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How Cloud Telephony Is Raising The Bar For Retail Industry

The Retail industry is evolving and adopting technologies at a faster rate than ever. To meet the higher benchmarks set by e-commerce, the sector has turned its back to the conventional ways of executing business processes. Retail stores have realized the power of automation. Of all the technologies that they are adopting, cloud telephony is has emerged as an innovative technology for the retail industry.

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Progressive Grocer
August 2018

'Bakers Are Very Selective Today About The Fats They Use'

Deoki Muchhal, Managing Director of Cargill’s food business in India, speaks to Progressive Grocer about the trends and developments that are shaping the bakery industry in India and the opportunities it presents for manufacturers and retailers.

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Progressive Grocer
August 2018

N Supermarket Is Known For Its Fresh Products And Strong Private Label In Staples And Bakery

N Supermarket is an established regional retailer in Karnataka and Tamil Nadu well known for its mediumsized neighborhood food and grocery stores that specialize in providing fresh and quality products at a reasonable price. With total retail operations spanning 20,000 sq. ft., N Supermarket has developed a strong private label in staples, bakery, confectionery and dairy products, which together contribute up to 15 per cent of its overall sales. The retailer is looking to expand its footprint and has chosen the franchise route for expansion. “Should we find interested partners who agree with our line of thinking, we might go for a rapid roll-out and appoint Master Franchisees for powering the future growth in newer locations,” says C. Gopalakrishnan, Managing Director.

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Progressive Grocer
July 2018

Smart Snacking

With a growing focus on eating healthy, it is imperative that we make clever and well-informed decisions when it comes to snacking. Snack players constantly evolve to sell customers ‘super’ ingredients while the younger generation and working class is becoming more conscious of what they consume. To devise healthy eating plans, we need to look at how subsequent ailments relate to current lifestyles.

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Progressive Grocer
July 2018

Our stores offer the taste of authentic bakery products at affordable prices across NCR

Sugar & Spice India Pvt. Ltd. is a 28-year-old company in the business of manufacturing and retailing bakery and confectionery products. Currently, Sugar & Spice has nine outlets running across NCR. While six of the outlets are take-away joints, the other three have their roots in bakery & confectionery but have also branched out into casual dining. Over the next three years, the company is looking to open 40 new outlets across NCR. Progressive Grocer spoke to promoter, Mini Yadav, who has spawned a successful business empire, about her brand’s current focus and its future plans.

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Progressive Grocer
July 2018

The Perks Of Being An App User

Mobile pay adoption is small in grocery, but the right incentives can grab consumers’ interest.

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Progressive Grocer
July 2018

Technology: Knight In Shining Armour For Retail Businesses

With the increasing globalization of retailing, both in terms of points-of-sale and points-of-supply, the use of information technology in the retail sector is unquestionable. A good technology platform is indispensable to manage the compete supply chain and helps avert leakages at various touch points, right from the big brand, the retailer or distributor to the end consumer. Smaller retailers can’t afford to neglect the usage of technology and must respond to the evolving marketplace with enhanced speed and flexibility.

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Progressive Grocer
July 2018

Global Food Safety Concerns And Indian Trade

Food testing and quality analysis giant Mérieux NutriSciences India recently launched its Blue Paper,18 titled “European Food Safety Trends, Key Issues & Perspectives” which aims at helping manufacturers and exporters with a better understanding of food-related health issues and an enhanced ability to spot future food safety hazards. In a conversation with Progressive Grocer India, Philippe Sans, President and Global CEO, Mérieux NutriSciences, shares his views on trends in the food safety and quality market and improved regulatory measures.

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Progressive Grocer
July 2018

Mini Meal Masters

Grocers promote produce-rich snacks and healthful lunches for back to school.

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Progressive Grocer
July 2018

Leading The Spice Race

Shubh Food Products has carved a name for itself in the past 18 years. Starting off with a simple spice product Asafoetida (hing), the company now boasts of numerous private label products under its belt. Founder Gaurav Gambhir once delivered consignments to small food vendors himself but now oversees a strong bench of trained staff working for him. Progressive Grocer spoke to Gambhir about his company’s innovative breakthroughs in the spices and condiments category and what it takes to thrive in this competitive industry.

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Progressive Grocer
July 2018

From Dealing In Dairy To More

A company dedicated to delivering high-quality products for daily needs, Kutwal Foods Private Limited succeeds in providing an exemplary retail experience through their flagship store brand ‘MyUrja’. The self-motivated duo of brothers and founders Ram and Prakash Kutwal began operations in 2002. Ram Kutwal speaks to Progressive Grocer about the impressive growth curve the brand has seen, innovative additions made to their vibrant product line and retail outlets, and the importance of ethical business practices in ensuring customer-centric growth and innovation strategy.

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Progressive Grocer
July 2018

Easy Sell

Supply chain executives will soon have a new resource to help them better manage unsaleable products.

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Progressive Grocer
July 2018

Bottled Fresh, Pickled And Preserved

Neo Foods specializes in pickled and preserved fruits and vegetables grown under contract farming and is revolutionizing the way we use ingredients to flavour our food. With an average growth of more than 20% per year, the company has a large footprint in the Indian market besides also expanding overseas. Progressive Grocer spoke to Director Shalini Jalan and India Business Head Ashok Sinha on how Neo Foods has succeeded in winning new markets for its products and the importance of balancing different retail channels.

