Toyota tie up to retail Toyota cars
One of the world's largest trading groups Mitsui is
setting up a 51:49 joint venture with logistics major
TCI India, called Bussan TCIIL Automotive India to retail
Toyota cars in India. As part of the deal, Mitsui will
set up retail outlets apart from after-sales and other
from retailing Toyota cars, the JV will be engaged in
providing logistic and marketing support to Toyota dealers
and customers. It will also provide repair and maintenance
services, including accessories, spare parts, tools,
motors, bodies, beams, etc.
already has an existing JV with the TCI group for logistics
solutions for the automobile sector under Transystem.
Transystem is a logistics partner for Toyota Kirloskar
has a global partnership with Toyota, the world's second
largest automaker, for promoting its automobiles and
components. It handles logistics for Toyota's manufacturing
operations in North America and Europe and has export
arrangements for the Toyota cars in various countries.
is the first entry into retailing of a large global
MNC and could open the floodgates for various such ventures
stretching across sectors like telecom, electronics,
apparel, automobiles, IT, food products for major global
Sahara offers `fly unlimited' scheme from September
Air Sahara has launched a unique scheme whereby customers
can fly on as many days as they want in one year simply
by paying Rs699 per day for the next 365 days. They
will have to pay the airport charges and fuel surcharge
as applicable from time to time
to the scheme customers have to pay Rs291,635 upfront
and from September 4 they can fly as many times as they
want merely by paying the prevailing taxes for the next
365 days. Those who want to enjoy the luxury of unlimited
flights for 30 days have to pay the airline Rs32,970,
and those who want three months of unlimited flying
have to pay Rs80,910.
catch is that the tickets are non-transferable and will
be in the name of the person opting to avail the scheme.
Communications to launch NGN-based services, `Home Zone'
Reliance Communications will soon become the first company
in the country to deploy a next generation network (NGN)-enabled
Internet Protocol (IP) technology across a 65,000-km-long
optic fibre network.
new network will support a wide variety of advanced
IP-based services such as interactive multimedia services,
including video telephony and video conferencing.
Users of the services can get telephone calls anytime,
anywhere through any device irrespective of it being
a mobile phone or a fixed line telephone. Consumers
will also get an integrated bill for all the various
launch of the new platform is slated for later this
week. This will have the capacity to carry 12 billion
minutes of ILD traffic, thus multiplying the existing
capacity to carry 4.5 billion voice minutes per annum.
network, which is being laid by Lucent Technologies,
would allow the company to deploy new product and services
that may evolve on newer technology platforms, which
would result in a savings of almost 50 per cent in capital
another development, the company has announced the `Home
Zone' tariff plan. As per this plan, customers from
their home locations can make calls within the circle
to Reliance phones (fixed or mobile) at 40 paise a minute,
any mobile phone at 50 paise a minute and any fixed
phone at Re1 a minute. The `Home Zone' towns are located
across Mangalore, Mysore, Gulbarga, Hubli, Tumkur and
Davanagere regions of Karnataka.
range from Titan
Titan Industries has introduced its Xylys range of watches.
The watches are priced between Rs8,000 and Rs33,000,
and come in three collections of contemporary, classic
and sports and offers over 60 distinctive models.
soon in brick-and-mortar variant
BharatMatrimony.com which has put lakhs of netizens
on the path of matrimony has now decided that there
is much more to the business of matrimony than the information
is looking at tapping the $15-million market for wedding
planning and managing, Indian style. The company is
firming up plans to set up at least 300 brick and mortar
matrimony centres across India and other parts of the
world, where trained counsellors and tech-savvy staff
will provide the same services that the friendly neighbourhood
marriage bureaus currently do.
service will especially be targeted at parents and the
elderly who often have to do the scouting for spouses
for their children and visit countless numbers of marriage
to BharatMatrimony Centres would find the experience
very different from the ordinary marriage bureaus in
that they would have a computerised database of over
200,000 prospective brides / grooms to search from for
the right person.
company is planning to develop these centres into one-stop
destinations and solutions providers in the matrimony
business and will have an array of services from horoscope
matching to other value-adds. Revenues for the on-line
matrimony business are expected to be Rs 80 crore this
year, growing 70 per cent over last year. Next month,
BharatMatrimony will open shop in the UK, adding to
existing destinations of US, Dubai and Canada.
Sara Lee to launch more products
Godrej Sara Lee is planning to launch about half a dozen
products over the next couple of months in the insecticide
category. The last products launched by the company
include Ambi Pur, a car perfume and Hit. The new products
would be in the household insecticide category.
company recently launched the insecticide product Hit,
Seek and Kill created indigenously at the company's
R&D centre. Priced at Rs69 and Rs135 for 250ml and
500ml respectively, the company claims that the product
reaches the remotest cracks and fissures, which are
the breeding ground for cockroaches.
Zayed to endorse Pantaloon brand
Pantaloons Fresh Fashion, the fashion retail division
of the Future Group, has signed up Bipasha Basu and
Zayed Khan as brand ambassadors, to endorse the retail
and Zayed will endorse the entire range of Pantaloons
apparels that include casual, formal, western, ethnic,
party and sports wear.
company says Bipasha Basu and Zayed Khan will add their
personal style statement to Pantaloons, which will help
enhance the fashion imagery of the brand. Hence, we
are proud to simultaneously sign the two Bollywood icons
to endorse our flagship fashion retail brand.
