EMERGING RETAIL CHANNELS & MARKETING

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EMERGING RETAIL CHANNELS & MARKETING

  1. 1. Panel: Emerging Trends in Channels & Marketing Feb 5 2014.
  2. 2. Panelists (from Left to Right) Vikas Choudhary, COO & CFO, AIMIA Duncan Grant, Multichannel Director, The Entertainer Latif Nathani, MD, eBay Manish Tiwary, Executive Director, HUL Sundeep Malhotra, CEO, HomeShop 18 Moderated by Ajit Joshi, MD Croma (on the Far Right)
  3. 3. Opening Remarks by the Moderator Some of the questions to explore today Moderator: Ajit Joshi, MD, Infiniti Retail Ltd (CROMA) • Temples and mosques in India don’t run a loyalty program, but millions believe. How many retailers are able to make loyalty a religion? • Is having cutting edge technology enough? • How can channels create innovative ways to showcase the experience? • How do retailers decide which channels to use. Or is it the customer deciding? • What can we learn from other markets?
  4. 4. How do you use multiple channels to reach out to customers? Moderator: Ajit Joshi, MD, Infiniti Retail Ltd Sundeep Malhotra, CEO, HomeShop 18 • We started our flagship 24-hour retail channel about 7.5 years ago and our Internet business about 2.5 years ago. • Our mobile business started only six months ago – but, it already contributes 12% to sales. • We noticed that people’s lives are spent between three screens - Televisions, Laptop and Mobile screens. • So we decided to build a business that converges these three screens to provide a singular transaction point. Convenience, quality and value drive our multi-channel approach to retail.
  5. 5. How do you use multiple channels to reach out to customers? Moderator: Ajit Joshi, MD, Infiniti Retail Ltd Sundeep Malhotra, CEO, HomeShop 18 • We have to be careful in the channels we select – because TV shopping has to contend with the legacy of “sauna belts” and “Rudraksh” – so called, “magic” as sold on TV. • Our innovation has been to focus on using technology within the basic TV shopping process – example – customers use the ‘red’ button to shop seamlessly including payment. • Another example would be the Virtual T3 wall at Delhi Airport. Innovative experiments don’t always have to create sales. They deliver value in terms of brand impact as well.
  6. 6. What is the role of an online platform in boosting retail? Moderator: Ajit Joshi, MD, Infiniti Retail Ltd • We have been present in India since 9 years. We have 5 million registered users - 2 million active ones. Have been a market place for 19 years. • We reach out to 4306 towns in India. • At any given time, we have 2 million live listings. • The reason our customers deal with us: We don’t compete with our sellers • We provide a level playing field for large and small retailers. Lathif Nathani, MD, eBay Whether its a CROMA or its the leather merchant in Dharavi – our proposition does not change.
  7. 7. Are retailers in UK scared that the market places will take over? Moderator: Ajit Joshi, MD, Infiniti Retail Ltd Duncan Grant, Multichannel Director, The Entertainer • The entertainer does about USD 3 mio (Rs 19 cr) of business with Amazon. We’ve launched in France and Germany without physical stores, through the marketplace tie up with Amazon. • If you look back – traditional brick and mortar retailers initially saw Amazon as a price predator. • Several of those who took the view, that “there is no money to be made online” have since gone bankrupt.
  8. 8. Are retailers in UK scared that the market places will take over? Moderator: Ajit Joshi, MD, Infiniti Retail Ltd • We don’t consider online players to be a threat but a opportunity for us to reinforce our strengths. • 18% sales have been generated from our online presence. • Although we have competition from online retailers, we are growing at 10%. (Which by UK standards is FAST) Duncan Grant, Multichannel Director, The Entertainer
  9. 9. Are retailers in UK scared that the market places will take over? Moderator: Ajit Joshi, MD, Infiniti Retail Ltd • Most retailers in the UK (with the exception of very sharply focused value retailers like Primark) have adopted online. • For the “mass market retailers “who sell branded products - like us – we all accept that we will compete with; but cannot be the cheapest, the way Amazon can. Duncan Grant, Multichannel Director, The Entertainer We need to ask “What can I do that others can’t?”
