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Retailers Association of India (RAI) is the unified voice of retailers in India. A not for profit organization, RAI works with all  stakeholders for creating the right environment for the growth of modern retail industry in India. We encourage, develop, facilitate and support retailers to modernize and adopt best practices that will delight customers.

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365 days store opening permission for retail establishments in Andhra Pradesh

Retailers Association of India is pleased to inform that the Government of Andhra Pradesh has issued a notification exempting retail establishments in..

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Amendments in the Insecticide Rules 1971

The Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare issued the latest amendments in the in the Insecticide rules 1971. As per the latest..

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Retailers stand united to ensure enforcement of new DIPP guidelines on FDI in E-commerce marketplace to ensure compliance with the laws of the land

Retailers Association of India (RAI) brought together retailers from across the country on a common platform to welcome the new guidelines stated..

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DIPP issues notification with regards to E-commerce Marketplace

The Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP) has issued a notification clarifying FDI guidelines with regards to E-commerce in India.

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365 days store opening permission in Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu

Retailers Association of India has been representing to various state governments in regard to the 365 days store opening permission. After various..

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Government of Maharashtra Unveils the maiden Retail Trade Policy for the state

Retailers Association of India (RAI) has been working with Government of Maharashtra to create a retail policy for the state. On representation..

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Government of Andhra Pradesh creates retail history!

Retailers Association of India (RAI) has been working with Government of Andhra Pradesh (GoAP) to create a retail policy for the state..

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RAI's submission to Ministry of Forests, Ecology and Environment in regard to ban on plastic products

The Department of Forests, Ecology and Environment, Government of Karnataka issued a notification dated 28th October 2015 that seeks to ban numerous..

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RAI pushes for e-bills to save hassle and paper

The Maharashtra VAT department had issued a trade circular stating asking all dealers who are liable to pay tax to discontinue..

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RAI welcomes biggest bang reform of the Government

Pushing ahead with major reforms, the Central Government has relaxed foreign investment rules in the country and eased the process for approval..

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Government of Maharashtra does away with edible oil stocking limits

The government of Maharashtra had imposed limits on how much pulses, edible oils and oil seeds retailers could stock. This created several..

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Retailers (Multiple Outlets) and Large Departmental Retailers are exempted from stock holding limits under the Essential Commodities Act, 1955

The Central Government has issued an order dated September 28, 2015 by way of an amendment to the Removal of (Licensing Requirements..

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RAI submits draft retail trade policy to the Hon Industries Minister of Karnataka

RAI delegation had a meeting with the Government of Karnataka under the Chairmanship of Honorable Minister for Large & Medium Industries and..

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Retailers Association of India applauds the Delhi High Court stand on AIFMRA petition regarding FDI in online marketplaces

We would like share with you a favourable update. The Honorable Delhi Government has passed a ruling today on the petition filed..

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Turnover of 50 crores will be considered for that Municipal corporation only as per Notification No. LBT. 2015 / C.R. 42 / UD-32 dated 15 September 2015

We would like to bring your attention to the Maharashtra State Government notification dated 1 August 2015 that dealers with turnover of..

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RAI represents e-Sugam related problems to commercial taxes department of Karnataka

RAI has submitted a representation to the commercial taxes department of Karnataka giving all problem related to the additional concept of e-Sugams..

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Retailers can now keep shops open all 365 days in Maharashtra

As a result of representations from the Retailers Association of India, the Government of Maharashtra makes a significant allowance for retailers that..

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Retailers in Maharashtra are now permitted to maintain various labour registers in an electronic format

RAI had represented to the government of Maharashtra requesting them to allow retailers to maintain labour registers in an electronic format. We..

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Retailers in Mumbai can now renew Shops and Establishments licenses online

As a part of its ongoing efforts to betterment of the retail industry and our members, RAI had made a representation to..

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Writ: Level playing field

Click here to download the scanned copy of the Writ Petition RAI has filed with regards to FDI in retail and e-commerce.  

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Action taken as per members request to seek parity between Brick-and-Mortar and E-commerce businesses

RAI files a writ petition before Hon'ble Delhi High Court on18th May 2015 to seek a ‘level playing field’ amongst the retailers..

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RAI's representation to ESI Authorities

Current ESI norms mandate the monthly payment of the ESI under separate challans for each state and city. Since this was creating..

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Government of Maharashtra to implement the Retail Trade Policy for the first time for the state

RAI delegation was invited by the Hon’ble Chief Minister of Maharashtra, Shri Devendra Fadnavis to have a detailed discussion on Maharashtra’s Retail..

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Cross matching of Input Tax Credits - State of Karnataka

An RAI delegation had met with the Commissioner of Commercial Taxes of Karnataka regarding the cross matching of input tax credits i.e..

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Retailers can now keep Shops & Establishment open all 365 days in Telangana

RAI delegation had met the Hon’ble Minister of Telangana, Shri K Chandrashekhar Rao requesting the government to keep open all Shops &..

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RAI delegation meets Hon'ble Labour Secretary, Government of India

Retailers Association of India had a productive meeting with Mr Shankar Agarwal - Hon'ble Labour Secretary, Government of India, on 7 July..

