Reliance to acquire dozens of brands in $6.5 billion consumer goods play-sources

India’s biggest retailer Reliance will acquire dozens of small grocery and non-food brands as it targets building its own $6.5 billion consumer goods business to challenge foreign giants like Unilever, two sources familiar with the plan told Reuters. Reliance, run by Indian billionaire Mukesh Ambani, plans to build a portfolio of 50 to 60 grocery, … Read more

Mukesh Ambani’s takeover of Future could be a B-School case study

Future Retail had been subleasing store space from the tycoon’s Reliance Industries Ltd. Indeed, it was kept operating only on Ambani’s forbearance because Future couldn’t come up with the rent. But with Amazon.com continuing to block Reliance’s $3.4 billion purchase of Future’s assets, Ambani decided to make the acquisition a fait accompli: He terminated the leases and is taking … Read more

Colgate India: Global brands like Unilever, Colgate in India have mutiny at hand

From Plc to Colgate-Palmolive Co., consumer goods makers in India are facing distribution blues that have nothing to do with pandemic-induced shortages and bottlenecks. The trusted middlemen that brands have traditionally relied on to reach millions of small neighborhood stores in 8,000 towns and 660,000 villages are in revolt. It’s a mutiny that the multinationals … Read more

Delhi HC puts on hold arbitration proceedings between Amazon and Future

Delhi High Court on Wednesday halted Future Group’s ongoing arbitration with estranged partner Amazon.com Inc in light of an Indian antitrust agency’s suspension of a 2019 deal between the two sides. The US company successfully used the terms of its 2019 investment in a Future unit to block the Indian retailer’s attempt to sell retail … Read more

Amazon moves Supreme Court against Future Group shareholders’ meet

American retail giant Amazon has moved the Supreme Court, appealing against a National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT) order that had allowed the Future Group’s listed companies to hold shareholders’ and creditors’ meetings to clear its proposed transaction with Reliance Retail Ventures. In its application, Amazon has urged the Supreme Court to pass an order to … Read more

Dmart CEO Ignatius Noronha becomes billionaire

Ignatius Navil Noronha, the chief executive officer of Avenue Supermarts Ltd, which runs DMart retail stores, has seen his wealth surge to more than a billion dollars as the shares of the retail firm jumped an astonishing 113% this year. The stock hit a fresh record high of ₹5,899 on BSE and gained as much … Read more

Online shopping will thrive, but malls are here to stay: M.A. Yusuff Ali

Abu Dhabi-based Lulu Group International has opened a shopping mall in Bengaluru after the pandemic somewhat delayed its mall development pipeline in India. Global Malls, an 800,000 sq. ft property in Rajajinagar, opened on Monday and is spread across 14 acres. The mall has a 200,000 sq. ft Lulu Hypermarket and a 60,000 sq. ft … Read more