  10. 10. Are retailers in UK scared that the market places will take over? Moderator: Ajit Joshi, MD, Infiniti Retail Ltd • That means innovating on our core value proposition – the in-store experience. • “Click and Collect” – Launched this service 2 years ago - allows customers to order online and collect in-store. • Last year, introduced a 30 mt delivery service – using live inventory feeds. • These services account for 40% of total online sales; but they are growing 100% on a Y-O-Y basis – this is very significant. Duncan Grant, Multichannel Director, The Entertainer
  11. 11. How do you cope with Show-rooming? Moderator: Ajit Joshi, MD, Infiniti Retail Ltd Duncan Grant, Multichannel Director, The Entertainer • By accepting it as a fact of life. • We do see instances where customers come in for product knowledge and then buy online. • But this is the case with all retailers. • There will be customers of the market places who come to us for the service experience. • We cannot afford to be distracted by the phenomenon – and must continue to differentiate.
  12. 12. Practices around Big Data and analytics which are unique? Moderator: Ajit Joshi, MD, Infiniti Retail Ltd • We have 2.3 million FB users and we use these numbers to understand customer preferences. • All senior people in HUL have to spend time online and in the call centre. We call it a “People Licence”. • This is not a substitute for real-time interaction with our consumers. • We are the largest digital advertisers in India. YouTube is an important channel to get our message across. • We also have a “digital licence” from Google – making sure that senior people are trained to understand what makes online “tick” Manish Tiwary, Executive Director, HUL
  13. 13. Channels of choice? Moderator: Ajit Joshi, MD, Infiniti Retail Ltd • Work towards ring-fencing our investment in digital • Use digital as a “Advance Release Medium” • For example – we launched Tresemme online, exclusively, in advance of the store launch. • Objective was to get customer feedback. Manish Tiwary, Executive Director, HUL Will continue to invest in digital. Also purely social channels such as YouTube.
  14. 14. How can customer footprint be effectively harnessed? Moderator: Ajit Joshi, MD, Infiniti Retail Ltd • It’s how we create trust among customers and reciprocate that trust that results in loyalty. • We have to create inspired shoppers. • The ROI from using technology is far greater when customers feel cared for. Vikas Choudhary, COO & CFO, AIMIA
  15. 15. What’s big about big data? Moderator: Ajit Joshi, MD, Infiniti Retail Ltd Vikas Choudhary, COO & CFO, AIMIA • Allows personalization of the shopping experience as never before. • Sainsbury’s Nectar program introduced – Real Time Coupons. They spend USD 300 mio on a year – creating personalized offers for each visit of each shopper. • For one of the segments of buyers – called “confident cooks” – the retailer analyzed their online search behavior on Yahoo.co.uk, extrapolated the same to SKU’s of Sainsbury's’ and then created visit specific discounts.
  16. 16. How can technology be used to protect consumer data? “Trust and confidence plays a major role in the online retail space.” Latif Nathani, MD, eBay “Better data collection and warehousing in the need of the hour.” Vikas Choudhary, COO & CFO, AIMIA
  17. 17. Future channels of choice Moderator: Ajit Joshi, MD, Infiniti Retail Ltd Kiosk and mobile shopping. Red button shopping on the TV Remote Sundeep Malhotra, CEO, HomeShop 18 Retailer loyalty cards. Kiosks for repeat orders / monthly replenishment Manish Tiwary, Executive Director, HUL
  18. 18. Final worlds Moderator: Ajit Joshi, MD, Infiniti Retail Ltd Data is no substitute for customer connect. Online and Offline are complementary. Sundeep Malhotra, CEO, HomeShop 18 Manish Tiwary, Executive Director, HUL Fight against data leakages on a “war” footing Coupon / discounting strategies can backfire online. Vikas Choudhary, COO & CFO, AIMIA Lathif Nathani, MD, eBay
  19. 19. Panel: Emerging Trends in Channels & Marketing Feb 5 2014.

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