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365 days license working permission for all retail stores in Telagana

RAI had sent a detailed representation to CM of Telangana Shri K Chandrasekhar Rao to allow retailer to keep their stores open..

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RAI represents to Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai (MGCM) to not consider signages in the business area as advertisements and to exempt them from the fees

Under Section 328 and 328 A of the Mumbai Municipal Corporation Act, 1888 - Permission of the Commissioner is required for display..

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RAI’s views on DIPP’s discussion paper on FDI in e-commerce

The Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP) had come out with a discussion paper on allowing FDI in B2C e-commerce to..

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Food Safety and Standards Authority of India vide their Advisory dated  4th February, 2014 has extended the timeline up to 4th August..

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Supreme Court issues stay on Himachal Pradesh High Court’s judgement to ban selling food items in plastic material

The Himachal Pradesh (HP) High Court has imposed a ban on  sale of potato chips, wafers and all junk food items packaged..

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Operating stores 365 days a year in North-eastern cities of Guwahati and Agartala

RAI has submitted a representation to the state governments of Assam and Tripura contending to grant members of Retailers Association of India..

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RAI seeks permission to allow retailers to maintain labour registers in electronic form in Maharashtra

As required by labour laws, all labour registers need to be maintained in physical form separately. Given the large number of employees..

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Heavy weight courier allowed to be cleared through courier terminal in Mumbai Airport in response to RAI’s representation

The Commissioner of Customs of Chatrapati Shivaji International (CSI) Airport, Mumbai, had issued a Public Notice dated 11.11.2013 stating that all the..

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Retailers can open stores 14 hours a day from October 27th to November 7th

RAI representatives met Shri. Arvind Kumar, Principal Secretary, Labour Ministry (Maharashtra), on October 18, 2013.

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RAI seeks clarity in CSR rules from Ministry of Corporate Affairs

The new Companies Act, 2013 gives certain CSR related rules to be followed by companies which satisfy the thresholds set forth. However..

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RAI represents to RBI regarding zero per cent EMI

AI represented to the Reserve Bank of India seeking a change in the rule to ban zero per cent interest rate scheme..

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RAI & retail industry delegates meet Central Insecticides Board Chairman and Secretary

RAI had submitted a representation to the Insecticide Board stating that the overburdening nature of the Insecticide Act poses certain impediments to..

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RAI delegates meet Ministry of Finance seeking enhancement of FII limit in retail

The Foreign Exchange Management (Transfer or Issue of Security by a Person Resident Outside India) Regulations, 2000 states that total holding by..

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RAI’s submission to DGFT to allow e-commerce shipments from express mode

RAI submitted a representation to the Directorate General of Foreign contending that shipments which are sold online using online payment options should..

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FSSAI logo and license number mandatory on food packages from 1st July, 2014

Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) had issued a notification stating that FSSAI logo and license number of the Food..

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Government of Maharashtra asks Retailers Association of India (RAI) to formulate Retail Trade Policy for the state.

Retailers Association of India has been asked by the Government of Maharashtra to draft retail trade policy for the state. RAI delegation..

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RAI approaches MCGM regarding rules applicable to sky signs

Under Section 328 and 328 A of the Mumbai Municipal Corporation Act, 1888  permission of the Commissioner is required for display of..

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Pharmacy outlets permitted to sell bathroom weighing machine and BMI (Body Mass Index) machine

Pharmacy retailers anddistributors are not allowed to sell bathroom weighing scales and BMI (BodyMass Index) machine without permission from Legal Metrology department..

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RAI representatives submitted representation to Pune Municipal Commissioner regarding notification to charge Rs. 15/- per plastic size

RAI representatives met with Shri Kunal Kumar, Commissioner, PMC on 29th October, 2014 to have a discussion on PMC’s notification to charge..

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Notification amending PC Rules under LM Act - for green and brown dot for cosmetics

As you would be aware that the Department of Consumer Affairs under the Legal Metrology Act issued a notification stating that, "Every..

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Retailers can keep their stores open 14 hours a day from 10th October to 26th October 2014 in the state of Maharashtra

RAI had submitted a representation to the Government of Maharashtra to allow retailers to keep their stores open 14 hours in a..

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Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) vide their Advisory dated 4th August, 2014 has extended the deadline for the Food..

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RAI represents to Maharashtra Labour Ministry to extend working hours during Independence weekend

RAI submitted a representation to the Labour Ministry of Maharashtra contending to extend operating hours for retail stores till 12 mid-night on..

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Reaction to Budget 2014

The budget has come with recommendations which will positively impact the retail sector. An increase in the personal income tax limit will..

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Only Manufacturer, Processor, Replacer and Importer required to file annual returns with FSSAI

Food Safety and Standards Authority (FSSA) regulations required the Food Business Operators (FBOs) to file annual returns within 31st May of every..

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RAI Representatives meet PMC commissioner asking reduction in plastic carry bag charges

Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) had issued a notification that plastic carry bags are required to be charged at the rate of Rs..

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RAI to represent tax related issues in forum constituted by Ministry of Finance

Ministry of Finance  has constituted a Forum Chaired by Dr. Parthasarathi Shome, Adviser to the Finance Minister for Exchange of views between..

