Date : 11 April / Venue : Renaissance Hotel, Mumbai

Date : 5-6 September / Venue : Renaissance Hotel, Mumbai


South India is a vibrant marketplace initiating the genesis of modern retailing in India. From Nalli, Pothy’s to Chennai Silks, Cherma’s and Margin Free Markets, retailers from South India have always been well ahead of the curve in retailing invention. Today, the market is also the hub of technology innovations, including those that support retailing in the digital age.

SIRS 2017

SIRS is the first-of-its-kind regional retail event in the South India region presented by India Retail Forum (IRF), to empower the region with retail knowledge, explore bigger and better future opportunities, align with the national vision and provide a platform for all stakeholders in the South Indian Retail to learn, share and evolve with the masters in the business.

What to expect at SIRS?

SIRS will serve the entire retail industry’s agenda in catalyzing the profitable growth of modern retail by getting together business leaders and retail pioneers from the region and across the country, to share knowledge, discuss key consumer trends, incubate new retail concepts, and celebrate exceptional achievements in the industry.


Featured Participants

Who Should Participate?

The SIRS Event is open for 360 degree retail business such as FMCG, Real Estate, E-commerce Etc.


Speakers from the finest organisations

B S Nagesh

B S Nagesh

Founder, TRRAIN


CMD, N Dairy Farm and Founder family of Nilgiris (Founded – 1905)
L Subhash Chandra

L Subhash Chandra

Managing Director, Sangeetha Mobiles
Seshu Kumar Tirumala

Seshu Kumar Tirumala

Head of Merchandising, BigBasket.com
Lavanya Nalli

Lavanya Nalli

Vice Chairman, Nalli Group of Companies

M Ramakrishnan

M Ramakrishnan

Naveen Pishe

Naveen Pishe

Partner and Director, P.N. Rao Fine Suits (since 1923)
Harish Bijoor

Harish Bijoor

Brand Guru & Founder, Harish Bijoor Consults Inc.
Suraj Shantakumar

Suraj Shantakumar

Director-Business Strategy, Kirtilals
Rahul Bhalchandra

Rahul Bhalchandra

Co-Founder & CEO, YLG Salon

Conference Schedule

  • Day 1

    December 6, 2017 ( Before Lunch )

  • 10:00 - 10:20
    Forces which are shaping the future of Retail. How is the industry developing innovative solutions to increase convenience and engage consumers. How do we think this will shape up in future especially the role of technology. Why it is important for the regional retailers - who are trying to expand Pan India. - Vineet Satija, Associate Director, Corporate Finance, PwC

  • 10:25 - 10:45
    How consumers buy goods and services is constantly in flux as economic and technological realities evolve. Today’s consumer, shops across multiple platforms and merchants must be well prepared to engage with them at anytime and anywhere. The ideal customer journey weaves a brand into the entire experience, providing value before, during, and after the purchase. Shopping reinvented will provide a framework to understand some of the successful strategies, of incorporating a brand into the shoppers journey across a range of industries, geographies and companies. - Farhat Hanif, Global Market Analyst, Euromonitor International

  • 10:45 - 11:05
    Retailers can easily get too involved and engrossed in the day-to-day operations of their retail stores to spend any time brainstorming marketing ideas or promotional events. Some retailers worry that marketing is too expensive, others may find it too time-consuming. Without announcing who you are and what you offer, how will anyone know? How to build the imagery around your brand, and develop the art of storytelling to capture the consumer’s interest around your product or service. Here are creative marketing ideas for retailers, which deliver great returns at minimal cost. - Harish Bijoor, Brand Guru & Founder, Harish Bijoor Consults Inc.

  • 11:05 - 12:30
    South India is a vibrant marketplace initiating the genesis of modern retailing in India. From Nalli, Pothy’s to Chennai Silks, Nilgiri’s, Saravana Bhavan, MTR, Sangeetha Mobiles - retailers from South India have always been well ahead of the curve in retailing invention. Today, the market is also the hub of technology innovations, including those that support retailing in the digital age. - Session Moderator: B S Nagesh, Founder, TRRAIN; Lavanya Nalli, Vice Chairman, Nalli Group; Rajneesh Mahajan, CEO, Inorbit; Venkatesh Parthasarathy, MD, Foodworld Supermarkets and Health & Glow; Vasanth Kumar, Executive Director, Lifestyle International (Max Retail Division); Rohit George, Managing Director, Virtuous Retail South Asia

  • 12:30 - 13:45
    Growth is the paradigm of success, and what better than to expand our businesses beyond the horizon. As retailers from the region, we need to think big, and expand at the right time, and with the right vision. After all, the legendary HP (Hewlett-Packard) started in a garage, and still serves as an inspiration for start-ups and motivated entrepreneurs of today, almost a century later. We have all successfully launched our retail business, and gotten to a place where our company is stable and (hopefully) profitable. With things going pretty well in our business, the next pertinent question comes, “What’s next?” or “How can I take my business to the next level?” - Lead context-setting presentation: Sumit Arora, Lead, Retail Vertical, Nielsen South Asia; Session Moderator: Rahul Bhalchandra, Co-Founder & CEO, R&R Salons (YLG-You Look Good); C. Gopalakrishnan, CMD, N Dairy Farm and Founder family of Nilgiris (Founded – 1905); Deepak L Aswani, CMD, Aswani Lachmandas Group (founded 1950) (My Kingdom); M Ramakrishnan, MD, Thulasi Pharmacies; Piyush Chowhan, VP & CIO, Arvind Lifestyle Brands; Seshu Kumar, National Head, BigBasket

