Andrew Levermore, CEO, HyperCITY Retail (India), points out that the reason for this foray is to provide consumers more choice. “We’re talking about over 4,000 products available to you in the catalogue and also available to you on the internet for web-shopping. Nobody has tried it with this kind of conviction and varied choice before,” he says.
Furthermore, Levermore reminds us that the Indian consumer has actually been shopping from home for decades already. “Ever since the telephone has been around, the Indian consumer has been ordering things from his kirana almost on a daily basis.
Now, this doesn’t happen in any other country in the world, so that’s the first reason why we think it will work.” Also, considering that Indian consumers like to make large-ticket purchase decisions as a family, they now have a perfect vehicle to do so—a catalogue on the coffee-table at home.
— Deepti Khanna Bose
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