SPAR India opens its sixth hypermarket in Bangalore, its 19th overall in the country

India, 2018-Jan-30 — /EPR Retail News/ — SPAR India has launched its sixth store in Bangalore, its 19th overall in the country. The new SPAR Hypermarket offers customers an innovative shopping experience at the Vega City Mall in the south of the city. The store spans 5,100 m² and has over 50,000 products with 25 checkout counters.

Commenting on the launch, Mr Rajeev Krishnan, SPAR India Managing Director & CEO, said: “At SPAR, our aim is to enrich the shopping experience of our customers. The new SPAR store at Vega City Mall is a big step in this journey. It has been designed to offer value in an engaging and interactive environment. We have used technology and product in new ways to deliver a truly amazing experience. We are on an incredible journey which started in Bangalore 10 years ago and we never cease to be delighted by the love and affection of the city. As we open our 19thstore here, we would like to thank our customers and partners for their support in making this store a reality.”

A highly targeted digital campaign was launched on 7 January for Bangalore residents with the prime objective of creating awareness and excitement about the new store launch. The highlight of this campaign was an integrated online-offline idea – LOOTMAAR – an opportunity to do a 60 second shopping dash in the new SPAR Vega City store. The participants were asked to take part in a game where they had to choose the right route to reach a shopping cart, tag three friends who are in Bangalore and tell us why they should be chosen as SPAR’s no. 1 “lootmaar”. From the entries on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, five lucky winners were chosen to take part in the shopping dash on 13 January.

Another positive event for SPAR India recently was its hashtag trending campaign, #SPARVegaCity, which ranked second overall on Twitter in India. Twitter users discussed the various features of the new store and showed appreciation for the fact that SPAR has opened in this new location. The campaign gained more reach through coverage by some well known bloggers and Facebook communities.

SPAR seeks to deliver on its four core pillars of Freshness, Choice, Value and Service. The new store at Vega City Mall fulfils all of these principles with the addition of new categories such as the Wonder Years entertainment section for kids, a new Beauty department, Grandma’s Corner with products that remind one of their childhood, Taste of India, Taste the World, SPAR Natural and more.

The store also makes use of innovative technologies such as self-assist kiosks to help customers navigate the store and an interactive digital SPAR Studio, which gives customers a 3D experience of products they wish to purchase before making their final choice.

The technology team has also improved the back-end efficiency for faster billing and self checkout counters have been installed to save customers time. As an added convenience feature, home-delivery is offered through SPAR India’s omni-channel service, allowing customers to shop online.

As a commitment to the community, all staff members have been hired locally.

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SPAR India

In August 2014, SPAR International and Max Hypermarkets entered into a partnership agreement to develop the brand across the country. Max Hypermarkets is operated by the Landmark Group, a retail group headquartered in Dubai. SPAR India has focused development on the SPAR Hypermarket format, rolling out into new cities and with tailored solutions to meet shopper needs.

Contact:

SPAR International
Email: info@spar-international.com
Tel: +3120 626 6749

Source: Spar International

SPAR India supports local farming community school in Soppahalli village, near Bangalore

India, 2017-Nov-27 — /EPR Retail News/ — Community involvement is a key aspect of SPAR’s vision and in India, SPAR has been taking steps to positively impact the lives of employees, customers and other members of the communities it serves. Recently, this led to an opportunity to support a local farming community school in Soppahalli village, near Bangalore.

SPAR India sources most of its fresh fruits & vegetables from the farmers of Soppahalli village, so when the team learnt that the village’s only school was in need of support, they decided to step in.

The school was closed for about six years and was reopened in 2017. At present, there are 16 students and only one teacher and like many schools in rural India, it lacks basic infrastructure.

A team of 20 SPAR India colleagues visited Soppahalli in October – interacting with the villagers and spending time with the school children. The team distributed notebooks and stationery among the students and also donated desks and benches to promote a better educational environment.

During the visit, the mood in the village was upbeat and the students were excited with the new additions to their school: “I like my new notebook and pencils,” said one student, while another added that not having to sit on the ground was a relief.

This was the first of many activities that SPAR India has planned for Soppahalli’s primary school and the village as a whole. The response has been overwhelming and has encouraged SPAR India to carry on adding value to the communities in which it operates with greater enthusiasm.

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SPAR India

In August 2014, SPAR International and Max Hypermarkets entered into a partnership agreement to develop the brand across the country. Max Hypermarkets is operated by the Landmark Group, a retail group headquartered in Dubai. SPAR India has focused development on the SPAR Hypermarket format, rolling out into new cities and with tailored solutions to meet shopper needs.

Contact:

SPAR International
Email: info@spar-international.com
Tel: +3120 626 6749

Source: Spar International

JCPenney announces the appointment of Snehil Gambhir as VP, managing director at its global in-house center in Bangalore, India

PLANO, Texas, 2017-Jan-25 — /EPR Retail News/ — JCPenney, one of the United States’ largest apparel and home furnishings retailers, announced today (Jan. 24, 2017)  the appointment of Snehil Gambhir as vice president, managing director at the Company’s global in-house center (GIC) in Bangalore, India. Gambhir brings over 20 years of global business and technology experience to JCPenney.

“Snehil is a proven solutions driven leader with extensive experience in global business and technology,” said Therace Risch, EVP and chief information officer at JCPenney. “We’re confident that his leadership will empower our Bangalore team to continue delivering important business and technology capabilities for JCPenney.”

In his role, Gambhir leads all operations at the Company’s first-ever GIC, which opened in August of 2016. His responsibilities include supporting and expanding a variety of key business functions, including IT, digital, store operations, analytics, marketing, infrastructure and merchandise operations.

Gambhir brings an abundance of leadership and technology experience to JCPenney. He most recently worked as chief operating officer for Aviva Life Insurance India, where he was responsible for all strategic and operations leadership of Aviva’s Service Delivery functions. Prior to that, Gambhir spent ten years at GE in roles of increasing responsibility, including contracts and cost out leader for GE Oil & Gas; business leader for GE’s GENPACT Center of Excellence; and quality, operations and digitization leader for GE Corporate, Global Business Services.

Gambhir has a B.E. in electronics and telecommunication from Jabalpur Engineering College and an MBA from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

For information related to the Company’s opening of its GIC in 2016, please access the following news release: http://www.jcpnewsroom.com/news-releases/2016/0818_opens_first_ever_global_inhouse_center_in_bangalore.html

About JCPenney:
J. C. Penney Company, Inc. (NYSE:JCP), one of the nation’s largest apparel and home furnishings retailers, is on a mission to ensure every customer’s shopping experience is worth her time, money and effort. Whether shopping jcp.com or visiting one of over 1,000 store locations across the United States and Puerto Rico, she will discover a broad assortment of products from a leading portfolio of private, exclusive and national brands. Supporting this value proposition is the warrior spirit of over 100,000 JCPenney associates worldwide, who are focused on the Company’s three strategic priorities of strengthening private brands, becoming a world-class omnichannel retailer and increasing revenue per customer. For additional information, please visit jcp.com.

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