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Inflight Retailing - Retail 2020 (Article #7)

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Air Asia, the low cost airline which pioneered the concept in South East Asia two decades back has been in the news for the few days for other reasons. The company has pioneered, much to the surprise of both the Aviation and the Retail Industry, an F&B concept by the name “Santan” which apparently has a wide range of menu curated from ASEAN countries. From Vietnamese chicken rice to Thai Noodles to the most favoured local Malay food, it features many an item which is a Local delicacy. And then comes the surprise. Hold. Santan has opened its first outlet at a premium shopping Mall in Kuala Lumpur and Tony Fernandes, the maverick CEO and Founder of Air Asia aspires to open 100 such outlets in the region. While executives of the Two related industries are sharing extreme feedback – from calling Santan a bizarre experiment to one that’s refreshing and pioneering, the jury is yet to be out. Cut to 2005. Capt. Gopinath, an Indian Pilot who had retired from the indian Air Force

Consumer Spend – a loot at Airports

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Recently, the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu launched a populist move in Chennai to commemorate her birthday – a Government funded canteen that serves one idly (rice patty) for Re 1 (1 USD is Rs. 53 approx.) Yes, you read that right, One Rupee for a Idly. The move is aimed to cater to the needs of those under the poverty line and the poor, the working class such as drivers of autos, taxis, trucks and so on. This was a way Amma (mother) as she is fondly known as, appeased the vote bank. It is not sure how much this scheme is going to cause to the State. Ofcourse, these so called welfare measures are out of the state’s coffers – tax payers money. It so happened that the very next day since this scheme was launched, I was travelling through the Chennai Airport which is managed by Airports Authority of India, a government body which also operates the Airport in Kolkata. These two airports faced stiff opposition by the unions when the Ministry of Aviation privatized the other major airports i

What Retailers can learn from Kingfisher Airlines

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The past few weeks would have been one of the most tumultuous for India’s five star Airline, Kingfisher ! The Airline and its promoter Dr. Vijay Mallya were in the news (and continue to be) for all the wrong reasons. The India Media which I personally respect a lot were making some scathing remarks and reports all of a sudden about the airline’s business health although it knew about it for many years now being a public limited company. With a debt exceeding Rs. 7,000 Crores (USD 1.80 Billion), Cash-and-carry of Fuel at airports and a few flights grounded for reconfiguration of seats, the Airline was abused by one and all including those who otherwise held it in high esteem. It was common to see many passengers at airport lounges discussing their wisdom and advising how the Airline should be run and how the promoter and the Management can do better. These were some of those who earlier yearned to be seen in the Kingfisher Lounges at airports! In fact, some subscribed for the Kingfish

Pay online and gain rewards!

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Many of us have been transacting online since the last few years and the size of this market has only been increasing. Most International and a few Domestic Banks provide Net-Banking facility at no additional cost to their customers and this means the customers can use their Debit/Credit cards to perform various transactions –to transfer funds to other accounts within and outside the customer’s own bank; to purchase financial products such as Fixed & Recurring Deposits, Insurance, Stocks, etc.; and of course, to shop! When I mean shop, one could buy almost anything that one desires – from groceries to stationery, cars to real estate properties. Needless to say, one needs to use his/her own prudence while shopping online – whether using a Debit or a Credit card as it is a natural tendency to spend as much as possible, given the various exciting promotions and offers that compel us to “consume” more. Internet payment security has been a great concern over the past years but that’s im