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Flattening of the Retail Market

[Note 1: Suck it, I don't mean flattening as Thomas Friedman meant.. I mean Flattening as in 'Flat Anna' as in 'Thassal Gone' as in 'Slept Of' or in extreme cases .. 'Died']

[Note 2: I'm sure many would disagree with this post :) ]

One thing I cannot fully understand is why 'Retail' is becoming such buzz word in India. I feel it'll only undergo one or two boom and bust cycles. Why? .. The Internet...

Internet penetration in India is on the rise. Yes, in the villages too largely thanks to mobile phones, open source software and companies such as FINO and ITC's E-Choupal which are largely bringing the informal and 'undefined' market into the organized sector. Conventional models of internet connectivity and growth based on developed countries won't prove efficient here as the growth in these areas is largely due to the stupendous growth of new technology.

Even in the urban areas not many of us would want to visit the groceries or the Kirana stores for our daily needs when one can simply place an order from work using an online portal and the goods are being delivered right to your doorstep. This might even be possible in the villages due to mobile phone penetration where companies can deliver goods to villages on a bi-weekly basis with almost zero inventory cost thanks to pre orders made by the village dwellers.

Of course it will be a while before companies can achieve economies of scale and this practice becomes widespread, but personally these options are going to become available way before Wall - Mart conquers every street corner. But then again there will always be shops who provide further value to the customer by enhancing the shopping 'experience' making shopping a leisure activity rather than a necessity. Probably a trend that Malls should pay more attention to before they start construction!

So, lets consider that this does happen. Internet enabled services does destroy the retail sector (even the unorganized ones!) . The amount of prime real estate that gets freed up due to this would be major change everywhere!! With shops closing all that area can be put to more productive use.

Ah, well .. but I guess I am but idealizing. I'm sure there will always be unions, communists and probably even local goondas who might stop all this from happening....

Image Courtsey www.indiaretailbiz.com

The Adam And Eve Paradox

[Note 1: This has been explained as a short conversation]

[Note 2: God, here, may or may not refer to K-Sama]

[Note 3: Adam and Eve might be a bit slow in the head]

God:"Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat, but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die"

Adam:"Alright!! So you're saying that its evil to eat the fruit of good and evil because then we'll know what is good and evil is and we won't end up eating the fruit?? ^_^ "

Eve:"No dear, he means that if we don't eat from the fruit then we won't know that eating from the fruit is evil!"

Adam:"You're right! But don't we already know that?"

Eve:"Know What? :) "

Adam:"Good and Evil of course dumass :\ "

Eve:"Oh yes we do! But we didn't eat from the fruit yet!!!!!!!!!!!!"

Adam:"Then how do we already know whats good and evil?"

Eve:"Yes yes, very good question!!!! Ooooooh, u'r so smarttt!!! <3>

God: o.O

Picture courtesy: Wikipedia

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