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Cash-carry biz firms on hiring spree

Posted by retailigence on September 28, 2008

The wholesale cash-and-carry business in India is set to witness huge levels of recruitment, in the range of 30,000-40,000 people in the next five years. Bangalore-based Metro Cash & Carry India is planning to recruit 10,000 local people to operate at Metro’s wholesale cash-and-carry stores at various levels, in the next three to five years, A John Idicula, director, human resources, Metro Cash & Carry India told FE. Meanwhile, the cash-and-carry division of the Videocon Group is also set to recruit 9,000 people for 60 upcoming ‘Bolld Cash & Carry’ stores, in the next five years, said Sunil Mehta, CEO, cash-and-carry division, Videocon.

Reliance Retail, for its cash-and- carry business, is planning to recruit over 15,000 people, according to Bijou Kurien, president, CEO, lifestyle, Reliance Retail.

After launching two stores in Bangalore and one store in Hyderabad, Metro Cash & Carry is planning to set up a fourth branded store at Bhandup in Mumbai across 1 lakh sqft in a month, apart from Kolkata and Punjab in the near future.

According to Idicula, “With plans of having a pan-India presence for our stores, preferably one store in each city, we want to now recruit local youth who would have passed out from schools. For running the Bhandup store, we have recruited about 350 people. We are tapping local kiranawallas as our main clients based in that locality, apart from other clients such as restaurants, hotels and institutions.”

A person is trained for nine months before operating as a floor manager at a Metro store. While a department manager is provided 6 months’ training, a supervisor is trained for 4 months, explained Idicula. “Most of our employees are hired locally in accrodance with our stores across the globe, where 87% of our senior managers are non-Germans.”

Source: Financial Express


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