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By 2025 retail industry expected to touch US $ 2.1 trillion: CII
Leading industry body, Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) has envisaged that the retail market in India will touch US $ 1.2 Trillion by 2020 and US $ 2.1 Trillion by 2025 from the present level of US $ 550 billion, generating 10-12 million Jobs in next decade.
According to a report titled the Indian Retail Medley released jointly by CII and Wazir Advisors at the Conference on Retail themed as 'Decoding the Future of Retail' organised by Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) at New Delhi on Friday, "The organized retail in India is expected to grow 7 folds and online retail 26 folds, while the unorganized retail will continue to dominate".

According to a CII release, the report further highlighted that "CII & Wazir are certain that the sector will get a transformational push with an aggressive collaboration between the organised, unorganised and online retail growth, driven by India's demographics with huge young and tech savvy population (500 million below 25 years), rising incomes and demand levels, urbanisation, attitudinal shifts and above all, a phenomenal and continuous rise in internet penetration across the country with the government's commitment to digitization."

"It is estimated there would be 550 million net users in India by 2018, as also the face of the Internet user will change dramatically, with higher penetration to the tune of 210 million in rural areas. The online retail would provide a superb platform to the unorganised retail to reach out to the consumers across markets in tier 3 & tier 4 cities," further highlighted the report.

"Time is absolutely opportune to 'Make in India for Retail in India, with our country being one of the fastest growing and most dynamic retail markets in the world. We must produce and sell in India. There is however a dire need to strengthen our supply chain management, identification of the consumers' needs, trained and skilled manpower and streamlining of our taxation system," highlighted Adesh Gupta, Chairman, CII Retail 2015 & Promoter, Liberty Group.

"The share of e-Commerce is growing steadily. Customers have an ever increasing choice of products at the lowest rates. E-Commerce is probably creating the biggest disruption in the retail industry and this trend will continue in the years to come. Almost everything is sold on the internet now and this means that pretty much all of the retail industry faces the challenge of either being a part of e-commerce or taking it head on. Partnering is the best way out," shared Shreekant Somany, Chairman, CII NR.

"It is imperative that the retailers take advantage of digital retail channels (e-commerce), which would enable them to spend less money on real estate while reaching more customers in tier-2 and tier-3 cities. Nevertheless, the long term outlook for the industry remains to be positive on the back of rising incomes, favourable demographics, entry of foreign players and increasing urbanization", shared Mukesh Mathur, Executive Director, Oracle India.

Harminder Sahni, MD, Wazir Advisors Ltd shared that "The profitability of the retailers is a major issue these days. The companies should concentrate on opening profitable stores, with thrust on hiring trained manpower. Both online and offline must work together."

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