Walmart opened its first business to business cash-and-carry in Karimnagar, second in the state of Telangana, and 24th in India so far. Walmart India aims to open at least seven more wholesale stores.
Walmart, the wholly-owned subsidiary of World Retail Giant Walmart Inc, has recently launched its first business-to-business cash and carry store in the city of Karimnagar, making it the second in the state of Telangana and the 24th Best Price Modern Wholesale Store in the country. This store is the first in the state after Walmart India became a fully-owned subsidiary of Walmart Inc.
This completely show Walmart India’s commitment and dedication to Telangana, where in it plans to further spread its footprint and continue to contribute to the state’s economy. The new store simultaneously got integrated with the B2B e-commerce platform.
With the mission of helping small businesses to grow and expand, the Best Price Modern Wholesale Store will meet all demands of underserved small businesses such as kiranas/resellers, offices and institutions (O&I) and hotels, restaurants and caterers (HORECA) in the region under one roof.
It will help Walmart India to offer unique propositions of a huge variety of quality merchandise and local assortment at every day low prices, unique shopping alternatives, home delivery and simple convenient payment solutions to such business members in Karimnagar and nearby areas.
It is spreaded over 50,000sq ft, the store will provide masive support and boost to the local and state economy by creating an approximate 2,000 direct and indirect jobs. The store will also boost the small farmer and regional supplier ecosystem as it will directly source from farmers and locally relevant food, non-food products from local suppliers to fulfill the needs of its members.
Besides, the new store has been integrated with environment friendly practices like renewable energy, LED lights, water recycling through sewage treatment plant and ground water recharging through collection of storm water and waste management practices have been implemented.
Announcing the opening of the first store in Karimnagar, Krish Iyer, president and chief executive officer, Walmart India, said, “We are excited about opening the first B2B cash and carry store in the city of Karimnagar.”
“This is our second store in the state of Telangana, which reinforces our belief in the ease of doing business under the leadership of state chief minister K Chandrashekar Rao. This store also gives us the opportunity to continue to create shared value for our local supplier partners, farmers, members, associates and the community at large. Each of our stores creates an estimated 2,000 direct and indirect jobs and this one too has opened up employment opportunity for local youth in Karimnagar,” he added.
“With our mission of enabling small businesses prosper, we will help our kirana/reseller members and other business members to efficiently manage their inventory, lower their operational costs and pass on the savings to their customers,” Iyer said.
“While growing the business, we will continue to invest in the supply chain and supplier development, focussing on the growth of small and medium manufacturers in the state, developing local clusters to source directly from farmers and setting new benchmarks in the cash and carry business,” he added.
“I am also happy that we are simultaneously extending the B2B e-commerce platform to our members here which will make it convenient for them to shop without stepping out of their stores,” Iyer said.
“Telangana is an important state for us. We have signed an MoU (Memorandum of Understanding) with the state government and at least seven new stores are in the pipeline. Besides, the state is an important sourcing destination for us, as we source directly from farmers, work with many small and medium agri-commodity suppliers and several SMEs (small and medium enterprises) for our private brands,” he added.