India SME Forum to award top smart store sellers in South India

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India SME Forum (ISF), India’s largest non-governmental, not for profit organisation for small and medium businesses, announces a first of its kind seller awards, the ‘Best Sellers of India Awards 2022 – Recognising Phygital Excellence in Southern India.’ The award will honour outstanding achievements and excellence of retailers across South India who have leveraged the latest technologies, credit facilities and digital solutions to serve the interests of the consumers with best possible deals while recording growth. Nominees will be evaluated for their performance from April 2020 to March 2022.

MSMEs, particularly from Southern India, have increasingly transformed their business with the adoption of omnichannel solutions. This has helped thousands of merchants increase footfalls, improve customer experience, enhance payment acceptance ecosystem, improve store conversions, and generate more sales. In line with this, ISF aims to recognize and celebrate those smaller sellers from the six South Indian states, i.e., Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana and Goa, as well as amplify the best practices of successful entrepreneurs and sellers, enabling millions of aspiring entrepreneurs to segment & grow their businesses. 

The awards in each category will be judged by a jury comprising eminent dignitaries including former bureaucrats, Dr. Aruna Sharma, IAS, Former Secretary, Govt. of India, Shri Dhanendra Kumar, IAS, Former Chairman CCI & Former Secretary Govt. of India, Shri Ramesh Abhishek, IAS, Former Secretary, DPIIT, Shri Prahlad Kakar, Brand Guru, Shri T K Arun, Editor, Economic Times, Ms. Shriti Malhotra, CEO, Quest Retail – The Body Shop, Shri Vinod Kumar, President, India SME Forum and many more. Each entry will be evaluated on the basis of both financial and non-financial indicators such as growth performance, financial soundness, future proof orientation, and digital journey among others. 

A total of 32 awards will be presented to retailers across 8 sectors including Best Smart Store in Electronics, Best Smart Store in Appliances, Best Smart Store in Home & Kitchen, Best Smart Store in Furniture, Best Smart Store in Fashion & Apparel, Best Smart Store in Grocery, Best Smart Store in Sports & Lifestyle, and Best Smart Store in Food & Beverage. These would aim to recognize one winner and one runner-up from each of the 8 sectors who have successfully adopted a combination of in-store and online retail sales.

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