Retail Sector Challenges

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Retail Sector: Issues, Challenges and Prospects Komal Ahuja* *Ph.D Research Scholar, School for Management Studies, Babasaheb Bhimrao Ambedkar University, (A Central University) Lucknow. Email: Abstract: The Indian retail sector is witnessing tremendous growth with the changing demographics and an increase in the quality of life of urban people. Retail Sector is the most booming sector in the Indian economy. With a growing economy, improving income dynamics, rising awareness, and a youth-heavy customer base, India is well on its way to become one of the most prospective markets for the domestic and global retailers. The main objective of this paper is to study the issues, challenges impacting the retail sector in India.…show more content…
Retailing in India is gradually inching its way toward becoming the next boom industry. The future is promising; the market is growing, government policies are becoming more favorable and emerging technologies are facilitating operations. Retailing in India is evolving rapidly, with consumer spending growing by unprecedented rates and with increasing no of global players investing in this sector. Organized retail in India is undergoing a metamorphosis and is expected to scale up to meet global standards over the next five years. The whole concept of shopping has altered in terms of format and consumer buying behavior, ushering in a revolution in shopping in India. Modern retail has entered India as seen in sprawling shopping centers, multi-storied malls and huge complexes offer shopping, entertainment and food all under one roof. The Indian retailing sector is at an inflexion point where the growth of organized retailing and growth in the consumption by the Indian population is going to take a higher growth trajectory. The Indian population is witnessing a significant change in its demographics. A large young working population with median age of 24 years, nuclear families in urban areas, along with increasing working-women population and emerging opportunities in the services sector are going to be the key growth drivers of the retail sector in India. India’s retail market has experienced enormous growth over the past decade. The most significant period of growth for the sector was between year 2000 & 2006, when the sector revenues increased by about 93.5% translating to an average annual growth of 13.3%. The sectors growth was partly a reflection of the impressive Indian economic growth and over all rises in income level of consumers. Retailing is one of the pillars of the economy in India. The Indian

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