Maruti tops in sales satisfaction
Maruti has once again topped the rankings in the JD
Power Asia Pacific Sales Satisfaction Study 2006. The
company has been placed at the top slot for the third
to the JD Power Study, Maruti outperformed other car-makers
on all the six key parameters delivery process,
delivery timing, salesperson, dealer facility, paperwork
and deal quality.
which bagged 784 points on a scale of 1,000, was the
only other player to rank above the industry average.
Seven of the nine players considered improved their
performance as compared to 2005 and the industry recorded
improvements on all fronts except the deal parameter
as customers expressed resentment over price hikes.
to open shop-in-shops
Goodyear India plans to introduce its internationally
acclaimed shop-in-shop sales outlets in India and said
that it would open 300 international and multi-brand
format exclusive shop-in-shop outlets by 2008 at a total
cost of Rs50 crore. These stores would offer the customer
a wider choice across various brands.
the shop-in-shop outlets will sport a similar frontage,
layout and colour theme and they will attempt to offer
more than just tyres. Besides wheel alignment and balancing,
the new format stores will give advise on tyre maintenance
and offer accessories such as alloy wheels and car-care
products perfumes, car wash, and so on.
company has entered into tie-ups with manufacturers
of car-care products for supplying these accessories.
Earlier this week, the company announced the opening
of six new retail outlets in Chennai.
India plans to open 12-15 stores in the northern, southern
and western regions and 3-5 stores in the east. The
company, which already has 16 showrooms in Chennai,
plans to open 12 new stores by the end of 2008.
Kaif to endorse Silk n Shine
Marico has roped in supermodel and popular Bollywood
actress Katrina Kaif as its brand ambassador for Silk
n Shine, a post-hair wash product. The company believes
that today's young woman is pressed for time wanting
to pack her 24 hours with everything possible without
compromising on looking and feel good. Silk n Shine
gives just that, great looking healthy hair in five
company said, "Katrina Kaif is a true representation
of our brand's values and makes a great ambassador for
Silk n Shine."
enters into marketing pact with HPCL
Nirlep Appliances, one of the largest manufacturers
of non-stick cookware and kitchenware with a market
share of over 35 per cent in the Indian market, has
entered into a nationwide marketing pact with HPCL for
marketing non-stick cookware, regular inner and outer
lid pressure cookers and gas stoves.
to the agreement between the two companies, customers
walking into HPCL dealerships will be offered the cookware
at discounted prices. The company expects to add to
its existing distribution through association with HPCL
products are already being sold through 2,000 BPCL gas
to turn Boroplus into a global brand
Emami, flagship of the Rs 1,000-crore Emami Group with
significant presence in the personal care and health
products segment of FMCG business, plans to turn its
"Boroplus Antiseptic Cream", claimed to be
a market leader in India, into a global brand.
company is hiring an international ad agency for this
purpose and is planning brand promotion support in 15
top international locations accounting for 80 per cent
of the company's export business.
international markets include Africa, CIS and SAARC
countries. Emami also plans to introduce an ayurvedic
line of products for NRIs in the UK.
company is also scouting for international partners
for marketing and manufacturing alliances. Besides new
product launches, the company also plans to launch Ayurvedic
Spas and Clinics abroad in a big way through strategic
Emami will also introduce a new ayurvedic line of products
for NRIs in the UK.
launches the handcrafted Vertu Constellation
Nokia has launched its handcrafted mobile phones the
Vertu Constellation in India. The collection showcases
seven handcrafted models in black, tan, chocolate
or pink leather, made available in stainless steel and
phones have a large user memory that can store up to
1,000 names in phonebooks, 220 calendar notes, and 100
SMS message. It allows one button access to lifestyle
services 24 hours a day from anywhere across the globe.
Through this, one can do bookings or send a gift to
someone around the globe. It also has world weather
facilities that informs as to exactly what to expect
when you get to your destination and this requires a
mobiles are priced from Rs 2.5 lakh to Rs 10 lakh. Vertu
will be launched in seven malls in Chennai, Bangalore,
Delhi and Mumbai and entrepreneurs are the main target
BSC, which is part of the SAHA Group of Thailand, has
tied up with India based Pierre Sumer Overseas to launch
BSC Essence cloth softener in the country. The company
claims that BSC softener is a world-class fabric softener
that nurtures the cloth fiber by maintaining its puffiness.
cloth fiber looks fresh and soft when the cloths are
rinsed from this chemical. The freshness of the cloth
remains intact and the valuable garment looks as fresh
and soft, as it was when the cloth was purchased for
the very first time. It prevents the cloth from clinging
on to the body, when it is worn in an air-conditioned
room or during winters.
softner is environment friendly and helps in protecting
the worth of the cloths.
to the company the cloth softener is environment friendly
and helps in protecting the worth of the cloth, and
provides soft and gentle protection to infants' clothes.
Price from Rs49 onwards the product is available at
all the premium stores in India.
Also available under the same
brand are BSC Organic and Micro-soft Towels, BSC Essence
Ironing Starch and BSC Essence Stain remover.
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