Lifestyle (department store)

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Lifestyle International Ltd.
Private Company
IndustryRetail Fashion Clothing
Founded1999
HeadquartersMumbai, Maharashtra
Area served
India
ProductsFashion apparel
BrandsHome Centre, Max and Easybuy
ServicesMulti-brand retail, Department store
ParentLandmark Group
WebsiteLifestyle Store

Originating in India in the year 1999, Lifestyle is a retail fashion brand which comes under Dubai-based retail and hospitality conglomerate, the Landmark Group.

Lifestyle's inventory consists of several national and international brands, and its product categories include Indian and western apparels, footwear, handbags, beauty products, and fashion accessories for men, women, and children.

In India, Lifestyle Stores is a part of Lifestyle International Pvt. Ltd, with sister brands Home Centre, Max, and Easybuy.

Lifestyle International Pvt. Ltd has witnessed a compounded annual growth rate of 25% over the last three years,[1] and has been ranked 10th on the list of Best Companies to Work for in 2015.[2]

Overview[edit]

Lifestyle opened its first store in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India in 1999. Each Lifestyle store offers five concepts under one roof -Splash ( Men's, Women's Apparel ), Baby Shop ( Kid's Apparel and accessories ), sunny (Footwear), Home Centre ( Furniture and home textiles ) , Lifestyle accessories consisting of Beauty and Skincare, Fine jewellery and Watches.

Lifestyle International Pvt. Ltd is led by Vasanth Kumar, who is the Managing Director of the company.[3]

Landmark Group's business in India, which started with the Lifestyle stores, has now expanded to include Home Centre, Max, and Easybuy. The Group's foray into e-commerce in India began in January 2016 with Landmarkshops.in,[4] which was replaced by two separate brand sites and apps for Lifestyle and Max in January 2017.

Company growth[edit]

Lifestyle International Pvt. Ltd.saw a growth of about 24% in the fiscal year 2016 to cross the Rs. 7,000 crore mark.[5] Lifestyle aims to achieve a 20-25% growth annually for the next few years, to make itself a Rs. 8,000-8,500 crore company in the coming years.[6]

Retail stores by Lifestyle[edit]

A Lifestyle store in Coimbatore

The Lifestyle stores have a multi-level store format, which is normally spread over two or three floors that provides a square line-of-sight, allowing customers to view the product sections in a single glance.

The company sells national and international brands, which make up 75% of their stock, along with its in-house brand labels that bring in about 30% of the revenues and account for the remaining 25% of in-store stock.[7] Lifestyle's private labels include brands like Melange, which is already a 150 crore brand with eight exclusive stores in India.[8]

Lifestyle International sees most of its revenue from its brick-and-mortar stores, which consist of 63 Lifestyle stores. The retail chain is already established in 1 tier cities, and plans to develop stores in 2/3-tier cities such as Nagpur, Jaipur and recently, Visakhapatnam and Nashik. Each store is estimated to cost the company around Rs. 10 crore to set up, on an average.[9][10]

Latest store openings[edit]

Lifestyle's 55th store was opened on 6 September 2016, at Bangalore's Phoenix Marketcity, Whitefield. It was inaugurated by Bollywood actor and Melange's brand ambassador, Kangana Ranaut.[11] In addition to that, another store was inaugurated at the Waltair Uplands in Vishakhapatnam by actor Rana Daggubati on March 24, 2017.[12]

Employee welfare initiatives[edit]

In wake of a high employee attrition rate in 2015, the company decided to offer flexible working hours and to provide medical facilities to its front-end staff, among other benefits. With that, the company has managed to reduce the attrition rate to 35% in 2017, from 80% in 2005, while the industry average is still 50%.[13]

Employee welfare initiates called ‘LIFE’and ‘LEAP’ were run by the company. LIFE standing for Learn - Implement - Fastrack - Expert and LEAP for Landmark Education are two in-house programs that provide technical and soft skills to the front-end employees and enables them to get a degree in retail management, respectively.[14]

