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Reliance Retail to 'leverage' Jio to consolidate position

New Delhi: Reliance Retail plans to continue its "aggressive expansion plans" in the organised retail segment and consolidate its position to keep up with evolving consumer shopping habits, said RIL in its latest annual report. Reliance Retail, which crossed USD 10 billion sales and became the first Indian company to enter the world's top 200 retail chains, is getting future ready and set to further strengthen leadership position in organised retail.

It will leverage the strength of group's telecom vertical, Jio, to further consolidate its position in the organised retail sector in India through aggressive expansion plans, according to RIL's latest annual report. As per its strategy, it would continue to expand network in tier II and III cities in the country.

It has identified four key pillars to achieve expansion that includes -- augmenting geographical reach, innovating newer store concepts and channels, enhancing customer experience and leveraging technology. "Reliance Retail has the ambition of reaching the hinterlands of the country and is putting together a framework of expanding each store concepts across tier 2 and tier 3 cities and beyond to achieve market leadership," RIL said in its annual report for FY 2017-18. It further said, the company "will leverage and interplay strengths with Reliance Jio to execute this." According to the company, the retail sector has huge scope to grow as "organised retail has a 9 per cent share in the overall Indian retailing market, providing significant growth opportunities to the formal sector".

Reliance Retail's revenues grew 104.9 per cent YoY to Rs 69,198 crore, sustaining a revenue CAGR of 45 per cent over the last 5 years. "Reliance Retail is the only Indian retailer to rank among the world's top 200 global retail chains," said RIL Chairman and Managing Director Mukesh Ambani in his message to shareholders.

During the year, Reliance Retail rolled out and expanded newer store concepts like 'Project Eve' and 'Trends Woman'. "In order to cater to growing and diverse customer needs, Reliance Retail will continue to innovate and partner with revered international brands to bring world-class products and services to Indian consumers," the company said.

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