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Warehouse leasing crossed the 25 million sq. ft. mark in 2018, says CBRE

Warehouse leasing in India crossed the 25 million sq. ft. mark in the year 2018, says the report issued by CBRE South Asia, India’s leading real estate consulting firm. CBRE today announced the findings of its latest report, the third in the series – “ONLINE RETAIL DRIVING REALTY – ELEVATING THE E-COMMERCE GAME”. The report examines the link between online retailing (e-tailing) and the logistics sector and the impact of GST on the leasing of warehousing spaces in the country. As per the report, the impressive growth of the e-commerce sector has been on the back of favorable policy reforms, tech-enhanced warehouses, rising smartphone and internet penetration, digital India movement, amongst others. This has upstretched the share of e-commerce in overall warehousing leasing uptak...

Chaotic Vs Harmonized Retail

by Anushree Ghosh We the consumers are stuck in the retail web for umpteen daily activities, whether it is about buying essentials, eating at restaurants or seeking entertainment. Retail shops have become the life carrying nerves for all urban settlements. The Positioning of these retail shops depends on the proximity to residential or commercial space, luring elements inculcated in the presentation, relevance to the necessity of the people crossing the space or the availability of the parking, etc. As the number of customers increase, the establishment begins taking a shape leading to the economic progress in the process of urbanization. These shops feed on the available facilities like transportation and propensity of social interaction amongst the consumers. Retail strategy for a well-d...

The future of online and offline retail stores

by Anushree Ghosh When the axis of online and offline stores meet at a point, the quadrant which gets the maximum ‘sales hits’ is tricky to analyse.  Many brands keep on shifting the meeting point according to the market demand. Over the past decade, brands have been experimenting with physical and virtual shops by even offering products on their own website. This has led to shrinking the inventory cost and more return on investment, but while doing so the brand identity and personalized effort get lost in the process. Also, the competition intensifies at the offline level. The companies that are highly dependent on online sales are now re-strategizing their marketing plan, trying to reach equilibrium between the virtual store and actual stores. The traditional divide is slowly reaching th...

Retail: On threshold of obsolescence or not?

by Anushree Ghosh, The Indian real estate sector comprises of retail, hospitality, commercial and housing. Housing contributes up to 5-6 % to the total GDP growth rate of the country. Foreign direct investment in opening multiple outlets in various brands has resulted in the expansion of the retail real estate sector. Retail stores flourished, after India’s economic liberalization began in 1991, continuing with a striking 43% post the year 2000.India’s Retail industry is scattered and unorganized but it accounts for 22% of the total Gross Domestic Product of India. Urbanizing India with its rising population contributed further to the growth. The aspirational middle class has strengthened itself with more purchasing power; they are no more hesitant to spend. Retail is also booming because ...

ANAROCK appoints Rahul Yadav as chief product & technology officer

ANAROCK Property Consultants, which prominent real estate industry stalwart Anuj Puri launched last month, today announced that it has appointed Housing.com‘s co-founder and ex-CEO Rahul Yadav as Chief Product & Technology Officer. “This appointment is in line with ANAROCK’s highly technology-driven orientation and business model for its residential advisory services,” says Anuj Puri, Chairman – ANAROCK Property Consultants. “The online real estate business is still in its fledgling stage in India, and we are taking the lead on boosting it into maturity. So far, the real estate sector has not been able to emulate the success of ecommerce for consumer durables and services. We intend to change that, and Rahul Yadav’s experience in harnessing the...

Time to invest in Indian Commercial Real Estate

“The Indian commercial real estate market has benefited from some of the global developments like Brexit, Refugee crisis in European countries, US Presidential election and the slowing Chinese Economy. Investors from Gulf too, are heading east” Sahil Zaidi The overall Indian real estate market, particularly the Indian commercial real estate market, has started reviving. Thanks to some of the initiatives taken by the Union Government which has attracted investors across globe. In fact, India is slowly becoming one of the better markets for investment. Certain global developments too, helped India enrich its position among investors. Developments like Brexit, Refugee crisis in European countries, US Presidential election and the slowing Chinese Economy. Investors from Gulf too, a...

Make in India: Hit or Miss

“Narendra Modi’s Make in India initiative has been a hit, suggests rating agency Moody’s recent report. Moody’s suggests that net foreign direct investment inflows have hit an all-time high in early 2016. Moody’s said that the FDI inflows have more than financed the current account deficit (CAD) for the first time since 2004” Ramesh Sharma Of late, the commercial real estate has gained significant mileage in terms of FDI and Private Equity. The investors across the globe are betting high on the retail and e-commerce sectors in India. It cannot be a coincidence! Indeed, it is the impact of the reformatory measures taken by Mr. Modi-led NDA Government. Rating agency Moody’s recently came out with a report which suggested that net foreign direct investment ...

Bangalore’s Affordable Property Destinations

“Bangalore’s affordable property segment has witnessed a steady demand in last 2-3 years. The influx of more global corporate occupiers, infrastructure deployment in the peripheral areas, rapidly improving connectivity and unleashing of large land parcels by the Government for commercial and industrial growth have all colluded in the rapid emergence of newer nodes in the peripheral districts of Bangalore. Land in these areas comes at a lower cost; this has attracted developers of affordable housing projects” Anuj Puri Even as sales velocity for mid-income and luxury housing in Bangalore fluctuates with macro-economic variations, the city’s affordable housing segment has been witnessing steady demand on the outskirts. Availability of large land parcels at lower price point...

Integrated Business Parks: Future of Commercial Realty

“Integrated Business Parks are amalgamation of small business units together with retail and world class hospitality facilities. The various commercial projects by Hines Group worldwide like CityCenterDC in Washington DC, 609 Main in Texas are the best example of Integrated Business Parks. World Trade Center has also established its name in this category and has created its own members family and supports them to expand their operations globally” Kriti Singh Commercial realty in India has defied the much cried ‘slowdown’ and has started showing momentum. Thanks to some of the supportive policy reforms by the union government, investors from across the world have intended to invest in India. Many multinational companies are already present here and are planning to expand their b...

JCB India unveils ‘Made in India’ range of machines; to transform material handling industry

“JCB India unveiled Telehandlers, Skid Steer Loaders and Super Loaders series of machines. JCB India believes that these heavy duty machines would play vital role in developing Smart Cities and can help eCommerce and logistics industry manage their warehouses smoothly” Santosh Sinha Strengthening the Modi Government’s ‘Make in India’ campaign, JCB India, country’s leading manufacturer of earth-movers and construction equipment, launched its ‘Made in India’ range of products named Telehandlers, Skid Steer Loaders and Super Loaders. Mr. Vipin Sondhi, MD & CEO, JCB India unveiled the three class leading machines in a press conference yesterday followed by a live demo session involving all the three machines showcasing their might. These machines are made available to the India...

Bengaluru to continue with strong Office Realty Demand & Supply

‘Leasing in Bengaluru has been largely IT/ ITeS-driven. In 2015, however, a good volume of office space was taken up by eCommerce firms and corporate offices of manufacturing firms in addition to IT/ ITeS companies. Demand in 2016 pegged at around 10 mn sq ft, supply at 8-8.5 mn sq ft‘ Bengaluru, which has a total stock of 96 million sq ft of grade-A (non-captive) office space, is currently staring at a shortfall in the supply of office space. Barely 4-5% of the total space is vacant for leasing as the tech city has witnessed strong leasing activity in the last few years. Even the existing vacancy is mostly in peripheral areas. In 2015, 14-15 million sq ft got leased out. This includes a good volume of pre-committed space too, which will be occupied over the next two-three year...

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