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Environmental Hazards of using Paper Bags

RAI has submitted a representation to Delhi Government to throw light on the repercussions of using paper bags towards the environment and the..

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Tanishq opens fives stores in a day

Tanishq, the reputed jewellery brand from the house of Tatas, inaugurated five retail outlets in Mumbai, taking the total number..

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Relaxo launches 250th store in Delhi

Relaxo, India's leading footwear brand, recently launched its 250th store at Sector 3, Rohini in Delhi. Spread over 1119 sq..

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SSIPL Group focuses on increasing the footprint of Sports Station, its multi-brand store chain

SSIPL, a well-known name in the footwear manufacturing and retailing industry, launched Sports Station, a chain of multi-brand sports stores..

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Brand Factory launches six stores in Mumbai

Brand Factory, India’s leading fashion discount chain, a part of Future Lifestyle Fashion Limited, now opens at six locations in..

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shazé recognised as one of Asia’s Most Promising Brands

shazé has been awarded “Asia’s Most Promising Brands” in the lifestyle – Gems and Jewellery category by World Consulting &..

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Lifestyle International is Asia’s 12th Best Workplace

Lifestyle International Pvt. Ltd has been recognized as one of the Best Workplaces in Asia (500+ Employees) by Great Places..

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Major Brands, INGLOT paint their way into the GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS™

On Women’s Day 2016, Inglot, the world’s leading manufacturers in colour cosmetics and its exclusive Indian Franchise Partner, Major Brands..

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Sundeep Chugh becomes the CEO of Benetton India

Benetton Group announced the appointment of Sundeep Chugh as Chief Executive Officer of Benetton India. Chugh has been Commercial Director..

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shazé among the World’s Greatest Brands, 2015 – ‘Asia & GCC Award’

Luxury gifts retailer shazé has been awarded the ‘World's Greatest Brand, 2015 – Asia and GCC’. The awards were held..

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HyperCITY opens first store in Delhi NCR

HyperCITY Retail Ltd., one of the largest hypermarket chains in the country has entered the Delhi NCR market by launching..

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Croma now delivers anywhere in India (pic)

Croma recently delivered Rose gold iPhone 6S to a customer who had pre-booked her new iphone on croma.com at Dibrugarh..

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HyperCITY bags the “Retail Leadership Award” & “Retailer of the Year Award” at the Asian Leadership Awards, 2015

The Asian Leadership Award, 2015 awarded Ms. Darshana Shah, Sr. Vice President -Marketing and Visual Merchandising, HyperCITY Retail India with..

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RAI Members are Retail Icons

RAI members get honored with Retail Icon Awards organized by a reputed national daily. The awards were organized in different..

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Aditya Birla Private Equity invest stakes in Creative Lifestyles Pvt. Ltd

Aditya Birla Private Equity, through its Sunrise Fund, has invested for a minority stake in Creative Lifestyles Pvt Ltd, with..

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Samsung opens its World's Highest Altitude Exclusive Brand Retail Store in Leh, India

Samsung India Electronics opened a Samsung Experience Store in Leh. Samsung is the only brand to have a direct distribution..

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Metro Shoes enters into partnership with Crocs India to open 100 Crocs EBOs

Metro Shoes has signed a retail partnership agreement with Crocs to help increase the global footwear company’s presence across the..

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1090 F & Fusion Beats Opens its Dual Flagship Store at Rajouri Garden, Delhi

Leading women’s fashion apparel brands, 1090 F & Fusion Beats launched one of its finest dual stores in NewDelhi. Located..

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Shopdiaries.in brings back the old charm to shopping

Buying things is so easy these days, after the online shopping revolution that took over everyone’s minds and changed the..

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Arvind to Launch First Gap Store in India on May 30th

Starting on May 30th, the first Gap store will open in New Delhi and offer a wide range of clothing..

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In the spirit of corporate philanthropy, BESTSELLER is arranging a world-wide charity day across all

In the spirit of corporate philanthropy, BESTSELLER is arranging a world-wide charity day across all its brands and countries. ‘One..

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Khandani Rajdhani inaugurates their second outlet in Hyderabad!

Here’s some great news for all thali lovers in city! India’s largest vegetarian thali chain of restaurants - Khandani Rajdhani..

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Mr. Avijit Mitra Appointed as CEO of Infiniti Retail Ltd, Croma

Infiniti Retail Ltd, the subsidiary of Tata Sons, which manages the consumer electronics retail business of the Tata group under..

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Mr. Milind Sarwate of Marico joins the And Designs India Ltd. Board

And Designs India Limited (ADIL), one of India’s best known fashion houses, has appointed Milind Sarwate as an Independent Director..

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The MobileStore launches Xiaomi Redmi Note 4G and Mi 4 at its stores India’s First Mi Zone

The MobileStore Ltd. becomes the only multi-chain mobile retail outlet in the country to offer Xiaomi Redmi Note 4G and..

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Toonz opens in Bidar, Karnataka

Toonz Retail India Pvt. Ltd, the one-stop shop for all the needs and occasions of kids, from 0-12 years launched its..

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