Gazing at the crystal ball and trying to figure out what the future holds for the retail sector, led to just one answer. I realised that it is a battle between guts over fear and when the gut wins, an epochal journey begins from there.
Th e Indian retail industry is also undergoing a metamorphosis: Following an Omnichannel pursuit to the use of innovative technology, from reading between the lines to understanding customer demand better through predictive analysis, retailers are following their gut rather than being consumed by the fear of what looms ahead.
Th e retail industry is on the right track and is treading on the ‘road to positivity’ . Retailers are spearheading the revolution to spin the game and reach the bottom-line growth. Overall, the industry is going through exciting times.
And then gazing through the crystal ball again, I wonder what is the shape of things to come in the ‘tomorrowland’ of retail.
or the September issue, which is also the IRF special issue of IMAGES Retail, we bring you the futuristic ideas of retail’s young leaders, their views on present-day challenges, the opportunities ahead, and what needs to be done to unleash the sector’s true potential. We hope that you find this issue insightful and on its part, the issue helps you in charting your future course of action.
With this, I, also take the opportunity to welcome all of you to the biggest retail event of our country, India Retail Forum (IRF 2017), which will take place on 19-20 September 2017 at Renaissance Hotel, Mumbai.
The annual congregation with the participation of the most esteemed visionaries, retail experts and influential decision-makers charts a brand new course every year for the retail and shopping centre fraternity. Th e Forum acts as a bridge between Indian and international players providing a holistic picture of the latest scenarios and opportunities. I hope to see all of you there..