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Reliance to Digitise 5 mn Indian Kirana Stores by 2023: Report

Reliance, with a deep footprint in over 10,000 Reliance Retail outlets pan-India, is working on to create the world's largest online-to-offline new ecommerce platform

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Reliance Jio office. Source: www.reliancejio.website

As more and more neighbourhood kirana stores aim to modernise their tech infrastructure, the entry of Reliance Industries Limited (RIL) would help expand the current 15,000 digitized store base to over five million stores by 2023, a Bank of America Merrill Lynch research said on Tuesday.

One of the most interesting trends in retail sector in India is that kirana stores are keen to upgrade their merchant point-of-sale (MPoS) technology, which is driving a wave of modernisation (90 per cent of the $700 billion retail market is still unorganized).

“The current one-time price point of Rs 50,000 limits the market to Class A/B stores (turnover of Rs 900K+/month).

“We believe that with the RIL’s entry, we could see an increase in merchant adoptability, as the price points will likely come down (RIL’s current one-time deposit is Rs 3,000) and reach should expand,” the research noted.

As a big player, RIL is entering an otherwise scattered market. Some of the key players in the fragmented merchant point-of-sale (MPoS) today are SnapBizz, Nukkad Shops and GoFrugal.

“Overall, we expect RIL to help expand the current 15,000 digitized store base to over 5 million stores by 2023,” said Sachin Salgaonkar and Sukriti Bansal, Research Analysts at DSP Merrill Lynch (India).

In this photograph taken on June 6, 2013 Reliance Industries Chairman Mukesh Ambani poses as he arrives for the company’s annual general meeting in Mumbai. India’s 100 richest people are for the first time all billionaires, according to an annual Forbes survey released September 25, 2014, with the country’s top earners worth a third more combined than last year. Industrialist Mukesh Ambani topped the list for an eighth straight year with a 23.6-billion dollar fortune, Forbes India said on its website. AFP PHOTO/Indranil MUKHERJEE/FILES

For the research, the team met with the SnapBizz management which has over 4,500 devices installed in more than seven cities in India (or over 30 per cent of the digitized store base).

For a one-time payment of Rs 50,000, the merchant gets a PoS device with Snapbizz software, a screen space to display ads and a personal app to interact with users.

On back of these products, the retailers’ revenue is estimated to increase by Rs 8,250 month each, thus recovering the investment in six months.

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“Kirana stores liked the ease of billing/generating GST complaint bills the best. The PoS system provides an option of adding in-built discounts and also push offers to entire customer database via SMS,” the research noted.

Reliance, with a deep footprint in over 10,000 Reliance Retail outlets pan-India, is working on to create the world’s largest online-to-offline new ecommerce platform. (IANS)

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Reliance Industries to Set Up Wholly-Owned Subsidiary for its Digital Platform Initiatives

The company said in a statement that the move will ensure that monetisation opportunities accrue to the shareholders efficiently

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RIL's digital platforms include the categories MyJio, JioTV, JioCinema, JioNews and JioSaavn. Flickr

Reliance Industries on Friday said that it will set up a wholly-owned subsidiary for its digital platform initiatives with an investment of Rs 1.08 lakh crore.

Accordingly, the company’s move will lead to the creation of the largest digital services platform company in India.

RIL’s digital platforms include the categories MyJio, JioTV, JioCinema, JioNews and JioSaavn.

The company said in a statement that the move will ensure that monetisation opportunities accrue to the shareholders efficiently.

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Accordingly, the company’s move will lead to the creation of the largest digital services platform company in India. Wikimedia Commons

“There is no impact in the value pre and post reorganisation for any shareholder; There is no impact on the consolidated debt of RIL,” the RIL statement said.

The company further said that the move will not impact RIL’s standalone credit profile given its robust cash flows and conservative leverage.

RIL’s Chairman and Managing Director Mukesh Ambani said: “This new company will be a truly transformational and disruptive digital services platform. It will bring together India’s No.1 connectivity platform, leading digital app ecosystem and world’s best tech capabilities globally, to create a truly Digital Society for each Indian. Jio has been heralding the digital services revolution in India and will continue to do so in the years to come.

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“Given the reach and scale of our digital ecosystem, we have received strong interest from potential strategic partners. We will induct the right partners in our platform company, creating and unlocking meaningful value for RIL shareholders.” (IANS)