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Kiranas trounce Walmart-Amazon-DMart 9-1: how the small grocer keeps winning big

Indian households can’t do without the neighbourhood store. And consumer-goods companies pray at its abode. But it is beginning to feel the pinch of supermarkets and online stores.
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December 2012. The BJP is in the opposition. The Congress-led government is about to introduce foreign direct investment (FDI) in retail. Word is, Walmart, the world’s largest brick-and-mortar retailer, is keen to bring its big-box stores to India. The BJP hates the idea. During a debate, the opposition’s chief whip Sushma Swaraj lays into the government: “ Small shops
annual incomes of INR10 lakh onwards. There is an opportunity for kirana stores to carve a slice of these digitally influenced spends, but grabbing it calls for a change in the way they have operated for decades. How they are making that shift is the next part of this story. ( Graphics by Abdul Shafiq and Ankita Mehrotra)
December 2012. The BJP is in the opposition. The Congress-led government is about to introduce foreign direct investment (FDI) in retail. Word is, Walmart, the world’s largest brick-and-mortar retailer, is keen to bring its big-box stores to India. The BJP hates the idea. During a debate, the opposition’s chief whip Sushma Swaraj lays into the government: “ Small shops annual incomes of INR10 lakh onwards. There is an opportunity for kirana stores to carve a slice of these digitally influenced spends, but grabbing it calls for a change in the way they have operated for decades. How they are making that shift is the next part of this story. ( Graphics by Abdul Shafiq and Ankita Mehrotra)

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