1000 hypermarkets. Bharti Telecoms is planning a joint venture with Telco a global retail giant worth £ 750 million.

The opportunities in the organized retail sector in India have also increased with the desire of many global retail giants to set up shop here. The global retail giants who are entering the Indian organized retail sector are:
  • Tesco
  • Wal- Mart
  • Metro AG
  • Carrefour SA
The opportunities in Indian organized retail sector are varied and it must be fully exploited by the Indian retailers.