  • 13:45 - 14:30

  • Day 1

    December 6, 2017 ( After Lunch)

  • 14:30 - 15:30
    How To Thrive Through Tough Economic Cycles, Through Down-Turns In The Economy, Managing Lean Sales Periods, Succession Changes And Promoter-Professional Harmony. South India is legendary for businesses that have completed 25 years, 50 years, 60 years, 75 years, and even 90 years. How have they managed this tremendous legacy and timelessness! There are ample fourth and fifth generation scions who are carrying the businesses forward with great innovativeness, along with their traditional values. - Lead context-setting presentation: Shubham Anand, Head Retail - CPG, RedSeer Consulting; Session Moderator: Parul Bajaj, Principal, The Boston Consulting Group (BCG); Naveen Pishe, Partner and Director, P.N. Rao Fine Suits (since 1923); Sohrab Sitaram, CEO and Director, Keventers; Suraj Shantakumar, Director-Business Strategy, Kirtilals (Founded 1939, celebrating 75+ years) and Honorary Consul General of Kazakhstan for South India; Siddarth Menon, CMO, Drums Food International (Epigamia and Hokey Pokey); Shibu Philips, Business Head, LuLu Mall;

  • 15:30 - 16:45
    What it takes to be a successful entrepreneur and build a robust young business. Many successful new business founders and start-up entrepreneurs have at least one thing in common -- the ability to see the big picture and envision what their success will look like tomorrow. How do these successful emerging business owners complete their Vision, Strategy formulation, Execution prowess, to place their focus on Values, Profits, Scalability, and Sustainable growth – to mould their success and keep moving forward. - Session Moderator: Bijou Kurien, Board Member, L Catterton Asia (a part of the LVMH Group); Amit Mehta, Founder & CEO, Unived Sports and Unived Healthcare; Ankush Sharma, Co-Founder, Sattviko (Finalist at World Food India – selected Top 20 innovative food processing startups by the Government of India); Anuj Batra, President, Alcis Sports; Gajendra Singh Rathore, Centre Director, Phoenix Marketcity, Bangalore; Jahan Peston Jamas, Co-Founder and Director, Bombay Hemp Company (BOHECO); Prashant Parameswaran, Founder & MD, Soulfull; Santosh Verma, Co-Founder & Director, MyOwnEcoEnergy (Indizel); Swadeep Patil, Founder, Dr. CHARCOAL

  • 16:45 - 17:45
    South has been known for incepting and growing some of the most fabled retailers and brands with envied success, both across the national footprint and the international markets as well. Along the way, they would have learned many things on how to get their vision, strategies, and execution right; and balance their growth with investments, returns and ambition. There’s great learning from their journey, and we bring the most admired names to share how they got it right over many decades, so we can get some pointer for emulating their success into our retail businesses. - Lead context-setting presentation: Nakul Tandon, Business Leader, Logic ERP Solutions; Moderator: S Raghunandan, CEO, Next Practice Retail; L Subhash Chandra, MD, Sangeetha Mobiles; Manohar Chatlani, MD, Soch; Mukesh Kumar, Sr. Vice President, Infiniti Mall; Nikhil Ranjan, Founder & CEO, William Penn; Ramesh Natarajan, Founder and COO, LitmusWorld; Sanjeev Rao, Director - Business Development, Raymond

  • 17:45 - 18:45
    Today's customer doesn't just shop in one place, nor in just one fashion. Retailers need to reach their customers across many channels — in the store, through the mail, and online — in order to thrive. Your brand may be executing impressive content, campaigns, and overall strategy, but are you extending this wealth down to turning in to real sales at the store and online level? Our marketing and digital experts look at the opportunities and challenges faced by retailers to meet the increasing demands of customers who dictate everything and expect everything to be done in a more convenient way. - Lead context-setting presentation: Bhavik Jhaveri, Founder & CEO, PRETR; Session Moderator: Pooja Maheshwari Salwan, Category Head - Fashion Tech & Gadgets, Ajio.com; Dr. Anil Chinnabhandar, Senior Vice President – SCM & Planning, Landmark Group - Max Retail Division; Hemanth Sheelvant, Head - Personalization Technologies in Retail, Robert Bosch Engineering and Business Solutions; Niladri Mazumder, Vice President and Head Marketing, Seiko Watch India; Rohit Khetan, VP - Marketing and Strategy, Ginesys; Vipul Mathur, CEO, American Bull

  • 19:30 - onwards
    Gala evening - Honouring the most admired Leaders and Retail businesses of the South. followed by Cocktails and Dinner


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