Lipton Kiosks to Compete Coffee Day – Serve Ice-Creams too

March 27, 2009 · Filed Under retail · Comment 

Hindustan Unilever Ltd (HUL) is planning to extend its out of home (OOH) business by establishing kiosks under its Lipton brand.

The company plans to setup 50 kiosks at corporate parks, railway stations and airports.

The new experiential kiosks would serve mocktails and health-oriented beverages from HUL’s beverage brands, unlike the usual vending machines. Beside it would also serve ice-creams.

The company will run the kiosks on a 10 by 10 square feet area on a franchise model. RetailMantra has the best coverage on Kiosk Retailing in India.

Spencer’s Retail likely to post Rs 250 cr loss this fiscal

March 27, 2009 · Filed Under retail · Comment 

Spencer’s Retail, belonging to the RPG Group, is expected to report a net loss of around Rs 250 crore for the current fiscal. However, analysts state that the company will be in a position to reduce its losses in the next fiscal.

As part of its austerity measures, the company has decided to shut stores totalling 25% of its retail area and is expected to incur expenses of Rs 100 crore towards this end. In a related development, parent CESC has affirmed plans to infuse up to Rs 175 crore in Spencer’s Retail in the next fiscal. The former has pumped in Rs 250 crore in 2008-09.

The fund infusion plan is not expected to impact CESC’s expansion initiatives.

Titan Eye + Plus opens new store in Kochi

March 20, 2009 · Filed Under retail · Comment 

Titan Eye, a subsidiary of Titan Industries, has inaugurated its first showroom in Kochi, Kerala.

With this, the company now has 63 stores across various locations in the country.

The company is planning to roll out four to five stores a month across India. Of this 6-7 stores would be set up in the state of Kerala, officials announced.

Price of new Apple iMac + Mac mini Desktop Systems India

March 11, 2009 · Filed Under retail, technology · Comment 

We have obtained the latest pricing for Apple iMac + Mac Mini Desktop Line systems which will be made available in India within 6 weeks from the date of this posting. Here is the Pricing and Configuration details.

The new 2.0 GHz Mac mini, for a maximum retail price of Rs. 36,600, includes:
• 2.0 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor with 3MB shared L2 cache;
• 1GB of 1066 MHz DDR3 SDRAM expandable up to 4GB;
• NVIDIA GeForce 9400M integrated graphics;
• 120GB Serial ATA hard drive running at 5400 rpm;
• a slot-load 8x SuperDrive with double-layer support (DVD±R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW);
• Mini DisplayPort and mini-DVI for video output (adapters sold separately);
• built-in AirPort Extreme wireless networking & Bluetooth 2.1+EDR;
• Gigabit Ethernet (10/100/1000 BASE-T);
• five USB 2.0 ports;
• one FireWire 800 port; and
• one audio line in and one audio line out port, each supporting both optical digital and analogue.

The new 2.0 GHz Mac mini, for a maximum retail price of Rs. 48,200, includes:
• 2.0 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor with 3MB shared L2 cache;
• 2GB of 1066 MHz DDR3 SDRAM expandable up to 4GB;
• NVIDIA GeForce 9400M integrated graphics;
• 320GB Serial ATA hard drive running at 5400 rpm;
• a slot-load 8x SuperDrive with double-layer support (DVD±R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW);
• Mini DisplayPort and mini-DVI for video output (adapters sold separately);
• built-in AirPort Extreme wireless networking & Bluetooth 2.1+EDR;
• Gigabit Ethernet (10/100/1000 BASE-T);
• five USB 2.0 ports;
• one FireWire 800 port; and
• one audio line in and one audio line out port, each supporting both optical digital and analogue.

The new 20-inch 2.66 GHz iMac, for a maximum retail price of Rs. 70,200, includes:
• 20-inch widescreen LCD display;
• 2.66 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor with 6MB shared L2 cache;
• 2GB 1066 MHz DDR3 SDRAM expandable to 8GB;
• NVIDIA GeForce 9400M integrated graphics;
• 320GB Serial ATA hard drive running at 7200 rpm;
• a slot-load 8x SuperDrive with double-layer support (DVD±R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW);
• Mini DisplayPort for video output (adapters sold separately);
• built-in AirPort Extreme 802.11n wireless networking & Bluetooth 2.1+EDR;
• built-in iSight video camera;
• Gigabit Ethernet port;
• four USB 2.0 ports;
• one FireWire 800 port;
• built-in stereo speakers and microphone; and
• the Apple Keyboard, Mighty Mouse.

The new 24-inch 2.66 GHz iMac, for a maximum retail price of Rs. 87,000, includes:
• 24-inch widescreen LCD display;
• 2.66 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor with 6MB shared L2 cache;
• 4GB 1066 MHz DDR3 SDRAM expandable to 8GB;
• NVIDIA GeForce 9400M integrated graphics;
• 640GB Serial ATA hard drive running at 7200 rpm;
• a slot-load 8x SuperDrive with double-layer support (DVD±R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW);
• Mini DisplayPort for video output (adapters sold separately);
• built-in AirPort Extreme 802.11n wireless networking & Bluetooth 2.1+EDR;
• built-in iSight video camera;
• Gigabit Ethernet port;
• four USB 2.0 ports;
• one FireWire 800 port;
• built-in stereo speakers and microphone; and
• the Apple Keyboard, Mighty Mouse.