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Progressive Grocer
July 2018

How To Make Your Mystery Shopping Effective

Mystery Shopping can be a significant investment for brands to deliver on customer experience and to track whether brand-specific protocols are really being followed in their outlets and customer touch points.

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Progressive Grocer
June 2018

How Safe Is Mineral Water From Chemical Impurities?

There are two types of water that is bottled – one is packaged drinking water and the other is packaged natural mineral water. The difference between the two is that they come from different sources and both types have different purification standards.

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Progressive Grocer
June 2018

E-Grocery: Hyperlocal Or Inventory Based?

The e-grocery segment is currently at a stage where the leading companies are trying out different models around grocery delivery: inventory-based and hyperlocal models. Companies that can blend the convenience and swiftness of buying groceries online with the customized, credible, and secure transactional experience of offline shopping will eventually grab a major share in the Indian grocery market.

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Progressive Grocer
June 2018

Healthy Chill

Desire for fresher, better-for-you options creates opportunities in refrigerated foods.

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Progressive Grocer
June 2018

Pioneers Of Modern Retail In North Maharashtra

Navjeevan Super Shop, which has been in business for over 70 years now, is widely regarded as the supermarket pioneer in north Maharashtra. Beginning its journey from a humble kirana store in Jalgaon in 1946, it opened its first self-service store in the city in 1993 and since then, it has taken impressive strides in modern food and grocery retailing. From 2007 onwards, Navjeevan has been on an expansion drive and opened five stores in quick succession. As of date, there are seven Navjeevan supermarkets in operation, all in Jalgaon, with a retail area spanning 21,000 square feet, which bring in a monthly revenue of about Rs. 5 crore.

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Progressive Grocer
June 2018

Sparkling Wine Calls The Shots!

Growing consumer inclination towards global brands and beverages with less alcohol content has turned out to be a great proposition for existing wine players and new entrants to play with innovative flavours and introduce finer qualities of wine in the country.

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Progressive Grocer
June 2018

Alive And Kicking

Center store isn’t dead — but it does need a creative boost.

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Progressive Grocer
June 2018

What To Keep In Mind When Selecting Juices And Soft Drinks?

Here are some tips that will help to select fruit juices and beverages that are healthy and safe to consume.

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Progressive Grocer
May 2018

Specialty Store In Chennai Gains A Nation-Wide Following

Founded in 1999, Chennai-based Nuts ‘n’ Spices is a Specialty store that sells a large variety of products such as dry fruits, spices, herbs, health products, sugar-free products, imported chocolates and biscuits, imported dairy products, imported ice creams, frozen foods and many more gourmet products. The 33 Nuts ‘n’ Spices stores have an average store area of 1,200 sq. ft. with total retail area spanning 40,000 sq. ft. In the last fiscal, the chain grossed a turnover of Rs. 82 crore, which is impressive taking into account its Rs. 57 lakh revenue in the first year of operation.Progressive Grocer traces the incredibly successful journey of Nuts ‘n’ Spices since its inception as a small Specialty store to attaining its current cult status as a destination food store for the health-conscious cosmopolitan crowd.

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Progressive Grocer
May 2018

Parle Agro Launches The New #TheFrootiLife Campaign For Summer 2018

Parle Agro, the largest Indian beverage manufacturer, announced the launch of the new #TheFrootiLife campaign for Summer 2018 and has taken a hyperlocal marketing strategy with various initiatives that are specifically targeted towards different regions of the country.

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Progressive Grocer
May 2018

How The Organic Category Is Shaping Up In India

The current certified and organized organic market is approximately INR 2,500 crore and has been growing at a CAGR of 20%. To ensure that this growth continues, the market needs to be scrutinized more and become more regulated.

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Progressive Grocer
May 2018

Heritage Foods Premium Ice Cream Brand “ALPENVIE” To Set Tongues Drooling

Available in varied flavours and formats the ice-cream brand targets young adults and college goers.

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Progressive Grocer
May 2018

Applications Of Blockchain Platform In Agri-Food Supply Chains

Blockchain technology has the potential to make every transaction in the agri-supply chain transparent, traceable, and verifiable without any third-party oversight.

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Progressive Grocer
May 2018

Breakfast Bonanza

With consumers demanding greater choice, convenience and health benefits in their morning eating occasion, India’s growing breakfast foods market is spurring innovation in many forms – new formulations, flavours and formats.

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Progressive Grocer
April 2018

Building Newage Brands In The Social-digital Age

In an age when consumer feedback to a product is swift and sharp, brands need to be quick-footed and act with decisiveness and agility to ensure sustenance and growth.

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Progressive Grocer
April 2018

SPAR India: A Hypermarket Known For Value And Differentiation

The Dutch brand SPAR is the world’s largest voluntary retail chain with over 12,000 stores in 40 countries worldwide and meets the needs of over 13 million consumers every day. In India, SPAR Hypermarkets operates 20 stores across nine states. Progressive Grocer takes a look at how the retailer remains receptive to introducing new products across categories and the various innovations it has put in place to keep abreast of the fast-changing consumer buying trends.

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Progressive Grocer
April 2018

Taking The Lead In Honey Market

With the changing food consumption paradigms, the generation today prefers everything healthy in their diet. With this shift, one of the most sought after breakfast essential– honey has taken over as a staple on the breakfast table. To know more about this emerging food trend and his take on how the category is maturing in India, Progressive Grocer spoke to Vimal Anand, Managing Director, APIS India.

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Progressive Grocer
April 2018