How tech start-ups, FMCG majors are helping kirana stores go digital

JULY 25, 2020 BUSINESS TODAY: With consumers preferring to shop online in the COVID era, some forward-looking Kirana stores (1-2 million of the 15 million stores) are eager to have an online presence so that they don’t lose customers to online grocers. If you happen to search online for a packet of Maggi or Saffola…

In COVID-19 world, digital distribution platforms become strong alternative for FMCG majors

JULY 14, 2020 BUSINESS TODAY: The coronavirus lockdown and the distribution disruption thereof, has forced consumer product companies to take a hard look at their distribution strategy. A digital-first strategy is what all of them are looking at. Being digital-first not only makes their products available to consumers through platforms like Swiggy or Zomato but…

Smaller packs fly off shelves as on the go consumption rises

JULY 8, 2020 THE TIMES OF INDIA: As people begin moving out for work,smaller packs of biscuits and snacks are witnessing growth. Biscuit makers including Unibic are saying that their Rs 10 pack is witnessing a spike in demand. The lower SKUs (stock keeping units) have seen their share go up by 10% by volume and the…

How e-commerce startups are queuing up to digitise India’s 10 million-plus kirana shops

JULY 7, 2020 THE HINDU: Meenakshi Senthamizh is a third-generation owner of New Mahalakshmi Stores in Dasanaickenpatti, a village in Salem, Tamil Nadu. When her grandfather started the shop about 60 years ago, she says, it was one of the district’s biggest shops. “Supermarkets didn’t exist back then. So, even the people from the town…

SnapBizz: Keeping the FMCG supply chain well-oiled

JUNE 15, 2020 FINANCIAL EXPRESS: Bengaluru-based Snapbizz has been a discovery enabler for local kirana stores for quite sometime now. The recent Covid-19 lockdown has now given the startup an opportunity to expand its footprint, all the while enabling the supply of groceries in a hyperlocal setup, ensuring people do not have to travel long…

Covid effect: Home consumption drives up household grocery bills

MAY 21, 2020 THE TIMES OF INDIA: Grocery bills have ballooned as home consumption rises and consumers buy larger packs of FMCG products. The bill sizes had almost doubled in March, when the lockdown started, but they remain significantly higher than in the pre-coronavirus days. Industry executives say they may remain high for some time…

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40% spike in consumer spend at kirana stores during lockdown

MAY 6, 2020 ET RETAIL: As per the report, there was a major spike in sales in mid-March as an indication of panic buying that took place followed by a low spell till Easter weekend, post which, sales have improved. The study also found a decline in the number of kirana stores operating ever since…

Kirana stores record steep increase in sales of essentials: Study

MAY 5, 2020 HINDU BUSINESSLINE:: There has been a steep increase in sales of essentials from kirana stores. It was as high as 30 per cent per of consumers in mid-March onwards, and then further rose by another 30 per cent by March end. But in the past few weeks, it recorded a slight dip…

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How Covid changes the way we eat, shop and play

MAY 5, 2020 HINDU BUSINESSLINE: Until the Covid-19 lockdown, Chitra Cariappa, a senior citizen, had a fixed monthly routine that involved going to the bank to withdraw money, the medical store to stock up on medicines, picking up groceries and doing the rounds of Airtel, BESCOM, BWSSB offices to make payments. Forty days into the…