The new 24-inch 2.93 GHz iMac, for a maximum retail price of Rs. 1,04,900, includes:
• 24-inch widescreen LCD display;
• 2.93 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor with 6MB shared L2 cache;
• 4GB 1066 MHz DDR3 SDRAM expandable to 8GB;
• NVIDIA GeForce GT 120; with 256MB GDDR3 SDRAM memory;
• 640GB Serial ATA hard drive running at 7200 rpm;
• a slot-load 8x SuperDrive with double-layer support (DVD±R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW);
• Mini DisplayPort for video output (adapters sold separately);
• built-in AirPort Extreme 802.11n wireless networking & Bluetooth 2.1+EDR;
• built-in iSight video camera;
• Gigabit Ethernet port;
• four USB 2.0 ports;
• one FireWire 800 port;
• built-in stereo speakers and microphone; and
• the Apple Keyboard, Mighty Mouse.

The new 24-inch 3.06 GHz iMac, for a maximum retail price of Rs. 1,25,900, includes:
• 24-inch widescreen LCD display;
• 3.06 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor with 6MB shared L2 cache;
• 4GB 1066 MHz DDR3 SDRAM expandable to 8GB;
• NVIDIA GeForce GT 130; with 512MB GDDR3 memory;
• 1TB Serial ATA hard drive running at 7200 rpm;
• a slot-load 8x SuperDrive with double-layer support (DVD±R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW);
• Mini DisplayPort for video output (adapters sold separately);
• built-in AirPort Extreme 802.11n wireless networking & Bluetooth 2.1+EDR;
• built-in iSight video camera;
• Gigabit Ethernet port;
• four USB 2.0 ports;
• one FireWire 800 port;
• built-in stereo speakers and microphone; and
• the Apple Keyboard, Mighty Mouse.

Additional options include: Apple Keyboard with numeric keypad, Apple Wireless Keyboard and Wireless Mighty Mouse; AirPort Express®, AirPort Extreme Base Station, Time Capsule; Mini DisplayPort to DVI Adapter, Mini DisplayPort to Dual-Link DVI Adapter (for 30-inch DVI display), Mini DisplayPort to VGA Adapter, Apple USB Modem, Apple Remote, the AppleCare® Protection Plan; and pre-installed copies of iWork® ’09, Logic® Express 8, Final Cut® Express 4 and Aperture.

Price of Apple new Mac Pro – Quad Core + 8-Core India

March 11, 2009 · Filed Under retail, technology · 1 Comment 

We have just a while ago received confirmation from Apple Inc from the USA about the availability of new mac Pro Quad Core and 8-Core Systems. Here is the configuration and pricing in INR.

The new quad-core Mac Pro, with a maximum retail price of Rs. 1,42,700, includes:
• one 2.66 GHz Quad-Core Intel Xeon 3500 series processor with 8MB of L3 cache;
• 3GB of 1066 MHz DDR3 ECC SDRAM memory, expandable up to 8GB;
• NVIDIA GeForce GT 120 graphics with 512MB of GDDR3 memory;
• 640GB Serial ATA 3Gb/s hard drive running at 7200 rpm;
• 18x SuperDrive with double-layer support (DVD±R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW);
• Mini DisplayPort and DVI (dual-link) for video output (adapters sold separately);
• four PCI Express 2.0 slots;
• five USB 2.0 ports and four FireWire® 800 ports;
• Bluetooth 2.1+EDR; and
• ships with Apple Keyboard with numerical keypad and Mighty Mouse.

The new 8-core Mac Pro, with a maximum retail price of Rs. 1,88,900, includes:
• two 2.26 GHz Quad-Core Intel Xeon 5500 series processors with 8MB of shared L3 cache;
• 6GB of 1066 MHz DDR3 ECC SDRAM memory, expandable up to 32GB;
• NVIDIA GeForce GT 120 graphics with 512MB of GDDR3 memory;
• 640GB Serial ATA 3Gb/s hard drive running at 7200 rpm;
• 18x SuperDrive with double-layer support (DVD±R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW);
• Mini DisplayPort and DVI (dual-link) for video output (adapters sold separately);
• four PCI Express 2.0 slots;
• five USB 2.0 ports and four FireWire 800 ports;
• Bluetooth 2.1+EDR; and
• ships with Apple Keyboard with numerical keypad and Mighty Mouse.

The new Mac Pro will be available within 6 weeks through the Apple Authorized Resellers.

Crisis-ridden Subhiksha to shed 50% of leased properties to cut costs

March 6, 2009 · Filed Under retail · Comment 

Retail chain major Subhiksha Trading Services has decided to shed half of its leased properties on account of mounting lease rentals as the company is facing a severe financial crisis. The retail chain, which has around 1,600 shops in India and is spending around Rs 7 crore every month as rent, will save around Rs 3 crore through the cost cutting initiative.

The company has overdue rent arrears for six months and has entered into negotiations with the property owners to resolve the issue.

R Subramanian, managing director and founder, Subhiksha Trading Services stated that the retail major would expects to retain about 50% of its properties and re-negotiate nearly 30-35% after completion of corporate debt restructuring (CDR) so that it can open back about 80% of its stores post CDR.

In a related development, Subhiksha is also considering inducting more independent directors on the company’s board.

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