Budget expectation quote by Mr. Kumar Rajagopalan, CEO (Retailers Association of India)

Posted by: at 1/18/2017 09:54:00 pm

"We are waiting for the details of early GST rollout, which, from what we hear, is now in July. This can be a big game changer for retailers across the country. We are also looking forward to various steps taken by the government to build back consumer confidence and inspire positive sentiment towards consumption. This could be by relaxation in individual taxation and removal of cascading effect of taxes. We also look forward to clarification in FDI norms in retail towards making it a level-playing field’’

Budget expectation quote by Mr. Rajakumar Gopalanan, CEO (Retailers Association of India)

Budget expectation quote by Mr. Rajakumar Gopalanan, CEO (Retailers Association of India)


About Retailers Association of India:

Retailers Association of India (RAI) is the unified voice of Indian retailers. RAI works with all the stakeholders for creating the right environment for the growth of the modern retail industry in India. It is a strong advocate for retailing in India and works with all levels of government and stakeholders with the aim to support employment growth and career opportunities in retail, to promote and sustainretail investments in communities from coast-to-coast, and to enhance consumer choice and industry competitiveness.  To know more visit rai.net.in

About Kumar Rajagopalan:

Kumar Rajagopalan is the CEO of Retailers Association of India (RAI). In his current role at RAI, Kumar focusses on creating a positive environment to trade for modern retail in India. Over the recent years, Kumar has represented RAI as the voice for retailing in India and works with all levels of government and stakeholders. RAI supports employment growth and career opportunities in retail, promotes and sustains retail investments in communities from coast-to-coast, and enhances consumer choice and industry competitiveness.

Kumar is also a Director with Retailers Association's Skill Council of India (RASCI) and Independent Director on Board with Aeon Credit Service India Private Limited.

Kumar brings with him over 28 years of profound knowledge and business experience, having worked as the country head - retail solutions at IBM. At IBM, he was responsible for leading the business and solution development functions as well as closely working across the brand teams of IBM to define and execute the overall sales and thought leadership strategy for IBM India.

Kumar has also worked as the Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer of 'Crossword Book Stores'. Kumar started his Retailing career with Shopper's Stop Ltd. for 13 years. During his tenure with Shoppers' Stop Kumar has had varied responsibilities including: Head of Finance and Systems, Head of Operation, Head of Buying and Merchandising for Non-apparels, Head of concessions, Head of a venture called 'Bargains'.

 Kumar is associated with various organizations and industry bodies that help and promote retail. He is also a visiting faculty in various business institutes. He regularly contributes articles to magazines and News Papers on topics like profitable retail operations feast to famine theory in buying and merchandising, Strategic resource management in retail etc.

A Chartered Accountant by education, Kumar specialied in management consulting, taxation, audit and corporate matters at the start of his career.Over the years,

Kumar has witnessed success by taking up functions that require start-up skills or turn-around skills.

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