“As India elects a new and stable government at the Centre, we’ll continue to remain engaged, committed and work together with the government and other stakeholders and continue adding value to the economic growth in the country,” Wal-Mart India CEO Krish Iyer said. “We’re committed to India and are pleased with our established and successful cash and carry business and anticipate substantially growing that business,” he added. In April, Wal-Mart announced it plans to open 50 wholesale stores in the next four to five years to expand its footprint in the country. This was the first major announcement by the US retailer after it called off a six-year partnership with Bharti Enterprises in October last year and decided to operate stores independently in India.
The company said it has created a large number of direct jobs and many more indirect jobs, as over 95 per cent of the products sold at our stores are sourced from domestic suppliers in India. Wal-Mart said through the wholesale business in India, the company serves kirana stores, small and medium enterprises, and numerous small retail shops. “We also plan to extend B2B e-commerce platform to our members, providing them with a convenient online shopping opportunity,” Iyer said.