Over the years we have gained a lot of expertise in supporting overseas brands / companies to start operations in India. We can add value in the following areas :
Macro economic & political review and putting India's complicated social structure into perspective.
In depth review of Indian retail, the industry & the current players - Realistic market size information.
Clarity & transparency on the legal & commercial structures needed. Clarification on the myriad fiscal & regulatory compliances that are required.
Expensively & painfully learnt wisdom / advice on dealing with customs, clearance & foreign exchange regulations & institutions .
Banking relationships, financial instruments / facilities & costs.
Update & review of key logistics service providers.
Gauging the ability of local fixture manufacture.
Survey of local production (If the Brands don't already have some local sourcing).
Meet with some key players / potential partners.
Use of social networking in a very wired society.
Media, PR overview. Perspective on celebrity endorsements (Bollywood, Sports & TV).
Preliminary estimate of costs & investments & returns.