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To fuel retail, move to spendings rather than savings – says Kishore Biyani

I was doing some reading on retail industry in India and watched a presentation Kishore Biyani (of Future Group / Big Bazar / Pantaloons) made in 2008. He made a comment that got me thinking!

Retail is booming in India, and people are building millions of square feet of properties. But where is the demand? It’s only 25% of customers going to modern retail. So how can retailers create this demand? Will customers reduce spending at classic retail stores and move to malls?

No! Instead of diverting their spending, increase their spending.

To increase spending, reduce savings.

Move people away from saving their money (34% of income is saved as per Biyani). Induce people to spend their money.

If they don’t have money, borrow it to them. Follow Brazilian model where retailers are more like financiers than stores. Let them purchase on credit.

That’s how retail will boom!

I am startled. At the same time, the argument is very logical.

What do you think will happen?

Official iPhone will be in India soon: Rs. 8000 for 8GB

Update: iPhone 3G was launched in India. But with exorbitant price tags. 31K and 36K are just too much for this phone. I don’t suggest buying it at this price. Wait a few more months! The price will come down!

(Photo Credit: James Martin/CNET News.com)

The latest version of the iPhone will be launched around 11 July. And it will be available in India. The price will be $199 for the 8GB model, and $299 for the 16GB one. It will have 3G, GPS and much more!

Things look very exciting for the iPhone now! At the same time, Samsung is launching a competitor!

Time to dump Reliance? ;-)