Importance Of Retailing

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Retail comes from the French word retailer, which refers to "cutting off, clip and divide" in terms of tailoring (1365). It first was recorded as a noun with the meaning of a "sale in small quantities" in 1433 (French). Its literal meaning for retail was to "cut off, shred, paring”. Retail is the final stage of any economic activity. By virtue of this fact, retail occupies an important place in the world economy. According to Philip Kotler, Retailing includes all the activities involved in selling goods or services to the final consumers for personal, non-business use. A retailer or retail store is any business enterprise whose sale volume comes primarily from retailing. These are the final business entities in a distribution channel that…show more content…
Put simply, any firm that sells products to the final consumer is performing the function of retailing. It thus consists of all activities involved in the marketing of goods and services directly to the consumers, for their personal, family or household use. In an age where customer is the king and marketers are focusing on customer delight, retail may be redefined as the first point of customer contact.

The distribution of finished products begins with the producer and ends at the ultimate consumer. Between two of them there is a middleman – the retailer. Retailing is the set of business activities that adds value to the product and services sold to the consumers for their personal or family use. Often retailing is being thought of as the sale of products in the stores, but retailing also involves the sales of services: overnight lodging in a hotel, a haircut, a car rental, or home delivery of Pizza. Retailing encompasses selling through the mail, the internet, and door-to-door visits – any channel that could be used to approach the consumer. Retailing is responsible for matching individual demands of consumer with supplies of all the
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These stores used to cater to the local people. Eventually the government supported the rural retail and many indigenous franchise stores came up with the help of Khadi & Village Industries Commission. The economy began to open up in the 1980s resulting in the change of retailing. The first few companies to come up with retail chains were in textile sector, for example, Bombay Dyeing, S Kumar's, Raymond’s, etc. Later Titan launched retail showrooms in the organized retail sector. With the passage of time new entrants moved on from manufacturing to pure retailing. The evolution of retailing in India can be better understood
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