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A Happy New Year to you all. It has indeed been a momentous end of 2018 for us, with the successful conclusion of North India Retail Awards (NIRA 2018) and South India Retail Awards (SIRA 2018) in December. We want to thank all those who joined in creating a powerful and collaborative atmosphere at both the events. We hope you are already on your way to creating success stories from the experiences shared at the event. For those who couldn’t make it to NIRA and SIRA, our January issue of IMAGES Retail magazine encapsulates the theme event. We dedicate the fi rst edition of 2019 to Technology. As we know, retail technology has been the greatest game-changer of all. Th e technology footprint leading to decisive impacts in numerous stages of retail such as enterprise system along with customerfacing functionalities like payments, customer services and loyalty programs has been a sure shot success formula for retailers. Th e issue brings you an overview of the top tech innovations which came into limelight in 2018 and were quite popular among the brands/retailers. Th e feature also highlights analysis/views/ opinions from the CIOs and other retail experts from the industry. We also bring you major technology trends to look out in 2019. We also bring you a feature on the Who’s Who of the Indian Retail Industry. Th e story will walk readers through what these retail leaders are doing diff erently to stay ahead of the curve and also focusing on the challenges faced, marketing and Omnichannel strategies, and the expansion plans. Shifting focus a little, as 2019 dawns, we are busy working towards creating another success story – the 12th Edition of our fl agship event, India Food Forum 2019 to be held on February 5-6 at Hotel Renaissance, Mumbai. We hope that you will fi nd this edition of the year as insightful as the rest and we hope to see you in large numbers at the India Food Forum 2019.
Launched in 2003, IMAGES Retail took on the task of analysing the emerging industry of organised retail, at a time when industry itself had little data to work on.Since then, the magazine has grown in tandem with the business of retail in India, and its broad-based research now covers the gamut of Indian and international movements in technology, logistics, formats, store design, retail real estate , franchising and human resource, besides reporting on significant directions within India's sunrise industry.