The company also held employee appreciation programs such as the Lifestyle People Oscar Awards, Clash of Icons, Make a difference; Incentives and Long Service awards are given periodically to deserving employees. Corporate Theatre was another informal learning technique used by Lifestyle to educate, entertain and engage its employees.[15]

Corporate social responsibility[edit]

Spreading awareness about diabetes, Landmark Group has held multiple editions of the ‘Beat Diabetes’ campaign that involves setting up free glucose screening test counters at Lifestyle and other stores under the brand. The sixth and latest edition of the campaign was held in November 2015 and had athlete Anju Bobby George and film actresses Amulya and Samyukta Hornad join in.[16]

Home centre stores[edit]

Home Centre is a part of the Lifestyle chain of stores in India. Having centres in UAE, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia,Qatar, Oman, Egypt, Kuwait, and India, Home Centre spans over a retail area of over 2.4 million square feet.[17]

Home Centre by Lifestyle sells furniture, furnishings and home decorative. The brand has been awarded as the ‘Most Admired Retailer’award in the Home & Office Improvement Category, for two consecutive years in 2008 and 2009.[18]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Lifestyle International Expects Turnover Of Over $1 Billion In 2016-17". Bloomberg Quint. Retrieved 5 October 2017.
  2. ^ "Great Place to Work in 2015 | India's Best Companies to Work in 2015". The Economic Times. Retrieved 5 October 2017.
  3. ^ "Jacob John to join Lifestyle as Deputy Chief Executive". Retrieved 5 October 2017.
  4. ^ www.ETRetail.com. "Landmark Group launches an e-commerce website in India - ET Retail". ETRetail.com. Retrieved 5 October 2017.
  5. ^ Malviya, Sagar (29 May 2017). "Fashion retail picks up pace again as e-commerce sites cut discounts". The Economic Times. Retrieved 5 October 2017.
  6. ^ Maheshwari, Richa (15 June 2015). "Lifestyle is growing in double digits even after ecommerce rush: Kabir Lumba, MD, Lifestyle International". The Economic Times. Retrieved 5 October 2017.
  7. ^ "Lifestyle International to revamp its retail business in India". The Economic Times. 22 June 2011. Retrieved 5 October 2017.
  8. ^ Business, Outlook. "Building a lifestyle". outlookbusiness.com/. Retrieved 5 October 2017.
  9. ^ www.ETBrandEquity.com. "Lifestyle International bets on expansion as e-commerce threat fades - ET BrandEquity". ETBrandEquity.com. Retrieved 7 October 2017.
  10. ^ Hasan, Abid. "Retail: Store Shopper". BW Businessworld. Retrieved 7 October 2017.
  11. ^ "Kangana Ranaut inaugurates new Lifestyle store - Media Infoline". Media Infoline. 2 September 2016. Retrieved 7 October 2017.
  12. ^ Reporter, Staff (25 March 2017). "'Bhallaladeva' floors his fans". The Hindu. ISSN 0971-751X. Retrieved 7 October 2017.
  13. ^ "Leading the Pack- Business News". www.businesstoday.in. Retrieved 7 October 2017.
  14. ^ Bureau, BW Online. "Summary Of Lifestyle Case". BW Businessworld. Retrieved 7 October 2017.
  15. ^ Advani, Shonali (13 July 2015). "India's best companies to work for 2015: Lifestyle puts employees ahead of the organisation". The Economic Times. Retrieved 7 October 2017.
  16. ^ "Landmark Groups announces 6th edition of 'Beat Diabetes' campaign". 19 November 2015. Retrieved 8 October 2017.
  17. ^ "Home Centre". 10 January 2013. Archived from the original on 10 January 2013. Retrieved 8 October 2017.
  18. ^ "Home Centre". 27 December 2012. Archived from the original on 27 December 2012. Retrieved 8 October 2017.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)

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