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Lulu Group launched Y Mall, a new shopping centre at Triprayar Junction in Kerala. The Lulu Group Chairman and Managing Director, M.A. Yusuff Ali dedicated the newly opened Rs250 crore mall project to his home town. M.A.Yusuff Ali’s grandchild, Ayan Ali cut the ceremonial ribbon, officially inaugurating the mall. Speaking at the event, M.A.Yusuff Ali said that the 2.5 lakh sq.ft Y Mall and the 4.6 acres of land on which it has been constructed is his endowment towards worthy initiatives.

He declared that ‘Y Foundation’ will be the owner of the mall and the profits from the mall will be contributed towards various charitable activities under the Y foundation, including assistance for the upcoming NattikaJuma Masjid; Triprayar Sri Rama Swamy temple; NattikaAarikkiri Bagavathy Temple and Triprayar St.Jude Church. The NattikaJuma Masjid will receive Rs 10 lakh; Triprayar Sri Rama Swamy temple will be allotted Rs 5 lakh; the Nattika AarikkiriBagavathy Temple and the Triprayar St.Jude Church will receive Rs 2 lakh each year. This will be in addition to the various charity works under the Y Foundation.

Y Mall will provide an incredible shopping, dining and entertainment experience for all the people in and around Triprayar. The Mall is within easy reach from Ernakulam, Calicut, Thrissur and almost all landmarks and prominent facilities.

The mall features Lulu Xpress Freshmarket, which houses everything from food and grocery, ready to eat food, mobile & electronics to home décor.

Home to over 40 international, national and local brands in the categories - watches; footwear; men, women &kids fashion, lingerie & innerwear; denims & casuals; accessories; eyewear; mobile & electronics; books/gifts/toys; beauty & wellness; bags and more, the mall has everything to satisfy a shopper’s needs. Customers can visit Kerala’s first ToysRus store at Y Mall along with brands like 1946, Baby Care, Label M, My G, Jockey, Vismay, Wrangler, Sylcon, Lens & Frames, Arabian Souk, WCDI, BlackberrysCasuale, Ajmal Perfumes, La Femi, Blossom, American Tourister, Super 99 and Lulu Forex. Bank of Baroda and salon services are expected to commence within a month or two.

Café Coffee Day is located on the ground floor of the mall and Chennai Ananda Bhavan on the second floor. The 225 seater food court boasts brands like Baskin Robbins, ChicKing, Burger Hub, Fujian Express, Dosa Tawa, Tea Stop, Pulp Factory and Chak De serving a variety of cuisines including Chinese; North & South Indian; Burgers & Fries; Arabic, Juices & ice creams.

Half of the third floor is dedicated to the entertainment zone by Sparkys. The mall has basement parking provision and spacious open parking area for more than 800 vehicles.

Equipped with prayer halls, feeding room, reserved parking spaces and washrooms for differently abled; special parking for pregnant women; bag, umbrella & helmet park zones; ambulance, ATM, money exchange and more, Y Mall is a destination for travellers and localities alike.

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Pradeep Kumar CEO and founder of BespocutThe bespoke clothing business in India had remained largely untouched by technology. Things are set to change with Bespocut, a techno-commercial business enablement platform. A B2B platform, Bespocut will enable the next stage of evolution in bespoke clothing business and allow designers in India to provide world-class bespoke clothing services to their customers. Utilising Bespocut’s pioneering cloud platform, Customized Hub in India will be able to match quality and finesse of bespoke clothing, as customers normally find in Savile Row or Hong Kong.

At the launch event, Bespocut talked about its future plans, which includes the target of introducing the platform in 30 cities of India in the first year of its operations and its aim of acquiring 500+ style partners in the first two years. The company is also planning to start lead generation activities, so that its Style Partners can benefit from new clients.

"It is an innovative idea about creating a virtual studio without having an industry or stock but only expertise. We have designed our cloud-based application or warehouse, as we call it. People don't have time to go out and personalize their clothing, so Bespoke will help them," said Pradeep Kumar, CEO and founder of Bespocut.

The aim is also to let business owners successfully and ethically launch and develop their labels and brands and turn them into global powerhouses.

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Luxury brand Shazé has been awarded the Best Premium Lifestyle brandLuxury brand Shazé has been awarded the ‘Best Premium Lifestyle brand in Décor and Destination jewellery’ for the year 2018 by Economic Times. The award ceremony held at Abu Dhabi was organized as a part of the on-going efforts by the governments of India and UAE to identify key areas to boost investment flux between the two nations.

Samrat Zaveri, Founder and MD, Shazé received the award.




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Crocs Chennai Store 1As part of its ambitious and aggressive expansion strategy in the Indian sub-continent, Crocs India opened its 100th store at Chennai, recently. Spread across 625 sq. ft. at the VR Mall, the new store is Crocs’ third in the city and fifth in the state of Tamil Nadu. It will be operated by Metro Shoes, the national franchise partner of Crocs India.

The partnership with Metro Shoes began in 2014 which has helped the iconic footwear brand in expanding its reach to over 50 cities through its EBO operations.

Speaking on the occasion, Deepak Chhabra, CEO & MD- Crocs India, said, “India is one of the rare markets where, even after opening 100 stores, we still feel under-penetrated. Our absolute focus for the next phase of geographical expansion will continue to be on top 6 metro cities across the country along with state capitals.”

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Leading global furniture chain IKEA aims to help tackle one of the largest, global environmental issues by launching its ‘Better Air Now’ initiative. Starting off in India, IKEA intends to turn rice straw into a new renewable material source for IKEA products. A rice harvesting residue, rice straw is traditionally disposed by burning, which contributes heavily to air pollution and smog, particularly in North India. Through the ‘Better Air Now’ initiative, the furniture retailer’s ambition is to create a model to reduce air pollution that could be replicated in other mega cities.

According to the World Health Organization’s data, polluted air leads to around seven million deaths per year, worldwide. India is one of the most polluted countries and North India has 9 of 10 most polluted cities in the world. “The health effects of air pollution are severe and at IKEA we are determined to contribute to a solution. We know that burning of rice crop residue is a major pollution source and with this initiative we hope that will change. If we can find a way to make use of rice straw it would become a valuable source for the farmers instead of being burnt, which in the end also would contribute to better air for people,” says Helene Davidsson, Sustainability Manager South Asia at IKEA Purchasing.

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